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Pick Against Mike: Week 2

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The dominant story line in Week 2 revolves around the 0-1 teams. Going 0-2 is virtually a kiss of death in the NFL, so teams like the Cardinals, Titans, Texans, Bears and Redskins--these are the 0-1 teams with legit aspirations--are facing need-to-win situations already.

With that factored, here are my picks for Week 2 in the NFL.

Houston at Tennessee
Tennessee at home to beat Houston in a matchup of 0-1 division opponents...Some of us keep thinking Matt Schaub and the Texans offense is going to come around, and it hasn't, and might not until it's too late.

Minnesota at Detroit
Minnesota on the road to beat Detroit in a game that will be more difficult than it sounds.

Carolina at Atlanta
Atlanta to jump to 2-0 by winning at home against Carolina, which will officially have serious QB troubles if Jake Delhomme doesn't snap out of his two-game nightmare of 11 turnovers...The Falcons got next-to-nothing from Michael Turner last week and still won; he won't be stifled Sunday.

St. Louis at Washington
Redskins BIG at home over St. Louis. It won't mean the Redskins are actually good, just like losing in Giants Stadium didn't mean they're a bad team...But the Redskins cannot afford to drop a home game for the second straight season to one of the four worst teams in the NFL.

New England at N.Y. Jets
The Jets, at home, to slip by the Patriots. Running off at the mouth the way the Jets have all week isn't the traditional formula for beating New England. Then again, any team coached by one of the Ryans knows only one way to play it...Mouthy, in this case, won't hurt.

Oakland at Kansas City
The Chiefs, at home, to beat the Raiders...just don't ask to me to watch it.

Cincinnati at Green Bay
Packers, at home, to go 2-0 by beating the Godforsaken Bengals.

New Orleans at Philadelphia
Eagles, even with QB uncertainty, will score enough to win at home against the Saints who again show little interest in playing defense.

Arizona at Jacksonville
Jaguars, at home, to beat the Cardinals, who are about two bad results from being "the same old..."

Tampa Bay at Buffalo
Bills, at home, over Tampa. Can you imagine the excitement in Buffalo if the Bills hadn't choked on that Monday Nighter against the Patriots?

Seattle at San Francisco
Either the Niners or Seahawks will be 2-0. Gimme the 49ers playing at home.

Pittsburgh at Chicago
I want to pick the Bears; I really, really, truly do, playing at home and coming off that nightmarish loss in Green Bay...But I keep seeing Steelers defenders run the other way and I keep seeing the helmet down over Jay Cutler's eyes...Steelers.

Baltimore at San Diego
San Diego, playing at home, over Baltimore, in what could be the most entertaining game of the day...If I had any guts, this would be THE upset pick of the week.

Cleveland at Denver
The Denver Broncos, awful as they are, will be 2-0 after beating the equally awful Cleveland Browns in Denver.

New York Giants at Dallas
Dallas SO doesn't win the big games, but I'm going to go against my instincts on this one and take the Cowboys to open their new home stadium in style by beating the NYG.

Indianapolis at Miami
These are the kinds of games the Colts used to win 99 percent of the time, but no more. Indy is not as good and the Dolphins aren't half bad. Miami, at home, will win.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  September 18, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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gotta love the ravens, even though the chargers are at home. chargers are banged up on both sides of the ball, their starting center and rb are both out. jamal williams and the right guard may also be out and even with these guys, sd got gashed by the raiders on the ground. ray rice, willis and leron will have their way. flacco will make plays when needed. haloti ngata and kelley gregg will swallow up bennet and sproles. baltimore flexes on the west coast. if any skins fans want to see a quality football team, watch the ravens.

Posted by: powermovemaker | September 19, 2009 2:32 PM
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SF is brought back to reality. Seattle's back on track to make some noise in the NFC WEST. Seattle

Giants keep Romo's O production low, but its offense is not good enough, as corners do what Washington should have. Shut them down. Dallas

Indianapolis in a squeeker, by 4.

SHOCKER GAME: Cincinnati. What the heck, but it's early and Cincinnati has a really mean streak about now.

Posted by: ByRon12 | September 18, 2009 7:20 PM
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Houston at Tennessee
Pick Tennessee. They looked awfully stout against Pittsburgh.

Minnesota at Detroit
Minnesota. Just don't let Favre be Favre.

Carolina at Atlanta
Carolina. No brainer.

St. Louis at Washington
There are rumors that the receiving corp are riding Campbell during the game. I think this shows a lack of leadership by Campbell and Zorn. Redskins by 7. The better pick is when Zornie will get the boot.

New England at N.Y. Jets
What is this pick? Dare to be different? New England by 10.

Oakland at Kansas City
I think Oakland get's it done this week.

Cincinnati at Green Bay
The Pack is back.

New Orleans at Philadelphia
The only good news I heard out of Philly came this summer from a fan. "We will cheer Michael Vick as long as plays well. If he stinks, he is a dog murderer." Vick ain't playing....go with Saints.

Arizona at Jacksonville
Wrong....Arizona will get it done and win by 3.

Tampa Bay at Buffalo
Tampa has a good running game which could keep T.O. off the field and displaying his world famous "board hands." I am picking Tampa Bay in an upset. Plus, I want the train wreck sooner than later.

Seattle at San Francisco
Seattle will settled down and regain the division. Seattle by 7.

Pittsburgh at Chicago
Jay Cutler on a stretcher by halftime. Pittsburgh in a walk.

Baltimore at San Diego
Anytime I can pick the Yard Birds to lose, I do it. But Norv v. Yard Birds is a tough call....San Diego by a field goal.

Cleveland at Denver
Cleveland. Why pick this game at all?

New York Giants at Dallas
Romo without his fat girlfriend is better? Giants by 14.

Indianapolis at Miami
Miami? I dont see it. Indianapolis by 10

Posted by: Surf1 | September 18, 2009 10:45 AM
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