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NFL Picks: Week 2 Pick’em

Free NFL Pick’em: Week Two

NFL Picks: Week 2Week one offered us plenty of great games and gave us a preview of how the 2018 NFL season might work out for some teams. With that said, it is important that we block out the noise and remain objective when selecting our winners for week two.

Click Here to see our Staff NFL picks for week two

I am currently winning straight up pick’em with and 11-4-1 record in week 1. I am also in a tie for first with Andrew Fleischer as we both finished 11-5 against the spread. Overall it was a very respectable week for the staff as we totaled a 76-59-9 straight up record and a 79-65 against the spread record.


NFL Pick’em: Week Two

Carolina at Atlanta

Spread: Atlanta -6

Cam NewtonThe Falcons looked solid defensively in their opener against the Eagles but they have lost key playmakers on defense in Keanu Neal and Deion Jones to injury. Matt Ryan had a subpar day on opening night and will need to play better to get the job done this week. The Panthers boast a dominant run defense that held Ezekiel Elliot in check in week 1, and now they face a Falcons run-attack that will be missing Devonta Freeman. The loss of Greg Olsen will hurt Carolina and will force Cam Newton to get the ball to Christian McCaffrey in space. Newton is 6-8 against the Falcons and has lost 3 straight games in Atlanta. However, the injuries on both sides of the ball for Atlanta(Neal, Jones, and Freeman) can’t be forgotten so give me the Panthers in a close one.

My Pick: Carolina 20-17

Cleveland at New Orleans

Spread: New Orleans -9.5

Congratulations Cleveland fans you won’t be going 0-16 this year! Tyrod Taylor will have to be more accurate passing the ball this week after a 15 of 40 days through the air against Pittsburgh. Taylor continues to make plays with his legs and did so with 77 yards rushing last week, but he also took 7 sacks for a total loss of 47 yards. The Browns took the ball away five times at home and still couldn’t pull off a win. I don’t expect Drew Brees to give the Browns as many second chances as the Steelers did, and with a special weapon in Alvin Kamara on the field, I can’t see how the Browns will keep up with this Saints offense on the road in New Orleans.

My Pick: New Orleans 33-20

Houston at Tennessee

Spread: Houston -3

Marcus Mariota, Corey Davis, Taylor Lewan, and Jack Conklin are all nicked up and question marks for this Sunday’s game against the Texans after a 7 hour game for the Titans in week 1. Delanie Walker is also done for the year. If Mariota can’t play, this game won’t be close, but if Mariota plays he may still be missing two starting offensive lineman in Lewan and Conklin. That’s not good when you’re lining up across from a Texan’s front that includes J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Deshaun Watson’s return to the field was a forgettable one and he will have a great opportunity to redeem himself this week. I expect a balanced attack and a handful of big plays from Houston against this beatable Titans defense.

My Pick: Houston 27-17

Indianapolis at Washington

Spread: Washington -6

The Resdkins were dominant in their road victory over Arizona in week 1. However, Washington wasn’t as particularly dominant defensively, as Arizona was inept offensively. Alex Smith was great and there is no reason Smith doesn’t have another good game at home against the Colts. On the other side of the ball, Andrew Luck was fantastic completing 39 of 53 pass attempts in his return to action. He was only sacked twice by a Bengals defensive front that is loaded with talent.  Luck should play well again and with the return of a healthy Marlon Mack, the Colts can deploy a more balanced attack against a Redskins defense that ranked dead last against the run in 2017. The Colts were a fumble away from having a chance to win week 1, and the spread for this game doesn’t reflect how good this Colts offense will be.

My Pick: Indianapolis 31-28


Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Spread: Pittsburgh -4.5

Ben Rothlisberger had a miserable game against the Browns in week 1, but a return home to Heinz Field should quickly have him feeling better. As specially when a below average Chiefs defense comes walking through the door. The Steelers are 4-1 overall and 2-0 at home against Andy Reid’s Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill were exceptional and seem to have a strong connection after an impressive road win in L.A. However, I can’t double down on the Chiefs as road underdogs, as they head to a REAL football stadium with a serious fan base. This should be an exciting and high flying game as the offenses are evenly matched, but I give the nod to the Steelers defense at home against a young quarterback.

