NFL Picks : 2014 Week 2


Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback

Matthew Stafford

(9) gesture at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Time for the week two NFL picks. We started off the season well last week, winning two out of the three games chosen. The Giants prevented us from a sweep, basically because the Giants weren’t able to get anything at all going on offense. They really haven’t taken well to Bob McAdoo’s offense have they? Certainly not yet. Let’s see how we do this week.

So here are the week 2 picks.

Game one, Detroit heads to Carolina to face the Panthers. The Panthers are favored by 2.5 at home in this NFC battle. Both of these teams are 1-0, the Lions beating the Giants last week on Monday night, while the Panthers topped the Bucs by six, 20-14 in Tampa. I am looking at the underdog here, and I will tell you why.

The Carolina Panthers did possess the ball for 35 minutes against the Bucs last week. You would think that the Panthers could rack up over 400 yards with all of that time, but they didn’t. They only posted 330. Controlling the line of scrimmage against Ndamukong Suh and Ziggy Ansah is a nearly impossible task. Cam Newton returns on Sunday, but he will be rusty, there is no doubt about that. The Lions allowed 197 yards and gained 417 for a good reason last week. They are good. If Megatron is on a team, they are going to be good. Take the Lions and the points, 2.5, on the road.

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Game two, and it’s off to Cleveland. The Browns are playing host to the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are road team favorites, favored by 6.5. Both teams are entering this game 0-1, the Saints falling to a hot Matt Ryan and the Falcons last week, while the Browns comeback fell short in the team’s loss to the Steelers.

Despite losing last week, Drew Brees and company posted nearly 500 yards of total offense. Nine times out of ten, the Saints win that game. Matt Ryan was off the charts, posting an out of this world performance, keeping the Saints out of the win column. Drew is not happy. Now take a look at the Browns. They have a new coach, Mike Pettine. Most of this site’s readers know Mike Pettine, supposedly a defensive coach. His team gave up over 500 yards of offense last week. Look for that to continue. Take the favorite, the Saints and the points, 6.5.

Finally, we head to Denver. The Broncos take on their division rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos are heavy favorites in this one, 12 point favorites to be exact. Normally, I stay away from spreads like this one, but this week will be the exception. Here’s why. Peyton Manning looks sharper than ever. The Chiefs couldn’t score at home last week. The Broncos will take them out. Take the Broncos and the points.

So there are your three picks for this week:Detroit +2.5the Saints -6.5Denver -12.

Enjoy the games.