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Published: Sep 12, 2008
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Week 2 in the NFL 2008: Previews and Picks
by S. Keough

Week 2 of NFL action features big early season division match-ups between the Jets and Patriots, Steelers and Browns, Chargers and Broncos and the Eagles and Cowboys.

Bears at Panthers(-3):  Last week these two teams shocked the NFL by beating two of the top AFC teams that are expected by many to go deep in the postseason, now both will try and keep the momentum through week 2.  Jake Delhomme connected with Dante Rosario in the back of the endzone with no time on the clock to beat San Diego 26-24, while the Bears defense stifled Peyton Manning's offensive attack and routed the Colts 29-13.  Delhomme was solid against the Chargers, especially on the last drive, but before that he was not able to get the Panthers into the endzone for the previous 59 minutes.  The other touchdown scored by Carolina was by the defense on a fumble recovery for a touchdown.  The Bears defense is likely to give them just as much trouble.  The Panthers also appeared vulnerable to a strong rushing attack, something Matt Forte will be looking to exploit.  Bears by 4

Titans at Bengals(-1.5):  Cincinnati gained just 154 yards in their opening loss to the Ravens and face another tough defense this week.  Carson Palmer threw for just 99 yards with an interception, connecting on less than half of his attempts.  Palmer had no time to throw, was sacked twice, and got no help from his running game.  Though Tennessee's defense should be able to provide similar pressure the offense is in flux.  Vince Young sprained the MCL of his left knee forcing a start by aging veteran Kerry Collins.  If Collins can just play mistake free and get the Titans in the endzone a couple times, the defense that sacked David Garrard 7 times last week and forced three turnovers should have them in position to win again.  Titans by 3

Packers(-3) at Lions:  The Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay got off to a winning start, and against division rival Minnesota, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another to earn his first victory as a starter.  Now he takes the show on the road against another NFC North foe, one that suffered a humiliating loss to the lowly Falcons.  The Lions allowed over 300 yards rushing in week 1 while only gaining 62 yards themselves.  Expect to see more of Rudi Johnson, he was the most effective back even though he had just 4 days to learn the offense.  Ryan Grant is hobbled by a sore hamstring but Brandon Jackson should be fully recovered from his concussion and be solid against the Lions weak defense.  Packers by 8

Bills at Jaguars(-5.5):  Buffalo put on a surprising rout of Seattle and will look to take advantage of a now wide open AFC East and hope to get off to a 2-0 start, but now they face a Jacksonville team that was stifled in their opener and are looking to rebound.  Trent Edwards threw the ball effectively and more often than he was allowed to last year and the running game was solid.  The defense ran a good scheme that continuously confused Seattle, but the Jaguars have had a week to watch it on film and will likely fare better.  Jacksonville usually has the best rushing attack in the NFL with Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor in the backfield but the team gained just 33 yards on the ground against Tennessee.  Expect that to improve this week as they attempt to re-establish their identity.  Garrard will also be looking to redeem himself too as he was picked twice in the opener after throwing just three interceptions all last season.  Jaguars by 6

Shane was 10-6 last week, read the rest of his pics at

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