The Old Man started off the 2012 season okay. Week one is always tough because no one shows their hand in preseason. Want a good example? How about the New York Jets. The preseason offensive juggernaut, they scored on TD ALL preseason, went for over forty in week 1! Who saw that coming?
Week two starts off with the first Thursday night game of the season. Good for the fans, bad for guys like me who have to get their column in two days earlier than usual! Week one had lots of surprises. What’s in store for week two? Read on to find out. As usual, all games are predicted straight up. Points are used as reference.
Chicago Bears (+6) at Green Bay Packers (Thursday Night)
The oldest rivalry in the NFL is the first Thursday game of the young season. The Bears are coming off a big win against the Colts. Cutler and company started off slowly, but they put it all together in their trouncing of the Colts. The Packers? They are coming off a home opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers who, in my opinion, are one of the two best teams in the NFL this season.
The Bears and Packers will both vie for the NFC North title. It will come down to their head-to-head meetings. Who wins this week? UPSET! I’m going with the Bears. Look for rookie Alshon Jeffrey to be the difference in this one.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7.5) at New York Giants
The Giants are coming off a big home opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In that game Victor Cruz looked like he had salsa all over his hands as he dropped most every ball thrown his way. That or the ball was wet from all the tears David Wilson shed after being benched. The Giants did not look like the Super Bowl champs. The Bucs? They’re coming off a big win against the Carolina Panthers. They contained the always dangerous Cam Newton and held the Panthers in check. This week they’ll give the Giants all they can handle. I think the difference is the Giants defensive line. This will be a close game, but I’m going with the Giants.
Arizona Cardinals (+13.5) at New England Patriots
If you have ANY Patriot players in fantasy football, start them this week. This will be the biggest blowout of the week. It will be “Corn on the Kolb,” and plenty of it, for the Pats D this week. Pats win big.
Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were not up to the task last week in Chicago. I think Andrew Luck saw schemes and coverages that were new to him. This week they get another NFC North opponent. The key to this game is the Colts defense. Can they shut down Adrian Peterson? The Old Man thinks so and I see the first win for Luck and and the Colts in week two.
New Orleans Saints (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers
In a shocker, the Saints fell, at home, to the Washington Redskins. The Panthers were beaten and beaten up in Tampa. Neither of these teams can afford to fall to an 0 and 2 start. I really think the Saints are not the same team without Sean Payton. That coach makes that offense run. Since the Saints are favored, this is another upset. I’m taking the Panthers to sneak this one at home.
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) at Buffalo Bills
Both teams are coming off rather large losses with each defense giving up 40 or more points. The Bills are missing running back Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson is still a little banged up. Buffalo looked like a team that was playing in the twilight zone. The only bright spot was the play of C.J. Spiller. In another upset, I’m going with the Chiefs. Their D is better and I look for them to mimic the Jets.
Baltimore Ravens (+2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
I’m not sure who is in charge of the point spread, but I think they go this one backwards. The Eagles bumbled and stumbled their way to a win over the lowly Browns in week one. The Ravens? They thoroughly dominated the Bengals, who have a much more potent offense than the Browns. Look for Vick to take a shot or two from that Ravens D as yet another upset takes place. I think the Ravens win this one by at least ten.
Oakland Raiders (-2.5) at Miami Dolphins
Personally, I think the Dolphins are the worst team in the NFL this season. They don’t score touchdowns, they kick field goals. If they’re going to win a game this season, this is one that gives them a chance…but they won’t. The Raiders lost last Monday due to a long snapper injury. That won’t happen this week. Take the Raiders on the road.
Cleveland Browns (+7) at Cincinnati Bengals
Did any of you notice Brandon Weeden getting trapped under the American flag last week prior to the game? It was the curse of Betsy Ross as Weeden played quarterback about as well as Ms. Ross would. The Bengals? Monday was a night that you did not want to be quarterback Andy Dalton. Man, did he take some shots from the Ravens D. Good thing the schedule maker gave the Bengals the Brownies for week two. Cincy bounces back with a big win.
Houston Texans (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags came “oh so close” to beating the Vikings last weekend with a touchdown pass with about a minute to play. However, it wasn’t enough. This week the Jags host one of the better teams in the NFL, the Houston Texans. I look for Matt Schaub to light it up Sunday, I hope so since I’m starting him in fantasy football, and Arian Foster will cut lose as the Texans move to 2 and 0 on the season.
Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Seattle Seahawks
The Old Man didn’t see the Cowboys winning last week and he didn’t see the Seahawks losing. However, both games taught him a thing or two. One thing I learned, the Cowboys may be for real. They did not look like the team that typically folds and falls apart in big games. Their DB’s, a weakness in past years, are solid this season. Romo and the O looked good. I also learned I like Russell Wilson is the real deal. I really like this rookie QB and he’s only going to get better. However, he will start the season off 0 and 2. Cowboys will rule the Seahawks.
Washington Redskins (-3) at St. Louis Rams
Both of these teams were very good in the opening week. I think RG3 had the best game in the league last week, and I think he’ll continue to look good this Sunday. The Rams? They gave Detroit everything they could handle. The question is, can they maintain that performance. The Old Man thinks they can. I’m going with the Rams in this one.
New York Jets (+5.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
As mentioned earlier, the Jets put a big number on the board in week one. It won’t happen two weeks in a row. The Steelers D is nothing like the Buffalo D. They’re much better. Look for Sanchez and the offense to revert to their preseason form and have a tough time finding the end zone. Take the Steelers as they ground the Jets.
Tennessee Titans (+6) at San Diego Chargers
The Chargers got lucky on Monday night. Take away the long snapping errors by the Raiders and I think the Old Man would have had one more W in the column. This week they get the Titans, who were thumped by the AFC Champs. Chris Johnson had a whopping 4 yards on 11 carries. I’m not sure what’s going on there, but the late, great Walter Payton put up huge rushing numbers during his career behind far inferior O lines. Go Chargers Go! Chargers win.
Detroit Lions (+7) at San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers didn’t look good in week one, they looked great. The only problem they’ll have this season is peaking too early. I really think if they keep it together, stay healthy, and Alex Smith keeps playing the way he is, they will go all the way. The Lions? They struggled mightily against the Rams, at home, in week one. They are a team that tends to play to the level of their opponent. I think the Lions will play well, but not well enough. Take the 49ers at home.
Denver Broncos (+3) at Atlanta Falcons
The Broncos play another prime time game in week two. While I like the offense with Manning, I don’t think they’re good enough to hang with the powerful Falcons. Julio Jones is going to have a breakout season this year. He’ll have such a great year that some will wonder if Roddy White is still playing. The Falcons are one of the three best teams in the NFC and I look for them to outscore the Broncos.
That’s it for week two. Take it to the bank!