MFST’s Week 2 Picks
And Week 1 is now complete. Brandon set himself apart from Dan and Orlando with a successful picking week, while the other guys were left sputtering (kinda like the Buffalo Bills).
Standings after Week 2 TNF
Brandon Reid: 11-5-1
Orlando Torres: 8-8-1
Dan Schalk 7-9-1
Week 2 Picks
Panthers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. I’m not sold on the Panthers defense “being back”–they succeeded in large part because Dak was trying to break his receivers toes with his passes. Matt Ryan won’t do that.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. The opening game between the Falcons and Eagles may have looked like an ugly game, but I saw it as a defensive struggle between two teams that could be meeting again for the NFC Championship. The Falcons defense played great on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champs. Now they just have to get their play calling together. The Panthers did enough to put away a mediocre Dallas team. Vegas says the Falcons by 6, I’ll go with the home team.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. Carolina has problems of their own. They looked sloppy at home against Dallas, and I expect Atlanta to come out firing.
Colts at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. Marlon Mack will be the X-factor in this game.
Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. I want to see Andrew Luck back and playing well again, but the Colts, as usual, cannot run the ball. They were 26th in rushing last week. The Redskins meanwhile went to Arizona and doubled the Cardinals offensive output. I’m sticking with my prediction that the Colts will be the worst team in the AFC South. This could be a tight game, but give me the home team.
Orlando Torres: Washington Redskins. I really want to go with the Colts here, but on the road and trying to get back into rhythm with Luck against a solid Washington football team has me choosing the home team.
Texans at Titans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. Deshaun Watson’s rust isn’t going away, but they should do enough to get by a hobbled Mariota.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. If you looks at Tennessee’s stats from last week, non-starters are leading. Blaine Gabbert at QB and Dion Lewis at RB. That’s not good. I have no confidence in the Titans offense, especially now without Delanie Walker. The Texans will be more fluid on offense and get it done.
Orlando Torres: Houston Texans. I really hope Tennessee can turn it around this season, it just won’t be this week. Mariota remains banged up, and Watson looks like he was ready to get back on the field after his Week 1 loss.
Eagles at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. Jay Ajayi about to run wild.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. Don’t let Ryan Fitzpatrick fool you, he is still on the MFST waiver wire. Don’t let the Saints defense fool you, they are still not very good, it’s not their thing. Don’t let an 18-12 opening week final over the Falcons fool you, the Falcons defense is improved, and they are one of the best teams in the NFC. I say all that to say this…The Eagles are clearly my favorite to repeat as NFC champs.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. I would love Fitz to have a repeat of what he did against the Saints, but Philly’s defense is a lot better and more physical than New Orleans. Philly will still struggle, but it’ll be enough to get by.
Chiefs at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. Please give Kareem Hunt the football, Andy.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. One of the most dynamic offenses in football. Mahomes is the man. The Chiefs offense is more wide open than it ever was under Alex Smith. Pittsburgh will play desperate and this should be a great game. But you know the Chiefs start out 6-0 before they fall apart. If you want to call this a Week 2 upset, fine, but I believe the Chiefs will prove to be the better team this year.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Finally Big Ben is back at home, but the Chiefs will be a tough match up. I don’t think Kansas City will be able to jump to such a huge lead this time around, but it will be a close game featuring more of James Conner, and hopefully Kareem Hunt.
Dolphins at Jets
Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. I tend to believe Darnold’s great debut was more the downfall of Matt Patricia who looked like he’s just been introduced to the game of football.
Brandon Reid: Miami Dolphins. I’m not buying what happened Monday Night long-term for the Jets this year. That was a whole lot more about Matt Patricia and Matt Stafford than it was the Jets. Darnold will be fine. But I like Miami as a better all-around team. The Dolphins find a way to send Jets fans back to earth.
Orlando Torres: New York Jets. Sam Darnold has put the whole AFC East on notice. Kenyan Drake is going to have to produce some solid numbers this week if Miami wants to go to 2-0, but I’m going to ride the J-E-T-S hype train for another week.
Chargers at Bills
Dan Schalk: LA Chargers. The Bills are about to ruin another rookie quarterback. I get the “game experience” talk–but if you can’t block a blade of grass, Josh Allen will be running for his life on Sunday.
Brandon Reid: LA Chargers. The Chargers will be a dangerous team this year. Their defense will be one of the best in the AFC. They just got beat by a dynamic offense last week with the Chiefs. And yes, I’m looking ahead and giving you my thoughts on the rest of the season for the Chargers, because this week is a win.
Orlando Torres: LA Chargers. Start all of your Chargers in fantasy!
