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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 2 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | September 11-14

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 11

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-2 1/2, 44) 8:25 pm - Let's see, you get beat by a division rival (the Bengals), embarrassed by your fiance-beating running back to the point that you release him, but everything in the locker room is just fine and dandy and all your guys will perform 100% without any distractions, making you the favorite, right?

While the Steelers didn't look so good, having to go to overtime to beat the Browns, they're still probably going to be more focused than the Ravens, and that's worth an up-vote in anybody's book.

Prediction: Steelers 21 Ravens 16

Sunday, September 14

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (-2 1/2, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Lions made mincemeat of the Giants on Monday night in a 35-14 laugher, while the Panthers took care of business on the road against division rival Tampa Bay, by a 20-14 score. Cam Newton may be back in playing shape for this one, which means the Lions are in trouble.

The Panthers were 7-1 at home last season and will continue that winning tradition because they will have Newton back and their defense is world's better than that of the Giants.

Prediction: Panthers 27 Lions 17

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals (-5 1/2, 48) 1:00 pm - Don't you hate those -5 1/2 lines? Just make it six or seven. But, in depth analysis conducted over three minutes ago shows without a doubt that teams getting 5 1/2 points lose by an average of eight and two-fifths, the last fifth being that of rum.

For anybody taking this seriously, and yes, this is about as important a week 2 game can get, both teams are coming off wins, but the Falcons won at home over New orleans - a division rival - and it took them overtime and two 50+ yard kicks to do so. Cincy appears to be the real deal this season, racking up a week one win over the Ravens, and on a direct path to the AFC North title and a nice run in the playoffs, maybe all the way to the Super Bowl.

OK, we're getting a little ahead of ourselves there, but, recall, Atlanta was 4-12 last season, and this contest becomes a lot clearer. Any questions?

Prediction: Bengals 30 Falcons 17

New Orleans Saints (-6 1/2, 47 1/2) at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm - Drew Brees better not come into Cleveland feeling too cocky because the Browns gains a lot of confidence in the second half of last week's 30-27 OT loss at Pittsburgh and may be an angry bunch, feeling they let one get away.

The Saints themselves were also losers in OT, 37-34, at Atlanta, so they likely will be looking to take hold of the lead as early as possible and cruise past the Browns, but it's not going to be so easy. Week 2 in the NFL is usually rife with upsets and this could be one of the bigger ones.

Prediction: Browns 30 Saints 26

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New England Patriots (-3, 49) at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 pm - In very un-Patriot-like manner, New England imploded against Miami last week, giving up a lead and eventually losing by a pretty big margin, 33-20.

Maybe it was the heat, maybe the Dolphins are that good, and maybe it was just a football game and some players did better than others under pressure, but the Pats should bounce back in week two.

Minnesota did what any NFL team would and should against a team without a QB, they beat the Rams senseless, in what was the week's biggest blowout, 34-6. They'll have a tougher time of it against the visiting Patriots.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Vikings 21

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (even, 44) 1:00 pm - Somebody has got to be kidding. Yes, even though the Cardinals played late on Monday night (and won), and have to travel all the way to New York City to play on Sunday, the Giants also played on Monday night, though their game was a little earlier, and they lost, huge, to the Lions, and looked like _____ (insert expletive here)____.

The Giants are a team with a terminal illness, called norunningame-you-lose-itis. They can't run the football, and BTW, they can't throw it very well, either, and their receivers can't catch the ball and their defense sucks wind. The Cardinals may be a bit off their game due to traveling, but they're pros and even at 60% effectiveness without five or six starters, they'd still be a touchdown better than these horrible impersonators calling themselves the New York Football Giants.

Prediction: Cardinals 38 Giants 7

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Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (-3 1/2, 49 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Cowboys gave their home opener away in the first quarter, thanks to some seriously sloopy play from just about every starting player.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, San Francisco wasn't as sharp as they could have been or the score would have been worse than the 28-17 beating they took.

Prior to the fiasco in Big D, the Titans were rackin' and stackin' at Kansas City, to the tune of a 26-10 road win and look to be one of the more dangerous teams in the league. Look for Dallas to play a little better, but still go to 0-2, though the Titans win this one by a field goal or less.

Prediction: Titans 23 Cowboys 21

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins (-6, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Jaguars' offense may have spent their entire playbook on that 17-0 lead they blew in their eventual 34-17 loss to the Eagles last week, but, they did look good for about two quarters of the game (the final eight minutes were a brutal reality).

As far as the Redskins are concerned, they should be absolutely ashamed of the way they played in their opening week loss to Houston, a team that had lost 14 straight games, but they did it with all the flair of a team that was 3-13 last season, losing by a 17-6 tally.

OK, so this is a bad game between two teams that age going exactly... nowhere? Unitl the Redskins prove they can beat any other team in any league, they don't deserve to be favored, anywhere.

Prediction: Jaguars 28 Redskins 17

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (even, 43) 1:00 pm - One has to wonder which team is more in shock, the Bills, upset winners in overtime at Chicago, or the Dolphins, who put a whipping on AFC East rival New England to the tune of a 33-20 win.

Both should be brimming with confidence, but Miami looked very solid in almost every aspect, while the Bills still have to work out some kinks. While this is indeed a deep-seated rivalry going back generations, Miami will come in stoked that it's not December and temps are still in the 70s or 80s. They might actually find a bit of a cool-off from Miami refreshing, especially if they can put a licking on another division foe.

Prediction: Dolphins 23 Bills 20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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