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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 2 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 13-17, 2012

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 13

Chicago at Green Bay (-6, 51) 8:20 pm - The first of two annual re-enactment of the NFL's oldest rivalries has the Bears - winners in week one - as severe underdogs to the Packers, who, in all honesty, looked second rate against the 49ers in their 30-22 home loss.

Admittedly, San Fran probably has the best defense in the league, and Aaron Rodgers was wearing them down late in the contest, but the Packers never really were in that game after the first quarter.

The Bears picked off rookie Andrew Luck three times in their 41-21 win, but they'll be facing a much more experienced and poised thrower in Rodgers, thus, the line doesn't lie and the Packers may be more than a touchdown better.

Prediction: Packers 31 Bears 21


Sunday, September 16

Tampa Bay at NY Giants (-7 1/2, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - The New York football Giants didn't fare well in their season opener, as Dallas took their measure, but they should bounce back well against Tampa Bay, which showed more defense than anyone thought they had, defeating Cam Newton and the Panthers, 16-10.

That said, the Buccaneers didn't do much on offense against one of the league's most porous defenses. The Giants have potential advantages all over the field on both sides of the ball and Eli Manning is likely to make them pay dearly for any mistakes.

Prediction: Giants 28 Buccaneers 10


New Orleans (-3, 50 1/2) at Carolina 1:00 pm - Both teams suffered losses in their openers, though the bigger surprise was New Orleans, stunned by Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, 40-32.

Not only did the New Orleans allow the Redskins 10 points in each quarter, but early in the 4th quarter, the Saints were down 33-17 large and never really had a shot after that. Drew Brees was picked twice and the NO defense showed they were suspect against mobile QBs. Cam Newton, anyone? Saints 0-2? You betcha!

Prediction: Panthers 30 Saints 27


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Arizona at New England (-14, 48 1/2) 1:00 pm - Arizona traditionally doesn't travel East very well, a trend dating back to the days of Kurt Warner and company.

Kevin Kolb replaced John Skelton in the Cardinals' victory over Seattle, throwing the game-winning score in the 20-16 win.

Not much to say about New England's 34-13 trouncing of Tennessee, except that Tom Brady is still Tom Brady and the defense was markedly better than last year's version. Still, the Pats may not be as good defensively as they looked against the Titans and Kevin Kolb has something to play for, namely the starting QB job.

Pats may win, but don't rule out what could be the major upset of the day.

Prediction: Cardinals 31 Patriots 30


Minnesota (-1, 44 1/2) at Indianapolis 1:00 pm - Christian Ponder is probably the most overlooked quarterback in the league, as he had a fine day throwing in the Vikings 26-23 OT home win against Jacksonville.

However, he connected for zero TD passes and lack of red zone offense is killer in the NFL. Minnesota may have looked OK at home, but, even though this will be in a dome, it is still a road game and the Colts are hungry.

Look for Andrew Luck to find more open receivers than he did last week against the Bears and lead his Colts to their first 2012 victory.

Prediction: Colts 24 Vikings 21


Baltimore at Philadelphia (-1, 44) 1:00 pm - One of the best match-ups of the day pits a pair of 1-0 teams in an I-95 rivalry game, though Baltimore played far superior football in their romp over the Bengals than did the Eagles' one-point escape on the road at Cleveland.

The Eagles still don't have much of a running game and Baltimore's defenders will be waiting for Michael Vick any time he leaves the pocket, making life for the Eagles very uncomfortable.

Joe Flacco looked like Johnny Unitas against the Bengals and if he continues with his hot hand, this one won't be nearly as close as the line indicates it might.

Prediction: Ravens 28 Eagles 17


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Kansas City at Buffalo (-3, 44 1/2) 1:00 pm - Ugly is the only way to describe how both of these 0-1 teams looked in week one. The Chiefs were slammed by 16 points hosting Atlanta, while the Bills were 20-point victims at home to the Jets.

Who wins? Who cares? Even though it's only week two, neither team looks like they're going anywhere this season, so take the points and believe that Buffalo's defense was probably quite a bit overrated during preseason and their injuries - especially to RB Fred Jackson - will cost them dearly.

Prediction: Chiefs 20 Bills 14


Cleveland at Cincinnati (-8, 40) 1:00 pm - Normally, one would like the TD+ the Bengals are handing the Browns after their week one loss to Baltimore, but the Browns displayed a great deal of ineptitude on offense in their 17-16 loss to the Eagles while Cincy never really got anything going against a motivated Baltimore defense on Monday night.

You really can't blame QB Andy Dalton for Cincinnati's ugly loss to the Ravens, however. He was harassed and pressured throughout the evening and only threw one pick. However, the defense did allow Baltimore to run up 44 points and the Bengals should not face the same kind of pressure nor the offensive output from the Browns.

Could actually be a walk in their home park for the Bengals.

Prediction: Bengals 34 Browns 20


Houston (-7 1/2, 41) at Jacksonville 1:00 pm - This is just a simple observation that as long as Matt Schwab, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster remain healthy for the Texans, you simply cannot bet against them, no matter how large the line or whatever team they play.

They're just that good and Jacksonville is, well... not.

Prediction: Texans 41 Jaguars 16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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