Welcome back to the only NFL picks on Associated Content that correctly picked the upset of the week, the Buffalo Bills over the New England Patriots hate the Buffalo Bills more and more with each passing NFL season. Thanks for nothing, guys. This is the NFL week 2 edition of Zac’s Backs.
Thanks to the mega-choke jobs by the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, yours truly finished with a 10-6 record in my week 1 NFL picks. No worries, though, as I get a chance for redemption this Sunday…which so happens to be my birthday! Maybe the Cleveland Browns can give me the gift of an actual win.
Ha. Looks like I’ll have to rely on my New York football Giants, as always.
Before we begin the Backs, I must answer one question that I’ve received both on here as well as my Examiner page. “Zac, why don’t you pick the spread?” “Zac, man up and pick the points!”
Why don’t I pick spreads/over-unders? BECAUSE I’M NOT ENABLING YOUR GAMBLING PROBLEM, READERS. SEEK HELP!
And with that, it’s time for my week 2 NFL picks.
Carolina at Atlanta
There are numerous reasons why going out to the bar is a great way to spend an NFL Sunday. One reason is that you get to watch numerous different games all at once. While waiting for the New York Giants to kick off, I had an opportunity to watch the Panthers, mostly Jake Delhomme, completely self-destruct. I don’t see Carolina playing nearly as bad as they did against the E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles. The Panthers also aren’t going into Atlanta and winning.
Minnesota at Detroit
Hollywood Brett Favre did practically nothing as his Vikings dismantled the pathetic Cleveland Browns. Expect more of the same this Sunday as Adrian Peterson could very well run for 250 yards and three scores. Poor Detroit.
Cincinnati at Green Bay
My friends and I watched the final 1:30 of the Bengals-Broncos game and I was obviously excited when Cincy took the lead in the waning moments of the football game. Then, Brandon Stokley made what will most likely be the play of the 2009 NFL regular season. Let’s make one thing very clear. This was not a great play by Stokley. It was an incredibly stupid play by the Cincy secondary. Aaron Rodgers will light that secondary up. Do it for me, Packers.
Winner: Green Bay
Houston at Tennessee
Living in Hoboken, I had the opportunity to watch the Jets dismantle the Texans in week 1. You can’t take anything away from the Jets as the New York defense was spectacular. With that said, the Texans looked absolutely horrible on both sides of the football. On the other side of the coin is Tennessee, who probably should have won the 2009 NFL season opener against the Steelers. Watching these two teams in week 1, I have no faith in Houston winning on the road.
Oakland at Kansas City
Speaking of football teams that should be 1-0, I present the Oakland Raiders! Watching the Raiders blow the win at home on Monday night was actually kind of sad. The Raiders did show some promise, which is more than you can say for Kansas City. Man, the Chiefs are bad.
New England at New York J-E-T-S
The match-up of the week for West Side Eric and his beloved New York Jets. Eric will actually be at the Meadowlands, watching his new man-crush, Mark Sanchez. I incorrectly picked against Eric’s Jets in week 1. Sorry, sir, but I must do so again. The Patriots looked un-good on Monday night and are still 1-0. New England won’t play as poorly in New Jersey and I think the rookie Sanchez will look more like, well, a rookie.
Winner: New England
New Orleans at Philadelphia
Let the E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles QB controversy begin! There are conflicting reports regarding McNabb’s status for this weekend. Obviously, he’s going to want to play for several different reasons. Then, there’s the Saints. Beating up on the lowly Lions is one thing. Going into Philly and leaving with a victory is quite another.
Heck with it. I’m going with the Saints. This is the chance for Drew Brees and company to prove that they are for real and they are going to seize the moment. It also doesn’t hurt that the Eagles may have a very beat up QB taking the snaps, this Sunday.
Winner: New Orleans
St. Louis at Washington
The Giants quit playing after halftime and still defeated the Redskins. With that said, there’s no way I can pick the Rams after watching Seattle just have their way with them for 60 minutes. The Rams might be the second worst team in the NFL.
Arizona at Jacksonville
The Cardinals looked terrible against San Francisco on Sunday. The Jags had a few chances to beat the Colts in Indy and didn’t get the job done. What does that mean for this game? The biggest factor in this contest may be the starting time. This game begins at 1 pm. We all know how west coast teams do in 1 o’clock games. Just sayin’.
Seattle at San Francisco
The 49ers surprised many, including me, by beginning the season 1-0. The surprises end there, my friends. I must admit that I am one of the many who’ve jumped on the Seattle bandwagon. Those feelings were intensified when I watched the Seahawks take apart the pathetic Rams. Sorry, 49ers fans (including the best man in my upcoming wedding), but Seattle will be 2-0 after this one.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo
I don’t even want to talk about this game. I’m still mad at the Bills for giving a victory to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Go Buccaneers and, once more, thanks for nothing, Bills.
Winner: Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh at Chicago
The sexy pick to win the NFC has fallen apart in one week. Jay Cutler looked very pedestrian and Brian Urlacher is out for the season. The worst thing that could happen to the Bears is seeing the defending Super Bowl champs come into town. Sorry Chicago, but your September just got a little worse.
Baltimore at San Diego
Is there any team in NFL history that phones it in more than the San Diego super Chargers? Even though they only played for about two minutes on Monday, the Chargers still found a way to defeat the Raiders in Oakland. It took the Ravens a little time to get warmed up on Sunday before they put the Chiefs away. I picked the Ravens to win the AFC North in 2009 and a big win on the road is a step in that direction.
Cleveland at Denver
Why are so many writers picking the Browns to beat the Broncos? Did you guys actually watch Brady Quinn throw the ball BEHIND HIMSELF?!? Cleveland has about 1.5 wide receivers, .5 defensive backs and are placing all of the offense’s hopes on Jamal Lewis. Five years ago, that’d be a good thing. Not so much now. The Browns will embarrass me and other Browns fans once again on my birthday. I miss you, Bernie Kosar.
Indianapolis at Miami
My man crush on Monday night football? Now that’s how you celebrate a birthday! This will shock many Zac’s Backs readers from way back. I’m actually going against Peyton Manning and the Colts in this one. Miami will play better than what we saw on Sunday and the Colts are without Anthony Gonzalez. Go with the Dolphins in somewhat of an upset.
As with last week and the entire 2009 NFL season, you will have to come back on Friday or visit my Examiner page to learn if I pick my New York football Giants. What a tease I am.
That’s all for me this week. You’ve been great, as always. Enjoy Cops and Robbersons on Starz. What a bloody awful movie. And I love it.