As always, home team in CAPS.
CINCINNATI 7 Cleveland
The Bengals got blasted last week, and the Browns are the opponent to right the ship. The Browns almost pulled off an upset last week, but it was due more to Philadelphia's awful play than anything else. Brandon Weeden had one of the worst day's of any quarterback I have ever seen. I don't expect it mto be much better this week. I like Cincinnati here.
Houston 7 JACKSONVILLE
The Texans got off to a good start last week, and so did Jacksonville-sort of. The Jaguars did lose, but should have beaten Minnesota, even though the Vikings stink. Houston needs to win these games this year. Last year they had some bad losses. They can't afford that this year. This won't be one of them.
New Orleans 3 CAROLINA
The Saints were stunned last week, and this game won't be easy either. The Panthers did lose last week, but some have them going to the playoffs this year. Not me. I think they need another year. New Orleans needs to win this game. They can't afford to start 0-2.
Dallas 3 1/2 SEATTLE
The Cowboys won in week one, and they get an extra couple of days rest for this game. They won't need it. The Seahawks are mediocre at best, and they could have a long year. Tony Romo looked really good in week one. Don't worry Cowboys fans. He will blow it eventually.
Washington 3 1/2 ST. LOUIS
What a debut for Robert Griffin III. He looked really good and led the Redskins to an upset of New Orleans. The Rams are improved, but are going nowhere this season. The Redskins could make an already competitive NFC East even better. It is a long season though, but they could be fun to watch. I like them here.
BUFFALO 3 Kansas City
Both teams got off to a real rough start last week, and I don't know who looked worse. Both teams have high hopes this year, but obviously one of them has to start 0-2. I am not sure why Buffalo is favored here, because they aren't going to win this game.
NEW ENGLAND 13 1/2 Arizona
Both teams won last week, but the Patriots were more impressive. Some people think this game might be tougher than expected for New England. Not me. Remember Kevin Kolb is starting at quarterback for Arizona. That is all anybody needs to know. I don't see any problems for the Patriots.
SAN DIEGO 6 1/2 Tennessee
The Chargers got off to a good start last week, but Tennessee did not. Both teams had playoff thoughts this year, but they better keep thinking. Neither team is particularly good. They aren't bad either, but the AFC is very tough this year. I like the Chargers here.
PHILADELPHIA 2 1/2 Baltimore
One team looked great last week, the other looked awful. I don't need to explain which team was which. The Eagles better start playing better or they are in big trouble in their division. The Ravens aren't in trouble at all. They will win the AFC North and have a very solid playoff run. Right now ( and most times actually ) it is hard to trust Michael Vick. This week I trust Joe Flacco and Baltimore more.
SAN FRANCISCO 6 1/2 Detroit
The 49ers got off to a terrific start last week, and though the Lions did win, they struggled. I think the Lions really need to make the playoffs this year. Not so much because I predicted them too, but they have too much talent to not make it, even in a tough division. I think the 49ers will win, but the Lions should be able to keep it close.
Minnesota 3 INDIANAPOLIS
The Vikings won last week, but that doesn't mean they are any good. The Colts lost last week, and they definitely are not good. They do have promise though, unlike Minnesota, who I think is going nowhere. The Vikings aren't good enough to be favored by three points over anybody. I'll take the Colts here.
NEW YORK GIANTS 7 Tampa Bay
The Giants have had some extra rest, and they will need it this week against a pretty good Tampa Bay team. The Giants lost in week one, and they cannot afford to start the season 0-2, especially in the NFC East. The Bucs are playoff contenders, but I don't see how they can win here.
ATLANTA 3 1/2 Denver
The Falcons looked real good last week, and so did Peyton Manning. I am not sold on Denver though, or Peyton Manning-yet. I think a lot of it last week was emotion. Give me a few more weeks to get a real idea on how good Denver is. The Falcons are good, and many are thinking playoffs. We will see. I will take them here.
Game of the Week
PITTSBURGH 5 1/2 New York Jets
I think Pittsburgh is like a lot of teams this week. They can't afford to start 0-2. They aren't as good as in previous years, but they are still very good. I think the Jets are too. They looked great last week, but they need to be better than great here. I don't think they will be. I like the Steelers.
Stinker of the Week
Oakland 2 1/2 MIAMI
The Raiders aren't great, but the Dolphins are just plain bad. I like both sets of cheerleaders though, especially the Raiderettes. Based on that, I'll take Oakland.
Record For Week One: 7-9 ( 10-6 without spread )
Record Through Week One: 7-9 ( 10-6 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 0-1
Stinker of Week Record: 1-0
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