2013 NFL Picks Week 2: Expect 49ers to Pull Off Road Win Over Seahawks
NFL Picks Week 2
After all of the excitement from Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season--one can only imagine what's in store for NFL Picks Week 2.
From the Pittsburgh Steelers falling at home to the San Francisco 49ers pulling out a nail biter against the Green Bay Packers, football fans could not have asked for a better start to the 2013 season. Even the Philadelphia Eagles looked like one of the top teams in football with their new high-powered offense under Chip Kelly--but there's no reason to get too excited over them just yet as they still have plenty to prove.
Week 2 will consist of plenty of exciting games as some teams already find themselves in desperate need for a win--like the Minnesota Vikings or Packers. There may be plenty of time left in the regular season, but with teams like these facing the possibility of starting off the year with an 0-2 record--it's the last thing any of them need to deal with.
So what big games are in store for Week 2? Well, based off of the photo above, it's safe to say the most anticipated game from this week will take place on Sunday night when the Seattle Seahawks square off against the 49ers. If last year is any indication of what to expect, fans will most likely see an epic battle between two teams that are considered early favorites to win the Super Bowl.
As for the rest of the games--here's a look at NFL Picks for Week 2 of the 2013 season.
(Last week's record: 10-6)
New England Patriots Over New York Jets
Nobody expected these two teams to be 1-0 heading into Week 1, but the New York Jets pulled off the shocking last-second win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will look to take advantage of a banged-up New England Patriots team.
As if struggling against the Buffalo Bills wasn't already bad enough, Tom Brady will most likely be without Danny Amendola (groin) on Thursday and may have to rely on other wideouts stepping it up. Still, this is a rivalry game and if there's nothing Brady hates more than losing to the Jets--so expect him to do whatever it takes to make sure New England wins.
Atlanta Falcons Over St. Louis Rams
Unfortunately for the St. Louis Rams, they have to play an Atlanta Falcons team anxious to bounce back after last week's disappointing loss to the New Orleans Saints--a game they had a chance of winning at the end.
The Rams looked impressive during their Week 1 win over the Arizona Cardinals, but the Georgia Dome is never an easy place to play. On paper, the Falcons have the clear advantage with their high-powered offense and if anything--they know how important it is to win on Sunday to avoid an 0-2 start.
Philadelphia Eagles Over San Diego Chargers
After putting on one of the most impressive performances in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, all eyes will be on Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles' offense in their season opener at home against the San Diego Chargers.
What Kelly's offense accomplished in the first half against the Redskins was unbelievable, but a second-half collapse almost forced this team to start the season 1-0. As for the Chargers, they have to be kicking themselves after blowing a 28-7 lead against the Houston Texans and could be in for a long afternoon trying to contain all of the weapons from Philadelphia's offense.
Kansas City Chiefs Over Dallas Cowboys
For some reason, this has trap game written all over it for the Dallas Cowboys--who were pretty roughed up on offense against the New York Giants between Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
The Chiefs got off to a good start with the Alex Smith and Andy Reid era in Week 1, but it was difficult to determine what to make of this team considering they were playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The weapons are certainly their on offense for the Chiefs--so keep an eye on this matchup once Sunday rolls around.
Baltimore Ravens Over Cleveland Browns
Don't let the mismatch on paper fool you--these two teams always provide a classic battle whenever they meet on the football field twice a year.
The Baltimore Ravens will be anxious to bounce back after they were embarrassed by Peyton Manning and his seven touchdowns on opening night last Thursday. As for the Cleveland Browns, let's just say it was disappointing to see Brandon Weeden toss three interceptions after all of the hype from the preseason.
Baltimore takes this one--no question.
Buffalo Bills Over Carolina Panthers
Both the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills are coming off Week 1 games in which they could have easily won, but unfortunately ended up on the losing end in the fourth quarter.
Cam Newton struggled to get anything consistent going on offense against a very talented Seattle Seahawks' defenses and it will be interesting to see if Superman can come out to play this weekend and return to his dominant self. Still, the Bills won't be an easy team to defeat in Buffalo and if E.J. Manuel plays like he did against the New England Patriots--the Panthers could be heading towards an 0-2 start.
Chicago Bears Over Minnesota Vikings
The Chicago Bears find themselves in a good situation heading into Week 2 as they have the chance to put the Minnesota Vikings at an 0-2 start with a win on Sunday--which is obviously the last thing the team can afford to do.
Not only would a loss put the Vikings 0-2 on the season, but the NFC North as well after they were crushed by the Detroit Lions in Week 1. Expect the Bears to take advantage of a struggling Christian Ponder and jump out to a 2-0 record to start the season.
Green Bay Packers Over Washington Redskins
It's simple--the Green Bay Packers simply realize they can't afford to lose for the second-straight week and start off the year with an 0-2 record.
The Packers came close to pulling off the huge win on the road against the San Francisco 49ers and based off how the Washington Redskins looked against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football--there's no reason why they shouldn't be able to win this game at home. Expect a big performance out of Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
Houston Texans Over Tennessee Titans
The Houston Texans may have pulled off one of the most impressive wins from Week 1 after overcoming a 28-7 deficit in the second half against the San Diego Chargers. As for the Tennessee Titans, they were one of the biggest surprises after pulling off an impressive win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This matchup could make an early statement in the AFC South standings, but with the Texans playing at home--you know the offense and defense are going to be fired up to put on a show for their fans.
Indianapolis Colts Over Miami Dolphins
It was close, but the Indianapolis Colts managed to come through when it matters the most with their Week 1 win against the Oakland Raiders. With another home matchup, expect similar results against a Miami Dolphins team that struggled on offense last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns--especially when it came to wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Arizona Cardinals Over Detroit Lions
If there's anything to take away from the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, it would be Larry Fitzgerald may have finally found the quarterback he's been searching for over the last couple of years in Carson Palmer.
Despite the team's loss to the St. Louis Rams, Fitzgerald looked like his old self after snagging two touchdown catches and he could be in for a big day against the Detroit Lions. The deciding factor in this one will be whether or not Arizona's defense can contain Matthew Stafford and the high-powered offense from the Lions--which certainly won't be easy.
New Orleans Saints Over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
How happy do you think the New Orleans Saints are to have Sean Payton back on the sidelines? Drew Brees and company looked impressive against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 and their offense should be just as strong against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers--who couldn't even beat the New York Jets in Week 1.
Denver Broncos Over New York Giants
After last week's performance against the Baltimore Ravens, early signs are Peyton Manning is ready for his best season yet in the NFL--which is scary to think about. The Denver Broncos certainly have a tough matchup on the road against the New York Giants, but if they can force turnovers like the Dallas Cowboys did on Sunday Night Football--there's no reason why they can't pull off the big win.
Oakland Raiders Over Jacksonville Jaguars
How do you decide between two struggling teams? You pick the one that didn't score just two points against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.
With the way he performed last week, expect Terrelle Pryor to have a solid game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers Over Seattle Seahawks
In what could turn out to be one of the most intense battles from Week 2, it's always fun when the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers square off against one another--especially when both teams are considered Super Bowl contenders at the beginning of the year.
Even though the Seahawks are at home, expect Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' offense to be too much for the defense to handle in this one as they pull off the big road win.
Cincinnati Bengals Over Pittsburgh Steelers
Did anyone expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to look that bad on offense in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans? This is an important matchup for both teams considering all four teams in the AFC North lost in Week 1, but as crazy as it sounds--the Cincinnati Bengals should be considered favorites heading into this game.
Despite coming up on the losing end, the Bengals had the tougher matchup last Sunday on the road against the Bears and expect another big game from A.J. Green in the national spotlight.