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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 2 Picks - Early Games

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Rick Gagliano | September 12-15, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 12

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-13, 43), 8:25 pm - This is the largest spread of the week, somewhat odd since the Patriots didn't cover their 11-point line against the Bills last week, winning in the final seconds, 23-21.

The Jets came within a hair's breadth of losing their opener at home, beating Tampa Bay by a point - 18-17 - after a gratuitous roughing call put them in field goal range and Nick Folk put through the 48-yard, three-pointer for the win. Rookie QB Geno Smith was steady in his first NFL start.

Playing solid defense, the Jets held the Bucs to just 12 first downs and 250 yards of offense. Though they're unlikely to do that against Tom Brady, the stats say they can keep this one relatively close or win it. The last three times the Jets played in Foxboro, they lost by three, by nine and won by seven, plus Brady may be without slot receiver Danny Amendola and RB Shane Vereen.

Prediction: Jets 27 Patriots 24

Sunday, September 15

St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (-7 1/2, 47 1/2), 1:00 pm - The Rams rallied to win their opener in Arizona, topping the Cardinals, 27-24, while the Falcons, who were 0-4 in preseason, started off their 2013 campaign with a 23-17 loss to the Saints.

While the Rams played just well enough to win, there were the usual assortment of mistakes and miscues. Sam Bradford threw an interception from his own end zone which resulted in a quick six for the Cardinals and St. Louis was penalized seven times for 59 yards.

The Falcons ran into a tough customer on the road, scored a TD to open the second half and take a 17-13 lead, but could not produce any more points while allowing Drew Brees and the Saints to score 10 unanswered points for the win. Atlanta must shore up the defense and get some late scoring to cover this, and they should. RB Stephen Jackson will want to have a big day against his former team.

Prediction: Falcons 31 Rams 21

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-7, 44), 1:00 pm - The Ravens were run over by a freight train named Peyton Manning, who threw seven TD passes in a 49-27 rout Thursday night at Denver, but will face a much different opponent in the Browns for their home opener.

Cleveland played dead against a solid Miami defense, losing at home, 23-10, to the Dolphins. Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden threw three picks and he's not going to be able to get comfortable in the pocket against the Ravens, whose defense isn't as bad as Manning made it appear (he does that to everybody).

The defending champions will give the home crowd a treat after showing off their bling.

Prediction: Ravens 28 Browns 14

Carolina Panthers (-2 1/2, 43 1/2) at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 pm - Carolina played well iin a 12-7 loss to the Seahawks, who are stacked, while the Bills stumbled through the start and finish of their home opener with New England, losing a tough one, 23-21, on a game winning field goal in the final seconds.

In between, the Bills played pretty well, especially when Fred Jackson was the running back.

There should be no lack of big plays here, as Cam Newton and E. J. Manuel lead their offenses, with the Bills likely to get Manuel out into the open more, utilizing his play-making abilities.

A tough call, but Buffalo getting a few points at home looks like a solid proposition.

Prediction: Bills 24 Panthers 16

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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-7, 42), 1:00 pm - The Vikings got off to a fast start against the Lions last weekend, Adrian Peterson scoring on a 78-yard run in the opening quarter, and had a 14-6 lead, but could not maintain their offense nor stop Matthew Stafford (357 yards, 2TDs) from running it up on them.

The Vikes were flat in the fourth quarter, failing to score and lost, on the road, 34-24.

Chicago rallied to win a tight one from Cincinnati, 27-24, holding the visiting Bengals scoreless in the fourth quarter. If that same pattern holds, the Vikings are done for, as recent history shows the Vikings do not play well in Chicago. The last three times they've played at Soldier Field, they've lost to the Bears by 18, 29 and 14 points. Ponder that, Christian Ponder.

Prediction: Bears 28 Vikings 13

Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (-9, 49 1/2), 1:00 pm - The Redskins were run ragged by the Eagles in the first half Monday night, but rallied with 20 second half points to lose by a 33-27 score.

Similarly, the Packers took a 34-28 loss at San Francisco, when they failed to stop the 49ers late in the game and SF iced it with a late field goal.

This game promises to be up-and-down, though the Redskins get a day's less practice and are on the road, usually setting up a loss. Both teams need the win, but the Packers are 5-1-1 ATS its last seven against the Redskins and 5-0 SU their last five at home, thus the big spread which Green Bay can cover.

Prediction: Packers 34 Redskins 22

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Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-11, 43), 1:00 pm - The Titans surprised the Steelers, in Pittsburgh, with a 16-9 win, and while the Titans weren't exactly explosive offensively, they have the look - and the defense - of a team on the rise, so the Texans, who had to rally to defeat San Diego, 31-28, seem content to do just enough to win.

That may work for Houston at home against a team they've beaten three of the last four times they've played, but the line is excessively large here and Joe Locker seems to be gaining confidence by the week. A potential upset looms in what could become a very close game in the latter stages.

Prediction: Texans 20 Titans 17

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-2 1/2, 42 1/2), 1:00 pm - With a win already under their belts - 23-10 over Cleveland - the Dolphins come to Lucas Oil Stadium with plenty of confidence and a belief that they can contain the Colts' offense.

Miami held Cleveland to under 300 yards and picked off three passes. Ryan Tannehill was 24-for-38 for 272 yards and a TD (and a pick).

The Colts were down 17-14 in the 4th quarter before Andrew Luck rallied them past the Raiders, 21-17, and despite winning the turnover battle, 2-0, and being at home, their season opener was a little too close for comfort. The Dolphins know what to expect and will take it to their hosts.

Prediction: Dolphins 24 Colts 16

Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (-2 1/2, 46 1/2), 1:00 pm - Kansas City looked really good beating up on an inept Jacksonville team, 28-2, but that may change hosting the Cowboys, who were gifted a win by the Giants, 36-31, Sunday night as the New Yorkers turned the ball over six times.

The Chiefs may be not be as good as some expect them to be, but the opening week win gives them confidence and home field is also a plus. It will take some doing, especially by the defense, but they can come away with a win, equalling their win total from last season in just two weeks under new head coach Andy Reid.

Prediction: Chiefs 20 Cowboys 17

San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (-9, 55), 1:00 pm - The Eagles are either going to wear out the league or themselves running Chip Kelly's spread option offense, but for now, they're taking to whomever they play.

San Diego played well enough to cover as home dogs against the Texans last week, but still lost and the late night game and travel East will prove to have them unsteady and unable to contain Mike Vick and the Eagle offense.

Phillip Rivers will keep them in the game for a while, but he's not Superman.

Prediction: Eagles 41 Chargers 21

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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