The sure-fire picks got off to a rough start in Week 1, going 3-5. Fear not, the first week is always the most difficult. This week will be a different story.

The Dolphins futility will help the sure fire picks improve in Week 2

The Dolphins' futility will help the sure-fire picks improve in Week 2

NY Giants (-9) at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Sunday
I refuse to believe the Rams are as bad as they have looked in their past 17 games. As a nine-point underdog at home in Week 2, it’s time for them to show some pride. The Giants are overdue for a letdown anyway. Rams +9.

New Orleans at Washington (-1), 1 p.m. Sunday
The Saints reverted back to 2006 form in their opener, while the Redskins and first-year coach Jim Zorn looked downright lost against the Giants. In what will be a surprisingly low-scoring affair, the Saints edge out the Skins in D.C. Saints +1.

Buffalo at Jacksonville (-5.5), 1 p.m. Sunday
The Jaguars were brutalized by the Titans defense Sunday, compiling just 189 yards and 33 on the ground. Expect Jack Del Rio and the Jags to come out with a purpose in their home opener and take it to the Bills. Jaguars -5.5.

Tennessee at Cincinnati (-1), 1 p.m. Sunday
The Bengals produced an embarassing 154 yards of offense last week and the front office has messed the bed one too many times. Sure, the Titans have big time issues of their own with the Vince Young drama, but they’re stable enough to pull out a victory here. Titans +1.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay (-7), 4:05 p.m. Sunday
Don’t lump me in with the Falcons’ believers yet, I think they’re in for a rude awakening when they travel to Tampa this Sunday. The Bucs gave the Saints all they could handle on the road and will rattle rookie quarterback Matt Ryan. Bucs -7.

Miami at Arizona (-7), 4:15 p.m. Sunday
Is this the year the Cardinals finally stop being the Cardinals and put together their first winning season in a decade? I think so, and I also think the Dolphins are still a long way away from the Fiedler days, let alone the Marino days. Cardinals -7.

New England at NY Jets (-1.5), 4:15 p.m. Sunday
Hand the AFC East over to the Jets? Hardly. The Jets have the stars aligned, but Belichick will find a way to outcoach Mangini and break the hearts of Jets’ fans. Patriots +1.5.

Baltimore at Houston (-5), 8:30 p.m. Monday
Going against a team coming off one of the best defenses performances in recent memory is a bad idea – the Ravens held the Bengals to 154 yards and eight first downs – but I’ll do it anyway. The Texans laid an egg in their season opener, but bounce back here. Texans -5.