Vikings at Packers
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. This Vikings defense is about to make Aaron Rodgers look like Kyle Boller.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. San Francisco was learning on the road last week against a tough defense. They still matched the Vikings in offensive production, and if not for four turnovers the 49ers might have stolen it. Rodgers is playing. The game is in Lambeau. I have the Pack squeezing it out.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay is coming into this game pretty banged up. Rodgers, and Adams are questionable at the moment, Minnesota is loaded on defense. I like Cousins and his offense on the road a lot better right now, over a hobbled up Packers squad.
Browns at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. Despite a 150-yard two touchdown effort from Josh Gordon, Cleveland will lose.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. The poor Cleveland Browns. They played their hearts out last week. Bless em. The Saints at home will score a lot more points.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. Did the Saints defense really get that horrible in one offseason? Marshon Lattimore dominated receivers like Mike Evans last season and last week they got stomped! I expect another close game here, but I do believe the Saints will bounce back here.
Lions at 49ers
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. Matt Patricia needs to show me he’s not the next Patriots assistant to be an absolutely terrible head coach.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. It took me about 30 minutes to figure out the Lions problem. They have a coach that is in way over his head. Niners all day.
Orlando Torres: San Francisco 49ers. Many people expected a blowout at the hands of the Vikings, but Jimmy G and his offense actually looked really good. Detroit on the other hand, looked lost and got absolutely destroyed. Detroit will get their act together on the road, but they’ll still find themselves headed into Week 3 with no wins.
Cardinals at Rams
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. The Rams will squeak by in this game—no more than a three-point victory.
Brandon Reid: LA Rams. If you can’t handle the Redskins at home, how are you going to beat the L.A. Rams in Los Angeles? For all the David Johnson owners out there, I’m sorry, but the Cardinals are going to stink this year. The line is 13 in case you were wondering.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. Can we just see Josh Rosen already? Besides David Johnson and an aging Fitzgerald, the Cardinals don’t have much going for them right now.
Patriots at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Tom Brady will put up 30+ on this “scary” Jaguars D.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. The Patriots defense is underrated and I don’t think the Jags offense has started the clicking process. Plus, Fournette may or may not be 90%. When in doubt, go with the Patriots. Complete toss-up.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. This is going to be a fun game to watch! New England on the road taking on the big bad Jags D. Tom Brady might find himself frustrated all day here, in what could be a possible post-season game, but early in the season I’m going with the Jags at home here, even if Fournette does sit out due to injury.
Raiders at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. Phillip Lindsay will be the best running back on the football field on Sunday.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. I was very impressed with the first half of football from the Raiders on Monday night. They were playing an elite defense. It’s just a matter of time before Chucky and ACDC put two halves of football together. I’m not sold that the Broncos will be able to consistently look good this year. Without Von Miller, they wouldn’t have won last week, and may not win but four or five games this year. I’m going with a slight upset here.
Orlando Torres: Denver Broncos. What happened to Chucky? Sending Mack to Chicago and losing on Monday Night football. Now on the road against a tough divisional foe, Gruden is going to find himself yet again wondering what went wrong, after losing a close game.
Giants at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys won’t win if Dak plays the way he did last week–I’m just hoping for a turnaround or a Cooper Rush sighting.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. Saquon Barkley will have a much rougher Week 2 in the NFL, than his Week 1 was. I just called the Cowboys mediocre in an earlier pick, and I stand by that. But I also believe the Giants will continue to struggle this year. They are an Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, or Eli Apple injury away from being a weak defense again. I think Dallas is slightly ahead of where the Giants are at this particular time, and hopefully Dallas can put it away before it comes down to a field goal to win.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. This pains me to say, but I don’t know if Dak is going to beat the Giants through the air. I’m looking to see if Dallas can turn it around at home and put some big points up early on–but the Giants will likely stack the box, and if Saquon and Odell get going early on, then Dallas might find themselves in a hole early on.
Seahawks at Bears
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Everyone is talking about how the Bears looked great on Sunday night. They had a solid first half, but melted down in the second half and the offense didn’t do much. Wilson>Trubisky.
Brandon Reid: Chicago Bears. My gut tells me that Seattle is the more sound and experienced team here. But I saw what Von Miller did to Seattle last week, and if wasn’t for the Bears playing the best thrower of the football ever this past week in Aaron Rodgers, they would have won in Lambeau. Another toss-up but I think this is a growing game, at home, on the Monday Night stage for Trubisky. Feed Anthony Miller. #GoTigersGo
Orlando Torres: Chicago Bears. The Seahawks will go as far the Russell Wilson will take them, but with no Doug Baldwin, and a confusing backfield, I just can’t see this young and hungry Bears team losing again, after that embarrassing loss from Sunday night.