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PFT’s Week Two picks

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There were no ties in Week One of the NFL regular season. Except for right here, where MDS and yours truly both went 9-7. We split on the four games on which we disagreed, as if anyone beyond the two of us care.

This week, there will be no tie. Unless there’s a tie in one of the three games on which we disagree.

For all of the picks, scroll down — and please don’t wager anything of value based on our assessment. You’d be better off burning your money; at least that would generate enough heat for boiling Ramen noodles.

Jets at Bills

MDS’s take: If there’s such a thing as a must-win game in Week Two, Rex Ryan has one. Losing a home division game after starting 0-1 would put Ryan on a trajectory toward missing the playoffs and losing his job. Unfortunately for Rex, I think the Jets’ defense is going to control a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Jets 13, Bills 10.

Florio’s take: The race to the bottom of the AFC East starts early, and it feels like the Bills are destined to land there. The Jets would be destined to lose this one, but only if a playoff berth were on the line.

Florio’s pick: Jets 23, Bills 20.

Bengals at Steelers

MDS’s take: After an impressive Week One showing, I think the Steelers’ offense can keep it going and put 30-plus on the board for the second week in a row.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 31, Bengals 24.

Florio’s take: Currently the most intense rivalry in football, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh hope to not let emotions factor into the outcome. Everyone else sort of hopes they will. Home team gets the edge, even on a short week.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 24, Bengals 22.

Titans at Lions

MDS’s take: The Titans’ “exotic smash mouth” offense disappointed in the opening loss to the Vikings. I think Marcus Mariota will play much better against the Lions, but Detroit’s offense can put plenty of points on the board and win a close one.

MDS’s pick: Lions 30, Titans 27.

Florio’s take: Tennesse returns to Detroit for the first time since a 47-10 Thanksgiving blowout during the team’s 0-16 season. The Titans won’t be 0-16 this year, but they likely will be 0-2.

Florio’s pick: Lions 30, Titans 17.

Ravens at Browns

MDS’s take: Considering how badly Robert Griffin III played in Week One, Josh McCown will probably be an improvement. But the Browns have problems all over the roster, not just at quarterback, and the Ravens should get a division road win.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 24, Browns 12.

Florio’s take: The Ravens are ready to scratch and claw their way to enough one-score wins to make it to the playoffs.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 16, Browns 10.

Cowboys at Washington

MDS’s take: The loser of this game is in a world of hurt in the NFC East race. I think that loser will be the Cowboys, who simply can’t find a way to win without Tony Romo: In their last 37 games they’re 17-5 with Romo and 1-14 without him.

MDS’s pick: Washington 17, Cowboys 14.

Florio’s take: Washington is reeling after a home loss to the Steelers on a big stage. They now get a crack at a team they need to beat in order to have a realistic chance to win the division.

Florio’s pick: Washington 20, Cowboys 17.

Saints at Giants

MDS’s take: Last year this matchup provided us with one of the highest-scoring games in NFL history, a 52-49 Saints win. This year I see another high-scoring game but the Giants coming out on top.

MDS’s pick: Giants 38, Saints 34.

Florio’s take: Another week, another shootout for the Saints. The defense doesn’t need to improve much; if it does, the Saints will start racking up the wins.

Florio’s pick: Giants 34, Saints 30.

49ers at Panthers

MDS’s take: The 49ers looked better than I thought they would on Monday night, but most of that was the Rams looking worse than I thought they would. At Carolina, the 49ers are going to run into a buzz saw.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 30, 49ers 10.

Florio’s take:  A short week plus a cross-country game plus a team that has extra rest and more talent equals a mess for the 49ers.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 35, 49ers 13.

Dolphins at Patriots

MDS’s take: Some teams find ways to win, some teams find ways to lose. The Patriots, without Tom Brady, found a way to win at Arizona in Week One. The Dolphins, despite having every opportunity to pull an upset in Seattle, found a way to lose in Week One.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Dolphins 20.

Florio’s take: It’ll be another close-but-no-cigar showing for a Dolphins team that soon will be winning these games.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 17, Dolphins 14.

Chiefs at Texans

MDS’s take: Both teams won in Week One, but neither team looked great doing it. I have a feeling the Chiefs can get their offense playing for a full game like it played in the second half last week, and Kansas City will win.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 32, Texans 20.

