No Punt Intended: NFL Picks Week Two Edition

By Brody Burns

Brody Burns hails from the rocky mountains where he was raised by a pack of affectionate wolves. He enjoys red meat, hunting for small prey, and nearly every series on HBO.  Join him on a journey of love, adventure, and football as the new Motions NFL guru!  Here are his picks for the week!

San Diego at Philadelphia (-7.5)– Week one was tough for the Chargers. It was eerily reminiscent of last year’s Broncos game where the Chargers gave up 24-0 lead at halftime on a Monday night, only to lose the game 35-24. That loss sent the Chargers into a nosedive, as the team dropped five of its next six games. Sunday, the Chargers have to travel across the country, on a short week, after having their heart torn out. That’s a bad equation. Chip Kelly and the Eagles looked great in the first half on Monday against the Redskins, and Kelly’s torrid offense will send the Bolts to a 0-2 hole. It gets easier for the Bolts as Tennessee, Oakland and Jacksonville are all on the schedule through week 7. My pick: Eagles 31, Chargers 21.

Thursday Night – N.Y. Jets at New England (-10) – The Patriots barely survived a scare from the Bills in week one, and the Jets surprised the Bucs behind rookie Geno Smith’s steady play. Don’t expect the same results this week. There is history between these two teams, and things got worse this week. According to LaDainian Tomlinson, who played for the Jets from 2010-11, Jets Coach Rex Ryan once claimed he was going to “punch [Bill Belichick] in the face” during a pregame pep talk. Thursday night, the Patriots will do all the punching. My pick: Patriots 35, Jets 14.

Cleveland at Baltimore (-6.5) – The Ravens played a good first half last Thursday in Denver. Then Peyton Manning unleashed the howitzer and torched them for five touchdown passes in the second half alone. The Ravens will benefit from a long week off, and playing at home. The Browns are better, but not good enough to get over the Ravens. My pick: Ravens 24, Browns 17.

Tennessee at Houston (-9) – The Texans were fortunate to escape America’s Finest City with a victory on Monday night, and get a momentum builder in week 2. Houston at home should win this with relative ease. My pick: Texans 31, Titans 13.

Carolina (-3) at Buffalo – Both teams are 0-1, the Bills after a heartbreak loss to the Patriots and the Panthers after losing at home to the Seahawks. Panthers’ offense was anemic last week, and going to Buffalo isn’t easy, nobody circles the wagons like the Bills. Always take home team underdogs when two mediocre teams are playing. My pick: Bills 24, Panthers 23.

St. Louis at Atlanta (-6.5) – The Falcons lost a close one to the Saints last week in the Superdome as Matty Ice was intercepted in the endzone with under a minute to play. Falcons will bounce back in their home opener. The Rams are getting better and may be a playoff team in the AFC, but won’t get over the Falcons this week. My pick: Falcons 27, Rams 20.

Washington at Green Bay (-7.5) – The Redskins are in the same scenario as the Chargers, traveling on a short week after a loss, but Green Bay is a much tougher place to win at than Philadelphia. Same logic applies. Mr. Discount Double Check and the Packers bounce back. My pick: Packers 31, Redskins 21.

Dallas at Kansas City (-3) – The Chiefs looked all-world in their opening week win over the Jaguars. Meanwhile the Cowboys outscored the Giants in a wild one on Sunday night. The Cowboys are due for a hangover, and the Chiefs are better than a lot of people think. My pick: Chiefs 27, Cowboys 17.

Minnesota at Chicago (-6) – Adrian Peterson looked solid in week one, but the Vikings turned the ball over four times. Christian Ponder still hasn’t done anything to instill confidence, and the Bears looked strong in a week one win over the Bengals. My pick: Bears 21, Vikings 13.

New Orleans (-3) at Tampa Bay – The Saints win in week one was a statement, the NFC South does not belong to the Falcons. The Saints should continue to show their division strength with a win over the Bucs. My Pick: Saints 31, Bucs 24.

Detroit (-1.5) at Arizona – Detroit is trying to get over a disappointing 2012, and a 2-0 start should do the trick. Reggie, Megatron and Stafford get this one. My pick: Lions 28, Cardinals 24.

Jacksonville at Oakland (-4) – Do I really have to pick this one? The Blackout bowl goes to the Raiders. My pick: Raiders 12, Jags 7.

Denver (-4.5) at N.Y. Giants – The Manning bowl goes to the elder, Peyton and the Broncos. Marketing executives rejoice, be on alert for a nauseating amount of Manning ads. My pick: Broncos 34, Giants 24.

San Francisco at Seattle (-3) – Game of the week, and hopefully it’ll turn out to be a game of the year. Niners looked strong against a good Packers team in week one, while the Seahawks failed to impress in a win over the Panthers. Century Link Field is a tough to place to win, so I am picking solely on the Seahawks’ home advantage. My pick: Seahawks 21, Niners 20.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (-7) – Pittsburgh looked bad last week; under 200 yards of total offense, no offensive line as Big Ben was sacked five times, and no running game to speak of at only 32 yards. The defense looked good, but the Titans offense isn’t the Bengals offense. Bengals win this one, as the Steelers’ age and injuries show. My pick: Bengals 21, Steelers 17.

 

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