2012 Week 2 NFL picks

I’ll start my Week 2 predictions with a pick of first Thursday Night Football game. This season, NFL decided to add more Thursday Night games and with new schedule all 32 teams will play a Thursday Night game, starting with Week 2 rivalry match-up between Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Since 2006, when NFL Network started broadcasting Thursday Night Football games, home teams are 25-12 (opening games to start each NFL season not included).

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). NFL tradition at its best. This will be 185th game between this two teams if we include 2 playoffs games. Chicago leads the series 92-86-6. Bears started new season strong with a win against the Colts at home, but now have to play an away game on short week. Packers on the other hand lost home opener and will try to avoid 0-2 start to 2012 season.
Pick: Packers 27-24, Result: Packers 23-10
Against The Spread: Bears (+5.5)

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Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Both teams disappointed last week with dismal performances. The Chiefs couldn’t stop explosive Falcons’ offense, Bills were beaten by Jets who supposedly couldn’t play on offense. As always, when in doubt, I’ll pick the home team.
Pick: Bills 29-26, Result: Bills 35-17
Against The Spread: Chiefs (+3.5)

Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Bengals’ time has come, a game against non-playoff team and they probably like it as they’ll try to bounce back after losing big time to Ravens in Week 1.

Pick: Bengals 21-13, Result: Bengals 34-27
Against The Spread: Bengals (-6.5)

Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). In Week 2 in the NFL rookie QB Andrew Luck finds out that he won’t have to face defenses as tough as Bears’ every Sunday. Against the Vikings he’ll get a good chance to get his first win as a Pro.
Pick: Colts 28-24, Result: Colts 23-20
Against The Spread: Colts (+1.5)

Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This is first of many cross-country trips for Raiders this season. They travel to Miami to face the Dolphins. Normally I would go with home team in this kind of situation, but its the Dolphins, Raiders also looked bad last week but I think they’ll get first win this Sunday against the Dolphins.
Pick: Raiders 20-16, Result: Dolphins 35-13
Against The Spread: Raiders (-2.5)

Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Because of John Skelton’s injury Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback for Arizona. That spells trouble for the Cardinals on offense, but Arizona has a solid defense which could make this game much closer than many people think.
Pick: Patriots 26-16, Result: Cardinals 20-18
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+13.5)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). I was surprised to see how well Buccaneers played on defense last week. Now they get another chance to prove they are legit, playing away from home against defending champions. Giants will look to bounce back from opening game defeat.
Pick: Giants 23-17, Result: Giants 41-34
Against The Spread: Buccaneers (+7.5)

Baltimore Ravens @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Ravens QB Joe Flacco was impressive in Week 1, Michael Vick not so much for the Eagles. Even without injured LB Terrell Suggs Ravens still have one of the best defenses in the league. Vick will make some plays and keep this game close but with his style of quarterbacking he might not finish the game.
Pick: Ravens 23-19, Result: Eagles 24-23
Against The Spread: Ravens (+2.5)

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Looks like Saints do miss their suspended head coach after all. Next for the wounded Saints are the Panthers who couldn’t get much going on offense against Tampa Bay last week. It’s still early in the season and Saints have plenty of time to get things going in the right direction. This could be a high-scoring game with Saints ending up on top.
Pick: Saints 32-27, Result: Panthers 35-27
Against The Spread: Saints (-2.5)

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Jaguars lost both games against Texans last season and I can’t see them pull an upset this time either. They do play solid on defense so they might prevent Texans to score 30+ points. Despite playing on the road, Houston Texans will be too much for the Jaguars who will lose second straight game.
Pick: Texans 26-17, Result: Texans 27-7
Against The Spread: Texans (-7.5)

Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). Another game I had hard time to decide, I should go with a home team again, right? At this point I just can’t pick against RGIII and his Redskins who will try to get it done on the road again, this time against improved Rams’ team.
Pick: Redskins 26-23, Result: Rams 31-28
Against The Spread: Rams (+3.5)

Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). Rookie QB Russell Wilson has yet to prove he can play good in NFL games that count. Can’t see him have a  break out game against the Cowboys. The crowd and the defense will keep Seahawks in this game but in the end it won’t be enough.
Pick: Cowboys 23-17, Result: Seahawks 27-7
Against The Spread: Cowboys (-3.5)

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). The Jets won’t score 40+ points every Sunday, at least I can’t see it happen this Sunday against Steelers on the road. Steelers still have lots of problems with injuries but they’ll find a way to beat the Jets at home.
Pick: Steelers 31-20, Result: Steelers 27-10
Against The Spread: Steelers (-6.5)

Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). I like the Chargers in this game simply because I trust Rivers more than I trust Locker. QB Jake Locker made progress but it will be Rivers and his experience leading the Chargers past the Titans for a second straight win in the young 2012 NFL season.
Pick: Chargers 24-21, Result: Chargers 38-10
Against The Spread: Titans (+6.5)

Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Handshake bowl, as the media put it. Lions traveling to San Francisco with only one dimension of their offense. Look for Matthew Stafford to have 45+ pass attempts. San Francisco will have lots of opportunities to force turnovers and with improved offense they could improve to 2-0 Sunday Night.
Pick: 49ers 31-23, Result: 49ers 27-19
Against The Spread: 49ers (-6.5)

Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). At the moment, it seems like Atlanta Falcons are better team than the Pittsburgh Steelers who Broncos faced in Week 1 at home. Next for Denver is Atlanta on the road on Monday Night and it will be Falcons’ time to shine.
Pick: Falcons 30-27, Result: 27-21
Against The Spread: Broncos (+3.5)

Week 1 record straight-up: 8-8
Overall: 8-8

Against The Spread: 8-8
Overall: 8-8


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