Let's get right to the picks for week 2. Last week's were never posted, but are preserved in the ESPN.com weekly pick 'em pool. I'm predicting winners without spreads.
(Home team in CAPS)
MINNESOTA over Carolina
Vikes for real? Maybe, but Panthers really miss Steve Smith, and might just be a tad overrated.
CHICAGO over Detroit
Bears D too tough, plus they're at home. Lions could kepe it close, though.
INDIANOPOLIS over Houston
Biggest no-brainer on the board. Colts could lay 25 and still cover.
GREEN BAY over New Orleans
Stink Bowl, Pack reclaim a wee bit of respectability.
N.Y. Giants over PHILADELPHIA
G-Men are better, and are coming off tough loss.
BALTIMORE over Oakland
Ravens D will embarass Raiders more than they were last week, which doesn't seem possible.
ATLANTA over Tampa Bay
Falcons defense improved, Bucs O-line banged up.
CINCINNATI over Cleveland
Bengals home opener, should be a cakewalk.
MIAMI over Buffalo
Fins bounce back after one bad quarter in Pittsburgh.
SEATTLE over Arizona
'Hawks looked rusty, but Cards defense can cure lots of offensive woes.
St. Louis over SAN FRANCISCO
Rams should not have as much trouble finding the end zone this week.
SAN DIEGO over Tennessee
Bolts are more talented, and at home. Tomlinson will run wild.
Kansas City over DENVER
Upset special. If Plummer is Plummer, KC can steal one.
New England over N.Y. JETS
Jets beat Titans, right? And they almost blew it, right? Pats, with Branch drama behind them, roll.
DALLAS over Washington
Bledsoe holds off the QB controversey for one more week.
JACKSONVILLE over Pittsburgh
Jags will punish Batch and Co.
Last Week: 11-5