Sunday, September 20, 2009

Week 2: NFL Picks

After a perfect 3-0 week one (albeit, a lucky one), I'm ready to take on week two. And don't worry, Jets fans, the Jets-Patriots preview will be up soon, though there will be a sneak peek at that in this post. I feel confident about these three teams, so let's try and make it 6-0.

Jacksonville -3 over Arizona

Arizona does not look like the defending NFC champions. They look more like one of the many recent Super Bowl runner-ups suffering a disappointing follow-up year. Kurt Warner has not been himself, and receivers Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston have both been banged up. The Cardinals have historically struggled playing 1:00 PM games on the east coast. Jacksonville wants to assert its physicality on teams and go back to what used to make them successful. Arizona will be a perfect team for them.
Jaguars 24, Cardinals 14

New York Jets +4 over New England Patriots
This might give away who I'm leaning towards in my preview that will be posted shortly after this, but I'm confident. Rex Ryan is right. The Patriots have a better head coach and a better quarterback, but other than that, every unit is either a push or in favor of the Jets. Will that be enough for the Jets to break the eight game losing streak at home to the Patriots? Maybe, maybe not, but it should be a close game. I could see the Patriots winning by three or four, which would be a push or a split, or a Jets win, which would obviously be a cover. My prediction will come in my upcoming preview post.

Cincinnati Bengals +9.5 over Green Bay Packers
The Bengals have the makings of a surprisingly good defense. A healthy Carson Palmer has a game under his belt, while the Bengals figure out the best way to use weapons Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles, Andre Caldwell, and Chris Henry. The Packers did not look particularly good on Sunday night. They should bounce back a little at home, but the Bengals should come out motivated after losing a heartbreaker at home as a live underdog that can win both a defensive struggle and a shootout. The Packers should win, but Cincinnati won't go away easily.
Green Bay 28, Cincinnati 21

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