My Pick: Pittsburgh 34-27

L.A. Chargers at Buffalo

Spread: L.A. -8

The Buffalo Bills are terrible and things won’t get better with Brock Osweiler 2.0(Josh Allen) playing quarterback. The Bills coaching staff is clueless on how to handle their quarterback room. Now they are vaulting Josh Allen into the starting role against a defense that was thought to be top 5 before the season. I don’t care if Joey Bosa is out, I expect the defense to be fired up and give Phillip Rivers something to smile about. Speaking of Rivers, does that guy ever smile? The Chargers stuck it to the Bills last year and it isn’t snowing in Buffalo right now, so give me the Bolts in a blowout. I won’t be surprised if this game is too close for comfort though as the Chargers do have a knack for underachieving. I just hope I don’t have to see Phillip Rivers doing his Lebron James’ whiny face impression…

My Pick: L.A. Chargers 30-14

Miami at N.Y. Jets

Spread: N.Y. -3

Sam Darnold lit it up against the Lions after throwing an interception on his first career NFL pass. Darnold and Enunwa connected often, and Robby Anderson scored a long touchdown. The Jets scored on all three phases of the football field, posting 31 points in the 3rd quarter alone. Some of this can be attributed to just how bad the Lions played. The Dolphins played well in a delayed game. We will see if Miami can get into a rhythm on both sides of the ball in New York where they were embarrassed last year. Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake will need to bring a better pass rush this week. It will be interesting to see how Darnold does in a game that should be much closer than last week. 50/50 game being picked 75 percent in favor of the Jets, give me the fins.

My Pick: Miami 19-17

Minnesota at Green Bay

Spread: Green Bay -1

Aaron RodgersThis game depends entirely on the health of Aaron Rodgers. If he is a scratch, then it’s Minnesota in permanent marker on the whiteboard. I picked the 49ers to upset the Vikings last week and I was wrong. The Vikings had 4 takeaways including a pick-six from rookie Mike Hughes and they struggled to put the game away. Cousins struggled to move the chains late and he will certainly have to be more efficient in matchups against Rodgers. If the Pack has number 12 under center, I am taking them more often than not. Yes, the Vikings defense is formidable, but Rodgers is a cheat code. Almost 70 percent of the public is picking Minnesota, but Vegas sees this game closer to a coin toss so this one is easy for me.

My Pick: Green Bay 24-21

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Spread: Philadelphia -3.5

Nick Foles looked average last Thursday. Certainly not the Super Bowl hero we saw earlier in the year. His offensive line is still stout, and the Bucs defense simply isn’t. Brees was relatively comfortable last week against Tampa and Foles will be too. The Bucs lost starting corner Vernon Hargreaves for the season and opposite corner Brent Grimes isn’t back just yet. The Eagles will fly. For the Buccaneers, Ryan Fitzpatrick was special. Hard not to love the guy, but the Eagles will not make it so easy for him this week. Field stretcher Desean Jackson won’t play, so expect Philadelphia to try and take away Mike Evans. O.J Howard and Chris Godwin will need to step up, but I am not sure it will be enough.

My Pick: Philadelphia 27-17


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Arizona at L.A. Rams

Spread: -13.5

When the Rams turned the burners on in the second half last week, I saw the team we were all expecting. Loaded on both sides of the ball, its hard not to like this team as a contender. Jared Goff continues to be more than capable. Brandin Cooks and Co. will look to light it up again. Sorry but Patrick Peterson can’t cover all three of them. If old man AP could run all over Arizona, what do you think Gurley will do? 13.5 point favorites at home, the Rams should absolutely be your survival pick. I have nothing to say about Arizona other than show me something, or don’t bother flying to L.A.

