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NFL picks 2013, Week 2: Divisional rivalries make for great week of football

Here's Baltimore Beatdown's weekly picks post.

Can the Patriots cover the 13-point spread tonight against the Jets?
Can the Patriots cover the 13-point spread tonight against the Jets?
Al Bello

Here are Week 2's picks, minus the Ravens and Browns game. That prediction will come later this week.

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots (-13)

The Jets come back down to earth after beating a team that is in as much disarray as they're in. The Patriots wake up and Stevan Ridley holds onto the football. With the game at Gillette Stadium, this could become a blowout that embarrasses the Jets. Prediction: Patriots 31, Jets 14.

St. Louis Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons (-7)

The Rams' defense will give the Falcons problems, though the Falcons will come away victorious in their home-opener. Atlanta's defense could have a hard time stopping tight end Jared Cook, who had a monster game against Arizona in Week 1. Prediction: Falcons 27, Rams 24.

Carolina Panthers (-3) vs. Buffalo Bills

The Panthers' defense was impressive holding Seattle to just 12 points. The offense couldn't get anything going, but then again not many teams can succeed against Seattle on that side of the ball. This is a much easier matchup for Cam Newton and the Panthers, even though the game is at Buffalo. Prediction: Panthers 26, Bills 21.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears (-6)

The Vikings may have a deep threat in Jerome Simpson, though Christian Ponder needs to do a better job of protecting the ball. The Vikings had a hard time stopping Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in both the running and passing games, and now have to deal with Matt Forte. Not good. Prediction: Bears 31, Vikings 24.

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers (-8)

The eight-point spread indicates the experts believe Green Bay blows out the Redskins. That won't happen, even though the Packers will win their home opener. Robert Griffin III has a big game but the Redskins' defense can't come up with a few plays down the stretch. Prediction: Packers 34, Redskins 30.

Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts (-3)

The Dolphins' offense struggled mightily against the Browns a week ago and now have to face the Colts, a team that could match them offensively. Look for Indianapolis to get a big lead early and hold on. Prediction: Colts 28, Dolphins 21.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-3)

The Cowboys have a history of stumbling after big wins but this team is too talented to do so this week. Plus, even with Eli Manning putting up some numbers, the Cowboys' defense appears improved and will be able to shut down Alex Smith's underneath game. Prediction: Cowboys 26, Chiefs 20.

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans (-10)

The Titans looked to have improved on defense, even with the offense looking dreadful. Conversely, the Texans did give up some yards to Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Houston should be able to cover this line though, because even with Tennessee's improved defense, they just won't have enough to stop the Texans' balanced attack on offense. Prediction: Texans 30, Titans 17.

San Diego Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5)

Everyone's talking about Chip Kelly's offense this week. But it should be noted how much better the Eagles looked on defense. Cornerback Cary Williams had a huge game and should make things difficult for the Chargers this week. Prediction: Eagles 35, Chargers 24.

Detroit Lions (-2) vs. Arizona Cardinals

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are going to give plenty of teams headaches, considering those teams have to also plan for Calvin Johnson and Ryan Broyles (when he becomes healthy). Detroit should also have a field day sacking Carson Palmer, who has to work behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Prediction: Lions 31, Cardinals 20.

New Orleans Saints (-3.5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are in disarray right now, making this Sunday's meeting against the Saints more challenging. Not even Darrelle Revis can slow down Drew Brees. Prediction: Saints 30, Buccaneers 23.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders (-6)

This is a game that pits arguably the two worst teams in the NFL at this time. The only difference? The Raiders look like they could surprise some teams this year. The Jaguars truly look like the worst team in the NFL. Even with offensive line problems, Oakland can move the ball with Terrelle Pryor, which could be advantageous this week. Prediction: Raiders 20, Jaguars 10.

Denver Broncos (-4.5) vs. New York Giants

It's kind of hard to go against Denver after what they did to Baltimore last week. Plus, they have an extra three days of rest on the Giants too. The Giants will have to match Denver on the scoreboard to keep this game close. Prediction: Broncos 31, Giants: 23.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks (-3)

The Seahawks are built to beat the 49ers on both sides of the ball, but specifically on defense. Green Bay had to play zone last week, which allowed Anquan Boldin to break out for over 200 receiving yards. This week, the Seahawks will be able to play man while getting pressure on Colin Kaepernick. Prediction: Seahawks 24, 49ers 20.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (-7)

It's hard to get behind the Bengals as seven-point favorites when both of these teams no each other as well as they do. The Steelers still have a strong defense, even with Larry Foote out for the year. The Bengals still win but not by much. Prediction: Bengals 21, Steelers 17

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