NFL Picks. Week 2, 2015
Well I'll be damned...
I did okay.
In fact, I did better than okay.
The Colts losing to Buffalo?
I don't think anyone predicted that. Someone in Buffalo is a freakin' bajillionare now because he bet on that game.
St. Louis over Seattle?
I really wrestled with that prediction, and I picked the wrong team lol.
The Bucs are even worse than I thought they were, and I thought they were really, really bad.
Other than those games?
Broncos vs. Chiefs- Chiefs.
Last week, we saw something crazy.
We saw the end of Peyton Manning.
Okay... Maybe not the end of Peyton, but definitely the beginning of the end.
The deep throws weren't there, they couldn't get the run game going, and the Broncos just didn't look good on offense.
But Kansas City?
KC looked pretty damn good.
The new offensive line struggled to run the ball consistently, but they still found ways to get Jamaal Charles the ball and Travis Kelce.
Wow. Travis Kelce.
I'm taking the Chiefs because it's a primetime game IN Kansas City, and I think that pass rush will rip Peyton limb from limb.
Texans vs. Panthers- Texans
I'm picking the Texans because I think they'll start Mallett, who really played well at the end of game and...
Who the hell is gonna carry the Panthers?
Kuechly is Kue-ncussed, Kelvin is out for the year, and... uhm... Cam Newton?
I'll take JJ Watt for the JJ Win.
49ers vs. Steelers- Steelers.
Who knew this would actually be a good game?
I sure as hell didn't.
It remains to be seen which pre-season assumption was wrong.
Are the VIkings actually terrible, despite being hyped up as a playoff contender or are the 49ers actually fine, despite being buried before the season even started?
I don't think DeAngelo Williams goes off for a million yards this week, but I do think the Steelers coaches stay away from end-arounds and their "idiot kicker" gets his act behind.
Buccaneers vs. Saints- Saints.
Marcus Mariota absolutely destroyed this team last week.
A rookie with plenty of question marks.
Destroyed this team.
I'm gonna go ahead and stick with the Saints here because... Well...
Hell, Marcus Mariota.
Lions vs. Vikings-
I'm taking the Lions because even though it's evident that Calvin Johnson has lost a step, so has Adrian Peterson.
Peterson was invisible in a blowout loss to the 49ers, and Teddy Bridgewater just looked...
If Colin Kaepernick didn't have trouble torching this defense, I don't think Matt Stafford will.
Cardinals vs. Bears- Cardinals
The Cardinals proved to be pretty good this week, pulling away from the Saints in a game that would've been a crazy blowout three years ago.
They were actually pretty competitive with the Packers, which... may have been fluky.
Ehhh, I don't know, I never bet on Chicago, so Arizona it is!
Patriots vs. Bills- Patriots
I'm sorry, I meant Tyrod Pryor.
Damn! I can never get it right!
Tyrod Taylor sure was fun to watch in last week's surprise win!
He was explosive on the ground and through the air and they blew out a trendy Super Bowl pick.
Crashing back to earth...
I'm going with the Patriots.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is where the Tyrod Train is derailed.
The Patriots defense is garbage.
Malcom Brown is a bust.
And that secondary looked confused.
Hey Julian Edelman.
Chargers vs. Bengals- Chargers
While the Bengals absolutely demolished the Raiders last year, I think the Chargers are a more complete team. They're just solid.
I don't think Tyler Eifert will be that open this week.
Titans vs. Browns- Titans.
The Browns got blown out by the Jets last week.
The New York Jets.
The New York/New Jersey Jets.
The Titans won't blow teams out like they did last week, because not every team is as bad as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but... the Browns are pretty close.
Falcons vs. Giants- Giants.
Let's be honest.
One of these teams is 1-0.
The other is 0-1.
And it should be switched.
The Giants were one Super play call away from winning, and the Falcons got lucky on a botched chip shot.
Julio Jones is a freaking monster, and I'm sure he'll have a good game, but my money is on the Giants to get Odell Beckham more involved in the offense and really put some points on the board.
Though... I doubt Matt Ryan will give the Giants as many chances as Tony Romo and the cowboys did last week.
Rams vs. Redskins- Rams
The Rams got the biggest win in the NFL last week, hitting their hated rivals, the Seahawks with a haymaker to open the season.
And then they go to play the Redskins?
The Redskins had a game handed to them and they still managed to blow it.
I don't see Riggins walking through that door any time soon, and the Redskins secondary isn't the Legion of Boom.
Dolphins vs. Jaguars- Dolphins
The Dolphins looked really bad against a really bad team last week, but they still managed to pul out a win.
This week, they play an even worse team.
