Week 2 NFL Picks: Eli Manning Can Top Peyton, 49ers Poised To Assert NFC West Dominance Over Seahawks

BOSTON (CBS) — They don’t call me Mister .500 for nothing.

Actually, nobody calls me Mister .500, but if they’ve been paying attention to my picks, they would. For a multitude of reasons, I’ve had a knack of ending up at .500 at the end of every season. No matter if I start the year 80 percent or 20 percent successful, I end up at .500.

So I wasn’t surprised to look at my picks last Sunday afternoon and see that I was 5-5-1 after the 1 p.m. games. I wasn’t surprised, but I wasn’t happy.

This season, .500 is not going to cut it. Mediocrity is not going to fly. Not this year. That’s a promise. I’m 50 percent certain that I’ll follow through.

Let’s get to the picks.

(Oh, and Ridiculous Quotes From Last Week — RQFLWP for short — make their 2013 debut in a very big way.)

(Home team in caps; Wednesday lines)

New York Jets (+12.5) over NEW ENGLAND
If you got this line earlier in the week, when the Patriots were 13.5-point favorites, then bully for you! You’ve won yourself some free money.

Even as it stands now, though, I don’t see how the Patriots are getting this much respect. Danny Amendola (10 receptions, 104 yards, nine first downs) was the most important player in Tom Brady’s offense, and he’ll most likely sit this one out with a groin injury. Shane Vereen (101 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards) was equally important, and he’s out with a broken wrist.

Stevan Ridley is capable of carrying the load in the backfield, but without options in the passing game, how is Brady going to win this one by two touchdowns? It’s not out of the realm of possibility for rookie Kenbrell Thompkins to wake up and play like he did in the preseason, but when you’re leaning …read more

Source: CBS local Boston

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