Posted: Thursday September 16, 2010 12:54PM ; Updated: Thursday September 16, 2010 1:08PM
Peter King
Peter King>WEEKEND PICKOFF
NFL Week 2
 
Sunday, Sept. 19
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Two of the starters on the Cincinnati offensive line that was semi-shredded by the Patriots the other day were guard Nate Livings and tackle Dennis Roland. They'll start Sunday against the rush-heavy Ravens. Neither was drafted out of college. Meanwhile, the sixth pick in the 2009 draft, tackle Andre Smith, played 10 snaps in New England. What is wrong with this picture?
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
I am no doctor of football, though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I do know, however, that when you have 71 offensive snaps in a game, as the Cowboys had Sunday night in Washington, and Felix Jones touches the ball on 10 of them, you've made a game-planning error. Free Felix Jones.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
Midway through the third quarter, on the Cardinals' sideline, this thought goes through Ken Whisenhunt's head: "How many more Derek Anderson series do I have to watch?''
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers
I like Ryan Grant as much as the next guy, but he's a great example of the interchangeability of running backs in the NFL right now. Maybe the Packers will go out and get a Marshawn Lynch -- I don't know -- but they probably won't need him to get to where they're going.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
Tempting, very tempting, to pick the Lions, and I probably would if Matthew Stafford were playing. But I can't pick Shaun Hill to beat the Philadelphia Eagles when the game really matters.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
The other day, Chris Johnson told me he thinks he can "most definitely'' rush for 2,500 yards in a year, and that he would love to see the Titans acquire Albert Haynesworth from Washington. If he breaks a buck and a quarter against the Steelers in this game -- which I think he'll do -- I'm inclined to make him GM Mike Reinfeldt's assistant and let him broker the deal.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns
I have no idea why.
 
1 p.m. ET (Fox) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
I'd make the argument that, with Cincinnati and New Orleans on the schedule in the next two weeks, no 0-1 team with the playoff prayer has a bigger game on the docket this weekend than Carolina. Because if you can't beat Tampa Bay at home, you know you're going absolutely nowhere this year.
 
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
Visions of Vincent Jackson are dancing in Brett Favre's head. For now, against the Dolphins, he'll have to settle for Greg Camarillo.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (Fox) Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Another one of those I-have-no-clue-who'll-win games. I have a hunch that Robert Ayers will take advantage of the weak edge of the Seattle offensive line to torment Matt Hasselbeck.
 
4:05 p.m. ET (Fox) St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders
Al Davis can never complain about the schedule again, not when the league gives the Raiders a season-saving parachute in Week 2 by having the Rams drop into the gloom that is enveloping this team.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) New England Patriots at New York Jets
Rex Ryan wants to win the game so bad I swear he'd suit up and put the big-boy pads on and replace Kris Jenkins if the rules would allow. It'd be more valuable, though, if he could channel his intensity into the head of Mark Sanchez.
 
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) Houston Texans at Washington Redskins
Some Hollywood-type with DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket is working weekends at the office, with football on his big-screen ... His ears perk up when Ian Eagle, on the CBS telecast, starts talking about this stunning back from Houston, Arian Foster. He hears snippets like "philosophy major from Tennessee'' and "girlfriend's a singer from Germany who studied depth charts to help him pick an NFL team" and "undrafted, adrift 10 months ago on the Texans practice squad'' and "running away with the NFL rushing race'' and thinks: Could Arian Foster be a movie?
 
4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers
You're surprised by how close of a game I see? Part of the reason is that David Garrard is going to be able to make some plays, based on the meek Charger pass-rush from Monday night. Against a weak Chiefs offensive line, the Chargers managed one sack and one additional quarterback hit. How long will we in the media continue to misstate how dominant the San Diego defensive front is?
 
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts
Can't see the Colts starting 0-2, especially at home, especially against a team with a weak intermediate pass defense, especially with Peyton Manning determined not to lose to his little brother.
 
Monday, Sept. 20
 
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers
File this one under "Super Bowl Champs Always Get Best Effort From Mediocre Teams" department. I just know this -- Mike Singletary will spend this week hammering into his players that this is the most important thing they will ever do in their lives, and some of them will actually believe it.
 

 
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