Florio’s take: Before the Texans can get past the Patriots, they have to get past the Chiefs. With Brock Osweiler, maybe they will.

Florio’s pick: Texans 24, Chiefs 23.

Seahawks at Rams

MDS’s take: The Rams have played well against the Seahawks in recent years, but it won’t happen this time. This Rams team looks awful.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 20, Rams 7.

Florio’s take: Pete Carroll returns to the Coliseum facing a Rams team that could have a hard time against the best editions of his Trojans.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 23, Rams 13.

Buccaneers at Cardinals

MDS’s take: Jameis Winston was one of the best players in the NFL in Week One, but I think the Cardinals are primed to bounce back from their disappointing opener and both teams will be 1-1 after this one.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 21, Buccaneers 20.

Florio’s take: There really wasn’t an eyebrow-raising upset in Week One. So let’s roll the dice and get ahead of an “I should have seen it coming” moment. The Bucs are for real and the Cardinals could be reeling if they start the year 0-2 at home.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 28, Cardinals 24.

Jaguars at Chargers

MDS’s take: A lot of people are impressed with the Jaguars for playing a close and competitive game against the Packers in Week One, but that strikes me as the soft bigotry of low expectations. Don’t the Jaguars have to actually win some games before we give them credit? I see them coming up short again in San Diego on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 24, Jaguars 23.

Florio’s take: Former Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith thinks the team won’t leave San Diego, with or without a new stadium. After Sunday, San Diegans may hope A.J. is wrong.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 31, Chargers 20.

Falcons at Raiders

MDS’s take: Derek Carr is looking like one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL right now. The Falcons’ defense struggled with a good young quarterback last week and will do so again on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 30, Falcons 20.

Florio’s take: They won’t be going for two to win the game this week, because the Raiders won’t need to.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 33, Falcons 24.

Colts at Broncos

MDS’s take: Andrew Luck had an outstanding game in defeat against the Lions in Week One, but his life will be harder against a better defense in Denver.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 24, Colts 13.

Florio’s take: The Colts are 8-1 against Denver. 8-2 will still sound pretty good. 0-2 for the year won’t.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 35, Colts 27.

Packers at Vikings

MDS’s take: The Vikings relied on two defensive touchdowns to beat the Titans last week. They won’t have that kind of good fortune against a much better Packers offense, and they’ll lose their first game at their new stadium.

MDS’s pick: Packers 20, Vikings 17.

Florio’s take: It’s a tattoo game in Minnesota, where the outcome of the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium will make its way onto the home team’s permanent record, for better or worse. Bet the worse.

Florio’s pick: Packers 27, Vikings 20.

Eagles at Bears

MDS’s take: Carson Wentz deserves a lot of credit for the way he played in Week One, but some growing pains are coming in his first road game. The Bears will force a couple Wentz turnovers and win on Monday night.

MDS’s pick: Bears 20, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take: Welcome to the real NFL, Carson Wentz.

Florio’s pick: Bears 24, Eagles 16.

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123 Responses to “PFT’s Week Two picks”
  1. nhpats says: Sep 15, 2016 11:23 AM

    The Rams are going to score against the Seahawks? Is it going to be a defensive TD?

  2. charger383 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:24 AM

    Cowboys are playing the Redskins

  3. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 15, 2016 11:24 AM

    You guys know this is no fun if you keep agreeing with each other 95 percent of the time right?…..

  4. firerogergoodellnow says: Sep 15, 2016 11:26 AM

    Cowboys at REDSKINS

  5. steelcurtainn says: Sep 15, 2016 11:27 AM

    Steelers 27 Bungles 17.

  6. FlashPatterson says: Sep 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    If packers vikings is a close game the Vikings will win it. Packers have Rodgers but Vikes are better team.

  7. djvh2 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    Looks like they think the Vikings will keep it close. We shall see.

  8. niners816 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    Niners are going to beat the Panthers. Cam will be too busy sulking with his towel around his head after the Niners D takes him to the woodshed. And the Rams will beat Seattle with that JV 0-line Seattle has.

  9. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:30 AM

    Good- The Vikings won’t be jinxed now.

    Sorry Packers- you carry that burden.

  10. contra74 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:31 AM

    Packers will be 1-1 by end of day on Sunday.

