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NFL Picks Week 2: Taking Nothing For Granted

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Week 1 provided a great deal of surprises as well as astounding disappointments. Here is our look at Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season.

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Week 1 didn't turn out quite well, did it?  The New Orleans Saints look to rebound from a highly disappointing overtime loss in Week 1 as they turn their attention (and aggression) to the Cleveland Browns.  We look at this and all of the other match ups in Week 2.

Last week I went 8-8 (ugh.)

I told you so: Seahawks over Packers!

What do I know: Giants over Lions?

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WEEK 2

Thursday, September 11th - Thursday Night Football

Steelers(1-0) at Ravens(0-1)

A bad week for Baltimore will continue to get worse after losing to its most bitter rival at home.

Pick: Steelers

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Sunday, September 14th - Early Games

Dolphins(1-0) at Bills(1-0)

Miami and Buffalo will feature two energized rushing attacks in this one, but Miami's defense will be the difference in the game.

Pick: Dolphins

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Jaguars(0-1) at Redskins(0-1)

You know it's bad for Washington when I didn't have to think twice in picking Jacksonville to win.

Pick: Jaguars

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Cowboys(0-1) at Titans(1-0)

Tennessee's defense should be able to get enough pressure on Tony Romo to secure the win at home.

Pick: Titans

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Cardinals(1-0) at Giants(0-1)

The Giants, who were thoroughly outclassed last week, should be able to rebound at home against Arizona.

Pick: Giants

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Patriots(0-1) at Vikings(1-0)

Bill Belichick will have New England more than prepared to rebound from their tough divisional loss last week.  Minnesota will quickly see the differences between playing Austin Davis and facing Tom Brady.

Pick: Patriots

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Falcons(1-0) at Bengals(1-0)

Atlanta's offense against Cincinnati's defense should provide a very intriguing matchup.  I can't help but think Atlanta will be facing an emotional letdown in shifting their focus from last week.  Cincy has been one of the AFC's better home teams recently, especially on defense.  That should be the difference.

Pick: Bengals

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Lions(1-0) at Panthers(1-0)

The Detroit offense is primed to score tons of points in 2014, and their passing attack should make for a long day for the Carolina secondary.

Pick: Lions

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Saints(0-1) at Browns(0-1)

The New Orleans offense should roll, but all eyes will be on Rob Ryan's defense in this one.  How will they respond after getting shredded in Week 1?  I would except the Saints to play much better on defense just for the fact that Cleveland features far less offensive weapons than Atlanta presented.  A group this well coached, this talented, and this proud, should be expected to respond with a fantastic showing, and I am confident they will.

Pick: Saints

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Sunday, September 14th - Late Games

Rams(0-1) at Buccaneers(0-1)

Tampa couldn't have picked a better opponent to rebound against after their abysmal display last week.  The pressure is on the St. Louis front seven to carry them this season.

Pick: Buccaneers

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Seahawks(1-0) at Chargers(0-1)

Seattle takes the short trip (for them) down the west coast, where they should dominate.  Philip Rivers may have one of those 2012 flashback games in this one.

Pick: Seahawks

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Texans(1-0) at Raiders(0-1)

Houston's defense should have little trouble against the Raiders offense led by rookie QB Derek Carr.

Pick: Texans

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Jets(1-0) at Packers(0-1)

The Jets will rely on old school football to stay in this one, with stout defense and a tough running game.  Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will pull away for the home win in this game though.

Pick: Packers

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Chiefs(0-1) at Broncos(1-0)

The good times will continue to roll for Denver, as Kansas City falls to their Mile High rivals on the road.

Pick: Broncos

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Sunday Night Football

Bears(0-1) at 49ers(1-0)

Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense will have a difficult time dealing with the San Francisco defense in the Niners' new home opener.

Pick: 49ers

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Monday, September 15th - Monday Night Football

Eagles(1-0) at Colts(0-1) - Game of the Week

Indianapolis completes the second of a treacherous opening two game stretch, here at home against Philadelphia.  Philly may seem to have the offensive edge in this matchup but I get the sense this will be Andrew Luck's night as Indy wins a big home game in primetime.

Pick: Colts

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That's how I see it, tell us how you see Week 2 playing out. Leave your comments and insight below. Here's to getting back on track in Cleveland!