Week Two Picks in Review

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Last week, SkoodSports’ picks were the definition of mediocrity at 8-8. Now I know how the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles felt, when a season of hope and promise concluded at a disappointing .500. Let’s see how I did this week:

Blue = Correct Pick
Red = Incorrect Pick
Green = Push

Chicago Bears (1-0) AT Green Bay Packers (0-1)

The Spread: Green Bay by 6
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 28-21
The Verdict: Green Bay, 23-10. The Packers rebounded from a poor effort in week one to absolutely trounce their rivals from the Midway. Jay Cutler had the worst game of his career, completing just 11 passes whilst being sacked seven times. 

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) AT Buffalo Bills (0-1)

The Spread: Buffalo by 3
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: Kansas City, 24-21
The Verdict: Buffalo, 35-17. My preseason confidence in Kansas City seems to have led me astray here in the early weeks of 2012. The Kansas City defense and special teams were absolutely overmatched a week after their defense resembled the Duke Blue Devils in a loss to Atlanta. 

Cleveland Browns (0-1) AT Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 7
The Pick: Cleveland
The Score: Cincinnati, 14-10
The Verdict: Cincinnati, 34-27. Pass defense was nonexistent in this game as QB’s Brandon Weeden and Andy Dalton combined to go 50-68 for 640 yards and five touchdowns. Trent Richardson had a memorable day, as well. The rookie RB from Alabama rushed for over 100 yards with a rushing and receiving touchdown. He’s the first rookie to accomplish this feat since the Packers’ Samkon Gado in 2005. 

Minnesota Vikings (1-0) AT Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

The Spread: Minnesota by 2
The Pick: Minnesota
The Score: Minnesota, 28-17
The Verdict: Indianapolis, 23-20. I overestimated Adrian Peterson’s effectiveness. Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder was strong (27-35, 245, 2 TD). But, Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck grabs his first victory in his first home game. 

Oakland Raiders (0-1) AT Miami Dolphins (0-1)

The Spread: Oakland by 3
The Pick: Miami
The Score: Miami, 19-16
The Verdict: Miami, 35-13. Glad to see I saw through this spread. Oakland traveling across country to play an early game in Miami? No thanks. Ryan Tannehill (18-30, 200, 1 TD) became the second rookie QB to grab his first victory in week two. 

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) AT New England Patriots (1-0)

The Spread: New England by 14
The Pick: Arizona
The Score: New England, 30-17
The Verdict: Arizona, 20-18. Let me say that I was shocked when Stephen Gostkowski shanked a chip-shot field goal in the waning moments to clinch New England’s first home-opening loss since 2001. But, let the record show that I did believe that New England would have to play well to win this game. We will just call this sweet redemption for Billy Cundiff in the AFC Championship Game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) AT New York Giants (0-1)

The Spread: New York by 9
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 41-21
The Verdict: New York, 41-34. The Giants rebounded from an early hole to make this pick close. Eli Manning (31-51, 510, 3 TD – 3 INT) went from first half dog to a record setting day.

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) AT Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 2.5
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Philadelphia, 26-23.
The Verdict: Philadelphia, 24-23. Let the record show that I am completely at ease with losing this pick. I went back and forth on it and had originally picked Baltimore to cover. But, my confidence rose during the week, and, if it weren’t for five turnovers (what else is new), the Eagles would have covered with ease.

New Orleans Saints (0-1) AT Carolina Panthers (0-1)

The Spread: New Orleans by 3
The Pick: Carolina
The Score: Carolina, 31-24
The Verdict: Carolina, 35-27. It doesn’t get much better than that. I picked Carolina as a home underdog to beat the defending NFC South champions by 7 and they take it by 8. Cam Newton (14-20, 253, 1 TD) rebounds from a difficult opening week to lead the Panthers to their first win.

Houston Texans (1-0) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

The Spread: Houston by 8
The Pick: Houston
The Score: Houston, 24-13
The Verdict: Houston, 27-7. I wouldn’t call this a difficult pick. The Texans are the undisputed class of the AFC South and have developed into one of the finest franchises in football. The Jaguars, meanwhile, have one foot on the gas pedal to Los Angeles. Arian Foster earned his status as #1 fantasy pick by galloping 28 times for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Washington Redskins (1-0) AT St. Louis Rams (0-1)

The Spread: Washington by 3
The Pick: St. Louis
The Score: St. Louis, 26-23
The Verdict: St. Louis, 31-28. Bang! Nailed it. Sam Bradford (26-35, 310, 3 TD) and the Rams’ offense looked dynamite even without veteran RB Steven Jackson. Meanwhile, special thanks to Washington WR Josh Morgan for throwing the ball at Rams’ CB Cortland Finnegan after a catch late in the fourth. The resulting 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took the Redskins out of field goal range and prevented a trip to overtime.

Dallas Cowboys (1-0) AT Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

The Spread: Dallas by 3
The Pick: Dallas
The Score: Dallas, 34-14
The Rationale: Seattle, 27-7. This is the last time I exude this much confidence in Tony Romo and Jason Garrett. The “anointed one,” Garrett has looked more like Barry Switzer on the sideline than Jimmy Johnson in Big D’.

New York Jets (1-0) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 6
The Pick: New York
The Score: Pittsburgh, 17-14
The Rationale: Pittsburgh, 27-10. I thought New York could keep this one close. For much of the game, they did (13-10 Steelers at the half). But, the futility of the Jets’ offense resurrected itself in a tough road game against a fearless defense that was without SS Troy Polamalu and OLB James Harrison. 

Tennessee Titans (0-1) AT San Diego Chargers (1-0)

The Spread: Chargers by 6
The Pick: Push
The Score: Chargers, 26-20
The Rationale: Chargers, 38-10. So much for Tennessee being a sleeper pick this season. The Chargers showed that despite the exportation of so much talent recently, they still have the firepower to win the AFC West. This was San Diego Head Coach Norv Turner’s first 2-0 start in his 14 year head coaching career. 

Detroit Lions (1-0) At San Francisco 49ers (1-0)

The Spread: San Francisco by 7
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 28-14
The Verdict: San Francisco, 27-19. Barely snuck this one past the spread. The 49ers are obviously a very talented team on both sides of the ball. But, it’s truly impressive how Alex Smith, once thought of as a complete NFL bust, has resurrected his career under Jim Harbaugh. 

Denver Broncos (1-0) AT Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

The Spread: Atlanta by 3
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 34-29
The Verdict: Everybody knew the Falcons had a tremendous offense. It was their defense that made noise on Monday night against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The future Hall-of-Famer tossed three first half picks and finished with a 58.5 passer rating in the loss. 

It was certainly a rebound from last week. After an 8-8 week one, Skood Sports’ comes up with a 9-6-1 record for this past weekend. At this rate, I should be undefeated in no time. 

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