Week 2 got off to a hell of a start when my Jets traveled to Buffalo to face the Bills. I was more excited for this game because I was at the Week 17 loss that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs and ended up on CBS being my miserable self. This game meant a little more to me even though I had no impact on the outcome.
The Jets DOMINATED the Bills. It may not have been the case on the scoreboard but anyone with at least one eyeball watching the game knows the Jets offense absolutely put the Bills defense in a coffin. Rex Ryan stated he didn’t think Ryan Fitzpatrick could beat his defense deep. Want to know what happened? Fitzpatrick was out there throwing deep dimes to Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and the unsung hero of this team so far Quincy Enunwa. Rex left his secondary in man coverage basically the whole game and the Jets receivers had a Thanksgiving feast. The Jets defense faired pretty well, aside from the touchdowns to the guy who almost qualified for the Olympics and an atrocious blown coverage. That’s typical Jets. Dominate in every facet of a game yet still only win by six. All I can say is, bring on Kansas City (and my Week 2 picks!)
Tennessee (+6) at Detroit
The Titans were close to pulling out an upset win in Week 1 and they take some of that momentum into Week 2. The Titans have to keep this game close in order to win. If this turns into a back and forth scoring game, Detroit has the advantage. Titans keep it close and pull out the win.
Kansas City (+2) at Houston
Coming off of a miraculous comeback win against the Chargers, the Chiefs head to Houston to face the high powered Texans offense. The problem for the high powered offense? They aren’t playing the Bears this week. The Chiefs have a drastically better defense and know how to win. They’ll get after Brock Lobster and force him to win the game. I’m taking the Chiefs and the points.
Miami (+6.5) at New England
DO NOT BET ON THIS GAME. The Patriots are coming off of a huge upset over the Cardinals last week. Bill Belichick will have them focused on this game and put last week behind them. Miami looked really good against Seattle last week. Their defensive line is no joke. They’ll get after that handsome Jimmy G and force him to beat them. I can’t go against the Pats. I’m taking the Patriots but Miami covers.
Baltimore (-6) at Cleveland
The Browns are bad. The Ravens aren’t substantially better. No RGIII for the Browns but I don’t think that matters. This is not going to be a fun game to watch. I’m taking the Ravens, laying the points.
Cincinnati (+3) at Pittsburgh
A rematch of last years bloodbath in the postseason. Both teams have had this circled on their schedule since it was released. The Bengals didn’t play well overall last week but they did a great job of shutting down Brandon Marshall with double teams and help. They face Antonio Brown, who’s the best receiver on planet Earth. Double teams can’t stop him. The military can’t stop him. Godzilla can’t stop him. Another big game for AB and another win for the Steelers. I’m laying the points with Pittsburgh.
Dallas (+3) at Washington
Washington stunk it up on Monday Night Football. Dallas could have won had the sun not been out and they didn’t have a bonehead receiver. The Giants killed the Cowboys heralded offensive line last week making it tough for Zeke to get it going. Washington won’t have the same success. Dez Bryant bounces back against the Redskins (and whoever’s covering him) and Dallas gets their first win.
New Orleans (+4.5) at New York Giants
This is going to be a blood bath. The Saints couldn’t stop me if I lined up out wide. Odell Beckham Jr. may have a record setting game. The Saints are out one of their starting cornerbacks but even with him this isn’t going to be fun for Saints fans. Eli Manning is going to put up prime Peyton Manning numbers this game. Take the Giants and lay the points.
San Francisco (+13.5) at Carolina
Are we really going to take the 49ers seriously? Are we going to talk ourselves into them actually being good? Absolutely not. Monday night was a fluke game and they run into an angry Carolina team coming off an opening night loss in a Super Bowl rematch. Carolina hasn’t lost at home in what seems like ever. Taking Carolina and taking them to cover.
Tampa Bay (+7) at Arizona
Originally I had Arizona. After reconsideration, I’m all in on the Bucs. Jameis has another great game, this time against a stellar Cardinals defense. He inches himself closer to superstar status with his performance. The Bucs take it and I’m taking the points.
Seattle (-6) at Los Angeles
Los Angeles really killed it Monday night didn’t they? This game is so easy to pick and I’m going to be so wrong on it. The Seahawks are a far superior team to the Rams in every single way. The Rams always find a way to win the games they shouldn’t. First game back in Los Angeles in front of 90,000+. I’m taking the Seahawks but I think the Rams cover. Bad game to bet so stay away.
Indianapolis (+7) at Denver
This line is a bit high so I’d stay away from this game from a gambling standpoint. Indy showed that, offensively, it can hang with anyone. Going against the Broncos defense is tough and I don’t think Luck makes enough good decisions to keep them in the game.
I’ve got the Broncos but I think the Colts cover the spread.
Atlanta (+4.5) at Oakland
Oakland is the real deal. Atlanta is not very good. The Raiders should have beat the Saints by more last week and it took a very risky move to win. Derek Carr faces his second bad defense in a row and puts the Raiders at 2-0. I’m taking Oakland and laying the points.
Jacksonville (+3) at San Diego
San Diego doesn’t play well at home. If the Jaguars had a lot of fans travel to San Diego, I would tell you the Chargers have this one. How man Jaguars fans do you actually know? Jacksonville bounces back and sends the Chargers one step closer to leaving the city.
Green Bay (-1.5) at Minnesota
Minnesota opens its new stadium up against the division rival Packers. Sunday Night Football is always exciting. This game won’t disappoint. The Vikings defense seems to be the only part of the team that scores for them. They feasted against Marcus Mariota last week but face Aaron Godgers today. Rodgers historically has played well against the Vikings and I expect him to keep that up tonight. I take the Packers but the Vikings cover.