THE FORWARD LATERAL – Me vs. Myself, Week 2

Posted: September 22, 2010 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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My Week 2 NFL picks in review, where I went right, wrong, got dizzy, turned around and everything in between. Let’s look at both my genius and my ignorance all at once here once again.

Chiefs 16, Browns 14: My Pick-Browns

A Brandon Flowers interception return for a score and 3 field Ryan Succop field goals made the difference in an underwhelming contest, where underwhelming offenses made a bigger impact than the defenses truly did.

Packers 34, Bills 7: My Pick-Packers

The Packers did what they were supposed to do in this matchup by overwhelm the lowly Bills. Brandon Jackson scored in his debut as starting RB and Aaron Rodgers added two touchdown passes and another on the ground in an easy win for Green Bay.

Bengals 15, Ravens 10: My Pick-Bengals

A showcase game for two strong defensive units turned out exactly as it should have. Cincy forced four interceptions from Joe Flacco and kicker Mike Nugent accounted for their entire offense on five field goals in the Bengal win.

Steelers 19, Titans 11: My Pick-Titans

The Steeler defense continues to show it’s back to being a top unit in all of football. They forced seven Titan turnovers, including 3 from Vince Young. Starting QB Dennis Dixon left with a knee injury and they the offense didn’t surpass 200 yards total, yet four Jeff Reed field goals still outscored Tennessee for the win.

Troy Polamalu and the Steeler defense broke the Titans spirit early and often for the win.

Eagles 35, Lions 32: My Pick-Eagles

The Michael Vick resurgence continued and he pushed the Eagles, who had to hold off a late assault from the dangerous Lions offense, to the win in what could be his only start of the year. With Vick behind center the Eagle offense has been explosive, and a huge quarterback controversy is about to take shape in Philly, with Kevin Kolb most likely regaining his starting role next Sunday.

Bears 27, Cowboys 20: My Pick-Cowboys

The early struggles of the Cowboys continued at the hands of the surprisingly efficient Jay Cutler and Bears offense. Dallas looked out of sync for a second week and fell to 0-2 in a big home upset, and there is some slight panic and frustration already setting in Cowboy Country.

Frusteration and a bit of panic is setting in for Wade Phillips and his Cowboys already.

Buccaneers 20, Panthers 7: My Pick-Panthers

A surprisingly efficient Bucs offense got the win over a dry Panthers team that still can’t get started on the ground and still is unsettled at QB between Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen. The Bucs have capitalized in starting 2-0 against the easiest matchups in the League.

Falcons 41, Cardinals 7: My Pick-Falcons

The week’s big beating took place here, with the Falcons, despite being without Michael Turner much of the game. The Cardinals showed that the rumors of their demise may have been on point, losing by 35 behind over 200 yards on both the ground and through the air from the Atlanta.

Dolphins 14, Vikings 10: My Pick-Vikings

Brett Favre was made to look very much the 40 year old actually is over the gunslinger hero he’s become over the last 18 years. The Dolphin defense is showing itself to be one of the best in the league early on, and stopped Adrian Peterson the goal line four straight times and forced Favre in four turnovers.

Raiders 16, Rams 14: My Pick-Raiders

A halftime quarterback change to Bruce Gradkowski paced the Raiders to a home opening win. The Raider defense contained the Rams and the Rams defense wasted multiple turnover opportunities and committed enough penalties for two weeks in the process of falling to 0-2.

Broncos 31, Seahawks 14: My Pick-Broncos

Kyle Orton attacked the Seattle secondary often and showed it still has plenty of work to do, as 4 receivers went over 50 yards receiving. The debut of rookie WR Demaryius Thomas, and his 8 catch, 98 yard performance, put the Broncos over the top in an easy win.

Orton was in control from the beginning and easily guided the Broncos to their first win.

Texans 30, Redskins 27: My Pick-Redskins

Neither team’s spotty secondary did much to help their squad win it, with both Matt Schaub & Donovan McNabb putting on an air show, going for 497 and 426 yards respectively. In the end an overtime battle of the kickers made the difference, where after a Redskin miss, Neil Rackers won it for the Texans from 35 yards out.

Chargers 38, Jaguars 13: My Pick-Jaguars

The Chargers got back to how they should and avoided what could have been an upset by completely stopping Maurice Jones-Drew and forcing a career high four interception game out of David Garrard. An injury to Ryan Mathews could be the most decisive impact from this game.

Jets 28, Patriots 14: My Pick-Jets

The Jets defense came together to shutdown the Patriot offense in the second half, surprisingly after Darrelle Revis left the game. Mark Sanchez found himself and took apart the young New England secondary to win by two touchdowns and show some of what their true potential is.

Colts 38, Giants 14: My Pick-Colts

Simply put, Peyton Manning punched the Giants defense in the mouth and never let them get up, like the knockout king of the NFL he is. On the other side of Manning table, Eli was constantly smashed by the Colts defensive line and never got a chance to pull the Giants back into it.

Saints/49ers: My Pick-Saints

In the best game of the young season, these two teams went to war and every inch became a mile. In the end, Drew Brees showed why he is who he is and found the right opening to Marques Colston and setup a last minute field goal to secure the Saints win.

An incredible 4th quarter grab by Colston sealed the 2-0 start for the Saints.

This Week: 9-7, Season Total: 18-14

Where I got it MOST right:

Raiders over Rams: The Raiders defense just much quicker overall this year, and they proved it against the rebuilding St. Louis offense.

Jets over Patriots: The Jets secondary proved to be able to make plays on Brady just like I thought they would and they made the Moss/Welker disappear completely in the second half.

Where I went the MOST wrong:

Chargers over Jaguars: I thought the Jaguars would have the fire power on the ground to take on the rebuilding Chargers defensive front. I was terribly wrong as Jones-Drew only amassed 31 yards rushing and lost a fumble.

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