I did better than I thought I would in Week One, going 10-6 with my picks. Now with a regular season game officially in the books, I have some actual data to look at and analyze. My accuracy should only get better from here on out (the occasional "fluke week" excepted, of course).
With that said, here are my Week Two NFL picks:
Sunday, September 17th
Buffalo (0-1) at Miami (0-1) - 1:00 p.m.
Buffalo lost a close one in New England last week. That should be seen as semi-encouraging news for the Bills. But Buffalo QB Losman will have to play better against Miami if the Bills are to avoid starting the season 0-2. As for the Dolphins, their entire offense looked out-of-sync last week against Pittsburgh. If Culpepper doesn't improve on his accuracy, we could be seeing Joey-freaking-Harrington starting under center before the season is out. And no one wants to see that. (The city of Miami doesn't need another street riot, thank you very much.) Miami by 3.
Carolina (0-1) at Minnesota (1-0) - 1:00 p.m.
Carolina QB Jake Delhomme was harassed into a disappointing start last week by Atlanta's defense. For their part, the Panthers D was as weak as a Carolina cheerleader's sense of self-control, giving up over 250 yards on the ground. Minnesota, on the other hand, looked impressive all-around in their win against Washington. Their defense didn't put a lot of pressure on Redskins QB Mark Brunell, but they didn't make many mistakes either. I'm starting to think Carolina could struggle this season. Vikings by 9.
Cleveland (0-1) at Cincinnati (1-0) - 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland lost to lowly New Orleans in Week One. At home. Cincinnati, meanwhile, handily beat Kansas City on the road. The Bengals defense was outstanding, recording seven sacks, causing four fumbles, and snagging an interception. This one will be ugly. Bengals by 18.
Detroit (0-1) at Chicago (1-0) - 1:00 p.m.
Before I make my pick for this game, I would like to make an announcement of sorts, about a particular idiosyncrasy of my weekly NFL Picks: