My Fantasy Pick’em: Week 2 NFL Picks
Week 2 of the NFL season is here and after a great Thursday night matchup between the Jets and Bills, we have a full slate of games ahead. After our week one picks, and our Thursday night pick’em here are the standing between Dan, Brandon and Orlando….
Dan Schalk: 12-5
Brandon Reid: 9-8
Orlando Torres: 5-12
Week 2 NFL Picks
Saints at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. This game is a fantasy player’s dream and I expect a high scoring affair. The Giants defense will be able to make a couple of stops to take home the victory.
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. Most really good offenses will beat New Orleans. The Saints defense is leakier than a faulty dam. The Giants are making their home debut so look for Eli and his crew to light it up. Light it up!
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. Remember their classic shootout last season? It was points galore and absolutely no defense. NYG did spend a lot of money of their defense this off-season, but still it’s Drew Brees and he will get his 300+ yards in this game. However Eli and his receivers win with a late game winning FG.
Titans at Lions
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. After a tough week one matchup against a stellar Vikings defense, the Titans offense led by Marcus Mariota will shine in week 2 against the Lions.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. Despite the Lions being a near touchdown favorite, I am going against the grain. The Titans defense will be tested, but they are much improved and have to breakthrough at some point. Don’t let the Vikings defense decide how you feel about the Titans this year.
Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. Yes one day the Titans will be a contender in the AFC South, and a wild card team but not this year. Expect Stafford to continue to spread the ball around in what seems to be another fantasy friendly high-scoring game. Demarco Murray is also going to be interesting in this game after seeing what 33-year-old Frank Gore did against DET. DET starts off 2-0.
Cowboys at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. Look for the Cowboys to open up the offense more for rookie QB Dak Prescott. Getting Dez Bryant involved is a must.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. Washington is the Vegas favorite in this one? No way. Dallas played a tough game against a Giants team that will be better than people think. Dak played well for his rookie debut while Washington managed just one touchdown at home against Pittsburgh.
Orlando Torres: Washington Redskins. Ehh I’m a homer I’ll admit, but I’m not delusional. I expect the combo of Zeke and Morris to run wild on WAS, but I’m worried about Dez and I can’t see Washington dropping two straight at home. I can see Kirk Cousin’s torching the Dallas defense with Reed and DeSean. Washington wins in yet another nail biter.
Chiefs at Texans
Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs made an impressive comeback in week one against the Chargers, and I believe you will see a more dominant performance winning this game by more than two touchdowns.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. I am still not completely sold on the new look Texans. I also believe that the first half for the Chiefs last week was like a scrimmage. Their defense is not that bad, and they did a much better job in the second half. I expect the second half Chiefs D for the rest of the year.
Orlando Torres: Houston Texans. The Chiefs fought their way to a victory last week after getting blown out in the first half vs SD. Spencer Ware is the real deal, and won’t be going away even when Jamaal Charles comes back, but it will be Lamar Miller and company running away with this game.
Ravens at Browns
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Not a lot needs to be said about this game. The Browns are irrelevant until Josh Gordon returns from his suspension.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. I would have picked Cleveland with a breakthrough win here if RG3 was healthy and looked decent last week. But now with Josh McCown, I have no idea until I see it first. The Ravens have to be the favorite.
Orlando Torres: Baltimore Ravens. As heartbreaking as it is to see RG3 on IR yet again the Browns still aren’t in a bad position. McCown wasn’t that bad last year, and is a viable starting NFL QB. If the Browns could use some good news, McCown was also money when it came to utilizing Gary Barnidge. Unfortunately, I don’t see them winning this one as I expect a heave dose of Flacco and Aikan.
Dolphins at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. The Pats always seem to struggle against Miami, but I have too much faith in Bill Belichick to prepare his team for the win.
Brandon Reid: Miami Dolphins. There is a reason Seattle didn’t score a touchdown in their season opener in Seattle last week. I am also picking Miami in spite of Vegas. The Patriots are six point favorites. Very disrespectful to Miami. Upset alert.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. Meh I don’t have much to say, Foster doesn’t scare me anymore, Landry should have a good game, but without Brady and probably Gronk again, Garoppolo can lead this team and easily jump to a 2-0 start.
49ers at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. Carolina has everything going for them in this game and two simple reasons as to why they will win. 1. They haven’t played since last Thursday, giving them extra time to prepare. 2. The 49ers travel across the country on a shorter schedule after playing on Monday night.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. Carolina all the way. For 49ers fans who think their season may not turn out that bad after Monday night, sorry. It will. The Rams are the worst team to play in the NFL in several years. Panthers will win by multiple touchdowns.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. Regardless of Denver’s defense there is no reason why Carolina shouldn’t have won in week 1, especially with their QB situation. As far as San Francisco, don’t be fooled by their Monday night blowout victory, they looked good last year on Monday night as well vs Minnesota. I like Carolina here with 10 days rest.
