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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 2 Preseason Picks - Early Games

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Rick Gagliano | August 15-18, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, August 15

Detroit Lions (even, 40 1/2) at Cleveland Browns, 7:30 pm - The Browns won at home last week, topping the Rams, 27-19, while the Lions humbled the Jets, 26-17, the offense looking very impressinve, scoring 20 first-half points.

Cleveland's top-line defense may be a little better than advertised, as they shut out the Rams #1 offense in the opening quarter, so look for them to have another good outing since injuries haven't taken any kind of toll yet.

Of course, the Lions will still put up some points, but preseason is when Cleveland wins the bulk of their games.

Prediction: Browns 27 Lions 21


Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens (-4 1/2, 41), 7:30 pm - Atlanta looked horrible, losing to the Bengals (a very good-looking team at present), 34-10, in the Georgia Dome, in week one, making one question the commitment of some of the players, especially on offense.

The Ravens were razor sharp, hammering the Buccaneers, 44-16, on the road, and while they'll be bent on impressing the home fans, look for the Falcons to come out with more fire, instead of just going through the motions.

Atlanta has issues to work out on both sides of the ball, but it's too early to bail on a team that was 13-3 last season. A close call, but the Falcons should at least cover the generous line.

Prediction: Falcons 23 Ravens 21


Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 41 1/2), 7:30 pm - One can't really blame the Eagles for losing to the Patriots (31-22), who, expectedly, put all their troubles behind them and executed to coach Belichick's demanding standards.

The Panthers knocked off the Bears, 24-17, last weekend, but that was at home, so look for some fall-off in production, especially in the second and third string offense.

The Eagles have plenty of hungry players and should manage to minimize mistakes and run away with this one.

Prediction: Eagles 33 Panthers 20


San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears (-5, 38), 8:00 pm (ESPN) - San Diego looked like the aging, unfocused, incomplete team that they are, losing badly, at home, to the to the Seahawks, 31-10. San Diego didn't find the end zone until the fourth quarter and against the Bears - whose defense is a little lighter, but maybe a bit faster than last year's - the pattern of not scoring much will continue.

Could be the easiest pick of the week. All indications are for a Chicago rout.

Prediction: Bears 28 Chargers 10


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Friday, August 16

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills (-3 1/2, 43), 7:00 pm - Buffalo was all over the Colts last Sunday, whipping up on an inexperienced defense en route to a 44-20 blowout.

Minnesota played a very tough, physical game in their home preseason opener, but fell to the Texans by a 27-13 score. Notably, the Vikes held a 13-10 lead at the half, but didn't score in the second half, allowing the Texans to overcome.

Buffalo scored in every quarter of their game, but seem to have better bench players (or at least better conditioned ones) on the bench rather than on the first team offense.

Could be a wild one decided by a late field goal, which, in that case, the W goes to the Vikings.

Prediction: Bills 30 Vilkings 27


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots (-3, 41 1/2), 8:00 pm (Fox) - Too bad this has to be the nationally-televised game because the Patriots figure to blow away the reorganizing Bucs and make their preseason record 2-0.

The Pats easily handled the Eagles last week and now get the Bucs in Foxboro, after Tampa lost to the Ravens, 44-16, last week.

Prediction: Patriots 42 Buccaneers 17


Oakland Raiders at New Orleans (-6 1/2, 41), 8:00 pm - Biggest line on the board this week after the Saints topped their Chiefs, 17-13, and get to stay at home in the Big Easy for week two.

The Raiders managed to hold on against the Cowboys, 19-17, again, at home, but this line is expecting too much from the Saints, who, recall, had the worst defense in the NFL last year.

They're not going to turn that around in a couple of games and the raiders may surprise them.

Prediction: Raiders 20 Saints 17


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San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City (-1 1/2, 40), 8:00 pm - Sure, the Chiefs just barely lost to the Saints, but they still lost, right?

Now they get to unveil their new coaching staff and new QB - Alex Smith - against the NFC representative in last season's Super Bowl, who just so happened to get axed by the 'Niners post-season.

Are the Vegas boys expecting Smith to get revenge on his old team, or are the six points San Fran scored against the Broncos in week one an indication that maybe they kept the wrong QB?

Either assumption will be proven wrong as the 49ers are the better team, by far.

Prediction: 49ers 26 Chiefs 13


Saturday, August 17

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals (-2 1/2, 41), 4:30 pm - Yes, the Cardinals did blank the Packers, 17-0, last week, in their preseason road opener and the Cowboys did lose to the Raiders, 19-17 on the road.

Dallas may already be suffering from fatigue, this being their third preseason game in under three weeks, while the Cardinals are fresh and have at least two QBs - Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton - capable of leading the offense.

Dallas has little to offer after Tony Romo and that will be evident come the second half.

Prediction: Cardinals 34 Cowboys 14

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