There isn't much to say leading into these picks. If you want to make some quick money, you should look at my predictions and then run to Vegas and bet everything you own going the other way. Last week, like most around the country, I was atrocious. Let's hope both I, and the Kansas City Chiefs, show better this time around.
Without further nonsense, here are the Week 2 picks:
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-14)
Matt Verderame: Broncos 41, Chiefs 20
Kansas City looked pathetic in its opener and I can't imagine it looking much better against a much better opponent in a very tough place to play. Peyton Manning is going to have a field day, as will Julius Thomas with Derrick Johnson now out for the season. It is impossible to see the Chiefs winning this game without a divine miracle.
Joel Thorman: Broncos 34, Chiefs 17
Even the ultimate homer will have a tough time justifying picking the Chiefs here.
Seth Keysor: Broncos 51, Chiefs 24
It makes me want to jump in front of a train, but it is what it is. Frankly, I think I'm being optimistic giving the Chiefs 24 points after the disaster we saw last week. The Broncos have a better defense personnel-wise than the Titans do. Unless Andy Reid makes some critical changes to his gameplan and Dwayne Bowe has a huge impact in his return, there's a very real risk the Chiefs fail to score more than 13 (if that). Yes, that makes me sad. Really sad. I hope I feel totally stupid this time next week.
Clay Wendler: Broncos 42, Chiefs 10
People begin to burn their Chiefs Kingdom flags at participating McDonalds.
Matt Conner: Broncos 21, Chiefs 10
I don't think the Chiefs will win, but I think it will be fairly close until the end. Lots of concerns from Week 1. Lots of roster issues. But I still have faith in this coaching staff despite the odd use of players and offensive playcalling last week, and the impact talent is there for the Chiefs to still create turnovers.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-2.5)
Baltimore has already dropped one game at home in the AFC North, and can't afford to drop another here. The Ravens will be able to throw the ball and should have a decent enough defense to win on Thursday. Pittsburgh may have beaten the Browns but looked horrible in the second half. Things even out here.
Pick: Ravens 23, Steelers 17
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (EVEN)
Nobody understands how to play well one week and look like crap the next quite like the Dolphins. Miami is walking into a hornet's nest in this game with the announcement coming down this week that the Bills will stay in Buffalo. The Dolphins are a better team, but this is a tough spot.
Pick: Bills 24, Dolphins 20
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (-2.5)
Cam Newton is back this week and facing a bad Lions secondary. Newton doesn't have great weapons but enjoys an excellent running game and a superb defense. Talk of the Panthers' demise has been highly overblown.
Pick: Panthers 27, Lions 21
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals (-5)
The Bengals are a very solid team which can play defense with anybody in the league. Atlanta does not have a great offensive line and will pay the price against Geno Atkins and co. Additionally, Andy Dalton will find A.J. Green early and often to get a quick lead and let the pass-rushers eat from there.
Pick: Bengals 30, Falcons 20 *PICK OF THE WEEK*
New Orleans Saints (-7) at Cleveland Browns
The Saints are going to unload on the Browns this week. New Orleans is still steaming from blowing a very winnable game at Atlanta, and now faces a lesser squad. It would be shocking if the Browns are even remotely in this game come the fourth quarter.
Pick: Saints 45, Browns 17
There is no way the Patriots are starting 0-2. The last time it happened was 2001, the year Mo Lewis screwed the rest of the NFL by knocking out a mediocre Drew Bledsoe and ushering in the Tom Brady era. Brady will pick Minnesota apart and find a way to get back to even.
Pick: Patriots 31, Vikings 21
Arizona Cardinals (-1) at New York Giants
The Cardinals had some rough moments on Monday night, but found a way to gut it out. I was very impressed and believe in Arizona provided Carson Palmer doesn't become a trainwreck. Eli Manning and the Giants offense was truly pathetic against a bad Lions defense, so this could get ugly.
Pick: Cardinals 24, Giants 10
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (-3)
Just typing Tennessee Titans makes me want to drink heavily. Let's just skip it. Dallas stinks.
Pick: Titans 30, Cowboys 24
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington (-7)
Washington is no good, but it might be able to pull out a win against the Jaguars, who scored 17 points and then allowed 34 straight in Philadelphia. Robert Griffin looked good in Week 1, and I say he's enough to take this one down.
Pick: Washington 24, Jaguars 20
Seattle Seahawks (-7) at San Diego Chargers
Seattle is the best team in football and murders teams that try to win through the air. Have you watched the Chargers in the Philip Rivers days? This is going to be a bloodbath.
Pick: Seahawks 34, Chargers 13
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7)
St. Louis was the only team that looked worse than Kansas City last Sunday. The Rams appear to be a rancid dumpster fire and while the Buccaneers are no world-beaters, they should take this one home.
Pick: Buccaneers 23, Rams 13
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers (-9.5)
Green Bay got its pants pulled down in front of the country on last Thursday. The Jets are about to get destroyed at Lambeau Field because they have no secondary and the Packers have this guy named Aaron Rodgers.
Pick: Packers 33, Jets 16
Houston Texans (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders
The Texans will be without Jadeveon Clowney, but still have J.J. Watt and more talent than the Raiders can handle. It's going to be fun when we look at the standings and see that everybody in the AFC West stinks except for one team that lost 43-8 in the Super Bowl last year.
Pick: Texans 20, Raiders 16
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (-7.5)
The 49ers look vulnerable. Yes, they beat the Cowboys but it was with the help of three horrendous interceptions. On the flip side, the Bears are going to be pissed after blowing a game they should have won against Buffalo. Is it enough to topple the Niners on the road? Nope.
Pick: 49ers 27, Bears 24
Th Colts have a nice offense but the line stinks and so does their defense. Without Robert Mathis, they have to dial up all kinds of pressure to hit the quarterback. Chip Kelly is going to outcoach Chuck Pagano, and panic will start to set in for Naptown.
Pick: Eagles 31, Colts 28
Last week: 8-8 (4-12 ATS ... again, bet heavily)