2013 Week 2 5* NFL Picks: Saints -3 4* RAVENS -7 #nflonedotcom

[Bucs/SAINTS] Averaging 28 ppg in their last three visits to Tampa Bay, the Saints look to better their 2-1 run ATS in their matchups here. The Road team 14-6 ATS in their last 20 meetings.

[Browns/RAVENS] Having won by 6 points in its of last 3 matchups in Baltimore in going 0-3 ATS, the Ravens will look to bounce back and continue its defensive dominance of the Browns allowing less than 14 ppg in their last four matchups.

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  1. WINNER – Browns 6 RAVENS 14, Cleveland – Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco might not be perfect, but try telling the Cleveland Browns that. Flacco, just hours after his wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, passed for 211 yards and a touchdown as Baltimore beat Cleveland, 14-6, moving the quarterback to 11-0 all-time against the Browns. Flacco missed the birth of his second child with wife Dana — she had another boy about an hour before kickoff — and went 22-for-33. The reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens (1-1) had their home opener — finally — after starting on the road in Denver Week 1, but they lost running back Ray Rice to a hip injury in the fourth quarter. The Ravens scored 14 unanswered points in the second half on Bernard Pierce’s 5-yard touchdown run and Marlon Brown’s 5-yard catch for their 11th straight win over Cleveland. Brandon Weeden threw for 227 yards for the Browns (0-2) but left the game late in the fourth quarter. The Browns said Weeden’s hand was being looked at and the Ravens said he had an injured thumb. Cleveland hasn’t beaten Baltimore since a 33-30 overtime win on Nov. 18, 2007.

  2. LOSER – Saints 16, BUCCANEERS 14 – Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – The revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary welcomed Drew Brees into the “No Fly Zone” by stifling him for nearly 59 minutes. Good thing Brees still had time on the clock. Garrett Hartley’s go- ahead 27-yard field goal with five seconds remaining lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 16-14 triumph over the Buccaneers. Mason Foster’s 85-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Tampa Bay a 14-13 lead early in the fourth and the Bucs later took 5:50 off the clock before Rian Lindell hooked a 47-yard field goal to the left. Brees got the ball back with 1:06 to play and immediately went to work. He hit Jimmy Graham, who caught 10 passes for 179 yards and a score, with a 15-yard completion over the middle. He then connected with Darren Sproles for an eight-yard pickup before throwing a laser to Marques Colston on a seam route for a 31-yard gain down to the Tampa Bay 9- yard line. Brees quickly got up the line, spiked the ball and Hartley split the uprights to put New Orleans (2-0) ahead. Brees registered 54 of his 322 passing yards on New Orleans’ final drive. He finished 26-of-46 with a touchdown and two interceptions. He sliced and diced the Tampa Bay (0-2) secondary last season for 684 yards and eight scores.

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