Week 2 NFL Picks: Can The Cowboys Go 2-0?

Week two is coming up, half the teams are undefeated, half the teams are winless. And already pundits are breaking out some obscure stats about how a team's week one performance effectively sets the tone for the rest of the season. Here's my favorite stat nugget about opening weekend: the 46 Super Bowl winners have a 37-8-1 record in the kickoff weekend games of their title seasons. Now how about that! Should the winless teams declare the season over already?

And there's more: Since the move to a 16-game schedule in 1978, of the 490 teams that won their openers, 258 made the playoffs. Of the 490 losing teams, only 116 made the playoffs.

But it's not too late for losing teams: Since realignment in 2002, 70 of the 120 playoff teams (58 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2. But the chances of an 0-2 team making the playoffs are decidely slim. Since 1990, 184 teams started 0-2. Only 22 of those teams made the playoffs (12 percent).

People come up with the strangest stats. Having said that, after the break we take a stab at predicting this weekend's game outcomes. Oh, and a little shocker right up front: this week we're taking the Cowboys unanimously.

Below are our Week 2, 2012 picks. Agree, Disagree? Let us know about it in the comments section.

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Season Record
11-5 9-7 9-7 12-4 10-6 9-7 11-5 11-5 11-5
Percentage 69% 56% 56% 75% 63% 56% 69% 69% 69%
Week 1
11-5 9-7 9-7 12-4 10-6 9-7 11-5 11-5 11-5

CHI @ GB (-6) Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Chi_medium Gbp_medium Chi_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium
TB @ NYG (-7.5) Nyg_medium Nyg_medium Tam_medium Nyg_medium Tam_medium Nyg_medium Nyg_medium Nyg_medium Nyg_medium
ARI @ NE (-13.5) Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium
MIN (-1.5) @ IND Min_medium Min_medium Min_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Min_medium Ind_medium
NO (-2.5) @ CAR Nos_medium Nos_medium Car_medium Car_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium
KC @ BUF (-3) Buf_medium Kan_medium Kan_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Kan_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium
BAL @ PHI (-2.5) Phi_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Phi_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium
OAK (-2.5) @ MIA Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Mia_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Mia_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium
CLE @ CIN (-7) Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium
HOU (-7.5) @ JAC Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium
DAL (-3) @ SEA Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium
WAS (-3) @ STL Was_medium Stl_medium Stl_medium Was_medium Was_medium Was_medium Was_medium Was_medium Was_medium
NYJ @ PIT (-6) Pit_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium
TEN @ SD (-6) Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Ten_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium
DET @ SF (-6.5) Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium
DEN @ ATL (-3) Atl_medium Den_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Den_medium Den_medium Atl_medium
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