  11. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 15, 2016 11:32 AM

    Upset of the week: Rams over Seahags🙂
    Don’t forget Wilson won’t exactly be 100%!

  12. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 15, 2016 11:33 AM

    Jets-Bills 0-0 tie
    🙂

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 15, 2016 11:33 AM

    The Vikings relied on two defensive touchdowns to beat the Titans last week. They won’t have that kind of good fortune against a much better Packers offense
    ___________

    You forget that “Tiny Hands” Rodgers leads the league in fumbles returned for touchdowns. Anthony Barr will blitz through that hole where Josh Sitton used to be.

  14. stoopidfool says: Sep 15, 2016 11:34 AM

    The Redskins

  15. truetrue85 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:34 AM

    I’m honestly worried about playing Miami. Their offense was deplorable (word to Killary) against Seattle, but their defense looked incredibly stout. Ad that to the fact that this is the type of game the Patriots struggle in after a big win, could be bad news all around. Hopefully I’m wrong, GO PATS!

  16. trigzter says: Sep 15, 2016 11:36 AM

    even if wentz implodes on monday…10 points? is that even real?

  17. buzzlightner says: Sep 15, 2016 11:38 AM

    so when wentz wins primetime on the road are both of u guys gunna take it to the chin or are u gunna renig and say wait until plays a real defense

  18. ariani1985 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:38 AM

    Picking the home team 95 percent of the time, wow for original!

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 15, 2016 11:39 AM

    Thanks for both of you picking the Redskins
    #kissofdeath

  20. stellarperformance says: Sep 15, 2016 11:39 AM

    Should be a good one. There are rarely blowouts between these two teams, regardless of which team is more talented. They always play each other tough….right down to the wire. I think the Packers will prevail, as long as they protect the ball and do not turn it over.

    You never know though, Bradford could have a game meant for kings and play lights out. The Vikings have been very lucky that way before…..McMahon, Moon, Cunningham, Favre, etc.

  21. hoops737 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:40 AM

    It’s easy to pick winners and losers.

    Try picking with the spread instead.

  22. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 15, 2016 11:40 AM

    Florio’s take: It’ll be another close-but-no-cigar showing for a Dolphins team that soon will be winning these games….After the Patriots Miami plays at KC ..Seattle, at Pitt , at Cardinals and Ravens..in that order……good luck with that and the rookie coach…….

  23. ravenbiker says: Sep 15, 2016 11:40 AM

    If you’re going to use where they play, shouldn’t it be Dallas at Landover? But it is Cowboys at Redskins if you’re going by team names.
    BTW: Nice subtle dig at the Ravens:
    Florio’s take: The Ravens are ready to scratch and claw their way to enough one-score wins to make it to the playoffs.

    This will be a 2 digit win by the Ravens. Hey, if we’re going to use the city names, start referring to the Colts as Indy, because the real Colts played in Baltimore.

  24. unclebluck says: Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM

    #Schmuckcoach loses tonight…..signed a Bills fan…

  25. pocketcow says: Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM

    The total disbelief that the Eagles are a capable team with a strong defense continues to amaze me.

    I’ll enjoy watching both of you on the losing side of this prediction, as the Eagles D-line totally annihilates the Bears O.

    Cutler will be lucky to get out of this alive.

  26. obsessedvikingfan says: Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM

    This isn’t the Saints getting back into the Superdome but it is the opening of the new stadium so I think that will put the Vikings on top.

    If not, it is 1 game. Lost to GB last year 1 game too. Turned out OK in the end.

    SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  27. goattoday says: Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM

    Chiefs are playing for 3rd or 4th in the AFC West. If the Texans can’t win this one they’re in trouble.

  28. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:44 AM

    Thanks guys- glad you didn’t jinx the Vikings.

    Sorry Pack- it’s now a done deal.

  29. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 15, 2016 11:46 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:33 AM
    The Vikings relied on two defensive touchdowns to beat the Titans last week. They won’t have that kind of good fortune against a much better Packers offense
    ___________

    You forget that “Tiny Hands” Rodgers leads the league in fumbles returned for touchdowns. Anthony Barr will blitz through that hole where Josh Sitton used to be.

    ———

    – Aaron’s hands are bigger than Teddy’s.
    – Barr did nothing against the Titans.

