NFL Week 02 - Patriots at Carolina

If ever there was a case to be made for how true the old cliché regarding “any given Sunday” is, Week 01 certainly would have been the week to make it. Who would have picked Miami over Denver? Or San Francisco over St. Louis, for that matter? And who’d have thunk that the Detroit Lions would finally start living up to their potential? Yes, Week 01 was crazy and I think Week 02 promises more of the same.

Patriots at Carolina

This one should be interesting. Yes, Carolina lost Kris Jenkins in the loss against the Saints, but they’re still one damned good defense. And on offense Jake Delhomme is a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback with a slew of options to throw to. Oh, and they’re going to be looking to even the score a couple of years after losing to us in the Superbowl.

How Corey Dillon fares against Carolina’s D-line will have significant impact. We need Corey out there, doing well, so that we can slow it down. While I have no doubt that Tom Brady will find every eligible receiver he can over the course of the game, I think ours is a lost cause if this turns into a track meet. We just barely got by Carolina in the Superbowl a couple of years ago. I wouldn’t expect the same luck twice.

While it was nice to see New Orleans pick up a win last week, I was right there with my Dad when he said that the downside to that would be a fired-up Panthers team waiting with baited breath for the Pats this week. There isn’t a single easy stretch this season, but this is probably one of the toughest. Can the Pats handle it? We’ll soon find out.

Around the League

I’m picking all of my adopted teams to win this week (see below for all of my picks) and I think that, even if I’m wrong, they’ll still put up a good show in each case.

New Orleans takes on the New York Giants in the first half of a Monday night doubleheader, and while I like the Giants to do big things this year, I just think N’awlins has a lot more to play for.

Arizona got killed by the Giants in Week 01, but I expect them to do better against a mediocre St. Louis team that couldn’t even stop San Francisco.

As for Dallas, they’re going to be charged up for their home opener as they add their Holy Trinity of Aikman, Smith, and Irvin to the Ring of Honor. I just don’t think Washington has the oomph to overtake a Cowboys team with all the energy, and that also made great strides against the Chargers last week.

My Picks

I went 7 for 16 in Week 01. Here’s hoping I can pick up some ground in Week 02. My picks are in bold.

Sunday
Baltimore (0-1) at Tennessee (0-1)
Detroit (1-0) at Chicago (0-1)
Jacksonville (1-0) at Indianapolis (1-0)
Pittsburgh (1-0) at Houston (0-1)
New England (1-0) at Carolina (0-1)
San Francisco (1-0) at Philadelphia (0-1)
Buffalo (1-0) at Tampa Bay (1-0)
Minnesota (0-1) at Cincinnati (1-0)
St. Louis (0-1) at Arizona (0-1)
Atlanta (1-0) at Seattle (0-1)
San Diego (0-1) at Denver (0-1)
Cleveland (0-1) at Green Bay (0-1)
Miami (1-0) at New York NYJ (0-1)
Kansas City (1-0) at Oakland (0-1)

Monday
New York NYG (1-0) at New Orleans (1-0)
Washington (1-0) at Dallas (1-0)