Bengals at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a coin flip game, but the fact it’s in Pittsburgh makes me side with ‘Terrible Towels’.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers still remember that cheap shot hit in the playoffs last year. I can imagine their fans do too. Their offense is rolling. I have to go with Pittsburgh in this one.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. These divisional games are always fun to watch even if you’re not a fan of any team. WHY? Because it’s almost guaranteed that there will be blood with the history between these teams, and the fall out of their classic playoff game earlier this calendar year. Antonio Brown will outshine AJ Green here, but I expect the Bengals to pull it off away from home.
Buccaneers at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals did not come prepared to start the season last week against the Patriots. I expect a completely different performance with their defense shutting down Jameis Winston and company for the victory.
Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. I think the Cardinals defense will find a way to make second year quarterback Jameis Winston struggle more than the Falcons D did. I’m picking Arizona but do not buy the touchdown spread as Vegas suggests.
Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. As much as I like and believe in Jameis Winston, week 2 just seems like the Buccaneers are going to end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Arizona was embarrassed by dropping week 1 to New England without Brady or Gronk. Expect AZ’s defense to be on fire from the get go.
Seahawks at Rams
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. The LA Rams are a bad football team.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are playing Los Angeles. The Rams are lamentable. Next.
Orlando Torres: Los Angeles Rams. As bad as LA was on Monday night, I’m confident that they will be a lot better in their home opener vs Seattle. I expect Rawls and Christine Michael to continue to get a heavy workload, but I’m worried about Wilson’s ankle if, for some reason he finds himself scrambling away from Aaron Donald. LA wins their first game dating back to 1994.
Falcons at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons will bounce back offensively this week against a talented, but under-performing Raiders defense.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. This is the toughest pick’em for me in Week 2. I know Oakland can score points. They are at home, and I am still not sure who Atlanta is this year. Vegas says Oakland by four, I’ll go with that.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. This should be one of those ‘Madden’ games of the week. I expect a lot of high scoring action. Sanu and Julio will get their catches and TD’s, but I predict Amari and Carr to pull off yet another thrilling victory.
Jaguars at Chargers
Dan Schalk: San Diego Chargers. The Chargers talent definitely took a hit when Keenan Allen was lost for the season, but I like Philip Rivers to find new weapons beating the Jags at home.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. I thought the Chargers would really struggle this season. I thought Jacksonville would be competing for the AFC South title. Based on what I saw Sunday, I’ll stick to that for at least one more week.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. The heartbreak continues for the Chargers in week two. Not only did they lose Keenan for the year, they also coughed up a 24-3 lead. Jacksonville gets their first win here with Allen Robinson torching the San Diego defense.
Colts at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. Colts fans should pray for Andrew Luck this weekend because the Broncos pass rush will be having a field day versus a suspect Colts offensive line.
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. I think the Colts D is quickly gaining Saints D status. If Denver, with essentially a rookie QB, can manage the Panthers D, they can handle the Colts D. Broncos take it in the Mile High air.
Orlando Torres: Denver Broncos. Andrew Luck will probably make a lot of people money in daily fantasy and just plain old happy in fantasy leagues, because make no doubt about it he will get his 300+ yards and multiple scores, but against a weak colts defense Denver manages to survive another week.
Packers at Vikings
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. The Vikings defense is better than the Packers, but I’m much more confident in Aaron Rodgers than Sam Bradford. The Pack win on a late score.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. I know the Vikings D is tough, so tough you may have overlooked how pedestrian their offense was in Week 1 against Tennessee. Different QB, different team in front of them this week. I don’t see Minnesota going 16-0 this season, so if not Green Bay to beat them, who? Close game, but the Packers spoil the Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium debut.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. Not much to say here. It’s going to be a tough defensively fought game. I’m worried about Eddie Lacy here, AP not so much he’ll bounce back, but Aaron Rodgers takes advantage of a Minnesota team trying to figure out their QB position.
Eagles at Bears
Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. I had Carson Wentz ranked as my No.1 QB in the NFL Draft this year, but even I was surprised by his week one debut. Going on the road is a different animal in the NFL and the Bears defense is a step up compared to Cleveland. The Bears win a tight contest.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. This is my second hardest pick’em of the week. I liked the way Philadelphia was moving the ball last week, although it was against Cleveland. Carson Wentz looked good and I’m going to give the slight edge to the Eagles D in this one. Should be a great game for Monday Night Football.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. Jay Cutler looked pretty good last week against Houston, but it didn’t take long to snap out of the daze and realize that at the end of the day he’s still Jay Cutler. I am a big believer in Zach Miller and Jeremy Langford, and there’s no doubt that Alshon Jeffrey is a stud, but I’m also a believer in Wentz and I don’t believe that his week 1 outing was a fluke. Eagles start 2-0.
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