NFL Week Two Thoughts and Predictions
Ok, the monkey is off our backs, the NFL is here. Everything is okay. All of us who were so antsy leading up to week one were so concerned with the season just getting up and running, now we can really focus on the games.
As we mentioned earlier in the week, we did pretty dang good with our predictions in week one, going 12-3-1.
Here's our take on week two:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-6.5)
Going with the Panthers here, despite a lackluster week one loss against the Rams, which was a very winnable game.
I just really do not trust Jameis Winston. He has a handful of throws each games that leaves you thinking, "What the (expletive) was that?"
Winston has all the talent in the world, but he's such a liability. It's a shame too, because he has some good weapons around him.
Panthers bounce back at home and take this one fairly easily.
Score: Panthers 31, Bucs 10
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-3)
The Titans are a very overlooked team in the NFL, mainly because their offense isn't the super sexy, pass for 400 yards per game type.
However, they pound you in the trenches, and the defense as a whole was quietly one of the league's best last year.
Yes the Browns and baker Mayfield played poorly last week, but part of that is because the Titans' D harassed Baker the whole game.
Indy is no slouch either, almost pulling it out against the Chargers. I don't care that they don't have Andrew Luck, this team is still a great side.
This one will be really close. The Titans won't cover the spread, but they'll win the game, especially if Adam Vinatieri misses key kicks like he did against San Diego.
Score: Titans 24, Colts 22
Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Detroit Lions
Speaking of the Chargers, I'm definitely not as high on them seeing that they are without two of their best players in Derwin James (injury) and Melvin Gordon (contract dispute), although Austin Ekeler is a fine stand-in for Gordon.
I think the Chargers will win. Not so much due to faith in the team, but lack of faith in the Lions.
They had a big lead against what will likely be one of the worst teams in the league, and yet they squandered it with terrible playcalling down the stretch, barely coming away with a tie.
Score: Chargers 28, Lions 19
Buffalo Bills (-2) at New York Giants
This game will be the Super Bowl, if the goal of the Super Bowl was two have two really inefficient offenses slug it out for 60 minutes.
Honestly, I'm so not excited about this game. Bills were horrific for three quarters last week, and the Giants just gave up 400 yards passing to Dak Prescott.
I'll go with the Bills, mainly because Josh Allen will start to get into a groove on his legs part way through the game, and he's proven to be tough to stop once he starts running the ball
Score: Bills 17, Giants 13
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (-13.5)
Yes, the Lions threw away a big lead, but I don't quite think that means the Cardinals are good. They had the number one overall draft pick this year for a reason.
The Ravens have a pretty great schedule the first two weeks, facing off against possibly the two worst teams in the league.
I don't think they will replicate their offensive explosion against the Dolphins. I don't think that would be suitable for TV. There are kids watching. Ravens will still win fairly comfortably.
Score: Ravens 31, Cardinals 14
New England Patriots (-19.5) at Miami Dolphins
Good lord that spread...
The Dolphins coming off a week where they got torched for 59 points against a Patriots team that manhandled the Steelers in week one?
This game is going to be like in Mario Kart when you are cruising along and you get hit with red shells over... and over... and over... just getting pulverized, making no progress, and there is nothing you can do about it.
I half expect the Dolphins players to get hit so hard that rings start spewing out of them like Sonic the freakin' hedgehog.
This game is like if one of the grunts from Halo faced off against M. Bison.
I'll let you guess which one the 'Phins are. Patriots win.
Score: Patriots 44, Dolphins 7
Dallas Cowboys (-5) at Washington Redskins
With all the hype around Zeke Elliot's contract, it was odd seeing Dak Prescott making all the plays for the Cowboys. Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore and Dak proved to be a good fit in week one.
The Cowboys will beat the Redskins. Yeah, the 'Skins pushed around the Eagles in the first half in week one, but that was more on the Eagles end.
Score: Cowboys 28, Redskins 21
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-8.5)
I like the Texans here, but that could change at any given time if deShaun Watson gets injured.
