Week 2 NFL picks

Three points wasn’t enough for the Bills to cover the spread last week, however, if they wouldn’t have given Miami an intentional safety the game would’ve at least been a push.   

Reggie Torbor makes his first start for the Bills on Sunday

Buffalo looked so bad though that the odds makers give them the largest spread for any team this season to date; 13 points. Even that might not be enough.  

GREEN BAY (-13) over Buffalo
You’ll be seeing plenty of this and this on Sunday. I really have a hard time allowing myself to pick against my team with a spread this big, but I can’t say it isn’t deserved. The fact that the Packers are without starting running back Ryan Grant makes things interesting (and former UB back James Starks could see some action), but it comes down to one question, and the answer is yes, Aaron Rodgers is that good.  

Kansas City (+1.5) over CLEVELAND
They beat San Diego and now… they’re the underdog against the Browns? Can’t see the logic there. Jamaal Charles is legit.   

CINCINNATI (+2)  over Baltimore
Two weeks in a row I’m worried over the Bengals. Last week I got burned. Baltimore won last week despite having difficulty moving the ball, but I don’t know if they can pull out another one. I won a fantasy game last week because Ray Rice had a TD vultured by Willis McGahee, too. Not sure how that’s relevant, but always nice to bring up. Bengals kick a 46-yard FG at the end of the game for the win.  

TENNESSEE (-5) over Pittsburgh
Still not sold on the Steelers. Vince Young, of all people, is leading the league in completion percentage. Chris Johnson, who recently Tweeted that the league has already drug tested him three times this season, runs loose again.  

Philadelphia (-6) over DETROIT
Detroit may be worse than Buffalo. Plus they are without promising second year quarterback Matthew Stafford. Vick was exciting last week, and could give this weak defense fits.  

DALLAS (-7.5) over Chicago
This game is tricky. In a matchup of two teams who both played like crap last week, I’m forced to pick which one will rebound better. I’m taking Romo and the ‘Boys for the second week in a row—but this time it’s at the palace.  

CAROLINA (-3.5) over Tampa Bay
No way Tampa starts off 2-0. The Panthers put up more points in a loss against the Giants than the Bucs put up versus Cleveland last week. Give me Carolina at home.  

Arizona (+6.5) over ATLANTA
I was surprised the Falcons couldn’t going last week, even against a tough Steelers D. They face a weaker defense in Arizona, but I wonder how much worse Derek Anderson really is than Dennis Dixon. I like Atlanta to win the game, but not by a touchdown.  

MINNESOTA (-5.5) over Miami
Minnesota is no Buffalo. If the Dolphins let them hang around like last week, this one could get ugly.  

OAKLAND (-3.5) over St. Louis
I really have to pick someone to win? This game will definitely be decided by one team losing it rather than the other winning it. Sam Bradford made some mistakes last week, so I guess I’m going with the home team.  

DENVER (-3.5) over Seattle
After allowing the first six points of the game last week, Seattle scored 31 unanswered for the blowout. Denver on the other hand got shown up by David Garrard. Hopefully order is restored to the world as the Broncos get back to Mile High.  

The Manning brothers face off for the second time in their careers Sunday. Peyton won the 2006 match, 26-21.

Houston (-3) over WASHINGTON (best bet)
After beating the Colts by 10, they’re only giving Washington three points to work with? Mrs. McNabb must be putting a little something extra in their soup. I’m riding the A Train all day.  

Jacksonville (+7) over SAN DIEGO
Yes, I’m picking against San Diego two weeks in a row. I know Kansas City caught Rivers and the Chargers off guard last week and they should rebound, but Jacksonville has enough momentum from last week to keep it close.  

New England (-2.5) over NYJ
Geez. This game would be my best bet number two if I had one. Who made this line? Did they watch last week’s games? Revis Island is a mere speed bump for Brady. (Another 0-2 division opponent. Yay!)  

NY Giants (+5.5) over INDIANAPOLIS
The last time the Manning brothers met, the Colts won by five. Since then, I’d have to say Eli is on the rise and Peyton has stayed the same, if not slightly down. Add that to the fact that Indi got run into the ground like an elephant stampede last week, I’m leaning to the Giants.  

New Orleans (-5.5) over SAN FRANCISCO
I’m still a fan of Frank Gore and Mike Singletary, and after last week I’d really like to think they’d come back for the win. If it was against anyone but the Saints, I’d pick the 49ers. Brees & Co. narrowly escaped the Vikings last week, but they just have too much talent for San Fran.  

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Bit of a rough start last week, but it was to be expected. Turns out picking straight winners is a lot easier than winners against the spread.  

Buffalo News standings (best bets)
Sullivan 9-4-2 (0-1)
DiCesare, McKissic 8-5-2 (both 1-0)
Northrop 7-6-2 (1-0)
Wilson, Gaughan 6-7-2 (both 1-0)
It’s Always Game Seven 5-8-2 (1-0)  

In the words of Herb Brooks, “It’s gonna be a dramatic comeback.”

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