    Don’t let the facts get in your way.

  30. crewchief15 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:52 AM

    Viking Fans are cute…talking like their some dynasty in the making…

  31. teal379 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:54 AM

    If the Cards lose – can we stop hearing from their coach about how great he is?

  32. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 15, 2016 11:54 AM

    Saints 44
    Giants 42

  33. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:55 AM

    I wonder what the Vikings will have to do to finally earn some league wide respect.

    Packers 37
    Vikings 6

  34. nhpats says: Sep 15, 2016 11:57 AM

    Are Vikings fans really comparing Teddy “14 TDs per season” Bridgewater to Aaron Rogers?

  35. Rdog says: Sep 15, 2016 12:02 PM

    Vikings fans before Week 1:
    Our season is over! Our QB is out for the season and we deserve all the pity!

    Vikings fans after Week 1 (in which they beat the mighty Titans and their best player had 31 rushing yds):
    Super Bowl champs! Mike Zimmer is God! See, we were right – this Vikings team is amazing!

  36. eacuna05 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:02 PM

    Niners, bitches!!!

  37. kennyrogerschicken says: Sep 15, 2016 12:02 PM

    Pencil the Vikings in for that Super Bowl win!! It’s never too early to crown a winner!

  38. jim699 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:03 PM

    How are Case Keenum’s Rams going to score on the Seahawks? They couldn’t move the ball against the 49ers.

  39. h0metownzero says: Sep 15, 2016 12:04 PM

    Competence once again prevails over incompetence.

    Vikings 12
    Packers 28

    The loss triggers the annual death spiral to the Viking season, and Packer fans will forever own the MN Ikea Dome having christened their $1B shrine to failure with another humiliating defeat.

  40. bucsorbust says: Sep 15, 2016 12:07 PM

    Hat’s off to Florio who owning up to the obvious, that others can’t seem to do: The Bucs ARE for real. Yes, the Cardinals are motivated but their tension is unhealthy, the kind where coaches start calling out players, where the GM calls out the team, etc. The Cardinals had a rotten pre-season too. I’m not saying they are a bad team; in fact, it’s the obvious. This is just likely an off year, and Carson Palmer shows he is a mediocre QB. Something is amiss in Phoenix, and this Bucs fan is flying in from Tampa this weekend to watch it personally!

  41. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 15, 2016 12:07 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:32 AM
    Upset of the week: Rams over Seahags🙂
    Don’t forget Wilson won’t exactly be 100%!

    Holy cyrstal balls batman, yours are cracked. Tom Brady’s wife must have sat on her purse. Upset of the week is Miami over NE. Jimmy Garoppolo better have his spurs on because he’ll be on his horse early and often, that is until Ndamukong Suh has to pick him out of his cleats. Serious question. Why is a NE fan so bitter against a team they stole a Superbowl from, when they were handed a week one victory on a missed field goal last week?

  42. faeadagbee says: Sep 15, 2016 12:08 PM

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  43. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 15, 2016 12:10 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:46 AM
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:33 AM
    The Vikings relied on two defensive touchdowns to beat the Titans last week. They won’t have that kind of good fortune against a much better Packers offense
    ___________

    You forget that “Tiny Hands” Rodgers leads the league in fumbles returned for touchdowns. Anthony Barr will blitz through that hole where Josh Sitton used to be.

    ———

    – Aaron’s hands are bigger than Teddy’s.
    – Barr did nothing against the Titans.

    Don’t let the facts get in your way.
    ________

    Fact: Li’l Aaron’s hands are 1/8″ bigger than Teddy’s, who Packer fans affectionately refer to as “Baby Hands.”

    Fact: Teddy ain’t playing. Get over it.

    Fact: Barr did nothing against the Titans, but he’s still one of the best outside linebackers in football. It doesn’t have to be him. Anyone along the front seven can get to Rodgers.

    Fact: If you get close enough to Li’l Aaron to breathe on him, he’ll “get scared” and either throw the ball to the other team or drop it.

    By the way, tailgate parking is sold out. Maybe you can find an empty parking lot for your RV and then uber into the game. Oh, and make sure those tickets aren’t counterfeit.

  44. gbbvan says: Sep 15, 2016 12:11 PM

    Will tiny hands be on the sidelines with tiny crutches?