My Pick: L.A. Rams 34-13

Detroit at San Francisco

Spread: San Francisco – 6.5

What a disappointment in Detroit last week. Matt Patricia head coach of the Detroit Lions famously wore a Roger Goodell clown t-shirt last year. Someone should absolutely be producing the same shirt with Patricia’s face on it. HE GONE! I said the Bears would finish 4th in this division, I am not so confident anymore. Still, the Lions have Stafford and though he was bad last week with 4 ints, he will have better days. The 49ers can be had defensively. Jimmy GQ for the 49ers also had a pretty crappy game, but I expect a bounce-back performance. The Lions defense got manhandled, and the 49ers should find plenty of ways to score. I expect a high scoring game with an o/u of 48.5.

My Pick: San Francisco 30-26

Oakland at Denver

Spread: Denver -6.5

Dare I say we have a New Orleans lite in Denver? Think about it, Case Keenum is 6’1” and Drew Brees is 6’0”. Yeah ok, the measurables aren’t perfect matches at RB, but they look the same on the field. The Broncos handed the ball 30 times to their pair of rookies runningbacks in week 1. Phillip Lindsay looked explosive, even when he ran between the tackles. Royce Freeman thumped the defense the way you would expect. I am telling you, watch out in Denver! Oakland was a disaster, they bluffed us early and then made it easy to turn off the T.V. and get some sleep. Amari Cooper was not involved and Marshawn was sick apparently. It wasn’t inspiring from a team standpoint, and Derek Carr just isn’t good. I believe there are better days ahead in Oakland, just not this week against a stout Denver defense.

My Pick: Denver 23-16

New England at Jacksonville

Spread: New England -2.5

Tom BradyThere are question marks regarding the health of both backfields. Leonard Fournette has a bad hamstring, Rex Burkhead is dealing with a concussion, and Sony Michel has knee issues. This is the toughest game of the week. I believe it will come down to whichever team can run the ball. The Patriot’s receivers don’t match up with the Jacksonville corners, but Gronk should feast in the middle of the field. Looking back to the AFC Championship, the top performers from New England all departed this offseason. Cooks, Amendola, and Lewis combined for 20 receptions and 216 yards in that game. The Patriots couldn’t run the ball in that game. The Jags ran for 101 yards on 32 carries, not efficient but still effective. The question with Jacksonville is always can Bortles stay out of trouble? I expect the Jags to be motivated here and find a way.

My Pick: Jacksonville 19-16

N.Y. Giants at Dallas

Spread: Dallas -3

The spread indicates a coin toss. Dallas struggled offensively last week and should be concerned again this week. The offensive line isn’t any healthier and Dak Prescott isn’t getting any better. Ezekiel Elliot has a career 3.85 YPC average against the Giants with only 1 TD in 3 games against them. Saquon Barkley delivered last week and I expect him to do so again even though the Cowboys were 8th against the run in 2017. Odell Beckham Jr. has 5 TDs in 6 games against Dallas and should eat here. This game could be another one that comes down to quarterback play. This week I’ll take Eli… I guess.

My Pick: N.Y. Giants 20-14

Seattle at Chicago

Spread: Chicago -3.5

Chicago almost did it! The Bears were who we thought they were, at least who I thought they were. I am still not convinced in Mitchell Trubisky. He will need to be aggressive in order to take down a great quarterback, even with a lead. The Bears will need to get their weapons more involved if they want to win this one. Seattle took the ball away 3 times from a better offense in Denver, and I expect them to get a few more against Chicago. Russell Wilson will miss Doug Baldwin, but he has done it in the past with less help. He will have to steer clear of Khalil Mack who made an immediate impact last week for the Bears. Just like last week, I will take the superior quarterback against Mitchell Trubisky.

My Pick: Seattle 23-18

Eliminator/Survivor Suggestions

  • Rams
  • Saints
  • Chargers


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Thanks for reading

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  1. Sherry D

    September 16, 2018 at Sunday, September,16

    Great job as usual!

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