NFL Picks: Vikings will have a much tougher test this week
Published 10:25 am Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Here are the picks:
Steelers at Ravens
The Ravens are reeling from the suspension and dismissal of Ray Rice, who was one of their most popular players. The Steelers are coming off a win in which thier offense looked explosive and Leveon Bell looked like a force in the backfield.
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STEELERS 27, RAVENS 23
Dolphins at Bills
Both of these teams are tied for the lead in the AFC East after one game and after this contest, one of them will be in first place by themselves in the division. Mark this game down, it is truly rare that the Dolphins and Bills are battling for first place in anything.
DOLPHINS 24, BILLS 21
Jaguars at Redskins
The Redskins offense was putrid in a season opening loss to the Texans, but they’ll find it much easier to score points against the hapless Jaguars.
Unfortunately for Jacksonville, I think their 17-0 lead against Philly, which they later blew, was the highlight of its season.
REDSKINS 20, JAGUARS 13
Cowboys at Titans
Tony Romo looked horrible in week one against a banged up 49ers defense, but the running game was good. It’s all about silver linings for the Cowboys.
TITANS 27, COWBOYS 24
Cardinals at Giants
The Giants are another team that looked bad in their opener. But don’t blame Eli Manning, you can’t make cake out of a pile of dirt.
CARDINALS 28, GIANTS 14
Patriots at Vikings
I will admit the Vikings looked solid on both sides of the ball and their offense may continue to strive. However, that defense was playing against the Rams’ second and third string quarterbacks and a receiving group that doesn’t have a standout.
I think they’ll have a much more difficult time containing Tom Brady and company this week.
PATRIOTS 35, VIKINGS 20
Saints at Browns
These are the type of games the Saints tend to struggle in. They’re playing outside against a feisty team that nearly pulled off a comeback win last week. It’s hard to see the Saints starting 0-2, but stranger things have happened in the NFL.
BROWNS 31, SAINTS 30
Falcons at Bengals
Atlanta is another team that struggles outdoors away from home.
BENGALS 30, FALCONS 28
Lions at Panthers
The Lions had a free-for-all against the Giants’ hapless secodnary last week, but Carolina packs a much tougher punch on defense. However, I don’t think Carolina can continue to live off Greg Olson and a group of inexpeirenced receivers in its passing game.
LIONS 17, PANTHERS 13
Rams at Bucs
I believe I once again overvalued the Bucs when I picked them to beat the Panthers last week, but they should be able to handle the Rams at home.
BUCS 21, RAMS 13
Seahawks at Chargers
Seattle’s defense is just too good. It keeps them in every game and their offense has enough talent where it will eventually produce a couple of big plays. It’s early, but the Seahawks are the favorite to win it all right now and I’m not sure there is another team that is close.
SEAHAWKS 20, CHARGERS 17
Texans at Raiders
The Raiders made a lot of moves in the offseason to bolster their roster and it led to them dropping their opener to the Jets. But they did make that game close, which is a positive sign.
I don’t like rookie QB Derek Carr against a tough Texans’ defense that includes J.J. Watt, the best defensive player in the league.
TEXANS 16, RAIDERS 7
Jets at Packers
The Packers have licked their wounds from the beatdown in Seattle and they have a good chance to get back on track against the mediocre Jets.
PACKERS 31, JETS 21
Chiefs at Broncos
Kansas City looked lifeless against the Titans. I’m sure glad I had Jamaal Charles on my fantasy team last year and not this year.
BRONCOS 34, CHIEFS 14
Bears at 49ers
We knew the Bears would struggle on defense going into this season, but that wasn’t their biggest problem in a loss to the Bills. The problem is Jay Cutler still tends to play like a first-year starter who doesn’t value possession of the ball.
49ERs 28, BEARS 21
Eagles at Colts
You can never count out Andrew Luck in any game, especially at home.
COLTS 34, EAGLES 31
Last week: 8-8; overall: 8-8