NFL week 2 picks: Bears, Lions go to 0-2, Vikings, Packers go to 2-0

September 16, 2009

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

As of press time, I’m 12-2 with two games remaining in week one. The two games left to be decided were played on Monday night, Sept. 14, and those results were unavailable prior to production deadlines. For the record, I took both home teams, New England and Oakland.

Now, onto the way I see week two shaping up. In Sunday’s (Sept. 20) early games, I’m going with Atlanta at home over the Panthers. The rejuvenated Brett Favre and the Vikings are on the road and will go to 2-0 as they tame the Detroit Kittens. Green Bay should play well enough at home to beat the Bengals.

I look for the Tennessee Titans to bounce back from a week one defeat and win at home against the Houston Texans. Oakland travels to Kansas City. I’m taking the Raiders. Despite the impressive showing by Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez in week one, I like New England on the road in this game.

Donavan McNabb suffered a rib injury and may not be available in week two. That’s why I like Drew Brees (who threw for six touchdowns in week one) and the New Orleans Saints in this match-up. Washington should pick up their first win of the season when they host the St. Louis Rams. Defending NFC champions Arizona will look for their first win as they head to Jacksonville. I think they’ll find it.

In the late-starting games, I’m taking Buffalo at home against Tampa Bay. I like the 49ers at home against the Seahawks. I hate to say it, but it looks as if the Bears will drop to 0-2 as they host the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. (I wouldn’t mind being wrong on this one.)

San Diego is at home and should defeat the Ravens in a close one. The Browns travel to Denver in hopes of getting their first win. I think reality will set in, and Kyle Orton and the Broncos will drop to 1-1.

In Sunday night’s rivalry match-up, it’s Eli Manning versus Tony Romo as the Giants invade the new Cowboys Stadium. Manning didn’t impress me much against Washington in week one. Romo had the best passing day of his career in the opener against Tampa Bay. Look for Romo to stay hot and make his owner Jerry Jones not only proud of the new Cowboys’ crib, but of his team as well.

Next Monday night (Sept. 21), the Colts are in Miami. Peyton Manning rarely loses in a nationally-televised game. He should lead his team to a 2-0 record and drop the Dolphins to 0-2.

Since I let my brain override my heart this week, I couldn’t pick the Bears over the Steelers. Believe me when I tell you, my heart made a very convincing argument to take the Bears. I’m trying to achieve my goal of at least 70 percent accuracy with my predictions this season. If I’m going to make it, I better keep listening to the brain.

From the September 16-22, 2009 issue.

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

As of press time, I’m 12-2 with two games remaining in week one. The two games left to be decided were played on Monday night, Sept. 14, and those results were unavailable prior to production deadlines. For the record, I took both home teams, New England and Oakland.

Now, onto the way I see week two shaping up. In Sunday’s (Sept. 20) early games, I’m going with Atlanta at home over the Panthers. The rejuvenated Brett Favre and the Vikings are on the road and will go to 2-0 as they tame the Detroit Kittens. Green Bay should play well enough at home to beat the Bengals.

I look for the Tennessee Titans to bounce back from a week one defeat and win at home against the Houston Texans. Oakland travels to Kansas City. I’m taking the Raiders. Despite the impressive showing by Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez in week one, I like New England on the road in this game.

Donavan McNabb suffered a rib injury and may not be available in week two. That’s why I like Drew Brees (who threw for six touchdowns in week one) and the New Orleans Saints in this match-up. Washington should pick up their first win of the season when they host the St. Louis Rams. Defending NFC champions Arizona will look for their first win as they head to Jacksonville. I think they’ll find it.

In the late-starting games, I’m taking Buffalo at home against Tampa Bay. I like the 49ers at home against the Seahawks. I hate to say it, but it looks as if the Bears will drop to 0-2 as they host the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. (I wouldn’t mind being wrong on this one.)

San Diego is at home and should defeat the Ravens in a close one. The Browns travel to Denver in hopes of getting their first win. I think reality will set in, and Kyle Orton and the Broncos will drop to 1-1.

In Sunday night’s rivalry match-up, it’s Eli Manning versus Tony Romo as the Giants invade the new Cowboys Stadium. Manning didn’t impress me much against Washington in week one. Romo had the best passing day of his career in the opener against Tampa Bay. Look for Romo to stay hot and make his owner Jerry Jones not only proud of the new Cowboys’ crib, but of his team as well.

Next Monday night (Sept. 21), the Colts are in Miami. Peyton Manning rarely loses in a nationally-televised game. He should lead his team to a 2-0 record and drop the Dolphins to 0-2.

Since I let my brain override my heart this week, I couldn’t pick the Bears over the Steelers. Believe me when I tell you, my heart made a very convincing argument to take the Bears. I’m trying to achieve my goal of at least 70 percent accuracy with my predictions this season. If I’m going to make it, I better keep listening to the brain.

From the September 16-22, 2009 issue.

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