After one week I have an 8-8 record in predicting the outcomes of the NFL schedule.
There were some shockers week 1 such as the Eagles over the Redskins and the inability of the Pittsburgh Steelers was painful to watch. Nonetheless I am ready to make some more picks for the second week of NFL football. If you have any differing opinions or want to tell me how bad my picks are the comments section is open.
Thursday Sept. 12th
Jets at Patriots 7pm/CT- The Jets got a lot of help from the Tampa Bucs last week with a late hit out of bounds to set up a winning field goal. I doubt the rival Patriots will be so generous and although the Patriots looked a little rusty against the Bills and also needed a last second field goal for a win I think they will win at home.
Sunday Sept. 15th
Rams at Falcons 12pm/CT- The Rams looked good against the Cardinals in St Louis last week but the Falcons offense has way too many weapons of offense not to win this one.
Browns at Ravens 12pm/CT- The Ravens are gonna be angry after giving up 7 TDs to Peyton Manning in Denver. The Browns seem like their same old mediocre selves and I don’t think they will win this one on the road.
Panthers at Bills 12pm/CT- Both of these teams had good games in week one but came up short and now are looking at a potential 0-2 start. Unfortunately for the Bills the Carolina defense is looking like a top ten D all around. I think Carolina will come in a win on the road in a close contest.
Vikings at Bears 12pm/CT- The Vikings are 0-1 in the division and it is becoming more and more apparent that Christian Ponder is more of a hinderance at QB than an asset. Although I expect Adrian Peterson to have another good day on the ground I also expect the Chicago defense to force a couple turnovers. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have a connection that will lead the Bears to victory at home.
Redskins at Packers 12pm/CT- RGIII and the Redskins looked confused on Monday night and I don’t expect them to figure it all out on the road against the Packers. Green Bay had one of the toughest tests week one which will help them back home.
Titans at Texans 12pm/CT- The Titans got a road victory week one but the Steelers played god awful. The Texans are a sound team that struggles against top tier QBs. Jake Locker is not a top tier QB. Texans win at home.
Dolphins at Colts 12pm/CT- The Dolphins beat the Browns week one and had some stumbles but looked decent. The Colts got off to a hot start against the Raiders but the defense showed some weaknesses against the run. In an upset I have Miami winning on the road.
Cowboys at Chiefs 12pm/CT- This one is driving me crazy. My head says the Cowboys are the more complete and experienced team, but my heart says my hometown team will take care of business at home. Many people think Dez Bryant is poised for a huge year and it could be true but week 1 he had trouble getting the ball and was slowed down by a minor foot injury. I think Dez will be the main focus of the Chiefs secondary which will leave Miles Austin and Jason Witten the best targets for Tony Romo. However the Chiefs have one of the leagues best pass rushing duos in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston which could spell trouble for the Cowboys. The Cowboys defense has a strong group of defensive stars such as Demarcus Ware, Sean Lee, Brandon Carr, and second year man Maurice Claiborne and they will be a handful for Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the KC offense. This Sunday I will be driving to KC and the hallowed grounds of Arrowhead Stadium and once that smell of BBQ and beer hits my nostrils nothing will convince me that the Chiefs will lose until the clock hits double zero.
Chargers at Eagles 12pm/CT- The Eagles offense looked very impressive in their week one win in Washington. The question is can they keep up the same pace through 16 weeks. The Chargers gave up 17 points in the 4th quarter on Monday and if that defense shows up in Philly it could be a really long night.
Lions at Cardinals 3:05pm/CT- The Lions looked efficient against the Vikings using solid performances from Reggie Bush and Matt Stafford lifting them to a win. The Cardinals had some bright spots on defense and Larry Fitzgerald looks to have a good rapport with Carson Palmer. Another matchup to watch is the Tyrann Mathieu against Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. During the offseason the Honey Badger claimed he could cover Megatron and now he has the chance. I think the Lions will take care of the Cardinals in Arizona.
Saints at Buccaneers 3:05pm/CT- The Saints look to go 2-0 in the NFC South in Tampa and the Bucs are looking to rebound after a nightmare loss to the Jets. The Saints defense has had massive trouble against the run the last couple years and that could be good news for Doug Martin. In the end though I see the Saints extending their lead in the NFC South.
Broncos at Giants 3:25pm/CT- The Manning sibling rivalry continues in New Jersey on Sunday and Peyton is 2-0 against his younger brother. After the train wreck that the Giants put up against the Cowboys hope is slim to none that they pull this one off. Although I hope the Broncos lose I will take the safe pick Broncos win.
Jaguars vs Raiders 3:25pm/CT- This one is a battle between two of the worst teams in the league. The Raiders showed flashes of a competent football team last week and that is more than can be said about the Jaguars.
49ers at Seahawks 7:30pm/CT- The best matchup of the week is well worth the wait and while the Seahawks looked rusty against the Panthers the home crowd in Seattle should help them out in primetime. The 49ers looked very sharp against Green Bay in week one and Anquan Boldin looks like the missing piece between San Fran and another Super Bowl appearance. This one could go either way but I think the 49ers are the better team.
Monday Sept. 16th
Steelers at Bengals 7:25pm/CT- The Steelers looked terrible week one and I have a hard time believing they straighten out the ship on the road against a division foe. The Bengals lost a tough one to Chicago and they have some positive things to build on. I think AJ Green and Andy Dalton continue their aerial attack and lead the Bengals to a win.