For those of you in any sort of pool or are the gambling type, here's my Week 2 picks filed Thursday on SB Nation Pittsburgh. I'll be making picks and keeping tabs on my record against the spread all season over there.
Sep 15, 2011 - One week of the 2011 NFL season is in the books. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was a week to forget, as the six-time Super Bowl champions got waxed on the road by the rival Baltimore Ravens, 35-7. It's too early to tell whether the Steelers just came out flat against a hungry team, or if the veteran squad's age has finally caught up to them. But a Week 2 home matchup with the lowly Seattle Seahawks may be just what the doctor ordered for Mike Tomlin and his men.
Let's take a look at the Week 2 NFL lines and make some picks.
Last week's record: 8-6-1
2011 season record: 8-6-1
Week 2 Lines
Chicago Bears (+7) at New Orleans Saints (+100)
- Too emotional of a win for the Jets for me to like their chances at blowing out Jacksonville this week. The Jets would have lost in Week 1 if not for Tony Romo's series of miscues down the stretch. I think New York wins, but not by double digits. Pick: Jacksonville
Oakland Raiders (+3) at Buffalo Bills (-115)
- The Saints don't match up particularly well with the Bears, but being that it's their home opener at the Super Dome, I think you have to take New Orleans at -7 and hope for a push at worst. It's probably a stay-away game, but New Orleans did look pretty darn good on offense in their loss to the Packers last Thursday night. I imagine they'll resolve some of their tackling issues and obviously Chicago is not quite as potent as Green Bay is offensively. Pick: New Orleans
- Love the Bills here at -3. Oakland, feeling great about after a rare Monday Night Football road win against the hated Broncos, have a short week before having to travel allllll the way across the country to take on Buffalo. They'll kickoff at 10:00 AM their body time. It looks like Oakland may be fairly competitive this year, but this is not a spot they're ready to negotiate just yet. Pick: Buffalo