LOS ANGELES, September 11, 2013 — NFL 2013 Week 1 is now in the books. Week 2 begins just as it did back in 2001: In the wake of the 9/11 attacks. This NFL week is dedicated to the late Pat Tillman, who gave up a lucrative NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals to become an $18,000 a year Army Ranger in Afghanistan. Whatever one’s politics, Tillman sacrificed his life for his love of country. We are free to enjoy football today because of men like him.
Even in times of sorrow, the show must go on.
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With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 2 preview with point spreads, which are an average of four different sites on Yahoo! (all times Eastern).
Thursday, September 12, 8:30pm
New York Jets at New England Patriots (-12.5)
Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady love running it up on Rex Ryan. Both teams won last week, although the Jets were bailed out by the refs. This week, the Jets’ luck runs out. Patriots cover.
Sunday, September 15
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (-7)
These teams both have talent, and the San Diego collapse last week should motivate them. The Eagles, however, are at home. Eagles win, but fail to cover.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-6.5)
New year, same Browns. The Ravens may not be as good as last year but the Browns are just as pathetic. Ravens cover.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-8.5)
Are the Titans better than we thought or did they beat a team who is just awful? Since they were on the road last week, they will get the benefit of the doubt for one more week. Texans win, but fail to cover.
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-3)
Miami beat an awful team, while Indy barely survived at home against a team perceived to be awful. The spread is low enough. Colts cover.
Carolina Panthers (-3) at Buffalo Bills
Both of these teams hung tough last week against superior teams in heartbreaking losses. The home field could be the difference. Upset special, Bills win outright.
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (-7)
Atlanta lost a road heartbreaker while St. Louis won a home thriller. Atlanta is the better team but St. Louis has a defense. Falcons win but fail to cover.
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)
Both teams lost on the road, but the Packers looked solid on offense while questions about over whether RGIII is truly healthy. The spread is high even though Green Bay is loaded. Washington gets one more week to prove itself. Packers win but fail to cover.
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5)
Walrus Lite Andy Reid will turn the Chiefs around, but even a big win against Jacksonville does not count. Upset special, Cowboys win outright.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-6.5)
Adrian Peterson cannot do it all by itself. The Bears are not that special, but neither were the Lions. Bears win but fail to cover.
New Orleans Saints (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers needed help from the refs to survive their opener against a dreadful team. The Saints are a far better team than the Bucs. Drew Brees will do what Drew Brees does. Saints cover.
Detroit Lions (-1) at Arizona Cardinals
This could be a shootout. Go with the home team on this one. Upset special, Cardinals win outright.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (-6)
These teams both looked like 0-16 teams in preseason, but the Raiders looked like a real football team last week. Jacksonville did not. The spread is still too high as bad as the Jags are until Oakland proves itself with a big win. Raiders win but fail to cover.
Denver Broncos (-5) at New York Giants
The original Manning Bowl saw Peyton go on the road and beat Eli. Peyton looked all world last week, but Captain Grumpy Tom Coughlin is sure to have the Giants motivated after their six turnover performance. Denver is superior, but the Giants rise to the occasion in games like this, especially around 9/11. Upset special, Giants win outright.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-3)
These teams are nasty mirror images of each other, especially on defense. In this series, take the home team. Seahawks cover.
Monday, September 16, 8:30pm
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-7)
The Steelers looked shockingly awful at home in a loss to an inferior team. They also suffered serious injuries. Cincinnati lost a close road game. The Bengals could win a blowout, but Mike Tomlin deserves the chance to see if his motivational magic can stir his team. Bengals win, but fail to cover.
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