Poupart's Picks: Week 2

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Houston (1-0) at Carolina (1-0): This is a new Texans team behind quarterback Matt Schaub, but the Panthers are one of the best teams in the NFC. Carolina, 23-16.

Cincinnati (1-0) at Cleveland (0-1): Of all the bad performances on opening day, that of the Browns ranked right up there. Sure, the Bengals are going on the road after a Monday night game, which always is difficult, but Carson Palmer and Co. have way too much going on for the Browns. Cincinnati, 34-13.

Atlanta (0-1) at Jacksonville (0-1): The Falcons actually might have been worse than the Browns, and a big reason was former Dolphins QB Joey Harrington. The Jaguars, meanwhile, will look to rebound after Tennessee ran all over them. This won't be close. Jacksonville, 27-9.

Green Bay (1-0) at N.Y. Giants (0-1): This big story in this game are the injuries the Giants are dealing with. They will be without RB Brandon Jacobs, DE Osi Umenyiora and possibly QB Eli Manning. That's an awful lot to overcome against a Packers team fresh off a big win over the Eagles. Green Bay, 20-17.

Buffalo (0-1) at Pittsburgh (1-0): The severe injury sustained by TE Kevin Everett was just one of the many blows the Bills suffered in the opener. They also lost two starting defensive backs, Jason Webster and Ko Simpson. That's not good news against a Steelers passing game that looked great under Ben Roethlisberger last week. Pittsburgh, 35-13.

San Francisco (1-0) at St. Louis (0-1): Tough challenge for the 49ers to go on the road following a Monday night game, but they could take a great step in the NFC West with a victory here. But we're thinking Steven Jackson is in store for a big game. St. Louis, 27-24.

New Orleans (0-1) at Tampa Bay (0-1): Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and the Saints offense looked awful against Indy. Won't happen here. New Orleans, 31-16.

Indianapolis (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0): Impossible to pick against the Colts the way they looked in the season opener, no matter how good the Titans looked in beating Jacksonville. Indianapolis, 33-17.

Seattle (1-0) at Arizona (0-1): The Cardinals offense struggled in Monday night's opener at San Francisco, but there are too many weapons, namely wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, for Arizona to be shut down again. Arizona, 26-23.

Minnesota (1-0) at Detroit (1-0): Defense won the game for the Viikings last week against Atlanta, but they now will be facing a team with a good passing game. Jon Kitna and his receivers abused a very good Oakland secondary last week and will do the same in the Lions' home opener. Detroit, 27-20.

Dallas (1-0) at Miami (0-1): This is a tough home opener for the Dolphins, whose defense underperformed against Washington. We'd expect the D to bounce back and make life difficult for the Cowboys, but the Dolphins don't appear to have enough offense at this point to pull off the upset. Dallas, 20-16.

N.Y. Jets (0-1) at Baltimore (0-1): Jets starting QB Chad Pennington won't start this game, while Ravens QB Steve McNair is a question mark. The Jets depend on their quarterback a lot more than the Ravens, and the Ravens have the better team anyway. Baltimore, 17-7.

Kansas City (0-1) at Chicago (0-1): Damon Huard had a forgettable debut for the Chiefs last week, and the same could be said for Rex Grossman. But the Bears are much stronger overall and the quarterbacking here won't matter. Chicago, 27-6.

Oakland (0-1) at Denver (1-0): It's looking like Daunte Culpepper will start at quarterback for the Raiders, but he's going to have a tough time against a Broncos team coming off a last-second victory. Denver, 27-14.

San Diego (1-0) at New England (1-0): A rematch of last year's AFC Divisional Playoffs and a possible preview of this year's AFC Championship Game. Of course, this game has become overshadowed by "Videogate," which is too bad because it's a great matchup. Expect a lot of offense here. San Diego, 28-24.

Monday, September 17

Washington (1-0) at Philadelphia (0-1): The Eagles were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders this season, but looked anything but in the opener at Green Bay. Meanwhile, the Redskins have a good running game but won't do much damage in the passing game. Look for McNabb and Co. to rebound. Philadelphia, 30-14.

Last week's record: 10-5

Season record: 10-5


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