With a wild week 1 now in the books, we shift our focus to week 2 which features an intriguing slate of games. While we were unable to publish our picks in the opening week, we’re set to give you our picks and insight for the remainder of the season while keeping track of our individual records as Scotty and myself compete for the better Pick ‘Em record.
New York Jets (0-1) @ Buffalo Bills (0-1)
Rex Ryan faces his former team in this Thursday Night showdown. The Bills were very disappointing in week 1. The Jets blew a lead against Cincinnati, but they’ll look to rebound in this matchup. New York wins a close, defensive battle.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
We’re only in week 2, and already we get to see this heated AFC North rivalry. The Steelers made a statement in the opening week on MNF against Washington while Cincinnati turned in a solid win against the Jets. The Steelers offense proves to be too much to contain as they pull away in the 2nd half.
New Orleans Saints (0-1) @ New York Giants (1-0)
New Orleans and New York should be a high scoring event. In the end I just keep picturing Eli making that famous disgusted face. This was a coin flip for me.
Miami Dolphins (0-1) @ New England Patriots (1-0)
The Patriots played a tremendous game on SNF in the opening week led by Jimmy Garropolo against a Super Bowl favorite Cardinals team. If they can handle a team of that caliber, I’m confident they’ll win at home against Miami.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) @ Houston Texans (1-0)
The Chiefs are riding high after a huge comeback win against San Diego. While Houston fields a stout defense, I think Alex Smith will do enough to engineer a win in this tough AFC matchup.
Tennessee Titans (0-1) @ Detroit Lions (1-0)
The Detroit Lions will be 2-0, it sounds crazy but since Stafford has been under Cooter, he has 22 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions, Lions could be scary this year.
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Baltimore and Cleveland will be a close game, I just can’t pick the Browns to win knowing they are coming off a loss to a rookie quarterback, plus Baltimore won against a solid Buffalo team.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1)
After a shocking loss in the opening game of the season, don’t expect that again in week 2. Carolina will come out guns a blazin’ against an inferior San Francisco team. While they were impressive in their 28-0 win on MNF, they’re simply not good enough to keep up with the Panthers.
Dallas Cowboys (0-1) @ Washington Redskins (0-1)
Another game without Romo means another loss for America’s Team. While Prescott looked solid, I don’t see the Cowboys keeping up with a motivated Redskins team.
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ Los Angeles Rams (0-1)
Everyone will hate the Rams over the Seahawks pick but I am sticking to it. A banged up Wilson is the main factor. The Rams defense is a top 10 defense even though it didn’t show Week 1. Upset of the week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) @ Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
Jameis Winston put on a show in week 1, but he faces a much tougher defense in Arizona. After losing against a winded Patriots club, the Cardinals are motivated and will be giving 110%. There’s no way they start 0-2, although the Bucs will keep it closer than many expect.
Indianapolis Colts (0-1) @ Denver Broncos (1-0)
The Denver Broncos should have no problem with the Colts, who might have the worst roster (next to Cleveland) in the NFL. I expect to see Luck on the ground a lot.
Atlanta Falcons (0-1) @ Oakland Raiders (1-0)
While everyone is high on Oakland right now, I am not sold. I feel that they will be an 8-8 team when it’s all said and done and could literally win every other week. I like Matt Ryan to put a complete game together and lead the Falcons to a big road win.
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) @ San Diego Chargers (0-1)
Jacksonville and San Diego played great games last week and just fell short. In one of the more entertaining games to watch (when it’s all said and done) I like Blake Bortles to hit three of his top targets for scores and lead the Jags to a double digit victory.
Green Bay Packers (1-0) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Aaron Rodgers looked like his old self in week 1 after a ‘disappointing’ 2015 season, by his standards. Despite an opening win with Shaun Hill under center, it looks like Sam Bradford will get the call this week. The Packers aren’t a team you want to experiment with.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) @ Chicago Bears (0-1)
Carson Wentz played phenomenal in his rookie debut. Yes, it was the Cleveland Browns. However, I think he can carry that momentum into MNF and beat the Bears on the road on a big platform.