Chicago Bears vs San Francisco 49ers NFL Picks week 2
As mentioned above, the Bears disappointed so many people in week one that it's quite conceivable that they will be in the dog house of every NFL bettor for the remainder of the season. Do not include me in this group though because the 49ers would have disappointed a heck of a lot of people as well if it were not for week 1 gifts courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys. Like they have done on so many occasions in years past, the Dallas Cowboys found a way to beat themselves before the game ever got going.
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A fumble by Demarco Murray and three Tony Romo interceptions handed the 49ers 21 points in the first quarter of their game Sunday afternoon in Dallas, and the 49ers managed a touchdown in the second quarter as well. But here's the kicker, the 49ers DID NOT score a single point in the second half against a Dallas defence that was historically bad last year and many have predicted could be worse this year based on the fact they lost the their two best pass rushers and their Quarterback of the defence, Sean Lee, before the season even started.
The fact is, Dallas rushed the ball extremely well against an also-depleted 49ers defence, and despite the interceptions, Romo threw for almost 300 yards and scored the final 14 points of the football game, albeit in a losing cause. This 49ers defence is no where near the quality we have seen over the last couple of seasons that led them to two NFC Championship games, and Colin Kaepernick may be a touch overrated, and overpaid as well as he threw for just 201 yards Sunday against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.
Odds - New England Patriots -3 (+100) @ Minnesota Vikings +3 (-120)
My Pick - PATRIOTS -3 (+100) 5 Dimes
On the flipside, the Bears were no doubt embarrassed by the result of their 23-20 loss to the Bills on Sunday, however Jay Cutler managed 349 yards through the air and fired two touchdown passes to boot. Matt Forte had 169 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, which tells me the two most important pieces of the Chicago attack were in fine form. If it weren't for a costly interception by Cutler late in the game the Bears could very well have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
The bottom line here is that despite popular opinion, the 49ers were fortunate in week 1 that they were gifted 21 points, and the complete opposite is true of Chicago who managed to lose despite being the better team. I like the Bears to come in with a chip on their shoulder after a tough first week, and I also like the fact I am getting more than a touchdown to play with as well.