Baltimore Ravens @ Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Vick claimed that his teammates lost confidence/faith during the game on Sunday against the Browns. They beat the Browns by one point. On the flip-side, the Ravens looked dominant in all phases against the Bengals. If it looks like it, smells like it, it probably is.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
A divisional game in which both teams desperately want to avoid going 0-2 to start the season. I just watched RGIII terrorize the Saints defense in New Orleans. Why shouldn’t Cam Newton be able to do the same at home? The Panthers defense isn’t as strong as the Saints so expect a shootout.
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Texans look like a team destined for the AFC Championship game. At best, the Jags finish 8-8. If you didn’t pick Houston with me last week, you might want to take them here for your survivor pick.
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams
This is tricky. RGIII looked great, but a lot of his passes were quick screens to receivers. The Rams have good corners and forced Matt Stafford into numerous mistakes. Avoid this game on your betting line.
Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson made the throws necessary to beat the Cardinals last week. Too bad his receivers couldn’t hang on to the ball. The Cowboys will be riding a wave of momentum and have had an extra 4 days to prepare for the Hawks.
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Seems like the Jets offense was toying with us all preseason. They exploded against the Bills and Mark Sanchez quieted Tebow nation for at least a week. The Steelers go back home and add James Harrison and Ryan Clark to the lineup. I can’t see the Steelers dropping to 0-2 at home.
Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers
Jake Locker was very impressive in his debut, but now has to deal with a separation to his non-throwing shoulder. The Chargers struggled to find the endzone against the Raiders, but still came away with a difficult road win. The Titans lost defensive captain LB Colin McCarthy to a leg injury.
Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers
Handshake Gate 2.0. These teams always play with an edge that they get from their head coaches. If you think the Lions or 49ers players aren’t aware of what happened 11 months ago, you don’t know football. The Lions won’t run the ball effectively, but Stafford could throw all over the Lions if they don’t generate pressure.
Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons were very impressive in their debut against the Chiefs. Two things are different about this week. Peyton Manning can go toe-to-toe with the Falcons offense and Champ Bailey/Von Miller will make the passing game more difficult on Matt Ryan. The key to me is Matt Ryan’s record at home.
Season Record: 9-7