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Fearless Rick's NFL Preseason Week 2 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | August 14-16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, August 14

Jacksonville at Chicago (-4, 42) 8:00 pm - Both teams come off a win in week one of the preseason, but the Bears' victory over Philadelphia more impressive than the Jags topping a punchless Tampa Bay, 16-10.

The Bears' defense didn't impress anyone, giving up 28 points to the Eagles, so expect Jacksonville to get some scores here, as Josh McCown will take more snaps, though Mike Glennon was solid in week one and will be in for most of the game. Bit of an upset in the making as the Jags build on preseason success.

Prediction: Jaguars 27 Bears 21

Friday, August 15

Philadelphia at New England (-3, 46 1/2) 7:30 pm - Expect fireworks as both teams gear up what look to be two of the top offenses in the league this season. Both the Pats and Eagles took losses in the opening week of preseason, and, while the games are still without much meaning, players and coaches still like the feel of walking off the field on top.

Tom Brady will get more work, as will the Eagles first unit, but, the New England defense will be up to the task and a late score should secure the win for the Patriots.

Prediction: Patriots 24 Eagles 17

Tennessee at New Orleans (-4, 43) 8:00 pm - A surprise, 20-17, winner over Green Bay last week, the Titans have something upon which to build, though playing against the fast-paced offense of the Saints is never an easy task.

Drew Brees will likely sit out a second straight game, but backup Ryan Griffin was solid (16-23, 179 yards, 1TD), and the backfield of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will get plenty of playing time with the first offensive unit.

The Titans are likely to fall behind early and their second half players probably won't be able to make up the gap.

Prediction: Saints 23 Titans 13

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San Diego at Seattle (-5 1/2, 38 1/2) 10:00 pm - San Diego QBs were a combined 14-for-16 passing in their 27-7 drubbing of the Cowboys last week, but don't expect the same kind of numbers against the Seahawks. Phillip Rivers looks like he'll give way to Kellen Clemens sometime in the second quarter, and the opportunity for the Seahawks to make some plays on defense will present itself.

Seattle looked a little flat losing to Denver, 21-16 last week, but head coach Pete Carroll will have his troops better prepared for this one. Besides, last week's loss was on the road and provided a pyrrhic victory for the Broncos, whereas this week the Seahawks are at home, which is a gigantic advantage.

Prediction: Seahawks 24 Chargers 17

Detroit at Oakland (-1, 39) 10:00 pm - The Raiders managed only six points in their loss at Minnesota last week and the lack of sustainable offense is going to be a recurring theme for Oakland this season.

Playing against the Lions will help, but not that much. And, while the Lions squeezed out a 13-12 win over the Browns last week, expect the first units of both the offense and defense to play well into the second quarter, spelling real trouble for the Raiders.

Prediction: Lions 34 Raiders 10

Saturday, August 16

Green Bay at St. Louis (-2 1/2, 40) 4:00 pm - Green Bay wasn't very fluid offensively last week, losing at Tennessee, 20-16, while the Rams held their own in a 26-24 home loss to the Saints.

However, the Rams gave up 252 yards passing and 123 yards rushing in a flag-fest (24 penalties), ample weakness for Packer QB Aaron Rodgers to exploit.

Should be one of the higher-scoring affairs of the weekend, as neither team has shown much ability to stop opponents, though the Packers should prevail in a shoot-out.

Prediction: Packers 31 Rams 28

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NY Giants at Indianapolis (-2 1/2, 41) 7:00 pm - With narrow escapes over the Bills and the Steelers, the Giants find themselves as the only 2-0 team in the preseason standings and one would expect their winning to end in Indianapolis.

The Colts lost a squeaker to the Jets, 13-10, last week and were fairly ineffective offensively, though Andrew Luck is likely to get into four to six drives this week. Eli Manning is working in new receivers, and will have plenty of opportunity against the suspect Indy secondary.

3-0 Giants? Mark it down.

Prediction: Giants 24 Colts 21

NY Jets at Cincinnati (-3 1/2, 41 1/2) 7:00 pm - The Jets will get more reps for both Geno Smith and Michael Vick, but the Bengals have far too much skill on offense to make this much of a game.

Andy Dalton will be looking for AJ Green and Dane Sanzenbacher early and backup QB Matt Scott will run the Jets ragged in the second half. The Jets aren't supposed to be much of an offensive threat this season and this game will be a proving ground for the Bengal defense, which was shredded in a 41-39 loss at Kansas City last week.

Prediction: Bengals 30 Jets 13

Baltimore at Dallas (-1, 41 1/2) 7:00 pm - The Cowboys looked pretty sad in their 27-7 loss at San Diego in the first week of the preseason, and will be looking to make amends in front of a home crowd.

Tony Romo didn't play in that opener, and may get some time behind center here, though the coaching staff is still keeping a close eye on the QB as he recovers from off-season back surgery.

No such injury issues plague the Ravens, who look to go 2-0 after a dominating, 23-3, victory over the 49ers last week. Could be a long afternoon for Dallas fans.

Prediction: Ravens 27 Cowboys 9

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