Week 2: Sam Farmer's NFL picks

September 19, 2010

Pro football reporter Sam Farmer breaks down the games.

Last week: 10-6 (.625) straight up

Noon Bears (1-0) at Cowboys (0-1)

TV: WFLD-Ch. 32

Line: Cowboys by 7.5 Over/under: 41

Cowboys aren't nearly as bad as they looked in opener, although they have major leaks to patch on offensive line. They will hold their ground at home.

Pick: Cowboys 21, Bears 10

Noon Ravens (1-0) at Bengals (0-1)

Line: Ravens by 2 Over/under: 40

Carson Palmer has prime targets in Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and Jermaine Gresham. That's a lot to contain for a Ravens defense running low on corners.

Pick: Bengals 23, Ravens 17

Noon Cardinals (1-0) at Falcons (0-1)

Line: Falcons by 6.5 Over/under: 43

Falcons had chances at Pittsburgh but blew several opportunities to take advantage of a young quarterback. Should be able to atone for that at home.

Pick: Falcons 24, Cardinals 21

Noon Chiefs (1-0) at Browns (0-1)

Line: Browns by 1.5 Over/under: 38

Whereas Chiefs have a lot of speed on their roster, Browns are subpar in that department. Jake Delhomme, if he plays, needs to protect the ball.

Pick: Chiefs 20, Browns 17

Noon Dolphins (1-0) at Vikings (0-1)

TV: WBBM-Ch. 2

Line: Vikings by 5.5 Over/under: 39

Vikings clearly miss Sidney Rice, and Brett Favre says he was not in sync with receivers in opener. He should make headway against Dolphins' young corners.

Pick: Vikings 24, Dolphins 14

Noon Steelers (1-0) at Titans (1-0)

Line: Titans by 5 Over/under: 37

Steelers' defense played well against a tough Falcons offense, but Pittsburgh's sputtering offense, led by Dennis Dixon, will struggle keeping pace with Titans.

Pick: Titans 20, Steelers 17

Noon Bills (0-1) at Packers (1-0)

Line: Packers by 13 Over/under: 43

Bills made a good showing against Dolphins but will have to score a lot to hang with Packers in Green Bay. Bills are more of a grind-it-out team.

Pick: Packers 35, Bills 10

Noon Bucs (1-0) at Panthers (0-1)

Line: Panthers by 3.5 Over/under: 39

These rivals know each other well, and this game is usually close. Panthers have a slight edge even with their quarterback questions.

Pick: Panthers 13, Buccaneers 10

Noon Eagles (0-1) at Lions (0-1)

Line: Eagles by 6 Over/under: 41

Both teams already using backup quarterbacks. Eagles feel a lot better about Michael Vick than Lions do about Shaun Hill. Still, Detroit is no pushover.

Pick: Eagles 24, Lions 13

3:05 p.m. Seahawks (1-0) at Broncos (0-1)

Line: Broncos by 3.5 Over/under: 38

Can Pete Carroll prove the opening rout of 49ers wasn't a fluke? Broncos give him that chance, especially with their protection problems on offense.

Pick: Seahawks 21, Broncos 20

3:05 p.m. Rams (0-1) at Raiders (0-1)

Line: Raiders by 3.5 Over/under: 38

Rams looked better in opener than they did at any point last season. Still, we're talking about a rookie quarterback playing on the road against improved Raiders.

Pick: Raiders 20, Rams 14

3:15 p.m. Patriots (1-0) at Jets (0-1)

TV: WBBM-Ch. 2

Line: Patriots by 2.5 Over/under: 39

Jets can't be as bad as they looked against Ravens. Still, Tom Brady should be able to exploit their weakness at corner opposite Darrelle Revis.

Pick: Patriots 20, Jets 13

3:15 p.m. Texans (1-0) at Redskins (1-0)

Line: Texans by 3 Over/under: 44

Texans finally look like a complete team now that they have a running game. Redskins are coming off a big victory, but Donovan McNabb can play better.

Pick: Texans 24, Redskins 20

3:15 p.m. Jaguars (1-0) at Chargers (0-1)

Line: Chargers by 7 Over/under: 45

Chargers are struggling early again, and stopping the run is a problem. That makes a matchup with the Jaguars and Maurice Jones-Drew especially tough.

Pick: Chargers 27, Jaguars 17

7:20 p.m. Giants (1-0) at Colts (0-1)

TV: WMAQ-Ch. 5

Line: Colts by 5.5 Over/under: 48

The much-anticipated rematch of the Manning brothers will be the focus. Real question is: Can Giants take advantage of the holes in Colts' run defense?

Pick: Colts 27, Giants 20

7:30 p.m. Monday Saints (1-0) at 49ers (0-1)

TV: ESPN.

Line: Saints by 5.5 Over/under: 44

49ers have to regain balance after an embarrassing showing at Seattle. That will be tough to do against a rested Saints team with a high-powered offense.

Pick: Saints 30, 49ers 17

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