NFL Week 2 Pick’em

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Texans at Bengals

After pulling Tom Savage at halftime, it’s safe to assume the Texans have moved on from him at quarterback and now shifted gears to rookie QB Deshaun Watson for his first NFL start. He had a decent performance in the second half, connecting with DeAndre Hopkins for his first career TD. I expect Andy Dalton to have a bounce back performance from his five turnover game on Sunday against the Ravens and to score just enough against a good Houston defense to give Cincinnati the edge.

Straight – Bengals 

Spread – Texans (+5.5)

 

Bills at Panthers

Each team is coming off a win against bottom tier teams in the NFL. Both teams are expected to be in the playoff hunt this year. The Panthers have added new pass catching threats in running backs Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. McCaffrey seems to be heavily involved in the Panthers offense following his 21 touches on Sunday. The Bills relied heavily on the run game with over 100 yards rushing from LeSean McCoy and good defense against a poor Jets team. They have a solid offense when Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy play to their potential.

Straight – Panthers

Spread – Bills (+7.5)

 

Bears at Buccaneers

I can’t see the Bears winning many games with Mike Glennon at QB. The Bears actually have a talented roster but losing 2015 first round Wide Receiver Kevin White for the third straight season hurts their already stagnant offense. I see Chicago’s first round pick Mitchell Trubisky starting somewhat soon this season. This will be the Buccaneers 2017 opener after having their bye switched to the first week as a result of Hurricane Irma. I believe the Buccaneers will take a leap towards a top tier playoff contender this year, but playing sixteen straight weeks will be a challenge.

Straight – Buccaneers

Spread – Buccaneers (-7)

 

Patriots at Saints

The Saints defense is making strides but once again it will be an issue this season. They allowed 29 points to a Sam Bradford led offense. The Saints offense struggled Week 1 and Sean Payton seems to be feuding with star free agent acquisition Adrian Peterson. I wouldn’t pick against Tom Brady and the Patriots, let alone an angry Tom Brady. When Brady is mad, he wins Super Bowls and finishes the season undefeated. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady figures out the offense and avoids a 0-2 start to the season.

Straight – Patriots

Spread – Patriots (-6.5)

 

Vikings at Steelers

Vikings are coming off a big win against the Saints and proved their defense is still one of the best in the league. If Bradford plays like #1 overall pick Sam Bradford, the Vikings will be a very hard team to stop. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook had a big debut while attempting to replace Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. I expect Le’Veon Bell to return to normal All-Pro form, and the Steelers offense consisting of Big Ben, Bell and Brown will be too much for the Vikings defense.

Straight – Steelers

Spread – Steelers (-5.5)

 

Cardinals at Colts

The Cardinals lost their superstar David Johnson and the Colts superstar QB Andrew Luck is out for at least another week. I think this will be an ugly game, but obviously, any person will take Carson Palmer over Scott Tolzien. The only reason the Colts have any chance of winning games is Andrew Luck. The roster not including Luck is not good. If Jacoby Brissett starts over Tolzien they have a little higher chance of winning since Tolzien doesn’t even have a career win.

Straight – Cardinals

Spread – Cardinals (-7)

 

Browns at Ravens

Browns have a very young and promising team of the future. Kizer showed some promise last week against the Steelers in his debut. You can expect a big defensive battle from both sides and Flacco will get off at least one big play and that’ll be the difference maker in this one.

Straight – Ravens

Spread – Browns (+8)

 

Eagles at Chiefs

In Week 1, the Eagles looked like they might be the best team in the NFC East and the Chiefs looked like they are the best in the AFC West after their blowout performances. After drafting Pat Mahomes in this past year’s draft, Alex Smith looked like he wasn’t planning on losing his job anytime soon with the best performance of his career. Kareem Hunt seemed to be a suitable replacement for Spencer Ware. Carson Wentz looked poised to be an MVP candidate after Week 1.

Straight – Chiefs

Spread – Chiefs (-5.5)

 

Titans at Jaguars

Blake Bortles looked decent in his first start since being benched during the preseason. The Jaguars defense seems to be legit. Leonard Fournette showed why he was a top draft pick. Titans have a promising offense of Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, and Corey Davis. I believe they will improve this season and potentially compete for a playoff spot.

Straight – Titans

Spread – Titans (-2)

 

Jets at Raiders

If the Jets went 0-16 this year it would not surprise me. Jets have journeyman QB Josh McCown as a stopgap at the position until they draft their future next year. The Raiders are supposed to be a top team in the NFL, especially with the addition of Beast Mode at RB. They added “Beast Mode” to the trio of Carr, Cooper, and Crabtree.

Straight – Raiders

Spread – Raiders (-13)

 

Dolphins at Chargers

Following Ryan Tannehill’s injury, the Dolphins are in win now mode and needed to make a move to preserve the season. I believe they made the right move with Jay Cutler as he had his best season with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as his OC. Phillip Rivers finally has his top receiver back in Keenan Allen, but I believe Rivers makes too many mistakes in critical situations to be more than a .500 team.

Straight – Dolphins 

Spread – Dolphins (+4.5)

 

Cowboys at Broncos

Cowboys look to build off sensational rookie performances from Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot in their second NFL seasons. Their defense is filled with a lot of new faces and they hope they can gel to defend their division title. The Broncos hope that Von Miller and their defense can carry the load in the games once more. They had an exciting win on Monday night blocking a last second FG attempt by the Chargers to seal the victory.

Straight – Cowboys

Spread – Cowboys (-2.5)

 

49ers at Seahawks

The 49ers are headed in the right direction following the picks of Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster to lead the defense for many seasons to come. New head coach Kyle Shanahan chose his former QB Brian Hoyer to lead until he is able to choose a QB from the draft that he thinks fits his new team. The Seahawks did not look great in their performance against the Packers in Week 1 as their O-Line still needs some work or Russell Wilson is going to be scrambling a lot this year. Luckily for the Seahawks, they will not need to be at their best as they play this lowly 49ers team.

Straight – Seahawks

Spread – Seahawks (-14)

 

Rams at Redskins

Todd Gurley looks to move past his sophomore slump season. Goff’s big game in Week 1 could result in a situation where it opens up the box for Gurley more than usual against the Redskins. Goff will have to prove some type of potential in his first full year starting especially with a new coaching staff that didn’t draft him. Kirk Cousins is looking to have a third straight season of being a top-10 QB. Cousins is still looking for a long term contract after getting franchise tagged once again. He lost two of his receivers but gained a deep threat in Terrelle Pryor.

Straight – Redskins

Spread – Redskins (+2.5)

 

Packers at Falcons

It’s a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. The Falcons might be coming off a Super Bowl hangover this entire season but Matty Ice looks to build on his MVP campaign from last year. They looked sluggish in a 23-17 win over the Bears last week. The Packers are starting the year facing two very tough opponents in the Seahawks and the Falcons. The Packers offense exploded in the 3rd quarter against the Seahawks which proved to be the difference maker. If Rodgers can beat the two of the top NFC teams early, it can be a good sign for the 2017 season.

Straight – Falcons

Spread – Falcons (-3)

 

Lions at Giants

If Odell is playing it will help an offense that seemed to be the bottom of the league caliber. It is hard for Eli to complete passes without a running game. Teams can drop six or seven players on every play in that case. The defense will need to score points off of Matthew Stafford’s mistakes. If not, it will be a long day against the highest paid player in NFL history. Stafford started the day with a pick-six in Week 1 and then thrived throwing 4 TD’s in the win.

Straight – Lions

Spread – Lions (+3.5)

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