The Patriots got AB, so the season is basically over and we can just call the Super Bowl now… I’m kidding (but not really). What I can say with confidence is the following: Miami will go 0-16.
Other than that, the Ravens played out of their minds, the Bears went from Super Bowl contenders to a team that may be able to be competitive in it’s division, the Steelers embarrassed themselves, everyone’s shoulder broke, and I dominated in fantasy football (thank you Austin Eckler). So basically week 1 of the NFL season was ridiculous, but I still did pretty well. Here’s a look at week 2.
Last Week’s Record: 12 – 3 – 1
Season Record: 12 – 3 – 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
Jameis Winston is facing another tough defense in Carolina a week after throwing 3 interceptions against San Francisco. That plus how dominant Christian McCaffrey looked last week makes the Panthers an easy pick for me. Cam Newton won’t play that poorly again.
San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals gave the Seahawks a serious scare last week, and John Ross finally looked like the speedy weapon the Bengals envisioned when they drafted him 8th overall a few years ago. San Fran and Jimmy G looked sluggish on offense, and Tevin Coleman’s injury doesn’t help. Bengals grab a home win.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Detroit Lions
I am a huge Matthew Stafford fan and I feel terrible that he plays in Detroit where they somehow always find a way to suck. Matt Patricia and the coaching staff had an easy win in their grasp last week, and they left with a tie against a putrid Cardinals team with a rookie quarterback. This is less about the Chargers being good and more the Lions being terrible.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Green Bay’s defense is significantly better this season, and Aaron Rodgers and the offense will perform better this week against the Vikings at home. Minnesota and Dalvin Cook looked great last week against Atlanta, but this is a road game against a better team. Vikings lose a close one.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
I’m not putting money on the Titans putting together two straight good performances, and the Colts looked good against the Chargers.
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
The real question here is how much of the Dolphins team actually shows up?
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers offense was nonexistent against the Patriots Sunday night, but the fact is they were on the road, playing the reigning Super Bowl Champions, who had just signed longtime Steeler headache Antonio Brown. All that has to take a mental toll on a team. At home this week, I expect a better performance against a Seahawks team who got a major scare from Cincinnati.
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
Zeke will get a full workload this week, and outside of that the Cowboys have just far too many weapons for Washington to account for on defense.
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
If you like running quarterbacks, this is the game for you. Lamar and the Ravens embarrassed the Dolphins to the toon of a 49-point win in week 1. Expect them to come back down to earth against a team who isn’t tanking, but still expect the win in this battle of the birds.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Nick Foles is out for a while, and the whole league is sad to see it. As well as he played on Sunday, don’t expect rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew to be able to keep up with Deshaun Watson and the Texans.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
For most teams, losing Tyreek Hill for even a few games would put their season in jeopardy. That isn’t the case for this loaded Kansas City offense. Patrick Mahomes made Sammy Watkins look like the savior he was supposed to be in Buffalo when they drafted him. While the Raiders looked good against Denver on Monday night, they won’t be able to keep up.
Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos
Chicago’s offense can’t possibly play that bad again right? Even if they do, they still have that defense that held Aaron Rodgers to 10 points. Now they get “elite” Joe Flacco.
New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams
The Rams offense just looked out of sync Sunday against the Panthers. Jared Goff only had one interception, but had a few balls nearly picked on throws where it looked like he was trying to force the ball to receiver Robert Woods. Cooper Kupp was wide open multiple times and Goff didn’t seem to notice, Brandin Cooks was a non-factor, and Todd Gurley was never used in the redzone. When facing an offensive juggernaut like the Saints, you need to score points. I think they’ll figure it out, but not this week.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
The Eagles looked very sluggish Sunday but figured it out in the 2nd half against Washington, with DeSean Jackson looking like his old, explosive self. That and the fact that Atlanta could not run the ball at all last week against the Vikings does not bode well for the Falcons.
Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets
I think the blowout loss the Browns suffered to the Titans was the absolute best thing that could have happened to them. It brought them back down to earth and tampered everyone’s expectations. Baker is a competitor and won’t allow them to put up another dub against the Jets.
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