2012 Week 2 NFL Picks: 5* REDSKINS -3.5, 4* Giants/Bucs Under 43.5

At full power in 2011, the Rams, 3 point Underdogs, were able to power only 10 points versus the Redskins, who arrive having held the Saints to only 32 yard rushing yards in the opener. While home has always been advantage to the Redskins, RG III, who powered 2 TDs on 19 of 26 for 40 points spells trouble for a Rams D that gave up 429 yards against last week, which was 28th in the NFL. The Rams defense ranked 22nd last year giving up 358 yards against, while they were 26th giving up 25.4 points against per game. With the Rams managing just 250 yards of offense, they will be unable to keep up in this one. The margin and turnovers will mount as the Rams get behind, and Bradford tries to catch up. Last season the Redskins have won 3 of their last 4 Road games (New Orleans, New York Giants, and Seattle), while St Louis has lost 8 straight.
Redskins -3.5

Tuck and the rest of the Giants defense feel that they let the Giant Nation down in Week 1. This spells trouble for a the Buccaneers, who arrive 0-5 Under the Total and 0-5 Under the Total on the Road in their last five matchups with the Giants. Although four of the last five of Tampa Bay’s games have gone Over the Total, the Giants arrive going Under the Total in seven of the last eight games. The Buccaneers arrive in New York powering 16 points only once in their last five games; relying on a defense that allowed on 10 rushing yards in its opener, look for this one to be a chess game of field position. Prince’s return fills the gap, and allows the G-Men to get back to business on defense.
Under 43.5

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  1. LOSER>>Redskins 28 – RAMS 31>>(Sports Network) – Sam Bradford had three touchdown passes on 26-of-35 attempts for 310 yards to lead the St. Louis Rams to a 31-28 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Danny Amendola totaled 15 catches for 160 yards and a score while Matthew Mulligan and Brandon Gibson each caught a touchdown pass for the Rams (1-1), who snapped an eight-game losing streak that went back to last season. Daryl Richardson carried the ball 15 times for 83 yards while Steven Jackson added nine carries for 58 yards in the win for St. Louis, which won its home- opener after going 1-7 in front of the fans last season. Robert Griffin III again impressed as the rookie was all over the score sheet, going 20-for-29 with 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception while also carrying the ball 11 times for 82 yards and two scores for the Redskins (1-1), who were coming off last week’s season-opening win against New Orleans.

  2. LOSER>>Buccaneers 34 – GIANTS 41>>(Sports Network) – Andre Brown’s 2-yard rushing touchdown with 31 seconds left capped a huge fourth quarter, as the New York Giants rallied past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41-34. Eli Manning threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth period for the Giants (1-1), who bounced back from a season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5. He finished 31-of-51 for 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Manning’s 510 passing yards was a career high and just three shy of the franchise record of 513 by Phil Simms (at Cincinnati, Oct. 13, 1985). Brown carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown for the victors. Victor Cruz caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a score while Hakeem Nicks hauled in 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. The news was not all good for the Giants. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), right tackle David Diehl (knee) and wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) left the game with injuries.

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