Friday, September 17, 2010
Walker's AFC North picks
By James Walker
The AFC North blog got off to a successful 3-1 start in Week 1. The Pittsburgh Steelers' narrow win in overtime prevented a perfect record.
But we're going to keep the momentum going all season with "Walker's AFC North picks." Here are my division picks for Week 2 (all times are ET):
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Skinny: Injuries and instability at quarterback make it hard to pick the Browns, especially after the Chiefs looked pretty good last week beating the San Diego Chargers.
Pick: Chiefs, 20-17
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Skinny: The Steelers proved me wrong last week. Still, I like Tennessee's aggressive, no-name defense against Pittsburgh's inexperience quarterback: Dennis Dixon. Home team wins in a hard-hitting, low-scoring game.
Pick: Titans, 17-13
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Skinny: Quarterback Carson Palmer is 8-3 against the Ravens, who are coming off a short week. But I'm not sure I can trust Cincinnati after what I saw early against the New England Patriots.
Pick: Ravens, 21-17
Last week's record: 3-1
Overall record: 3-1
Record in non-overtime games: 3-0 (wink, wink)