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Thumper's Picks - Week 2

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Thumper
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    <img width="222" height="166" align="left" alt="NFL Logo" title="NFL Logo" src="http://www.hoinews.com/uploadedImages/whoi/Sports/Stories/NFL_LOGO.jpg" />Wow! What a week. Football season is really here and it started off with a boom. The Raiders being shut out was not a big surprise, but the way the Ravens handled the Bucs was a bit of a shocker.

    Like I said before, I'm going to compare my record with the picks of the HBO "Inside the NFL" crew. So far I'm not faring too badly and actually lead them all by one game. Here are the results:

    Thumper 10-6
    Chris Carter 9-7
    Chris Collinsworth 9-7
    Dan Marino 9-7
    Bob Costas 9-7

    Honestly I made a few bad calls and should have done better, but that's why they play the game. They play them just to bring me back to reality and let me know I can't get it right all the time. That being said, here are this weeks picks:

    <strong>Sunday, Sept 17</strong>

    <em><strong>Buffalo 13, Miami 21</strong></em>
    Buffalo is an improved team from a year ago. J.P. Losman has also improved, but Miami wins this unless Culpepper gets ‘happy' feet.

    <em><strong>Carolina 24, Minnesota 14</strong></em>
    Minnesota proved they can win on the road under new head coach Brad Childress. This week they have the home field advantage, but Carolina is going to come out fighting after being upset by Atlanta. Even without a healthy Steve Smith.

    <em><strong>Cleveland 13, Cincinnati 20</strong></em>
    I don't even know what to say about Cleveland. Their performance against the Saints was disappointing to say the least. Not that I expect much from them this year, but the effort didn't seem to be there. Cincinnati, on the other hand, can run, throw, and play defense.

    <em><strong>Detroit 12, Chicago 17</strong></em>
    Would I sound like a broken record if I said Chicago wins this one on the defensive side of the ball? Maybe the defense doesn't score this week, but they're still too much for the Lions. Detroit, fire Matt Millen already.

    <strong><em>Houston 17, Indianapolis 24</em></strong>
    Look for Mario Williams to get his first NFL sack in this game. Still I think they'd be better off if the took Reggie Bush with the #1 pick. At least it's not new for the Texans to start 0-2.

    <strong><em>New Orleans 17, Green Bay 9</em></strong>
    Favre can still play, but he doesn't have the talent around him. After this game he might start to second guess his decision not to retire.

    <strong><em>N.Y. Giants 27, Philadelphia 28</em></strong>
    TO who? Stallworth seems to be fitting in just fine. E. Manning has proven to be an adequate QB and has lots of weapons. Look for Shockey and Barber to have big games, but McNabb is going to take this game on his shoulders and win in a shootout.

    <em><strong>Oakland 0, Baltimore 24</strong></em>
    We already knew that the Ravens had an outstanding defense anchored by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, but Steve McNair proved he can still bring it. The Ravens will simply outclass the Raiders. Don't be surprised if the Raiders go into their bye week without scoring a single point.

    <em><strong>Tampa Bay 10, Atlanta 21</strong></em>
    Reality check just smacked Jon Gruden in the face. They've got a tough game against Michael Vick and the Falcons. Chucky won't be shut out, but the Bucs will still go 0-2.

    <em><strong>Arizona 31, Seattle 27</strong></em>
    I haven't checked who is favored is in this one, but I imagine it's the Seahawks. They have one of the best runners in the league and just traded for another weapon in Dion Branch. Still I see the Cardinals taking this one in a high scoring affair. Call it a hunch.

    <em><strong>St. Louis 24, San Francisco 17</strong></em>
    Look for the Rams to ride Steven Jackson to the victory over an improved 49er team.

    <strong><em>Kansas City 13, Denver 17</em></strong>
    The loss of Willie Roaf is bigger than most Chiefs fans want to admit. Will Johnson be able to run against a tough Bronco defense? That's the question of the day with Trent Green out for at least a few weeks. Plummer improves over his 26.3 passer rating from a week ago. This will be enough for Denver to pull out this win.

    <strong><em>New England 19, N.Y. Jets 16</em></strong>
    Not to long ago we thought Chad Pennington's career might be over, but he proved he still has an arm. For the Patriots, Brady has been carrying this team on his shoulders. How long can he keep it up? I'm thinking at least one more week.

    <strong>Tennessee 10, San Diego 24</strong>
    The Titans couldn't beat the Jets. How are they going to do against a swarming Chargers defense? Add Gates, McCardell, Tomlinson, and Rivers into the mix, and it's going to be more than the Titans can handle.

    <strong><em>Washington 14, Dallas 17</em></strong>
    I didn't think either of these teams was going to be 0-1, now one of them is going to be 0-2. Joe Gibbs is in the Hall of Fame, but that's not going to help these Redskins on the field. Bledsoe won't be as shaky as he was in the season opener. Look for him and TO to connect.

    <strong>Monday, Sep. 18</strong>

    <strong><em>Pittsburgh 24, Jacksonville 18</em></strong>
    Two very good teams should make for an exciting Monday night game. Are the Jaguars for real? I might become a convert if they can beat the Steelers. Leftwich had a good game and Fred Taylor still has some mileage left in him, but Batch proved he is a capable backup. Steelers win a close one.
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