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2014 NFL Season: Pokorny's Week 2 NFL Picks

Cliff McBride

My Week 2 NFL picks are below. Feel free to share your general thoughts on this week's games in the comments section.

Week 2 Games Explanation Pick
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Lesser of Two Evils: Note: This was my prediction from prior to Thursday's game. I posted it here for record-keeping purposes. Both of these teams played inconsistent football in Week 1, but the Steelers emerged with a win. Is there a lesser of two evils here, Browns fans? Steelers 23, Ravens 17

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Not Sure Where to Begin: The Giants' offensive woes are so far beyond comprehension. I look at Eli Manning these days and wonder how in the hell he won two Super Bowls, because he looks like a shell of his former self. The Cardinals' defense will light them up. Cardinals 27, Giants 10

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The Falcons Are Back: Well, the jury is still out on them defensively, but Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are once again one of the best combinations in the NFL. The Bengals had a great defensive showing against the Ravens last week, although they almost blew the game later. I'll take the Falcons to rally late. Falcons 21, Bengals 20

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You Have to Wonder: I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about the possibility of the Cowboys completely sucking this year, including Tony Romo, and then Jerry Jones going insane and dealing a couple of first round picks in exchange for Johnny Manziel. Maybe I'm too pessimistic about Dallas right now, but I'll go with the Titans to build upon their impressive Week 1 road showing against the Chiefs. Titans 24, Cowboys 17

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Quarterback Controversy? If Cam Newton doesn't win this week, then fans might be calling for Derek Anderson to start after he guided a Week 1 win over the Buccaneers. Only kidding. The Panthers will need Newton's offensive spark to out-score the Lions this week, but they won't need too many points since their defense is so stout. Panthers 23, Lions 20

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A Change of Heart: I was so close to making this my upset special of the week. I find myself hating to watch Robert Griffin III now because of how poorly he plays, I don't trust Washington's defense, and the Jaguars did have a 17-0 lead over the Eagles at one point last week. I have to remember that Washington is at home, that the Jaguars' offense isn't that good, and that the Redskins should be able to muster enough offense for a win. Redskins 21, Jaguars 14

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Manuel's Not That Good: Ok, let's give E.J. Manuel some credit: he completed 72% of his passes last week and helped pull off an upset special over the Chicago Bears. Maybe it's my desire to see the Browns get a high first-round pick (hint: it is), but I just don't see them being a very good team, especially against a Dolphins team that took it to the Patriots last week. Dolphins 31, Bills 20

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Teacher vs. Student: Tom Brady vs. Matt Cassel? Brady has probably lost count of how many backup quarterbacks have come and gone in New England. The Vikings destroyed the Rams last week, while the Patriots were stunned by the Dolphins. The world will course correct this week...and plus, Adrian Peterson being out certainly hurts Minnesota. Patriots 34, Vikings 17

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How Do You Stop Them? We saw some impressive performances in Week 1, but the one that still stands out was how the Seahawks dismantled the Packers. Seattle plays at such a fast speed on defense that it's unbelievable. The Chargers are a very competitive team, but they are going to be sent to a disappointing 0-2 due to NFC West teams. Seahawks 31, Chargers 21

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Burn It: I think both of these teams want to burn their offensive film from last week's game. The Buccaneers at least have more stability on offense; third-stringer Austin Davis will likely start for the Rams. Yep, I'll take the Bucs. Buccaneers 26, Rams 9

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Watt vs. a Rookie QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick played an efficient game for the Texans last week and let the defense do the dirty work in a 17-6 win over the Redskins. The Raiders, meanwhile, had zero running game, and J.J. Watt will try to feast on rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Texans 20, Redskins 16

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Operating Like Clockwork: Here's a prediction that doesn't seem too bold: the Broncos will be two games up on everybody in their division after just two weeks. Just like Seattle was the class of the NFC last week, Denver was the class of the AFC. The Chiefs, meanwhile, were awful at home vs. the Titans and had a couple of key injuries. Not good. Broncos 34, Chiefs 21

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Reality Check: You don't get to face the Raiders every week, Rex. I don't believe in Geno Smith enough to think that he'll win two straight games, let alone win a game on the road vs. the Packers. Aaron Rodgers will unleash the Packers' powerhouse offense now that the Seahawks aren't putting the heat on. Packers 27, Jets 13

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Can Only Blame Themselves: The Bears had the Bills beat last week and blew it; that is still the game I'm most surprised about from Week 1. The 49ers play their first regular season game in their new stadium this week. This will be a close game, but Colin Kaepernick's legs will get it done to seal the game late. 49ers 24, Bears 21

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Monday Night Explosion: While we're not sure which "half" of football more accurately represents the Browns, we know that the "34-0" stretch is more indicative of the Eagles than their "0-17" stretch against the Jaguars last week. The Eagles are darn near impossible to stop on offense as long as they don't get in their own way. The Colts had a trend last season of getting down early and always trying to rally late. That can't fly again this season. Eagles 34, Colts 27

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Browns' Home Opener: Click here to check out our full preview and prediction for the Saints vs. Browns game.

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Pokorny's Week 1 NFL Picks Record: 9-7
Pokorny's Record w/ Browns Games: 0-1
Pokorny's 2014 NFL Picks Record: 9-7

Survivor Pick: I'm already 0-1 in survivor as the Bills upset the Bears last week. To start my new streak, this week, I'm taking the Patriots to top the Vikings.