MFST’s NFL Picks: Week 2
After a successful week one in which I went 12-3, week two presents itself with many intriguing matchups, highlighted by the rematch of last year’s NFC title game Seahawks at Packers Sunday night. If you want to check out picks against the spread, head over to Tayrance’s NFL odds and picks column. So without further ado, here are my week 2 picks….
Patriots 24 at Bills 18
There has not been this much hype around a team or a game like this since the mid-90s in Buffalo. That being said, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick know how to beat the Bills, Brady owns a 23-3 mark against his division rivals and has completely dominated them during his tenure as QB in New England. This Bills team however, packs a punch defensively and is more than competent offensively making for an intriguing game. I like the Pats to pull out a close one, mainly due to the Bills defense being unable to shut down Buffalo-native Rob Gronkowski.
Texans 20 at Panthers 19
With news that All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly will likely miss this game due to a concussion, my original thinking on this game has changed. The Panthers are lacking at the skill positions on offense, and now with Kuechly lost their defense has taken a hit. With Ryan Mallet starting at QB and a severely underrated DeAndre Hopkins on the outside, I expect the Texans to pull this one out on the road.
Titans 14 at Browns 27
This was another game I flip-flopped on throughout the week. Ultimately, I have no idea what type of NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel can be, but I like the Browns defense to get to the rookie quarterback on the other side, Marcus Mariota. Yes, Mariota put on a show last week, but the Buccaneers are bad, bad football team. Look for the Browns to force at least three turnovers in the victory.
Cardinals 28 at Bears 10
The Bears hung with the Packers last week, but I am not expecting similar results this week. The Cardinals defense is too good, and will be pressuring Jay Cutler all day. Get to know the name David Johnson, who I have been hyping since the draft. This rookie RB will step in for the injured Andre Ellington and show the NFL why he should have been the first back taken in the draft.
Chargers 20 at Bengals 27
Here is a secret of the NFL if you do not know it already. West Coast teams struggle on the East Coast, and vice versa. If this game were played in San Diego, I would be jumping on the Chargers, but it’s not, so I expect to see a lot of Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard as the Bengals improve to 2-0 on the season.
Lions 24 at Vikings 17
The Vikings looked completely outplayed on Monday night and while this is their home opener and AP’s return after his year-long absence in Minnesota, I think the Lions will pull this one out. The Vikings defense is improved under Mike Zimmer, but the potential of QB Teddy Bridgewater does not put wins on the field.
Buccaneers 20 at Saints 37
The Saints faced a great defense last week in Arizona and this week they will face one of the worst. Fantasy owners of anyone on the Saints offense are salivating at the mouth, as Brees and company will move up and down the field with ease.
Falcons 21 at Giants 26
The Giants were completely outplayed by the Cowboys last week but should have come away with the win. Instead, they lost and teammates were calling each other out in the media. Not a good sign for the G-Men, but playing the Falcons at home are just what they need. The Giants did not generate much of a pass rush against the Cowboys great offensive line, but the Falcons possess one of the worst, meaning Matt Ryan will be under pressure often Sunday. Look for Eli and Odell to hook up for at least one score in the Giants win.
49ers 21 at Steelers 30
The Steelers hung with the Pats in the season opening game, but without Le’Veon Bell and Martavius Bryant the offense is not up to full speed. The 49ers played great against the Vikings on Monday night, but I am not sold on them completely as a team. This will be close in the first half, with the Steelers pulling away in the second as the ‘Terrible Towels’ prove to be too much.
Rams 28 at Redskins 12
Surprisingly, the Redskins game came down to the wire in week one, losing to the Dolphins on a late punt return touchdown. I don’t expect this game to be close like last week. As most readers know, I picked the Rams to win the NFC West in Training Camp and that entails beating lesser teams on the road, exactly what this matchup presents. Look for the Rams to score TD’s and the Redskins to settle for FG’s.
Ravens 27 at Raiders 14
The Ravens offense was anemic in week one against Denver, but as we saw on Thursday night, the Broncos defensive unit can be one of the best in football. The best prescription for an out-of-sync offense…(no it’s not more cowbell) it’s playing the Oakland Raiders. Look for Baltimore to get back on track in week two with a win on the West Coast.
Dolphins 20 at Jaguars 13
The Dolphins were a sexy pick to make the playoffs in the offseason, but after a rough week one in which they could not establish anything offensively against a bad Redskins team, questions have arisen in South Beach. Luckily, the ‘Fins play another mediocre-at-best team in the Jags, as they should begin the season 2-0, which is all you can ask for.
Cowboys 21 at Eagles 27
As a die-hard Cowboys fan it is hard to pick against my ‘Boys, but with the loss of Dez Bryant and a lack of true play-makers on the outside the Eagles should pull this one out at home. Coming off a loss against the Falcons, Chip Kelly will have his team ready to play against their division-rivals.
Seahawks 31 at Packers 27
The re-match of last year’s NFC Title Game will be a slug-fest, both offensively and defensively, but the reason the Seahawks will wind up victorious is because of their top-notch special teams. Whether it is a punt return, kick return, or a block, Seattle owns one of the best units in the league, and it will play a factor in Lambeau.
Jets 17 at Colts 42
The Colts defense was shut down by the Bills in week one as Andrew Luck struggled to stay upright. With T.Y. Hilton likely missing the game I do not think the offense will skip a beat and I expect a blowout in their home-opener. For the Jets, when your quarterback is Ryan Fitzpatrick there is only so far your team can go…and it’s not very far.
Dan Schalk is the Head Writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk
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