It's Friday and that means it's time to pick the winners of week 2 in the NFL. Last week, The Stack's picks weren't that great. Just 10-6. We aim for improvement on that this week and we're off to a good start picking the Packers last night. The Packers beat the Bears 23-10 led by their defense which forced four turnovers and sacked Jay Cutler seven times. While the offense wasn't great (they had a fake field goal for a TD) their defense set the tone, far different than in week one. Packers and Bears are each now 1-1. Big win for the Packers. Maybe saved their season. Here are the picks for week 2 in "the stack" for today, Friday, September 14:
Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM ET CBS
Both teams were embarrassed last week. Each team gave up over 40 points. The Bills are dealing with injuries on the offensive side of their ball, but it is their home opener. Shouldn't they play inspired? Plus, Mario Williams is mad after last week. Against, my better judgement, I'll take the Bills to win.
Prediction: Bills 23 Chiefs 20
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers 1:00 ET FOX
Are the Panthers really going to rush for only 10 yards this week like they did last week? Is Cam Newton really going to play as bad as he did last week? I think they can figure it out and look good this week. The Saints defense remains questionable. If they give up 40 points to a rookie quarterback at home, Newton and company should be able to put up close to that.
Prediction: Panthers 34 Saints 27
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM ET CBS
Both teams looked bad last week. But this game is in Cincinnati, and they are the better team, though the Battle of Ohio is always a tough game to win.
Prediction: Bengals 24 Browns 13
Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM ET FOX
I will argue that the Vikings comeback last week against Jacksonville was a season changing win. Had they lost that game, I don't think they'd beat Indy this Sunday. But I do think they spoil Andrew Luck's home debut behind a good game from Adrian Peterson.
Prediction: Vikings 24 Colts 20
Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM ET CBS
Doesn't matter if Blaine Gabbert is better than he was last year. He's still not as good as Matt Schaub and is no match for the Texans and that defense.
Prediction: Texans 27 Jaguars 17
Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM ET CBS
The Raiders have a lot working against them in this game: short week, cross country flight, early kickoff, mounting injuries. That's a lot to overcome. I'm inclined to pick Miami in this game, but surely Oakland knows they can't fall in an 0-2 hole and expect to win the AFC West. It won't shock me if the Dolphins pull this one out.
Prediction: Raiders 20 Dolphins 17
Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots 1:00 PM ET FOX
Does anyone really expect the Cardinals, with Kevin Kolb as their starting quarterback, to go into Foxborough and beat Tom Brady and company? I didn't think so.
Prediction: Patriots 34 Cardinals 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants 1:00 PM ET FOX
The Giants are embarrassed after last week's performance on opening night. They're out for revenge. And while the Bucs defense is much improved, expect them to come back to reality after this game.
Prediction: Giants 27 Bucs 13
Baltimore Ravens @ Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM ET CBS
Seems like a win to open the season has never meant so little in Philadelphia. Based on the way the Eagles last week, I'd probably be inclined to go with the fans and be nervous, especially after how good the Ravens looked Monday night. Michael Vick may be in for another long afternoon.
Prediction: Ravens 27 Eagles 17
Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM ET FOX
returns to Seattle for the first time since his botched snap cost the
Cowboys a win over the Seahawks in the playoffs. Doubt the game will
come down to that again. Seattle has hyped up Russell Wilson, but
he was nothing special against
the Cardinals last week and the Cowboys defense is much improved. While
I still remain skeptical of the Cowboys early in the year, they
shouldn't lose this game, though it will not shock me if they do.
Prediction: Cowboys 24 Seahawks 13
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams 4:05 PM ET FOX
Surely RGIII can't repeat what he did last week against the Saints can he? I don't think so. The Rams defense was pretty good against the Lions and beings that this game is at home, I think they make it a close game, but the Redskins will be able to pull it out.
Prediction: Redskins 24 Rams 21
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 PM ET CBS
Does anyone expect the Jets to put up 48 points again this week? Not a chance. The Steelers defense is much better than the Bills and the Steelers don't want/can't start out the year 0-2, not with the way Baltimore looks. Will Tim Tebow make a big play against the Steelers like he did last year in the wild card game? Perhaps Can the Jets win the game? Eh...
Prediction: Steelers 23 Jets 13
Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers 4:25 PM ET CBS
Chris Johnson had just 4 rushing yards last week. 4! The Chargers weren't much better running the ball, but they found a way to win. They need to find the endzone more than against the Raiders though. Still, the Chargers are a more veteran team and they may make life difficult for Jake Locker.
Prediction: Chargers 26 Titans 17
Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers 8:20 PM ET NBC
With the way the 49ers played last week, they look like the cream of the crop in the NFC. The Lions performance against the Rams was less than desired. The Lions offense may keep this close for a little while, but the 49ers want to make sure "handshake II" is a good handshake for coach Jim Harbaugh, not Jim Schwartz.
Prediction: 49ers 26 Lions 16
There you have it, the picks for week 2. We'll see how it all goes. MNF prediction between the Broncos and Falcons comes Monday. Have a good weekend everyone.
Coming up Monday: Week 2 NFL reaction plus MNF preview