My first week of NFL game picks was about as average as you can get.
I went 8-8 with my picks, which isn’t too bad considering there was a tie, a seven hour game and a dominating performance by the New York Jets.
Safe to say that no one expected any of those things to happen in week one.
I missed badly on a couple of my picks. I felt confident in the Tennessee Titans against the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s probably not a stretch to say that I wasn’t the only one that missed wildly on those games.
But on to week two of NFL action, which starts Thursday night in Cincinnati as the Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens.
Here’s what I have for week two.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals (Thursday 7:20 CT/8:20 ET NFL Network)
The Ravens probably aren’t as good as they looked against the Bills. But the Bengals likely caught the Colts at the right time of year (if Andrew Luck stays healthy, they could be decent). I think the Ravens keep it going on Thursday night.
Ravens 27 Bengals 17
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET FOX)
The Panthers never play well in Atlanta. And they’re going into this game without both starting tackles and their Pro-Bowl tight end. Atlanta’s defense will be playing without a few key guys as well, but it’s not enough for me to take Carolina.
Falcons 24 Panthers 14
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET CBS)
I haven no idea what to make of this game. Deshaun Watson looked human against the New England Patriots. But the Titans looked pretty bad against the Dolphins. I think Watson shakes the rust off and gets Houston a road win.
Texans 31 Titans 23
Indianapolis Colts @ Washington Redskins (Saturday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET CBS)
The Colts are obviously a completely different team with Andrew Luck under center. But I don’t think it’ll matter much against a rejuvenated Redskins team.
Redskins 35 Colts 28
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET CBS)
I think we’re seeing the end of the Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh. I thought the Steelers would have one more really good year, but I don’t feel so confident after their performance against the Browns in week one.
Chiefs 27 Steelers 16
Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET FOX)
I don’t know what got into the Bucs in week one, but I have a hard time believing we’ll see another performance like that in week two. The Eagles’ defense is simply too good for that.
Eagles 30 Buccaneers 20
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET CBS)
The Jets look like a brand new team with Sam Darnold under center. The Dolphins, on the other hand, still don’t look that great to me. They just took advantage of a bad game from the Titans in week one.
Jets 27 Dolphins 19
Los Angeles Chargers @ Buffalo Bills (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET CBS)
The good news for the Bills is that Nathan Peterman isn’t starting this game. First round selection Josh Allen will instead get the start. But the bad news is that Buffalo is still not good.
Chargers 34 Bills 10
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET FOX)
It’s unclear if Aaron Rodgers will play in this game. But even if he does, I like the Vikings (I do have them winning the Super Bowl after all) in this game.
Vikings 28 Packers 17
Cleveland Browns @ New Orleans Saints (Sunday 12:00 CT/1:00 ET FOX)
The Browns looked a lot better last week. But there’s absolutely no way their offense can keep up with Drew Brees and the Saints.
Saints 38 Browns 20
Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers (Sunday 3:05 CT/4:05 ET FOX)
This is one of the biggest toss up games of the week. The Lions didn’t look that great in week one against the Jets, but the 49ers’ pass defense leaves a lot to be desired. I think Matthew Stafford will have a bounce back game, but I think the home team gets it done.
49ers 27 Lions 24
Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams (Sunday 3:05 CT/4:05 ET FOX)
The Cardinals didn’t look very good in week one. And the Rams obviously did ok, winning on the road in Oakland. I think the Rams keep it going in week two.
Rams 33 Cardinals 10
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos (Sunday 3:25 CT/4:25 ET CBS)
This is another tough game. The Raiders did some good things against the Rams, but it all fell apart. I think I’m going with Von Miller in this one.
Broncos 21 Raiders 17
New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday 3:25 CT/4:25 ET CBS)
The Jags’ defense looked pretty nasty in week one, but I have a hard time ever picking against the Patriots.
Patriots 17 Jaguars 13
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys (Sunday 7:20 CT/8:20 ET NBC)
The Giants had a tough draw in week one against the Jags’ stout defense. I think they have too much star power for the Cowboys to overcome.
Giants 28 Cowboys 13
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears (Monday 7:15 CT/8:15 ET CBS)
The Bears didn’t look too bad against the Packers. And they won’t have to play against Aaron Rodgers this week.
Bears 23 Seahawks 20
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