Didn't think that was possible, did ya?
I dunno. Week two is almost as tough as week one because you don't know which teams played really well because they're really good or because the team they played was really bad.
Ravens vs. Raiders- Ravens
I don't even wanna talk about what I saw on TV last week.
I don't even wanna.
The Ravens win.
Cowboys vs. Eagles- Cowboys.
Both of these teams put on thrilling games last week, and honestly, the Cowboys should have lost to the Giants.
Why do you pass there?
I mean, I'm happy because I picked the Cowboys to win, but still!
Anyway. Despite a surprisingly strong showing from Sam Bradford, the Eagles offense looked out of sync.
Too many drops, stupid penalties, and virtually no run game... Ugly.
And that secondary?
I bet a certain somebody wishes he was in Seattle right now.
I think the Cowboys do what the Cowboys do best, and feed their runningbacks tons of carries, control the clock, and choke out the Eagles to advance to 2-0.
It'll be interesting to see how well the passing offense does without the threat of Dez Bryant.
Seahawks vs. Packers- Packers.
This pains me.
This pains me because I really believe the Seahawks are the better team.
But right now...
They're just sloppy.
No Kam Chancellor hurt, but the biggest issue last week was that the Hawks offense just couldn't get anything going.
They really struggled, and I think they have to get back to basics.
Carries for Marshawk Lynch, bootlegs, play action scrambles, and a lawyer that can undo the Russell Wilson contract.
It will be interesting to see how Rodgers fares against Richard Sherman without Jordy Nelson there to back him up.
HOW IS THIS PRIMETIME? Jets vs. Colts- Colts
Look, the Colts played ugly, ugly football last week.
They let Tyrod Taylor have a career day (okay, "career day" and first start go hand in hand), and looked just completely lost on offense.
Blame the Bills defense, blame the Bills fans, but just don't blame the Colts.
Chuck Pagano should be fired and forced to walk back to Baltimore if they Colts don't bounce back and beat the Jets.
Fleegle's Picks: Best In The World Challenge.
Well.....last week was a terrible week, to say the least. Just setting it up for a dramatic comeback!
Denver @ Kansas City: Denver played in one of the worst offensive games I've ever seen last weekend, a 19-13 clash with Baltimore in which neither team scored an offensive touchdown. It was pretty bad. You know what else was bad? Denver's offensive line. Peyton got knocked around like I don't think I've ever seen him get knocked before. On the other hand, the Chiefs looked great on both sides of the ball in their win over Houston. Alex Smith was sharp and the defense was relentless in their QB pressure. As for this week? I mean, it almost feels like a game Peyton HAS to win, doesn't it? Once again everyone is talking about him and his abilities, and if he doesn't find a way to do anything this week those voices might start getting louder. I think he gets it going this week and the Broncos win.
Houston @ Carolina: The Texans have QB issues. It's simple as that. BUT, the Panthers have all sorts of issues. Sure, they won last week, but they didn't exactly look convincing against Jacksonville. I actually like Houston to go on the road this week and win.
San Fransisco @ Pittsburgh: All Steelers in this game. 49ers have to travel to the east, and in no way am I sold on them right now in any way. Plus, the Steelers looked pretty good, even though they lost to the Patriots last week. I like the Steelers in this game that should relatively be easy for Pittsburgh.
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans: Tampa got absolutely destroyed by Marcus Mariota last week. They get to go on the road and face Drew Brees this week? It doesn't matter whose playing QB for Tampa as long as they have that defense. Saints win, big.
Detroit @ Minnesota: Oh, the Lions. They pained me with how they blew that lead against the Chargers last week. But you know what was more painful? The Vikings scoring 3 points and looking AWFUL against the 49ers. I mean, REALLY awful. Lions win this one.
Arizona @ Chicago: Da Bears almost did enough to put away Rodgers and Green Bay last week. I think they find a way to get it done against the Cardinals this week. (besides, you guys know I NEVER pick the Cardinals. It's not on purpose, it just sort of subconsciously started happening last year.) Chicago squeaks out a win.
New England @ Buffalo: NOBODY circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills! They put the whole league on notice last week with their easy looking shutdown on Andrew Luck and victory over the Colts. People are already talking that this is the Bills' year! Well, WAKE UP! Brady and Company come calling this weekend. Think this is a statement game for them? You bet it is. Patriots win.
San Diego @ Cincinnati: Teams historically don't do well traveling from west to east. And I don't like Philip Rivers. Plus, the Bengals have Tyler Eifert (GOLDEN DOMERS REJOICE!). Plus, it's week 2, which means Andy Dalton hasn't gone into full on choke mode yet. Bengals win. It'll be close, but Bengals win.
