Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 NFL Week 2 Picks: Redemption Song

One word to describe last week's picks (and my fantasy season): UGH.  Anyway, this week will be a better week because it simply cannot get much worse.  This week's lines were a bit strange because the favorites were giving far too many points this week.  Will explain more in my SLAM DUNK section below.

Week 1 Record: 7-9
Season Record: 7-9
Week 2 Picks:

Home TeamAway TeamSpread SbG's Pick

Green Bay PackersChicago BearsGreen Bay (-6)CHI
New York GiantsTampa Bay BuccaneersNew York (-9)TB
New England PatriotsArizona CardinalsNew England (-14)ARZ
Indianapolis ColtsMinnesota VikingsIndianapolis (+1.5)IND
Carolina PanthersNew Orleans SaintsNew Orleans (-3)NO
Buffalo BillsKansas City ChiefsBuffalo (-3)BUF
Philadelphia EaglesBaltimore RavensPhiladelphia (-3)BAL
Miami DolphinsOakland RaidersMiami (+3)OAK
Cincinnati BengalsCleveland BrownsCincinnati (-7)CIN
Jacksonville JaguarsHouston TexansJacksonville (+7.5)HOU
Seattle SeahawksDallas CowboysSeattle (+3)SEA
St. Louis RamsWashington RedskinsSt. Louis (+3)STL
Pittsburgh SteelersNew York JetsPittsburgh (-6)PIT
San Diego ChargersTennessee TitansSan Diego (-6)TEN
San Francisco 49ersDetroit LionsSan Fran (-7)DET
Atlanta FalconsDenver BroncosAtlanta (-3)ATL

5 Slam Dunks:

Because very few people actually go to vegas and bet every game, every week, I decided to give you my five (T-Mobile style) and suggest the five picks in which I am the most confident (in order).

  1. Baltimore (+3) @ Philadelphia: Did I miss something last week?  Did I not see Mike Vick and the Eagles struggle mightily against the Browns?  Did I not see the Ravens tear apart what is a good Bengals team (playoff bound in any other division)?  How on earth is Philly giving any points to a team that is quickly becoming the chic super bowl pick?  Take the Ravens to win outright for the greater payout, but you can play if safe by having them cover the 3. 
  2. New Orleans Saints (-3): Where the line failed to react with slam dunk #1, it is equally overreacting to this one.  New Orleans is significantly better than Carolina.  Throw in the fact that they need to win the game, and a blowout may be in order.  Let's not forget that Drew Brees and co. are still really, really good.
  3. Houston (-7.5) @ Jacksonville: Blaine Gabbert had a great week last week, but that ends here.  Houston's D under Wade Philips is a turnover-making machine, and it's getting better.  J.J. Watt and the rest of the "Swatt Company" are going to wreak havoc on opposing offenses this season.
  4. Cincinnati (-7) vs. Cleveland: The Bengals are not a bad team, they just play in a really difficult division, but not because of the Browns.  BrotherOfGotti thinks the Browns will never win a game this season after they failed to convert what was their "only chance" against the Eagles last week.  I don't share the same sentiment about the Browns' total wins, but the Bengals will show everyone that they are a good team with a convincing victory at home.
  5. Detroit (+7) @ San Francisco: Detroit can still score.  They'll have a tougher time against the best defense in the league in San Francisco, but the 49ers are not going to blow the Lions out.  ***This pick is contingent that Calvin Johnson is healthy and plays.
Have fun enjoying week 2 starting tonight with a really entertaining game between the Bears and Packers that should be too close to call.

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