Trying to pick games in the first week of the NFL season is typically the crapshoot of crapshoots. We don’t know who’s good and who sucks, but we do the best we can. Here’s how our quartet of picking writers fared last week:
Taylor Smith: 11-5
Kevin Roberts: 10-6
Keet Bailey: 9-7
Terrence Kirker: 8-8
In summary, I am your game-picking overlord. On to Week 2.
Denver Broncos (1-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
Thursday Night Football sucks, and I expect this one to be no exception. Split decision here, with Kevin and Terrence thinking Denver goes into Arrowhead and steals one.
Houston Texans (0-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-0)
I don’t trust the Panthers’ offense to be able to score enough to win this game. Keet and Terrence are smart and agree.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
The 49ers starting 2-0 would be quite shocking, and would make Jim Tomsula quite happy:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-1)
Yeah, Tampa looks like they suck again.
Detroit Lions (0-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
I was one of those saps that fell for the Vikings preseason hype, only to watch the horror show they put on in Santa Clara last week. Luckily, they’re playing the Lions.
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) @ Chicago Bears (0-1)
Nobody believes in the Cutler. But we believe in the Palmy.
New England Patriots (1-0) @ Buffalo Bills (1-0)
BUYING THE BILLS HYPE! LET’S GO, TERRENCE!
San Diego Chargers (1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
I’d enjoy the Chargers winning this game, but they’re historically pretty meh on the road.
Tennessee Titans (1-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1)
I don’t know if Mariota last week was a mirage or not, but he’s definitely already better than Johnny Manziel. Or Josh McCown. Or whoever the Browns start.
Atlanta Falcons (1-0) @ New York Giants (0-1)
Keet and I think the Giants bounce-back after farting that game away last week. Kevin and Terrence (who is a Giants fan) disagree.
St. Louis Rams (1-0) @ Washington Redskins (0-1)
Miami Dolphins (1-0) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Baltimore Ravens (0-1) @ Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)
Seems like people have been picking the Eagles to make a Super Bowl run in each of the three Chip Kelly seasons thus far. I don’t get it at all. They’re painfully average.
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ Green Bay Packers (1-0)
The Seahawks seem to be the new 49ers in terms of teams the Packers have a mental block against.
New York Jets (1-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Colts lost this game, because they, too, are average.