  45. htown1035 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:16 PM

    MDS’s take: Both teams won in Week One, but neither team looked great doing it. I have a feeling the Chiefs can get their offense playing for a full game like it played in the second half last week, and Kansas City will win.

    ———————————————–

    Both teams came back from deficits to win – the Chiefs came back from a huge one and the Texans shut down the Bears in theirs.

    This Texans team isn’t anywhere near the team that lost to the Chiefs last year. Texans take it at home.

  46. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 15, 2016 12:16 PM

    teal379 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:54 AM
    If the Cards lose – can we stop hearing from their coach about how great he is?

    ——————————————————————-

    After the cards beat the pack in OT last year in the playoffs, I was telling anyone who would listen how arians wouldn’t make it anywhere as a coach because of his hubris and got thumbs downed like crazy. Then they got absolutely pantsed the past two games they’ve played in that actually matter and people are starting to see what I’m talking about. I’m thinking it is three games in a row, the bucs steal one in the desert, the wheels fall off the bandwagon, and we see his true colors soon

  47. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 15, 2016 12:16 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:10 PM

    By the way, tailgate parking is sold out. Maybe you can find an empty parking lot for your RV and then uber into the game. Oh, and make sure those tickets aren’t counterfeit.

    ———

    Sold out? How can it be sold out when the game isn’t for three days? What, do you need to buy a PSL to tailgate? Boy, the wilfs sure saw you guys coming.

  48. cinfante54 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:17 PM

    Hey remember when both of you picked the Browns to beat the Eagles? That was cute.

    Eagles win again.

  49. mmack66 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:19 PM

    goattoday says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM

    Chiefs are playing for 3rd or 4th in the AFC West.
    ————————

    Lol. The Raiders and Chargers will be trading those spots all season long, with the Raiders eventually locking down 3rd.

  50. pkrjones says: Sep 15, 2016 12:19 PM

    Florio had a perfect 15-0 week going until the very last line… Philly will hand da Bears a 31-17 loss . Great effort at 15-1, though.

  51. blynch67 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:20 PM

    “Cowboys at Washington” this so 2014. Get over it, and yourselves already.

  52. citizenstrange says: Sep 15, 2016 12:23 PM

    It was probably posted somewhere and I just missed it but did anyone ever ask the question as to why Cam Newton was flossing on the sideline last week and if so did he answer it?

  53. codythao35 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:23 PM

    Rodgers will see many UFO’S in the dome.

  54. vusnu says: Sep 15, 2016 12:23 PM

    So happy PFT picked the Eagles to lose again this week. My motto, whoever PFT picks, you pick the opposite.

  55. rkoerwer says: Sep 15, 2016 12:24 PM

    The Bears are the real NFL?? Hmmmmm, must have missed that memo.

  56. msmissy71 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:26 PM

    Thanks for cursing my team. Picking my Giants to win is the kiss of death.

  57. mmack66 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:28 PM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:07 PM

    Jimmy Garoppolo better have his spurs on because he’ll be on his horse early and often, that is until Ndamukong Suh has to pick him out of his cleats.
    —————————-

    Can you Dolphins fans please stop with the dumb predictions of what Suh is going to do to Patriots quarterbacks? He will have the same mediocre game he always has.

  58. teal379 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:28 PM

    Fact: Barr did nothing against the Titans, but he’s still one of the best outside linebackers in football.

    On what planet?

    He’s never played 16 games a season, has a whopping total of 7.5 sacks for his career and a massive 110 tackles for his career. 54 and 55 before his killer 1 tackle last week.

    Clay had more tackles in his rookie year than Barr has in 2 years and 1 game.

    He’s NOT one of the best OLBs in football. He’s barely a blip.

  59. dino2997 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:34 PM

    Apparently the Carson Wentz and Eagles bandwagon is pretty full after their glorious victory against the worst team in the NFL. Won’t take long for them jump off that bandwagon and go back to complaining.

  60. grumpyoleman says: Sep 15, 2016 12:36 PM

    Hopefully the Redskins make this a statement game against the Dallas team.

