UPDATE#2: Might be adding another play for Saturday depending on info/line movement.
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Tennessee Titans vs St Louis Rams: STL -3
Coach Spags indicated that the starters will get close to, if not the entire first half in this game. This gives them an immediate edge over TEN because the Titans won't have Johnson at RB or Britt at WR. Jackson will get some time, but he'll make way for Norwood/Williams before the rest of the starters. The offensive line has looked good protecting Bradford and this second year QB is determined to make that big leap this season. This fits perfectly with Spagnuolo's philosophy because he's 7-2 straight up as a preseason coach. Bradford has looked much more confident, prepared, and comfortable this year. The transition to Mcdaniels offense has been smooth as they've meshed some of the old system with the new one. Right now most of the playbook is in place and should be much further ahead in their development than TEN's offense. AJ Feeley isn't the best backup in the league, but he's should be able to out-duel Locker in the 2nd half. Locker was correct when he said he expects to see more pressure from STL's defense than he did vs MIN's. They won't make life easy on him and there is a lot of competition at a lot of positions so there won't be a dramatic fall off in intensity with STL's 2nd stringers. Lay the points and take the home team--they are on the rise. Prediction: Bank STL -3.
Oakland Raiders vs San Fransisco 49ers: OAK +3
Offensively, things don't get much prettier for SF. Yes they weren't expecting rabid cover zero blitzing schemes from Williams in week 1, but both Smith and Kaepernick failed to respond. The offensive game-plan is far behind schedule and the pass protection has been worse than anticipated. The offense has worked on handing the blitz in practice, but they've been riddled with mistakes and sloppy play all week. Making matters worse is the fact that OAK's strength is their ability to generate pressure without blitzing. Their front seven is very stout so Smith/Kaepernick will need to be more accurate to beat the coverage. On the bright side, OAK has struggled in the secondary--especially after losing Asomugha. Still, when a team is starting from scratch and installing new systems across the board, they are going to enter the game at a disadvantage. I expect a better effort from SF, but not a better result. Take the points and ride the Black and Silver. Prediction: Bank OAK +3.
Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks: SEA -2.5
Granted, it's important not to overreact to one week of preseason football and guys like Allen, Williams, and Winfield didn't play a single snap, but it's not a good sign when the question marks go right across the board. Shiancoe will not play and don't expect a lot from Peterson either. UPDATE: Harvin ruled out.
SEA came through in week 1 like I expected. The combination of Whitehurst and Portis at QB provided enough offense in the 2nd half to pull out the win. Jackson has already been anointed the starting job, but that will continue to be a source of contention if Whitehurst outplays him for a 2nd straight week. I like this kind of QB competition for my preseason picks and this game carries added interest for the former Vikings on the roster (Jackson, Rice, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell). Williams is on track to return after suffering a toe injury. Also look for some nice returns on special teams as Longwell isn't the most prolific touchback kicker. Prediction: Bank SEA -2.5.