NFL Picks Week 2 - Page 3
Miami at Minnesota (-5.5)
Cheech reminds me that the Vikings didn’t lose at home last year. And the Dolphins beat a bad Bills team last week. On the surface, this one looks easy. But hold on a minute, mister. Favre still doesn’t have the cast of receivers he had last season. And Bills or no Bills, the fish defense still gave up only 166 yards last Sunday. “You think too much,” Cheech tells me. He’s right. Vikes win at home yet again.
Tampa Bay at Carolina (-3.5)
Last week, the Panthers lost to the Giants (good team), while the Bucs beat the Browns (bad team). Advantage Panthers. This contest promises to be a battle of no-name, no-accomplishments quarterbacks, Freeman against either Moore or (hold your breath) Jimmy Clausen. Yes, that Jimmy Clausen, green as a cucumber. Nevertheless, somebody has to win. In murky cases like this, it’s always good to listen to the advice of the great football guru, Vinnie the Mooch. “Here you has a game of numbers – Tampa Bay has one good running back, Cadillac Williams, while Carolina has two, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Carolina wins.” Okay.
Seattle at Denver (-3)
The Seahawks shocked just about everybody last week with an upset trouncing of San Francisco, the trendy pick to win the division. So, Denver shouldn’t even be as difficult to beat, right? Wrong, says Frankie Nuts. “First, when you talk about home field advantage in Denver, you’re not just talking about crowd noise and enthusiasm, which Denver has in spades, but you’re also talking about the mile-high factor – unless you’re used to breathing and playing hard in the lack of air, it’s easy to fade as the game goes on. The Broncos defense has some cred. Champ Bailey is the difference maker in this one.” Taking Denver in the thin air at home.
St Louis at Oakland (-3.5)
In a battle of non-winners, this may be the must-miss game of the week. The Raiders haven’t won a home opener since 2004, and the Rams have won a total of 6 games in the past three years. On top of that, the Rams/ starting QB, first-pick Sam Bradford, is out. Sallie Boy says, “Look for McFadden to have another big game – Oakland wins.” Yup.
New England (-2.5) at New York Jets
The Jets may compete for a title this year, but it won’t be NFL Champs; it’ll be for “Dumbest Team in NFL History.” Last week they handed the game to the Ravens with 14 penalties, abysmal secondary coverage, and bonehead plays like running out of bounds on fourth down – and giving up the ball – instead of reaching out for the first down marker near the end of the game. And, as if that’s not bad enough, they have no offense. Sanchez is just not ready for prime time. The Pats, on the other hand, gave the vaunted Bengals a whuppin and showed that Brady and the potent offense are back big-time. “Jets remind me of the old Mets in the early days,” Bobby-Big-Fingers says. “Couldn’t get out of their own way. Couldn’t win nohow. Take the Pats.” We will.