TNF Week 2 Picks [Ravens at Bengals]
The NFL is certainly back after that exciting Week 1. Our picks (for some of us) showed how much parody there is in the NFL and just how much a team and roster can change for the better or worse in one offseason. Teams that were terrible last season looked like legitimate teams (Browns, Bucs, Jets, even the Bears in a loss). Teams that were good last year struggled (Lions, Saints, Bills–yes I know I didn’t think they were good last year either etc.).
Week 2 is here and My Fantasy Podcast crew is back with another week of picks. Thursday night presents an AFC North showdown between the Ravens coming off a beat-down of Buffalo and the Bengals who survived Indianapolis.
Brandon gave himself an early lead after a solid Week 1. Dan and Orlando couldn’t even manage .500 records…
Standings after Week 1
Brandon Reid: 10-5-1
Dan Schalk: 7-8-1
Orlando Torres: 7-8-1
Ravens (1-0) at Bengals (1-0)
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. AFC North Division games are always close–add in a short week, with both teams riding high, I expect a tight battle. Vegas is telling here though, the Ravens are one-point FAVORITES on the road during a short week. Yes, Buffalo is going to be terrible this season–but the untold story of last week’s blowout, John Harbaugh completely out-coached Buffalo’s golden boy Sean McDermott–I think Harbaugh out-coaches Marvin Lewis in this contest.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. I was more impressed by what Cincy did at Indy, with Andrew Luck, than I was Baltimore bashing Buffalo. The Ravens game was a lot more about Buffalo being horrible, than Baltimore being a juggernaut. Six different guys for Baltimore rushed the ball for 117 yards while nine different guys caught passes, seven of them caught three or more. Baltimore did what they wanted to do without resistance. Andy Dalton finished 21-for-28 with a 109 passer rating. Joe Mixon and A.J. Green got in the endzone. I don’t expect the Bengals to be much more than 8-8 this year, but I expect even less from Baltimore. What does that say about Buffalo?
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens defense presents a big challenge for Joe Mixon, but the Bengals just have too many weapons. I think it’ll be a close game, but I’m going with Cincy here.