2010 Weekly Predictions: Week 2

September 16th, 2010 - 9:23 pm

Everything seemed to be going along smoothly for my predictions in Week 1 until the late games hit, specifically the Sunday and Monday night games. The Cowboys flopped against the Redskins, the Jets’ offense resembled that of a Division I-AA college program, and the Chiefs upset the Chargers — which I’m sure a lot of people did not predict. My picks against the spread could have gone better but for my first time doing it, I’ll take an above-.500 record.

Week 2 historically has been the most trouble for me the past two years that I’ve made predictions as I went 8-8 in 2009 and 9-7 in 2008. We’ll see how it works out for me this year.

Point spreads come from Vegas.com as of Thursday afternoon.

Last Week: 11-5
Last Week against the spread: 8-6-2

This Week: 9-7
This Week against the spread: 6-9-1

Overall: 20-12
Overall against the spread: 14-15-3

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Ravens are going to be a tough team to beat this year. Their offense is much improved and their defense is still solid after all these years. Cedric Benson did well against the Ravens last year, but I think the Ravens shut him down, or at the very least contain him on their way to a victory.
Prediction: Baltimore 20, Cincinnati 17
Actual Score: Cincinnati 15, Baltimore 10
Spread Pick: Baltimore -2 1/2
Actual Score: Cincinnati 15, Baltimore 10

Chicago Bears (1-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
The Bears shot themselves in the foot with four turnovers in Week 1 against the Lions but still managed to pull out the win. They’re facing a much tougher opponent this week and can’t afford to turn over the ball as much. The Cowboys are a much more physical team and I think the Bears will struggle to handle the Cowboys’ 3-headed monster at running back and also struggle to defend the Cowboys’ plethora of receivers.
Prediction: Dallas 27, Chicago 20
Actual Score: Chicago 27, Dallas 20
Spread Pick: Chicago +7 1/2
Actual Score: Chicago 27, Dallas 20

Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) at Detroit Lions (0-1)
I was not impressed with the Eagles at all last week and even a healthy Kevin Kolb doesn’t do anything for me. I think the Eagles got much worse this off-season and I think the Lions will pull off a victory here.
Prediction: Detroit 21, Philadelphia 17
Actual Score: Philadelphia 35, Detroit 32
Spread Pick: Detroit +6
Actual Score: Philadelphia 35, Detroit 32

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
The Falcons kept it close against the Steelers and nearly defeated them on the road while the Cardinals struggled to get past the lowly Rams. I think Atlanta should pick up its first victory of the season at home this week.
Prediction: Atlanta 21, Arizona 16
Actual Score: Atlanta 41, Arizona 7
Spread Pick: Arizona +6 1/2
Actual Score: Atlanta 41, Arizona 7

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Prior to Week 1, this game looked like a dreadful one on the schedule but the Chiefs managed to knock off a pretty good Chargers team. There’s nothing to be excited about from the Browns.
Prediction: Kansas City 23, Cleveland 13
Actual Score: Kansas City 16, Cleveland 14
Spread Pick: Kansas City +2
Actual Score: Kansas City 16, Cleveland 14

Buffalo Bills (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-0)
I know that the Packers lost Ryan Grant for the season, but the Bills are atrocious. With this being a home game on top of everything else, the Packers should wrap up this game by halftime.
Prediction: Green Bay 34, Buffalo 13
Actual Score: Green Bay 34, Buffalo 7
Spread Pick: Green Bay -13
Actual Score: Green Bay 34, Buffalo 7

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Should be a great game that could be a potential playoff preview. The Steelers couldn’t put up many points in their Week 1 win over Atlanta and will have to rely on their defense to keep them in the game against a tough Tennessee run game. I like the Titans at home.
Prediction: Tennessee 20, Pittsburgh 17
Actual Score: Pittsburgh 19, Tennessee 11
Spread Pick: Pittsburgh +5 1/2
Actual Score: Pittsburgh 19, Tennessee 11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Tampa Bay managed to start the season on the right foot but I think that was more the result of playing a bad Cleveland team. Carolina should be able to control the line of scrimmage and establish their run game.
Prediction: Carolina 23, Tampa Bay 14
Actual Score: Tampa Bay 20, Carolina 7
Spread Pick: Carolina -3 1/2
Actual Score: Tampa Bay 20, Carolina 7

Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
Once Minnesota gets into a groove, they’ll be just fine. I don’t think they’ll be as good as last year, but good enough to be above .500. The Dolphins should provide a stiff challenge but Favre could have a big game.
Prediction: Minnesota 24, Miami 16
Actual Score: Miami 14, Minnesota 10
Spread Pick: Minnesota -5 1/2
Actual Score: Miami 14, Minnesota 10

St. Louis Rams (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Wow, a whole lot of bad here. If the Raiders really are going to be a surprise team this year, this is a game they must win hands down. They may have trouble with Steven Jackson as they did with Chris Johnson, but I like the Raiders at home.
Prediction: Oakland 20, St. Louis 13
Actual Score: Oakland 16, St. Louis 14
Spread Pick: Oakland -3 1/2
Actual Score: Oakland 16, St. Louis 14

Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
I was a little shocked at how well the Seahawks played in Week 1 and I don’t know if that’s because they’re better than anticipated or San Francisco is worse than expected. Nevertheless, I feel the Broncos should take care of their home field here and present a bigger challenge than the 49ers did.
Prediction: Denver 20, Seattle 17
Actual Score: Denver 31, Seattle 14
Spread Pick: Seattle +3 1/2
Actual Score: Denver 31, Seattle 14

Houston Texans (1-0) at Washington Redskins (1-0)
Both of these teams looked good in the first week and, even though I picked the Texans to win, both teams surprised a lot of people with their victories. I think the Redskins have the slight edge with home field advantage, but I was awfully impressed that the Texans didn’t have to rely on their vaunted passing attack to win last week. I like the Texans again this week.
Prediction: Houston 24, Washington 17
Actual Score: Houston 30, Washington 27
Spread Pick: Houston -3
Actual Score: Houston 30, Washington 27

New England Patriots (1-0) at New York Jets (0-1)
For as bad as the Jets played in Week 1 and as well as the Patriots played, it would probably be the biggest upset of the week if New York were to win this game. I think the Patriots win and win big, even on the road.
Prediction: New England 27, NY Jets 10
Actual Score: NY Jets 28, New England 14
Spread Pick: New England -2 1/2
Actual Score: NY Jets 28, New England 14

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) at San Diego Chargers (0-1)
The Chargers can’t be too happy about losing to the Chiefs in their season opener and should be more physical against a Jaguars team that slipped by the Broncos.
Prediction: San Diego 27, Jacksonville 17
Actual Score: San Diego 38, Jacksonville 13
Spread Pick: San Diego -7
Actual Score: San Diego 38, Jacksonville 13

New York Giants (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
A battle between brothers Peyton and Eli, this should be a fun one to watch. The Giants played well against a bad Panthers team and the Colts struggled against a good Texans team in Week 1, but I expect the roles to be reversed this week. I think big brother gets the better of little brother here.
Prediction: Indianapolis 24, NY Giants 20
Actual Score: Indianapolis 38, NY Giants 14
Spread Pick: NY Giants +5 1/2
Actual Score: Indianapolis 38, NY Giants 14

New Orleans Saints (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
The Saints will have had 11 days to prepare for this game when the ball finally goes up in the air and that’s plenty of time against a 49ers team that was pounded by a bad Seahawks team. I don’t expect the Saints to be rusty. In fact, they should be even more fundamentally sound than they were in the season opener against Minnesota.
Prediction: New Orleans 31, San Francisco 16
Actual Score: New Orleans 25, San Francisco 22
Spread Pick: New Orleans -5 1/2
Actual Score: New Orleans 25, San Francisco 22

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