Watson is Andrew Luck Part Two waiting to happen. I winced every time I saw him get hit against the Saints. On multiple occasions he was slow to get up.
This organization has had Watson for a couple years now and FINALLY just now got him one competent lineman in Laremy Tunsil, but one lineman does not a solid O-line make.
Score: Texans 27, Jaguars 21
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4)
I don't know what the playcalling was in week one against the Patriots. Playing against the Pats is never easy, the Steelers kind of made it easy for them.
Don't even get me started on Donte Moncrief (10 targets, 3 catches, 7 yards).
This one is a toss up really, but I'm going to go with the Seahawks. It really comes down to the defenses. I just have more faith right now in the Seahawks defense stopping the Steelers than the other way around. I just feel like Russell Wilson will have a big game.
Long term, I think the Steelers will be fine, but they have some kinks to work out.
Score: Seahawks 35, Steelers 28
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5)
The Bengals did surprisingly well last week, almost beating the Seahawks, but don't let that fool you. This team sucks.
The jury is still out on if the 49ers are for real or not given the very small sample size of Jimmy Garoppolo's career (and also they played tampa last week), I'm liking what I see so far.
Score: 49ers 21, Bengals, 10
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-3)
The Vikings must really not have faith in Kirk Cousins leading this offense. In today's NFL, only having 10 pass attempts?
The Packers are still meshing under Matt LaFleur, but I think now they are not going up against the Bears, they will start to get the ball rolling
The Vikings will get to a point where they are down and start passing the ball a lot.
That mean's Kirk Cousins, and I'm not convinced at all that he can win close games against good teams.
Score:Packers 28, Vikings 23
Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) at Oakland Raiders
The Raiders impressive in putting all the Antonio Brown drama behind them and get a win against the Broncos.
But that's the key, it was against the Broncos.
Pat Mahomes is going to roll over the Raiders defense, who is now also without promising safety Jonathan Abrams.
I really love Josh Jacobs toting the ball for the Raiders, but, who wants to go up against Frank Clark and Chris Jones on the same defensive line? That's a scary combo.
Score: Chiefs 34, Raiders 17
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (-3)
Get your popcorn ready, this will be fun.
A rematch of last season's highly controversial NFC Championship game, it's probably good this one isn't being played in New Orleans. There would be riots.
The Saints did a good job coming back against the Texans, but they are not usually as impressive on the road.
I think it will be a similar situation to last week, where the Saint will be chasing the Rams all game, only this time they'll come up short.
Score: Rams 28, Saints 27
Chicago Bears (-2.5) at Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos offense is so limited with Joe Flacco. The Bears defense will thrive.
Trubisky is also limited, but I like Matt Nagy as a coach and he will work around that, similar to last season.
Semi-low scoring game, but the Bears win.
Score: Bears 16, Broncos 10
Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) at Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta's week one performance was probably the biggest letdown of the week for me. I thought they would be clicking against the Vikings. And now they get no breaks as now they have to face the Eagles.
Playing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome gives them some hope though, as they are a much better home team.
This will be a nail-biter, but the Eagles will come away with the victory. Their poor first half against the Redskins was them working out the kinks, Carson Wentz will be clicking along in this game.
Score: Eagles 31, Falcons 28
Cleveland Browns (-2.5) at New York Jets
The Browns were so busy considering themselves as being in the Super Bowl mix, that they completely overlooked the Titans.
Something that is baffling is how management handled the offensive line in the offseason. It was already shaky, and then they traded away their second-best lineman to the Giants for Olivier Vernon. Vernon is good, but their offensive line folded time and time again against the Titans.
Meanwhile the Jets collapsed against the Bills, allowing them to come back from a 16-0 deficit. Missing CJ Mosley will really hurt their defense.
I still think the Browns will win, but barely. Sam Darnold and LeVeon Bell will mount a similar comeback to the one they just suffered in week one, but they will come up just short.
Score: Browns 17, Jets 13