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While the Vikes stumbled in Motown, the season picks up steam as we zoom into Week 2.

After encountering a speed bump last week in Motown, the Vikes will be looking to gain speed Sunday in a divisional bloodbath vs the Bears.

Last week: 4-2 ATS

Season to date: 4-2 ATS

Week 2 picks: (home team in CAPS)

Tennessee Titans and HOUSTON TEXANS OVER 43: Sure, the Texans were handed a gift due to an incorrect interpretation of a new rule designed to protect the long-snapper. But they were good enough to cash in and squeeze out a prime-time road win, no easy chore at this level. It’s the type of win that galvanizes a team early in the season. The revamped Titans are interesting, so expect something in the neighborhood of 27-17, just enough to push the number north and you into the winner’s circle.

Even his harshest critics can't deny Romo's toughness.

Even his harshest critics can’t deny Romo’s toughness.

Dallas Cowboys (+3) over KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: I picked Dallas to win the NFC East, and this is exactly the type of game they must grab if they have any intentions of reversing recent swoons. Can they handle prosperity after finally beating the Giants in Jerry’s new palace? KC rolled in a laugher last week vs hapless Jacksonville, so it’s tough to truly quantify any progress thus far under Andy Reid. While I think KC has the makings of a WC contender in the weaker AFC, this is a game Dallas scraps out. Barely. Will they commit to the run? Romo’s rib injury could be a blessing in disguise as they win the battle of the trenches. Fun game, roll with the ‘Boys.

New Orleans Saints (-3) over TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Alert! Alert! Franchise in distress! Anarchy on the horizon! If you think that’s a stretch, clearly you haven’t followed the early soap opera follies of Greg Schiano’s Bucs. The former franchise QB losing his captaincy after three years? The same QB reportedly missing a team picture? Players only meetings? A hideous loss to the Jets? Yup. Oh yeah, they’re playing the Saints who for the record, are back to being the Saints. Capitalize on a bad situation that appears destined to get worse. Saints, big.

Carolina Panthers and BUFFALO BILLS UNDER 44: The Panthers were game in a narrow home loss to Seattle last week while the Bills were pinched ostensibly at the gun by the Pats. Despite flashing in his debut, expect Doug Marrone to play it safe with rookie QB E.J. Manuel. That, coupled with a dearth of explosive weapons for Cam Newton to utilize,  should add up to a relatively low scoring game that keeps this one below the number.

Denver Broncos and NEW YORK GIANTS OVER 54.5: One Manning equals a lot of points, two Mannings equals a ton of points. The game plan? Lace up the Nike’s and air it out from the coin flip. Over!

CINCINNATI BENGALS (-6.5) over Pittsburgh Steelers: Ordinarily, I would be reticent to roll with such a high number in a divisional showdown, but the Bengals are by far the superior team. Forget history and pride, this is a mismatch. Treat it as such. The energy of the home opener coupled  with the sting of a tough loss in Chicago against a solid Bears team will have the jungle in a frenzy. Big Ben will be on the run all night behind a ravaged front five, and without much help in the backfield, a hungry and athletic Cincy defense will be salivating.

BT’s “6 pack of picks” Version 2.0

Pleading for civility in Week 2. Yeah, right!

Week 1: 2-4 ATS

Season to date: 2-4

Week 2: (home team in CAPS)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (-6.5) over Cleveland Browns: Simply put, I like the ingredients at play in this one. An angry team with playoff pedigree coming off an embarrassing loss on national TV, in their home opener, against a terrible Browns team with an overmatched rookie QB under center. Yes, Andy Dalton took some licks on Monday night, but he’s young, and good, and should bounce back in a big way.

Baltimore Ravens (+2) over PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Speaking of nationally televised beat downs, how impressive did the Ravens look in Week 1? Wow. The Eagles, on paper, have enough weapons to certainly keep this close, and maybe even steal one, so tread lightly. However, the more I watch Philly, the less I like them. It’s pretty obvious, something is missing, and the Ravens, look more than capable of exploiting it.

What exactly is Michael Vick at this point in his career?

NEW YORK GIANTS (-7) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Plenty of issues in the secondary, but the Lombardi Trophy still resides in New Jersey. I think Big Blue takes a step back this year, and has intermittent struggles throughout, but all things considered, this simply can’t be one of them if they have any plans of defending their belt. 24-13 sounds about right.

Oakland Raiders (-2.5) over MIAMI DOLPHINS: Lost in the comedy of special teams errors Monday Night against the Chargers was the fact that the Raiders defense actually played pretty well (Tommy Kelly aside). High-flying WR Denarius Moore returns in a limited role, which should open things up for Carson Palmer. Once that happens, RUN DMC takes over in a big way. The Raiders are touting this as a must win game. They get it.

Dallas Cowboys (-3) over SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Dallas is well rested and quite frankly, this is the type of game that could ultimately shape their season and playoff seeding in January. Seattle rates among the toughest venues in the NFL, but with a spruced up secondary, a healthy running game and big game weapons on the perimeter, look for Romo and company to emerge with an impressive double digit victory. If Dallas can’t jump on a rookie QB, are they really the threat most people think they are?

Denver Broncos / ATLANTA FALCONS over 51: Sit back, relax, grab your favorite snack and beverage, and enjoy the explosiveness of the modern day NFL. This one has 34-31 written all over it.

WEEK 2: B’s Teasers

JUST FOR FUN, FELLAS...

*WEEK 2: 11-4-1 ATS

(WIN) JETS (+3) over PATS

(WIN) COLTS (-4.5) over GIANTS

(WIN) CHIEFS (+2) over BROWNS

(WIN) PACKERS (-12.5) over BILLS

(WIN) BENGALS (+2.5) over RAVENS

(WIN) STEELERS (+5) 0ver TITANS (-5)

(LOSS) EAGLES (-6) over LIONS

(LOSS) COWBOYS (-7) over BEARS

(WIN) BUCS (+3.5) over PANTHERS

(WIN) FALCONS (-6.5) over CARDS

(WIN) MIAMI (+5.5) over VIKES

(LOSS) RAIDERS (-3.5) over RAMS

(WIN) BRONCOS (-3.5) over SEAHAWKS

(PUSH) REDSKINS (+3) over TEXANS

(LOSS) JAGUARS (+7) over CHARGERS

(WIN) 49’ers (+5.5) over SAINTS





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