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

Ronald Martinez

The BTB writers weigh in with their picks for the Week 2 games.

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 47 Super Bowl winners have a 38-8-1 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 (and excluding the abbreviated 1982 season), of the 506 teams that won their openers, 266 made the playoffs. Of the 507 losing teams, only 120 made the playoffs. Note: There are a different number of winning and losing teams in season opening games due to the fact the NFL had 31 teams in each season from 1999 to 2001, which creates an odd number for the total number of results.

But don't give up if your team lost its season opener: Since realignment in 2002, 79 of the 132 playoff teams (60 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2. But the chances of an 0-2 team making the playoffs are decidedly slim. Since 1990, 190 teams started 0-2. Only 22 of those teams made the playoffs (12 percent).

I swear, people come up with the strangest stats.

With all of that out of the way, and the importance of a good start established, 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, 2013 picks. Agree, Disagree? Let us know about it in the comments section.

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Season Record 6-10 13-3 11-5 11-5 9-7 12-4 11-5 11-5 11-5
Percentage .375 .812 .688 .688 .562 .750 .688 .688 .688
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6-10 13-3 11-5 11-5 9-7 12-4 11-5 11-5 11-5

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SD @ PHI (-7.5) Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium Phi_medium
CLE @ BAL (-6.5) Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium
TEN @ HOU (-9) Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium
MIA @ IND (-2.5) Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Mia_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium
CAR (-3) @ BUF Car_medium Buf_medium Car_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Car_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium Buf_medium
STL @ ATL (-6.5) Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Stl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium Atl_medium
WAS @ GB (-7.5) Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Was_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium
DAL @ KC (-3) Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium
MIN @ CHI (-6) Min_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium
NO (-3.5) @ TB Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium Nos_medium
DET (-1.5) @ ARI Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Det_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium Ari_medium
JAC @ OAK (-5.5) Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium Oak_medium
DEN (-4.5) @ NYG Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium
SF @ SEA (-3) Sea_medium Sfx_medium Sea_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium
PIT @ CIN (-7) Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium

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