Pete’s Pick’s: A Guide to Week Two’s NFL Games

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For those who read my week one picks, I was slightly wrong, maybe very. It was week one, give me a free pass. For anyone who’s watched the NFL as long as I have, and especially those who have been alive longer, you know that there’s nothing more relevant in the league than “Any Given Sunday.” Anything can happen, between any two times, at any time. This being said, here we go on week two…

Ravens @ Bengals – Ravens

Aug 9, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens had the biggest win in week one, and really showed they mean business. As I said, the Bills won’t be a playoff team, but nonetheless the Ravens put on a show. Bengals proved me wrong last week in Indy, even though I said John Ross would get in the action (which he did). If Andy can play to his potential, Bengals could make this a close one if not a win, but Ravens look too hot to go down tonight.

Panthers @ Falcons – Falcons

Panthers are one of my NFC favorites, Cam and McCaffrey are a nightmare for any defense, but the close loss for Atlanta on the Thursday night opener should’ve pissed them off enough to get this divisional win. Expect a bigger day out of Matt Ryan, Julio keeps showcasing his consistent dominance, and this game to be a very close one. Atlanta is a great home-field advantage especially at the new stadium, Atlanta squeezes out the W.

Colts @ Redskins – Redskins

Although I did see the Redskins offense improve, I was very surprised to see by how much it did. Adrian Peterson is playing like Adrian Peterson, even at this age, and they pulled off an impressive win in Arizona. Andrew Luck doesn’t quite look like himself, and Alex Smith hasn’t lost a step. Norman takes out Luck’s favorite target in TY Hilton, and Redskins win their home opener.

Texans @ Titans – Texans

I know it was the Patriots, but I’m still suprised they beat Houston. I’m still very high on the Texans even though Deshaun didn’t play above par last Sunday. Mariota is still shaken up from an injury, Delanie Walker out for most likely the season, Texans play their brand of football we’ve been waiting to see this weekend. Watson bounces back in a big way.

Eagles @ Buccaneers – Eagles

First things first, can we just say WOW TAMPA, WOW. Who dat? Fitzmagic. I don’t think anybody in their right mind would’ve predicted the Bucs go into Nola week one and win in the fashion they did. Incredible and shocking, DeSean Jackson looked absolutely incredible, flashes from his rookie year. That being said, I don’t think the magic holds up, Eagles probably figured out their scheme in film this week, and the Super Bowl defense should be able to hold the cannons off enough for a win. But again, WOW FITZ. BRAVO.

Chiefs @ Steelers – Steelers

Chiefs shocked me week one, Tyreek the freak was unstoppable as always, nobody can catch that man. Pat Mahomes had a very suprising debut as well, passing for 256 and four TD’s. I was still shocked that they did that to a hot Chargers defense. James Conner put on a show in Le’veon’s place, and I’m sure Big Ben is livid he ended week one with a tie especially against the Browns, who they are used to whooping. I don’t see the Chiefs going into Pittsburgh and winning, they go in to find an angry Mike Tomlin and crew.

Dolphins @ Jets – Jets

I was also shocked that both of these teams came away with week one wins, especially the Dolphins after I put them at my 32nd ranked team coming into the week. Darnold looked extremely confident which was so impressive in national primetime, and both the defense and O-Line dominated with their physicality. I take the Jets to come out 2-0 in week two against their division rival.

Chargers @ Bills – Chargers

Even though one of my AFC favorites for the season took the division loss week one, they bounce back week two against the Bills who I still feel are among the bottom of the ranks. They’ll still be without elite pass rusher Joey Bosa, but I expect Melvin Ingram to fill the holes well enough against a very sub-par offense this weekend. Rivers has a big day, as to the RB’s. Chargers take it no problem.

Vikings @ Packers – Vikings

This is my game of the weekend. Not only bitter division rivals coming off of great week one wins, but both seeming to be very evenly matched each time they meet. Rodgers once again proved his second half greatness Sunday night, coming back from the locker room after injury and erasing a crazy 17 point deficit to their biggest rivals. The Vikings offense and defense just looks too perfect as of right now though, Vikings get the win but just barely.

Browns @ Saints – Saints

Browns played their hearts out in their opener and they deserved the win, but the Cleveland fate got the best of them. Saints were upset this sunday, and they’re going to come out firing back at home this weekend. Drew Brees fixes any issues the offense had, and the secondary fixes the holes. Saints win in Nola.

Lions @ 49ers – Lions

Lions were embarrassed by Darnold in his debut on monday night, and they’ll go into Jimmy G’s house and take the week two victory. I said I wasn’t convinced by Jimmy G yet, and I’m still not. Lions have too many offensive weapons to get pounded back to back weeks, Lions leave the bay with a win, and Matt Patricia’s ACTUAL first win

Cardinals @ Rams – Rams

Rams looked great Monday night even after a slow start in Oakland, the defense quickly woke up as did Goff and Gurley. The Rams have the best defense in the league, and the Cardinals looked unimpressive all around. Rams start 2-0 in their home opener.

Patriots @ Jaguars – Jaguars

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP REVENGE. Ramsey won’t have it, no more hot start Pats, not in Jacksonville. The Jags defense has a huge day on Tom Brady, and it STINGS. (I hate you Bellichick, so much)

Raiders @ Broncos – Broncos

Broncos displayed that Mile High Magic against Seattle, and this is a bad week for Oakland to come here licking their wounds. DENVER BOY FOR LIFE, IT’S RAIDER WEEK. WIN BABY WIN (Broncos).

 

SUNDAY NIGHT:

 

Giants @ Cowboys – Giants

G-Men get that big win I guaranteed week one. Odell and Saquon are nothing to take lightly, and the Cowboys seem to be in a bit of a stoop. Dak absolutely misses Dez and Witten, and the holes in the offense are present. Giants take it in Jerry world in prime time.

 

MONDAY NIGHT:

 

Seahawks @ Bears – Bears

Both teams suffered close losses week one but both looked very good on both sides of the ball, I give the Bears the slight advantage only because the games in Chi-town. DangerRuss has a big night and Trubisky really shows us what he can do.      

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