Six-pack: Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, Washington, Miami, Minnesota

Buccaneers at Falcons


The difference: This seems to be a popular upset pick, but I just don't see it. On a sidenote, is there any chance that Chris Simms is really the son of Ric Flair? Just a thought. Anyway, I expect Atlanta's defense to get to Simms and lead the Falcons to another victory.

Fantasy nugget: I'm officially panicking over my Cadillac Williams pick in one league. Not so much because of his week one numbers, but more because of his backs spasms. I hope this isn't the sort of injury that will linger and force him out of games at various times throughout the season.


The pick: Atlanta (-6)

Saints at Packers

The difference: Green Bay has to win a game at some point this year right? Will there be a better spot than week two against New Orleans at home after being embarassed by the Bears in week one? I don't think so.

Fantasy nugget: Unlike some of the league's other running back platoons, it seems pretty safe to start Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister. Judging from week one, it looks like McAllister will get more carries, but their touches will be fairly equal. And did anyone notice that Ahman Green ran for 110 yards last week?

The pick: Green Bay (+2)

Rams at 49ers

The difference: Mike Martz is gone, but the Rams offense should still be able to move the ball efficiently against a San Francisco offense that was torched by Kurt Warner in week one. St. Louis had to settle for six field goals against the Broncos. Look for them to convert a few of those opportunities into touchdowns this week.

Fantasy nugget: Alex Smith and Frank Gore put up big numbers in week one. Was that the result of an improved San Francisco offense, or is Arizona's defense just that bad? We should find out Sunday.

The pick: Rams (-4.5)

Cardinals at Seahawks

The difference: Seattle's defense had 50 sacks last year, more than any other team in the league. Look for the Seahawks to pressure Kurt Warner and win the turnover battle with a more impressive performance than they had in week one against Detroit.

Fantasy nugget: Expect a monster game out of Shaun Alexander after his 51-yard performance in week one. Frank Gore had 170 yards rushing and receiving to go along with a pair of touchdowns against the Cardinals defense in week one.

The pick: Seattle (-7)

Patriots at Jets

The difference: It sure looked like New England could have used Deion Branch in week one when it needed a safety to get past Buffalo. I know the Patriots are untouchable as long as they have Tom Brady, but I think this one will be closer than people expect.

Fantasy nugget: Kevan Barlow had 11 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown in week one. While he's still expected to share carries with Derrick Blaylock this week, look for Barlow to emerge as the starter down the road.

The pick: New York (+7)

Titans at Chargers

The difference: Expect San Diego to continue to rely on LaDainian Tomlinson and a playmaking defense to win games. Philip Rivers threw the ball 11 times in week one and will likely stay under 20 attempts in this one.

Fantasy nugget: Travis Henry is listed as questionable with an injured toe. He ran for 22 yards and a pair of touchdowns in week one against the Jets.

The pick: Chargers (-14)

Chiefs at Broncos

The difference: Damon Huard gets the start for Kansas City. Denver gets a home game after losing to St. Louis in week one. This one has blowout written all over it. The Chiefs' only shot is is if Jake Plummer turns the ball over and Larry Johnson runs for 500 yards. I don't see it happening.

Fantasy nugget: In our 14-team Charm City League, I felt pretty good about waiting to pick a quarterback and ending up with Trent Green and Aaron Brooks. One week into the season, and I think I'm going to cry. I haven't even named a starter yet this week. I'm going to wait until the last possible second in hopes that someone will drop Peyton Manning or Donovan McNabb by accident.

The pick: Denver (-11.5)

Redskins at Cowboys

The difference: At this point in the season, I don't think any line in NFC East games should be more than a field goal. Did the oddsmakers not watch Drew Bledsoe in the second half of last week's game against Jacksonville? I wouldn't trust him to drive me to work, let alone with a six-point spread.

Fantasy nugget: Clinton Portis probably fell too far in drafts after injuring his shoulder in the preseason. He had 10 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown in week one and should improve on those numbers against Dallas.

The pick: Washington (+6)

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