2019 Week 2 NFL Picks
Week 1 is always full of surprises and the guys did not look too impressive after the opening week. Both managed winning records, but not the type of success we typically see.
Standings after Week 1
Brandon Reid: 10-5-1
Dan Schalk: 9-6-1
Buccaneers at Panthers (TNF)
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. I want to take the Bucs here, but I just can’t. However, I will take Tampa Bay plus the seven points they are being given.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. Carolina played well against one of the NFC favorites, the Rams, in Week 1. The Bucs on the other hand looked like we expected they would, only worse. This is a key year for Jameis Winston and it looked more like the car is in the garage with a dead battery. I gotta go with the Panthers in this one.
Cardinals at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson is a better quarterback than Kyler Murray and the Ravens defense is soooo much better than Arizona’s. This won’t be a 59-10 showing, but it could get ugly.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. Kyler Murray was who I thought he would be through about three quarters of that game last week, then just showed resilience and fight. My opinion of him hasn’t changed, and the Cardinals offensive line is still one of the very worst in football. This might get ugly.
Chargers at Lions
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Chargers. I just do not think the Lions are very good–look at that second-half collapse against Arizona. Even without Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry, the Chargers are more talented.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. Call me crazy, but I thought the Chargers should have handled the Colts a little better than they did last week. If the Chargers let the Lions run the ball like the Colts did last week, it won’t be Jacoby Brissett trying to close out the game, it will be Matthew Stafford at home.
Colts at Titans
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. Both defenses are solid–Tennessee’s is elite, but I have more faith in Jacoby Brissett and Marlon Mack rather than Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. I don’t know what to tell you other than Tennessee’s defense is really good. I can’t go with a Colts team without Andrew Luck. Dropping this game would be such a Titans thing to do, but surly not this time.
49ers at Bengals
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers won in Week 1 thanks only to Jameis Winston who threw more pick-6’s than pounds of crab legs he stole from the grocery store. Cincy looked good on the road at Seattle–I like them at home this weekend.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. As of now, I’m afraid Cincy may be down too many weapons. AJ Green definitely won’t play, and Joe MIxon may be probable, but will not be 100%. Andy Dalton lit it up last week against the Seahawks throwing it 51 times. And the Bengals are two point favorites at home. But I feel like San Fran played really well last week and the more time Garoppolo has to get back into game shape, the better the 49ers will be. And their defense played lights out last week.
Jaguars at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. With Gardner Minshew at quarterback, I just can’t pick the Jags to beat the Texans on the road.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. Deshaun Watson was heroic last week and almost did the impossible… beat Drew Brees in the Dome. But his defense gave it up in the last 30 seconds. I’m not sure if Gardner Minshew will be enough to revive a Jacksonville team’s offense in time to win this one.
Vikings at Packers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Solid victory in Week 1 because of the defense for Green Bay–I think that carries over at home against a good Vikings team.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. Classic case of Week 1 overreaction here. The Packers beat and shutdown a good Bears team while the Vikings only threw it 10 times. The Vikings haven’t even warmed up their offense yet and may struggle in this division battle. If the Packers escape with a win here, they are looking good. I’m taking A-Rod at home.
Cowboys at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. I’ll admit it–I was surprised by Dak Prescott’s play against a bad Giants defense–that being said, it was because of Kellen Moore’s play-calling rather than Dak’s great arm. I’ll need him to show me for an entire season before I’m a full believer.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. Washington does it to me every year. They win games they are not supposed to. They have to be one of the least sexy teams in the league. But they always grind out a respectable win total. Dallas is several grades better than Washington and should win this one.
Seahawks at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. Getting crushed by the Pats on SNF was ugly, but the Pats are the class of the AFC–look for the rebound to happen on Sunday at home.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m chalking last week up to not ready to play, learning life without Le’Veon and AB, and being smacked in the face by the Patriots early. This Steelers team is still really good and should have an even bigger chip on their shoulder.
Bills at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. The Buffalo Bills are wannabes and should have lost against the Jets. The Giants are worse than the Jets, but I still believe they pull out the victory.
Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. Until the Giants show any kind of mojo, or continuity, or identity, I can’t pick them to win many NFL games. I understand it was Dallas last week but Dallas didn’t even play well and cruised to victory. Buffalo is a different team this year and will not be an easy out in 2019.
Patriots at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Miami always plays the Patriots tough, especially at home. So maybe they will keep this game within 30 points?
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. That was easy.
Chiefs at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders looked good on Monday night–but they aren’t beating the Chiefs this season.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. Rule 1 of Brandon’s Picks for 2019… nobody beats the Chiefs.
Saints at Rams
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. The Saints are the better team and despite being on the road, I like them to win by 10+ points.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. This should be a great game. It seemed like the Rams started slow, and Todd Gurley was MIA for the most part last week. But I still believe the Rams could be the best team in the NFC. New Orleans is coming off a tough Monday night battle so I’m not sure if that’s good or bad for them.
Bears at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. Mitchell Trubisky is a good quarterback who looked bad to open the season. I’m not worried at all if I’m a Bears fan–that defense is just too good.
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. Until the Bears offense looks sharp again, I’m going to shy away from them. Never easy to go into Mile High and win.
Eagles at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Yikes, the Falcons looked bad Week 1–they need to rebound or this could turn into a long season.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I want to believe that the Falcons can still fly high. They get to host the Eagles in the first home game of the year. If they can’t get jacked up for that, I’m not sure what would do it. The Falcons come in completely healthy and they are only 1.5 point underdogs to an Eagles team that many think could make the Super Bowl.
Browns at Jets (MNF)
Dan Schalk: Cleveland Browns. I would consider picking the Jets if Sam Darnold was playing and Le’Veon Bell were healthy–that’s not happening, so the Browns win an ugly game.
Brandon Reid: Cleveland Browns. The Jets young QB Sam Darnold has been ruled out with mono. That’s enough for me to think a pissed off Browns team is going to take care of business on the big stage Monday Night.