NFL Picks, Week 2
Every year I participate in a Pigskin Pick ’em group organized by an obnoxious friend of mine from high school who spends his Sundays doing nothing but watching NFL football. I spend very little time watching football, and yet I continue to dream of beating him. And so every week I dutifully make my picks.
So I am not off to the most impressive start, but it is only week 2, and I still believe I can beat my obnoxious friend, because positive thinking is all you need to triumph in this world. Anyway, here goes. As always, the winning team is in caps.
New York Jets at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — The Patriots’ last-minute victory at Buffalo last week did not exactly inspire great confidence, but they are playing Team Blowhard at home this week, which does.
St. Louis Rams at ATLANTA FALCONS — The Falcons will continue their paper tiger ways by defeating a team I find impossible to get excited about or interested in. Who is Sam Bradford again?
Carolina Panthers at BUFFALO BILLS — Last week I foolishly picked the Panthers to beat the Seahawks, thinking that maybe the Panthers would surprise everyone this year. Obviously, I was wrong. And because I was headed to Seattle for the weekend, I should have picked the Seahawks in solidarity with my Seattle friends. Anyway, I cannot bring myself to pick the Panthers on the road. And since the Bills seemed kind of tough last week, I’m going with them.
Minnesota Vikings at CHICAGO BEARS — I don’t expect either of these teams to do much this year. But I expect even less from the Vikings than the Bears.
Cleveland Browns at BALTIMORE RAVENS — The Ravens should win this one fairly easily.
Dallas Cowboys at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — The Cowboys cannot be trusted, while the Chiefs have a new quarterback — Alex Smith — and seem poised for a certain amount of success. At least, more success than they had during the failed Matt Cassel era.
Washington Redskins at GREEN BAY PACKERS — Um, I like Redskins QB Robert Griffin III as much as the next person, but it seems highly possible that the Redskins are going to regress this year. In any case, I don’t expect them to beat the Packers this week, especially because they’re on the road.
Tennessee Titans at HOUSTON TEXANS — This seems like a game the Texans should win easily enough, because they’re good at winning those types of games.
Miami Dolphins at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Is it possible that the Dolphins are going to be better than expected? After all, they surprised a lot of people by beating the Browns last week. But the Colts are better than the Browns, and it’s way too early to get on a Dolphins bandwagon.
San Diego Chargers at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Remember when the Chargers were good, and Philip Rivers was an up-and-coming quarterback? Yes, well, those days are long gone. Meanwhile, the Eagles look reborn under new coach Chip Kelly.
Detroit Lions at ARIZONA CARDINALS — Are the Lions really that good? No, I don’t think so. They’ve also got the distasteful Ndamukong Suh on their team, who has been fined $100,000 for a low hit in last week’s victory over the Vikings. So I’m taking the Cardinals, just because.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — So far the Saints look good. But the Buccaneers do not. Not after last week’s pathetic one-point loss to the Jets.
Denver Broncos at NEW YORK GIANTS — I see that the Broncos are favored to win this game, but I’m giving the Giants the edge, because they’re at home and because Eli Manning is a pretty good quarterback in his own right, and I suspect he’ll play pretty well against his older brother.
Jacksonville Jaguars at OAKLAND RAIDERS — Ugh, this should be an ugly game.
San Francisco 49ers at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — I think the Seahawks can win this game. But I’m also making up for last week’s mistake, when I picked them to lose. Go Russell Wilson!
Pittsburgh Steelers at CINCINNATI BENGALS — The Steelers were pretty horrible in their opener, which gives me great joy. Here’s hoping the trend continues in week 2.
Last week’s results:
My obnoxious friend: 13-3
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