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Saturday, 17 September 2011

NFL Week 2 Picks and Previews

In this post I am going to share a few thoughts about Week 1, and below that will be my picks for Week 2 and the links to where you can read my reasoning behind the picks.

WEEK 1 Recap
There were a few surprising results and performances in Week 1, but we have to be careful in going too overboard about 1 game:

Pittsburgh Steelers being decimated: Everything that could have gone wrong, did for the Steelers but I don't think I am ready to rule them out as a contender for the SuperBowl just yet. 7 turnovers are not something that can be overcome no matter how good the team is and they will be expected to bounce back this week.

Baltimore are also a lot better than they are perhaps given credit for and they look like they have finally got the correct balance on Offense to give them a chance to get over the Pittsburgh hump and maybe represent the AFC in the SuperBowl next year.

Are Kansas City that bad or Buffalo that good? Personally I think the Chiefs were the most overrated team going into Week 1 and did not deserve to be giving 7 points to any team, while the Bills exposed the flaws in the Defense.

Eric Berry is also out for the season and I think it will be a long one for the Chiefs.

Buffalo played everyone tough last season too, so it was no real surprise to see them as a competitive team, although I am going to take a keen interest in how they follow up that win against Oakland this week.

Are the 'Dream Team' in Philadelphia likely to go all the way? It is too hard to tell how the Eagles are going to do on one game, but what I did notice is the amount of big plays they were going to give up if the St Louis Rams receivers had not smeared their fingers with butter before the game.

The scoreline was flattering for the Eagles and they have much bigger tests ahead, starting with a trip to Atlanta this Week.

Will Tony Romo ever prove himself in the 'crunch time'? Tony Romo played brilliantly for much of the game at the New York Jets last week, but it was bad mistakes and fumbles that eventually cost the Cowboys in getting a big win on the board in Week 1.

The throw that was intercepted by Darrelle Revis was a big mistake and I still have no idea what Romo was thinking, although it is telling that the QB still has the support of his team mates at this moment in time.

Romo is 1-3 in Play Off games in his career, and more mistakes like last week will have the critics sharpening their knives again.

Are Indianapolis done without Manning? I think everyone knew what the Colts would be like without Peyton Manning, but the manner of their Offense collapsing was more worrying.

I am not ready to write off the Colts just yet (as you will see) and I think another Week for Kerry Collins to learn the Offense will help him a lot.

I also believe the Houston Texans were always going to be a tough ask for the Colts and that is not a result to take too much to heart- remember, the Texans beat the Colts in Week 1 last season too and the latter managed to bounce back.

WEEK 2 Picks and Previews
Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11667-Detroit-Lions-v-Kansas-City-Chiefs.htm)

Green Bay Packers @ Carolina Panthers (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11668-Carolina-Panthers-v-Green-Bay-Packers.htm)

Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11671-Tennessee-Titans-v-Baltimore-Ravens.htm)

Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11672-Pittsburgh-Steelers-v-Seattle-Seahawks.htm)

Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11673-Washington-Redskins-v-Arizona-Cardinals.htm)

Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11675-Indianapolis-Colts-v-Cleveland-Browns.htm)

Chicago Bears @ New Orleans Saints (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11677-New-Orleans-Saints-v-Chicago-Bears.htm)

Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11676-Miami-Dolphins-v-Houston-Texans.htm)

St Louis Rams @ New York Giants (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-11678-New-York-Giants-v-St-Louis-Rams.htm)

MY PICKS: Detroit Lions - 7.5 Points @ 1.92 Ladbrokes (1 Unit)
Green Bay Packers - 9.5 Points @ 1.92 Paddy Power (3 Units)
Baltimore Ravens - 5.5 Points @ 1.92 Ladbrokes (3 Units)
Pittsburgh Steelers - 14 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Washington Redskins - 3.5 Points @ 2.00 Pinnacle (2 Units)
Indianapolis Colts @ 2.10 Ladbrokes (2 Units)
Chicago Bears + 6.5 Points @ 2.00 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Houston Texans - 3 Points @ 2.05 Pinnacle (3 Units)
New York Giants-St Louis Rams Under 44 Points @ 1.92 Paddy Power (2 Units)

WEEK 1: 4-2, + 2.53 Units

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