NFL Week 2 - Picks Of The Day For Sunday

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Joe Catalano

Sunday, September 18, 2016 5:42 PM GMT

It's NFL Week 2 and although there were a few surprises last week, everything went mostly As planned. It's a new week with a new set of very appealing matchups to "whet your appetite". Here are your NFL Picks of the Day for Week 2 in which we think that you'll benefit from.

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Is A.P. Slowing Down?
Last week, the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) came away with a much needed 25-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Quarterback, Shaun Hill proved that he can do the job with the absence of Teddy Bridgewater as Hill threw for 236 yards and most of the Vikings production came from their pass game and their defense, which held Demarco Murray to a mere 13 carries for 42 yards.

The one negative that they would have to take away from the game was the ineffectiveness of future hall of famer, Adrian Peterson. A.P. ran for just 31 yards on 19 carries and although the Minnesota Vikings won in week 1, if Peterson can't produce, they'll go nowhere. Now, the bar is raised as they face the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, who are coming off of a well-deserved 27-23 victory over a tough Jacksonville Jaguars team.

Even though he's an emerging star that came out of nowhere last season, I expect to see less of wide receiver, Stefon Diggs (7 receptions , 103 yards) as the Vikes look to get the running game going and it was just one game and I'm not fully confident in Shaun Hill.

 

The Pack Is Back
Although he didn't have a "monster game" statistically in week 1 as Blake Bortles outpassed him, Aaron Rodgers is regarded as one of the top passers in the game and last week, he was efficient, throwing for 199 yards and 2 TD's. Rodgers isn't concerned about the stats, he's concerned about winning and that's something that he does well despite having an inconsistent run game. Last week, Eddie Lacy ran 14 times for 61 yards and the Pack need more production from Lacy to take the pressure off of Rodgers and the predictability away from their offensive scheme. Lacy has slimed down, but he's a runner that uses his bulk to grind out yardage. The running game is a weakness until Lacy can revert back to his old form.

I like the Packers in this game as Aaron Rodgers is "running the ship". The loss of Teddy Bridgewater is a crushing blow to Minnesota and although I expect Adrian Peterson to play much better, it shouldn't be enough in the end as the Packers are a mere point and a half favorite across the board.

 

Free NFL Pick: Packers -1.5 
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams

L.A. Is a Major Disappointment
If there's one thing that we learned from week 1 was that although the Los Angeles Rams (0-1) looked great in the preseason, they're not as good a football team as some people thought as they bombed in their season opener against a San Francisco 49'ers squad that's not considered strong.

Now, the offense that was shut out 28-0, must face the "Legion of Boom" in the form of the Seattle Seahawks and this will be a major test as L.A. play's their first official regular season home game. Todd Gurley must play better as the quarterbacking and pass attack on this team leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Todd Gurley
One thing that we saw last week was that Case Keenum isn't the answer and Jared Goff could see some playing time. That said, there is a known entity on this Rams squad in Todd Gurley and this is a player that won NFL Rookie of the Year last season. In game 1 this season, Gurley didn't impress as he ran 17 times for 47 yards. Look for Gurley to fare much better as he's facing a ferocious Seattle Seahawks defense. This will be a real test for Todd Gurley. The passing game isn't the answer here despite a solid week 1 from wide receiver, Kenny Britt.

 

Wilson To Baldwin
This is a combination that has proven to work quite well for the Seattle Seahawks as Doug Baldwin is seeing more targets in the last couple of seasons and he's producing. With a lack of a run game despite a mobile quarterback, I look for the Seattle Seahawks to get a wide receiver, Jermaine Kearse (5 receptions, 57 yards) involved. Kearse is a big play receiver. We should also see Russell Wilson keep going to his favorite receiver Doug Baldwin. Last year was a big success and in week 1 against Miami, this connection picked up where they left off as Baldwin had 9 receptions for 92 yards and 1 TD.

I have no confidence in the Los Angeles Rams after witnessing week 1. Look for Seattle to cover the spread in this matchup for one of your NFL week 2 predictions.

 

Free NFL Pick: Seahawks -5.5 
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