The first week of the NFL season is in the books and a lot has gone down since then. Peyton Manning tied the all-time touchdowns in a single game record, Eli Manning and the Giants turned the ball over 6 times in a loss to the Cowboys, and the Jets made me look stupid, eliminated me from the Eliminator Challenge in WEEK 1, and upset the Buccaneers.
Another fun week of football starts tonight as the Patriots host the Jets on Thursday Night Football. How bad will my picks look this week? Who knows! Hopefully I can improve on my total from last week!
Week 1 Results: 10-6
Game Picks Overall: 10-6
Upset of the Week Overall: 0-1
Eliminator Challenge Picks: 0-1
Week 2 picks (Bold indicates my pick):
New York Jets @ New England Patriots: The Patriots offense got even more bad news this week as Shane Vereen was placed on injured reserved with a designation to return. The Patriots will also be without Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and may also be without Zach Sudfeld. The Jets defense will make this game closer than people think, but the Patriots still win this game. Patriots by 3.
St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons: I love the Rams this year and I thought the offense looked very good last week vs a tough defense. However, playing the Falcons in the Georgia Dome is a very tough task. I think the Rams have upset potential here, but the Falcons don't lose very much in their building. Falcons by 7.
Carolina Panthers @ Buffalo Bills: The Bills defense did look pretty good last week vs the Patriots, but we'll see how they look vs a mobile quarterback like Cam Newton. The Panthers stingy defense shut down Marshawn Lynch, and I expect them to do the same to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. E.J. Manuel will have to throw the ball effectively to win this game and I don't think he does. Panthers by 10.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears: The Bears didn't allow one sack in week 1 while facing a very good Bengals pass rush. If that holds up all year and Jay Cutler has time to throw, watch out! If the Vikings get any pressure on Cutler, I think this game can go down to the wire. I think Christian Ponder will make too many mistakes in this game and the Bears win at home by 3.
Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs defense allowed no points to the Jaguars in week 1 and now it's time to see if their D is legit. I think Alex Smith is overrated and will struggle vs the Cowboys pass-rush. Fantasy owners keep your eyes on Jamaal Charles' injury status. I've got the Cowboys by 7.
Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers: The Packers offense played very well last week in a tough fought loss to the 49ers. This week arguably the greatest QB in the league goes against arguably the worst secondary in the league. If Aaron Rodgers doesn't have a really good game vs the Redskins I will be very surprised. Packers by 14.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans: The Texans were very lucky to get out of San Diego with a comeback win. Their defense did not look very good in the game and they will need to play better going forward if they want to be contenders in the AFC. I don't think the Titans offense is any good, so I think the Texans defense will rebound with a great effort. Texans by 17.
Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill will play in the battle of 1st round QBs from the 2012 NFL Draft this Sunday. The Dolphins defense played pretty well vs the Browns in week 1 but that was the Browns. I think this game is fairly close and Andrew Luck will make a play at the end to move the Colts to 2-0. Colts by 4.
San Diego Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly's offense looked deadly in the 1st half of Monday night's win vs the Redskins. The Chargers have struggled in the past playing on the east coast. I think both teams are going in different directions. Eagles by 10.
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I was wrong. The Buccaneers played a horrible game vs the Jets last Sunday and Josh Freeman needs to pick up his game quick if he wants a fat contract this offseason. The Saints defense limited the bleeding in an impressive win vs the Falcons. Drew Brees and the Saints offense is too much for Tampa Bay. Saints by 10.
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants: Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in week 1. The Giants secondary is banged up, and struggled vs the Cowboys. The Giants pass-rush also struggled last week. Peyton Manning is 2-0 vs Eli Manning. Add all of this up and it spells bad news for the Giants. Broncos by 17.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders: The most exciting game of the season features star quarterbacks Chad Henne and Terrelle Pryor. This thriller will end in a close fought Jaguars victory! Jaguars by 3. (Yes I was kidding on this being a thriller and the star quarterbacks comment lol)
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are almost impossible to beat at home. However, the San Francisco 49ers are the most complete team in the NFL. This will be a defensive battle that could come down to the wire. I have the 49ers barely winning this one on a late field goal. 49ers by 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Steelers offensive line has been horrible for a long time and now they are without their best lineman in Maurkice Pouncey for the season. The Bengals will be in Ben Roethlisberger's face all game long and will take this one at home. Bengals by 7.
Seth's Upset of the Week:
Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals: A lot of people are hopping on the Lions bandwagon already...I am not one of them. I still think this is one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and Larry Fitzgerald could have a huge day. I love the Arizona defense and think they'll give this Lions offense a lot of fits. Cardinals by 4.
Seth's Eliminator Challenge Pick:
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens: I didn't see a lot of great eliminator picks for the week but I think this one is the safest. Joe Flacco has never lost to the Browns in his career (10-0) and after an embarrassing loss to the Broncos on National TV, the Ravens will be playing with urgency. The Ravens also are one of the hardest teams to beat at home. I'll be shocked if the Browns win this Sunday. Ravens by 13.