NFL Week 2 Picks and Preview

Tom Brady faces the Chargers in the game of the week, clash of the titans.

Costanza’s Picks

Winners in BOLD

Raiders at Bills

This matchup will come down to the boys up front. Despite facing one of   the best defensive lines in the league Ryan Fitzpatrick gets just enough   time to make some throws downfield.

Chiefs at Lions

Matthew Stafford stays hot, which isn’t as hard as it looks when you’re throwing to Calvin Johnson. Nonetheless, he’s a top 10 NFL quarterback right now with room still to mature. Lions win easy.

Ravens at Titans

Even if the Ravens come out lazy this week there’s no way this game is close. The Titans have too many problems at the quarterback position to   compete with elite teams.

Browns at Colts

As bad as the Browns look right now, I can’t justify picking the Colts after last week’s performance. Even if Collins’ play improves this year   it will be several weeks before he gets the hang of the offense.

Buccaneers at Vikings

McNabb plays much better than he did last week but it won’t be enough to beat a hungry Tampa team that didn’t play up to its potential against   the Lions. Josh Freeman has a big game.

Bears at Saints

An intriguing matchup given how impressive the Bears looked last week,   but the Saints have too much to play for after a tough loss to the defending champs. Also, being at home is big for the Saints.

Jaguars at Jets

Mark Sanchez continues to play just well enough to win, but that won’t be an issue this week. The Jets can shut down the Jaguars running game   and as a result most of their offense.

Seahawks at Steelers

The Steelers shouldn’t be lacking motivation against Seattle. After getting thoroughly beaten by the Ravens this is their chance to regain   momentum and reestablish Rashard Mendenhall on the ground.

Cardinals at Redskins

Rex Grossman will lead the Redskins to victory? After being torched last week by Cam Newton Arizona’s secondary is looking pretty vulnerable.

Packers at Panthers

Cam Newton’s play last week was surprising, and even if he has another great showing it won’t be enough to hold off the Packers who are firing on all cylinders right now.

Cowboys at 49ers

No need to worry about Tony Romo’s fourth quarter play because this week he won’t be playing in it. San Francisco won’t be fortunate enough   to get two return TDs this week and has no rhythm on offense.

Broncos at Bengals

Andy Dalton looked good in the win last week but his health is a   concern at this point. And despite cries for Tebow, Kyle Orton is still   the best option the Broncos have at quarterback and proves it this week.

Texans at Dolphins

Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson will put up some huge numbers against Miami.

Chargers at Patriots

Possibly the game of the week, The Chargers will get an early test from New England as the hope to avoid their annual early slump.

Eagles at Falcons

The Falcons won’t be sleepwalking this week after a decisive loss in   Chicago and they’ll run the ball effectively against the Eagles.

Rams at Giants

The New York front seven will impose its will and get pressure on Sam   Bradford, who is without his best weapon Steven Jackson.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Mike Vick as he returns to Atlanta to face his former team.

Rusty Ryan’s Picks

Winners in Bold

Raiders at Bills

I’m beginning to like the Bills a lot this year.  They have smarty-pants quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, two great running backs, and Stevie Johnson who had the best birthday cake ever.  The Raiders did look good against the Broncos but I just like the Bills a little more.

Bears at Saints

This is a big home game for the Saints.  The Bears are fresh off a dominating win hosting the Falcons and the Saints are returning from a shootout in Green Bay.  Brees showed he can throw the ball all over the place, including the Packer secondary, and am looking forward to more of the same against the Bears

Browns at Colts

This is more of a pick against the Colts than it is for the Browns.  The Browns offensive line hasn’t looked good and their receivers are giving second year quarterback Colt McCoy no help.

Chiefs at Lions

The Lions are legit.  It was floating around on the Internet that a 10-loss team from the year before, when an underdog in their season opener, covers 60% of the time.  The Lions not only covered, they won and did it looking bad.  The fact they can win ugly this early spells trouble for the Chiefs, who got blown out last week by the Bills and will  likely regress this season.

Packers at Panthers

Oh, hello Cam Newton.   Welcome to your rookie year in the NFL and second year being a professional.  Newton threw the rock all over the place, revitalizing Steve Smith’s fantasy life.  The Cardinals may be one of the worst teams in the league and the Packers, although giving up a ton of yards to the Saints, are one of the best.

Ravens at Titans

Chris Johnson is really a feast or famine back.  He played poorly last week, only averaging 2.7 yards per carry and having a grand total of 24 yards rushing.  Kenny Britt looks legit with even an average quarterback slinging the ball.  But the Ravens had a great performance last week against the Steelers, forcing a lot of turnovers and scoring 37 points.

Buccaneers at Vikings

One of these teams is dead two weeks in to the season and I hope it isn’t my Madden team, the Bucs.  The Vikings looked really bad against the Chargers but the Bucs lost to a team that didn’t play well.  One of these teams is going to fall again this week and not be able to get help.

Jaguars at Jets

Mark Sanchez had to throw the ball 44 times on Sunday night, almost twice as much as his arm can probably handle.   If Romo hadn’t blown the game on a goal line fumble the Cowboys win.  The Jaguars played well Sunday, but the Jets just have more talent and are at home.

Cardinals at Redskins

The Cardinals may be one of the worst teams this year in the NFL and let a rookie quarterback who doesn’t have elite passing skills throw for 422 yards.  Even Grossman should be able to throw over the Arizona secondary.

Seahawks at Steelers

The Steelers had a colossal meltdown last week playing the Ravens and should rebound.  I would not want to be a Seahawk Sunday.

Cowboys at 49ers

The fact that the Cowboys are the underdog by 2.5 points is laughable, so laughable that if betting were legal I’d bet it and laugh all the way when I cash it in.  If Romo isn’t himself last week, the Cowboys win.  The 49ers don’t have a quarterback and had troubles punching it in from within the five.

Bengals at Broncos

I dislike both these teams a lot, and the city Cincinnati as a whole.   I like the Broncos only because they can score points.

Texans at Dolphins

We’re about to find out which units are for real, the Miami passing attack or the Houston defense.  I’m excited to see this matchup and if Bush has progressed at all as more of a linear runner since Monday night.  Henne looked good, but the Texans defense was stifling against the Colts.

Chargers at Patriots

I’m shocked that the Patriots are getting 6.5 points this game.  I would probably pick the Chargers to cover but I’m all in on the Pats this year.

Eagles at Falcons

Since I’m not playing Vick this week in fantasy I hope he goes bonkers against the Falcons.  The Dream Team meets the greatest show on turf in Atlanta with the Eagles favored by 2.5.  Julio Jones caught 3 passes for 71 yards last week and I am interested to see how he has progressed.

Rams at Giants

I picked the Rams to win the NFC West, and I’m pretty sure that was an incorrect pick.  Both these teams resemble vomit in some form right now so I edge with the home team.

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Rusty once robbed three casinos at the same time with a team formed by Danny Ocean. He's also stolen the Corronation egg and crashed the GRECO security system, effectively ruining a casino. Laying low for the time being he now follows sports, betting, and pop culture a little too closely.