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Week 2 Predictions


September 14. 2013 11:36PM
EEARL BLOOM The Orange County Register

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San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh was out of uniform in the first half Sunday against Green Bay, wearing an old Reebok long-sleeved 49ers T-shirt before changing into approved Nike garb at halftime.


Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman slept in and missed the team photo last week — before failing to be re-elected a captain by his teammates, who chose Vincent Jackson instead.


Linebacker Dan Connor, one of the New York Giants accused of faking injuries by Dallas owner Jerry Jones, went on IR because of a season-ending neck injury.


And 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, post-Packers, delivered an all-timer: “If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.”


All that provides a hard act to follow in Week 2, but they’ll try — and we’ll keep picking.


Game of the Week: San Francisco (1-0) at Seattle (1-0) — Seattle won at home, 42-13, in December. Winner: Seahawks. It doesn’t matter what Harbaugh wears. FF note: Kaepernick, Russell Wilson will both be slowed down.


Game of the Weak: Jacksonville (0-1) at Oakland (0-1) — Let talk of an 0-16 Jaguars team start. Winner: Raiders. Oakland will win more than one, but this is the lone sure thing. FF note: Raiders WR Rod Streater deadly on slants.


The rest of the Sunday schedule:


St. Louis (1-0) at Atlanta (0-1) — Falcons just don’t lose at home. Winner: Falcons. Atlanta wins close ones; this will be close. FF note: ESPN’s Mark Schlereth loves Rams’ Daryl Richardson.


San Diego (0-1) at Philadelphia (1-0) — Chip Kelly show continues vs. Chargers. Winner: Eagles. San Diego doesn’t have to worry about blowing a big lead. FF note: DeSean Jackson resurgence nice to see.


Dallas (1-0) at Kansas City (1-0) — Can Dallas get six takeaways again? Winner: Chiefs. Andy Reid adds to his record 17 victories against Dallas. FF note: Miles Austin, in the slot, a Dallas weapon again.


Miami (1-0) at Indianapolis (1-0) — Neither team can run. Winner: Colts. Picking Andrew Luck over Ryan Tannehill is not a knock on Dolphin. FF note: Miami needs Lamar Miller to step up.


Tennessee (1-0) at Houston (1-0) — Titans better, but little chance here. Winner: Texans, by a healthy margin. FF note: Expect more from Arian Foster.


Washington (0-1) at Green Bay (0-1) — Team Shanahan struggling. Winner: Packers. Aaron Rodgers & Co. relieve 49ers frustration. FF note: See if Redskins remember Santana Moss both halves.


Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (0-1) — Ravens put P. Manning in rear-view. Winner: Ravens. They’ve had time to fix opener’s second-half fail. FF note: Torrey Smith wins touted matchup vs. Browns’ Joe Haden.


Carolina (0-1) at Buffalo (0-1) — Cam Newton eyes big day. Winner: Panthers. Bills secondary in tatters. FF note: Panthers defense worth playing.


Minnesota (1-0) at Chicago (1-0) — Vikings can’t hide Christian Ponder. Winner: Bears. Marc Trestman’s debut victory over Bengals impressive. FF note: Vikings’ Jerome Simpson a sleeper WR.


New Orleans (1-0) at Tampa Bay (0-1) — Greg Schiano looks at 0-2 start to Year 2. Winner: Saints. Tampa Bay couldn’t stop Geno Smith late; good luck with Drew Brees. FF note: Saints RB committee is a pain.


Detroit (1-0) at Arizona (0-1) — Arizona won 38-10 in December. Winner: Cardinals. Few teams have athletes to compete with Calvin Johnson; Arizona has Patrick Peterson. FF note: Lions’ Reggie Bush off to a great start.


Denver (1-0) at N.Y. Giants (0-1) — Manning Bowl III. Winner: Broncos. Peyton Manning goes 3-0 against Eli. Parents Archie and Olivia just glad it’s over. FF note: Giants need David Wilson rebound ASAP.


MONDAY NIGHT


Pittsburgh (0-1) at Cincinnati (0-1) — Steelers have too many holes to fill. Winner: Bengals. They bounce back from tough loss at Chicago. FF note: Possible Heath Miller return huge for Steelers.


Bloom Week 1 record: 11-4




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