Tennessee @ Cleveland: At the time of me writing this, Cleveland, with Johnny Manziel as QB (who had 3 turnovers Sunday), a week after Tennessee got 4 first half TD's from Mariota (I know it was against Tampa but still), is a 3.5 point favorite over Tennessee. I mean, the Jets torched their defense for 31 points. 31! EASY MONEY! Titans cover the spread and get the win.
Atlanta @ New York Giants: Atlanta squeaked out a win over the Eagles, mainly because Philly didn't show up for the first 30 minutes. As for the Giants? Well, you all know the story, but here's your recap: DID YOU NOT WATCH SUPER BOWL 49, TOM COUGHLIN?!? Why the hell your throwing the ball on third and one, with 100 seconds left, when Dallas has ZERO timeouts, is beyond me. Run the ball, kill 40 seconds (hell, you might eve score!), and win. But noooooo......anyhow, tough road game here for Atlanta, and one that I see the Giants winning.....as long as they have a 2 possession lead late. Giants win.
St. Louis @ Washington: What a win for the Rams last week over Seattle. I thought they had a chance to win but then to go out and do it, in the way they did it, against that defense, was outstanding. And Washington......well.......yeah. Rams win this week and go 2-0 for the first time in what seems like forever.
Miami @ Jacksonville: The Dolphins didn't look impressive last week, but they did enough to win against Washington. And the Jaguars are, well, the Jaguars. Miami wins.
Baltimore @ Oakland: Oye. Talk about a gut punch to start your year off. No offense for my Ravens on Sunday at all against Denver. The lack of a run game was quite terrible. Flacco had to make plays and had absolutely no offensive line in front of him to work with, especially once Monroe went out on the first series. The lack of playmakers he has to work with is quite bad, and the one playmaker he had was MIASunday (and dropped the game winner, oye.....). And yet, they STILL almost won thanks to the defense. It felt like watching an early 2000's Ravens game: great defense and just enough offense to win....except they didn't. On the other hand, Oakland.......I had so much faith in them against Cincy, and they went out and laid a complete dud, AND their quarterback got hurt. Rough one. That might be the only saving grace for my Ravens this week is the fact they get to play them. Need to see a rebound game this week, or else it might be a long year. Ravens get the win.
Dallas @ Philadelphia: What a game the Cowboys played in Sunday night. They had enough offense in the first half but couldn't score anything, then needed one of the luckiest breaks I've ever seen to win that game with the Giants. But that being said, when the Cowboys needed offense, Tony Romo delivered in a huge way on those final two drives, even with Dez Bryant on the sidelines. As for Philly? They were a no show the first 30 minutes, played a much better second half, and could have won if not for a missed field goal and a pass that Jordan Matthews should have caught. Big game in Philly this Sunday afternoon with DeMarco Murray facing his former team as well, even though he wasn't on the field half the time Monday nght (which I don't get). As it sits right now, I think Dallas is the better team, which is exactly why I think they find a way to win this game.
Seattle @ Green Bay: Boy, the Seahawks probably had no business being in that game with the Rams on Sunday, but took advantage of mistakes and found a way back into the lead late before blowing it and ultimately losing it. And what the hell was up with the onside kick or whatever it was supposed to be? Does anyone feel some possible dissension in that locker room? I do. Also, Kam Chancellor should be making bank, because that defense needs him. And Green Bay, they looked pretty good on the road against a rival in Da Bears. James Jones saved Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Good thing they got him back! If this game was in Seattle, I would have to think a little bit about it. But, beings it's in Lambeau? I think the Packers win this game and drop the Hawks to 0-2.
New York Jets @ Indianapolis: I would NOT want to be the Jets this week after the egg the Colts laid down against the Bills last week, because the Colts are going to be in a foul mood on Monday night. The Jets looked pretty good Sunday, BUT, they were playing Cleveland, so take that as you will. I think the Colts need to come out and have a great showing to convince people that they're okay. By the way, the Titans are in first place in the AFC South! Yes it's only one week, but still! Colts win this game and have a good showing in the process.
I mean, after last week things can only get better for me, right?
@McFleegle (1-5) vs @Brodhisattva (5-1)
Well, well, well.
A freakishly good start to the season for me, as I find myself up 5-1 to my rival, a Mr. Conner Fleegle.
It's good to start the season with a little cushion!
Though it appears he has a couple chances to hurt my lead as we have three disagreements!
I picked the Chiefs while he picked the Broncos (Go Kelce Go!)
I picked the Cardinals while he picked Da Bears.
I picked the Chargers while he picked the Bengals (Ugly that we both picked division rivals)