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Sept. 16 – Week 2 Picks (Part 2)

Here is the second half of Week 2 game predictions:

8 ) Jacksonville at San Diego (Line : SDC – 7.5, O/U : 45.5) San Diego looks to come back strong after a dreadful loss in KC. It’s a good matchup for Rivers, as Jacksonville’s secondary isn’t great – but his receivers will need to catch the ball this week. The prediction is a Charger win, but not a cover: Chargers 23 Jaguars 18.

7) Seattle at Denver (Line : DEN – 3.5, O/U : 40) Will the Seahawks be exposed this week, or will they go to 2-0 under Pete Carroll? It will be interesting to see if last year’s inconsistency carries over. The Broncos are traditionally a very good home team, but the model likes a close one here: Seahawks 22 Broncos 23.

6) New Orleans at San Francisco (Line : NOR – 5.5, O/U : 44) The Niners will have a tough time avoiding an 0-2 start. The champs will be facing another tough defense, and will probably have to score more than 14 if they want to beat San Francisco in their building. Alex Smith will have to play much better. The forecast doesn’t think he will: Saints 22 49ers 12.

 

The Manning Brothers - courtesy Washington Post

5)N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis (Line : IND – 5.5, O/U : 48) It’s Manning Bowl II on NBC – In Manning Bowl I 4 years ago, Peyton beat out brother Eli in New Jersey. You have to figure the Colts will manage a way to avoid 0-2, even if it means big brother has to throw for 400 yards for the second straight week. However, the prediction here is an upset: Giants 29 Colts 28.

4) Pittsburgh at Tennessee (Line : TEN – 5, O/U : 36.5) Dennis Dixon will get his 2nd start against a titans team that looked very good last week. However, the Steelers are not the Raiders, and this will be a much tougher assignment. The model likes a higher scoring affair here, despite 2 good defenses. Another upset: Steelers 26 Titans 24.

3) Houston at Washington (Line : HOU – 3, O/U : 43.5) It will be a family reunion in DC, where the Shanahans and Gary Kubiak face off. Washington is still looking for its offense, while the Texans will try to ride Arian Foster another week. The prediction here is that Matt Schaub returns to form: Texans 23 Redskins 12.

2) St. Louis at Oakland (Line : OAK – 3.5, O/U : 37.5) Both teams in this matchup managed 13 points in Week 1. Sam Bradford will try to improve on that showing, while the Raiders hope getting Michael Bush back will help their cause. The model likes another upset here: Rams 23 Raiders 18.

1) Chicago at Dallas (Line : DAL – 7.5, O/U : 41)The model looks at at the Cowboys last couple of weeks, and sees a team that managed a total of 10 points and gained little yardage. Then it looks at a Bears team that had close to 400 yards in the air alone last week in a game they lost, yet won. Odds are the Boys rebound this week, but the math says they don’t. Personally I’d go with a no-cover, until they prove they can score: Bears 19 Cowboys 18.

Thoughts on these predictions? Let me know.

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  1. September 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    I was waiting to see how you would pick Giants/Colts – I sure hope you got this one right

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