Brody’s Weekly NFL Pickem’: Week 2

Brody Burns, the NFL guru, is back picking this week’s slate of NFL games

By: Brody Burns 

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I missed the first week of the season, but rest assured my weekly NFL Pickem’ is back!

Seattle (-5.5) at San Diego: The Seahawks looked unbeatable last Thursday. The Superbowl Champs came out and demoralized a good Green Bay Packers team. A healthy Percy Harvin adds an entirely new dynamic to their already stacked offense and Russell Wilson looks like he makes the leap into the top five QB echelon this season. I don’t see any way the Chargers have a chance in this game. Plus the Q will be very friendly to the visiting Seahawks; expect a raucous pro-Seahawks crowd on Sunday.

My Pick: Seahawks 28, Chargers 20

Thursday Night: Pittsburgh at Baltimore (-2.5): Ravens-Steelers is still the best rivalry in the NFL. Since the 2006 season began the Steelers and Ravens have played 18 times; the Ravens have won 9 and the Steelers have won 9. Over the last five meetings, the margin of victory has been 2.8 points. These teams hate each other and this game will be no different. I would give the edge to Baltimore, the game is on the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium, but I think the Ray Rice thing causes too big a distraction. Big Ben looked good in week one and the Steelers continue the momentum in week two.

My Pick: Steelers 21, Ravens 17

Jacksonville at Washington (-6): Which Jaguars team will show up on Sunday? Will it be the team that shut-out the Eagles in the first half or the team that gave up 34 unanswered points in the second half? Which Washington team will show up on Sunday? Will it be the methodical team that gained over 372 yards on a stout Texans defense or the team that turned the ball over twice? I like Washington at home.

My Pick: Washington 23, Jaguars 17

Dallas at Tennessee (-4): Tony Romo looked God-awful in the first half of last Sunday’s loss to the Niners as he threw three interceptions in one half. The funny thing is Vegas’ harsh reaction; the opening line of this game came in with Tennessee a one point favorite. The money is on the Titans. But I don’t think the Titans win this game, as the Cowboys do know how to do one thing very well – play .500 football.

My Pick: Cowboys 24, Titans 20

Arizona at NY Giants (-2): The G men looked pretty bad against the Lions last Monday; while the Cardinals offense didn’t exactly insight any major confidence. Traveling across country is tough, and the Giants do play better at home, but the Cardinals take this game. In my “captain obvious” prediction, this is Giants Coach Tom Coughlin’s final season – and the team would fire him midway if he hadn’t won that second Super Bowl.

My Pick: Cardinals 17, Giants 10

New England (-3) at Minnesota: Tom Brady doesn’t lose two games in a row very often. Matt Cassel doesn’t win two games in a row very often (outside of his magical season at the Patriots helm in 2008 when he was 10-5). Cassel’s career record as a Patriot starting QB is 10-5; and his record as a starting QB for the Chiefs/Vikings is 23-32. I like Tommy Cakes in this one.

My Pick: Patriots 31, Vikings 20

New Orleans (-6) at Cleveland: You don’t often see a road-team favored by nearly a touchdown this early in the season. The Saints lost a heartbreaker last week to a Hard Knocks (Falcons) and I think Drew Brees will be unstoppable. Saints roll this week.

My Pick: Saints 35, Browns 24

Atlanta at Cincinnati (-5): This is the game of the week. This is a game between two playoff teams; yes after week one I am telling you that both the Falcons and the Bengals will make the post-season. I think fans too quickly forgot how close the Falcons came to making the Super Bowl two years ago. They’re a good team.  With that said, it’s hard to pick against the Bengals at home in this one.

My Pick: Bengals 23, Falcons 21

Detroit at Carolina (-3): The Panthers defense was stout on Sunday, making Josh McCown and the Bucs offense look like they were back playing Pee Wee. The Lions haven’t been a very good team on the road over the past few seasons and it’s always only a matter of time before Stafford makes some bad decisions. I think the Panthers defense causes problems.

My Pick: Panthers 20, Lions 17

St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-5): The Rams were easily the worst team in week one. They looked wretched. And as a Doug Martin Fantasy owner, for a team to play worse than the Bucs did in week one, that really takes some terrible football. I go with Tampa on nothing more than them being at home.

My Pick: Buccaneers 16, Rams 11

Houston (-3) at Oakland: This was supposed to be a revenge game for Matt Schaub against his former team, but now with the emergence of Derek Carr, Schaub will have to watch from the friendly confines of the sidelines in Coliseum. But Schaub should be happy given most people in Oakland won’t be able to watch this game; can you say blackout!

My Pick: Texans 27, Raiders 21

NY Jets at Green Bay (-8): You give Aaron Rodgers a long week (10 days off), a stinging loss to get over, and a return to Lambeau Field… Packers Win.

My Pick: Packers 28, Jets 17

Kansas City at Denver (-13): 13 points is a gigantic spread this early in the season, the Broncos offense hit the wall in the second half of last week and the Chiefs were a playoff team last year. As a Broncos fan I was disappointed in their second half. But it all changes on Sunday. Peyton will have everyone working overtime in practice this week and the 13 points may not be enough. I think the Broncos win and big.

My Pick: Broncos 35, Chiefs 14

Chicago at San Francisco (-7): There is very little that I enjoy more in the NFL than watching Jay Cutler lose. Sunday will make me happy.

My Pick: Niners 34, Bears 17  

Philadelphia at Indianapolis (-3): Andrew Luck is a top 3 QB in the league (sorry Brady), only Brees and Manning are ahead of him in my book. There is not a player in the league I would rather start my franchise around. He is out of this world good and, remember, he is only 24. I don’t buy Foles, and I don’t buy the Eagles being a true contender this year. The NFC East is way down, and the Eagles will make the postseason, but they are far from the Seahawks and Niners.

My Pick: Colts 28, Eagles 20


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