You already know I am participating in the Cuzoogle Pigskin Pick ‘Em Contest. After Week #1 I am already middle of the pack but looking to move up. I thought I would publish my picks before the start of the weekend games so you all could see whom I have a rooting interest in. I’ll also offer a brief explanation as to how I came up with that pick. So here they are, the week #2 NFL picks to win straight up with no regard for the Las Vegas spread. (Predicted winners are in Green.)
Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.
Titans D is solid but Bengals offense could get on a roll.
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m.
Jaguars O-line is a mess. Buffalo looked good in week #1 and could move to 2-0
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m.
The Raiders are a train wreck. I am convinced they will be picking No. 1 in the April 2009 NFL Draft.
Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.
Colts return to form.
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m.
Panthers prove that last week’s last second win in San Diego was no fluke. This team is legit.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 1 p.m.
Aaron Rodgers is making many Cheeseheads forget there ever was a Favre.
New York Giants at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m.
Rams are awful and they can’t run block or protect Marc Bulger. And now they play the defending Super Bowl Champs?
New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins 1 p.m.
‘Skins still adjusting to new coaching system and Brees and Co. have things clicking.
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 p.m.
Brian Griese? Are you serious? Michael Turner runs wild and the Falcons may be the surprise team of the year.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m.
Who is Matt Hasselbeck going to throw to? Honestly? Niners steal one on the road.
New England Patriots at New York Jets 4:15 p.m.
There is a reason Matt Cassel has been kept on this roster for years. Just because Brady is out does not mean the offensive weapons have evaporated.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos 4:15 p.m.
Chargers defense looks flat and with it being “lights out” on Merriman’s season, Jay Cutler will have some Mile-High stats.
Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals 4:15 p.m.
Dolphins are improved but Kurt Warner shows why he was tabbed the starter over Leinart.
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans 4:15 p.m.
Texans have a tough D and could be problematic for the Ravens’ rookie QB.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 8:15 p.m.
Steelers look to be the dark horse to win the AFC. Solid team in all aspects of the game.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 8:30 p.m.
In the Andy Reid era, the Eagles have an excellent track record for beating ‘Da Boyz. Plus McNabb looks like he is back to his old self.