  61. captainwhodat says: Sep 15, 2016 12:37 PM

    hoops 737 says: It’s easy to pick winners and losers. Try picking with the spread instead.

    ok try this: the spread only comes into play a little over 20% of the time. So, if you can pick winners and losers, you actually can beat the spread…too many people let the spread influence their picks. Limit your games to bet to two to four games (maximum) a week. Make up your own point spread on Tuesday morning before looking anywhere else…you’ll be surprised how close to the actual line you are…the games you have a good difference…scrutinize them because the line is based on how the linesmakers think the publice will bet…there’s your free advice…the rest is up to you.

  62. skittlesareyum says: Sep 15, 2016 12:38 PM

    Fact: If you get close enough to Li’l Aaron to breathe on him, he’ll “get scared” and either throw the ball to the other team or drop it.

    ———

    What a true fact. Rodgers is known for not using his feet to avoid the pass rush, and throwing lots of interceptions. Why, once in the last six seasons he threw double-digit interceptions for that entire season!

  63. minson15 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:38 PM

    Don’t be surprised if the Rams and Seahawks go into overtime. The rams got spanked last week on Monday night no question by one of the worst teams in the NFL. But the sun shines on a dog’s ass every once in awhile. The Rams team isn’t terrible and they always play the Seahawks very well. They were 4-2 in the division last year with a worse QB situation and less athletic on the Defense. This is not going to be a push over game like most people think it is. Most people thought the Seahawks were going to steam roll the Dolphins and they only won by 2.

    Vikings are going to get embarrassed in their new stadium.

    Panthers unfortunately are going to come roaring back and stomp the 49ers. I hope I’m dead wrong on this one.

    Saints will win this shootout against Eli and Co.

  64. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 15, 2016 12:39 PM

    Holy cow, it can cost up to almost $1,000 to buy a “tailgate pass.” Wow, I guess getting a BILLION dollar stadium for practically free wasn’t enough for Zygi.

  65. inozwetrust says: Sep 15, 2016 12:40 PM

    Florio has Ravens beating Browns by only six?? Browns are the worst team in the league. Ravens will easily hang 28 points on the them. And I don’t see the Browns scoring 22 against the Ravens.

    Ravens 30
    Browns 10

    Steelers really looked good against the REDSKINS – yikes!!

    Go Oz!!

  66. jetphan says: Sep 15, 2016 12:41 PM

    Jets 37-0

  67. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 15, 2016 12:42 PM

    TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:40 AM
    Florio’s take: It’ll be another close-but-no-cigar showing for a Dolphins team that soon will be winning these games….After the Patriots Miami plays at KC ..Seattle, at Pitt , at Cardinals and Ravens..in that order……good luck with that and the rookie coach…….

    3 1
    ————————————————–

    I know Patty fans aren’t known for much other than “Tom Brady good, Belichick genius” but you’d at least think you’d be able to read a schedule?

    Miami played in Seattle last week. And they probably should have won.

  68. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 15, 2016 12:43 PM

    teal379 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:28 PM
    Fact: Barr did nothing against the Titans, but he’s still one of the best outside linebackers in football.

    On what planet?

    He’s never played 16 games a season, has a whopping total of 7.5 sacks for his career and a massive 110 tackles for his career. 54 and 55 before his killer 1 tackle last week.

    Clay had more tackles in his rookie year than Barr has in 2 years and 1 game.

    He’s NOT one of the best OLBs in football. He’s barely a blip.

    ——————————————————–

    Clay had 36 his rookie year and 54 his second. Hi, I’m Earth. Have we met?

  69. ad28bestever says: Sep 15, 2016 12:45 PM

    What do you know, a couple more GB strokers.

    This holds no value as Florio and MDS both picked GB to win the division last year. How did that work out for you? I hope you both put a lot of money on that concrete pick, because you would have lost every dime.

  70. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 15, 2016 12:46 PM

    TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:40 AM
    Florio’s take: It’ll be another close-but-no-cigar showing for a Dolphins team that soon will be winning these games….After the Patriots Miami plays at KC ..Seattle, at Pitt , at Cardinals and Ravens..in that order……good luck with that and the rookie coach…….

    3 1
    ——————————————
    I’m not sure what schedule you were looking at, but the Miami schedule actually goes: @ Pats, v Browns, @ Cincy, v Titans, v Steelers, v Bills before their bye week.

    They play the Ravens before the Cardinals (late in the season) and they never play the Chefs.

  71. ad28bestever says: Sep 15, 2016 12:47 PM

    Teal379,

    Barr does all his play WITHOUT performance enhancing drugs, unlike you’re little Fabio wannabe LB.

  72. armyravensterpsstrong says: Sep 15, 2016 12:48 PM

    Go Ravens! But I’m more interested in the Bengals vs Steelers game! ROFL!

  73. ariani1985 says: Sep 15, 2016 12:49 PM

    What is the spread on little Erin Rogers having an NFL record 15th fumble 6?

  74. tb12bestqbevah says: Sep 15, 2016 12:52 PM

    Florio’s take: It’ll be another close-but-no-cigar showing for a Dolphins team that soon will be winning these games.
    ****************************

    LOL. Ah yes, NEXT year will be the Dolphins year to beat the Pats, just you wait and see! Yesiree. Next year.

  75. Teddy2Tready says: Sep 15, 2016 12:52 PM

    As a Viking fan, I don’t hate people picking against them vs Green Bay. Packers have a HoF QB, Vikings are most unsettled at that position. Makes sense to take the “safer” pick.

    I think MN is a better “team” but not sure it will matter in Week 2.

  76. finsphan says: Sep 15, 2016 12:55 PM

    I’m honestly worried about playing Miami. Their offense was deplorable (word to Killary) against Seattle, but their defense looked incredibly stout. Ad that to the fact that this is the type of game the Patriots struggle in after a big win, could be bad news all around. Hopefully I’m wrong, GO PATS!
    ________________________________

    The offense is new, it would have looked a lot better if they converted on the possible scoring drives (13 pts). That could have been 23 pt’s against one of the better defenses in one of the hardest places to play. That being said, I don’t expect Miami to win this game, but I would not be surprised if they do. Gase has that team going in the right direction and a win against the Pat’s at home would skyrocket this teams confidence. Just like the Seattle game, this D-line could feast on a bad O-line and I don’t think the offense will have as many miscues as they did last week.

    I’d say Pat’s win 24-21, but again, I would not be surprised if Phins win. Phins up!!!

  77. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 15, 2016 12:55 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:28 PM

    Can you Dolphins fans please stop with the dumb predictions of what Suh is going to do to Patriots quarterbacks? He will have the same mediocre game he always has
    __________

    My feeling is hurt by being labled a Dolphins fan. You did get the right state so you are awarded the boobie prize and thanks for playing. How’s Jacoby Brissett’s chicken wing look?

  78. h0metownzero says: Sep 15, 2016 12:58 PM

    The Vikings are going to christen that Loser Dome with a humiliating defeat.

    That’s the kind of stain that never comes out.

  79. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 15, 2016 12:58 PM

    tb12bestqbevah says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:52 PM
    Florio’s take: It’ll be another close-but-no-cigar showing for a Dolphins team that soon will be winning these games.
    ****************************

    LOL. Ah yes, NEXT year will be the Dolphins year to beat the Pats, just you wait and see! Yesiree. Next year.

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    The Dolphins beat them last year, that cost New England the number 1 seed, Patty fans claimed they didn’t need it, how’d that turn out for you?

  80. pkrlvr says: Sep 15, 2016 12:59 PM

    If you get close enough to Li’l Aaron to breathe on him, he’ll “get scared” and either throw the ball to the other team or drop it.
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    Umm…Rodgers doesn’t throw picks….2015 was his worst season since his rookie one and he only had 8 ints. Do you even watch football?

  81. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 15, 2016 1:00 PM

    MDS and Florio both took the Redskins.

    That means the Cowboys have a great chance of winning….

  82. banky74 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:03 PM

    Don’t you guys know anything about football?

    It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s whether you beat the spread.

  83. kevpft says: Sep 15, 2016 1:05 PM

    “Losing a home division game after starting 0-1 would put Ryan on a trajectory toward missing the playoffs and losing his job.”

    It’s funny – this is the same scenario for Bowles. Just missed the playoffs last year, expectations to “win now”, starting 0-1 this year and facing the possibility of going 0-2 with a division loss.

    Yet no one’s talking about Bowles losing his job. A common theme of perpetual also-ran teams is impatient management. What do the Bills think they’re going to do if they fire the Ryans? Start another rebuild, hope a first-year coach waves a magic wand?

    They’re in a tough division. They need some consistency for a few years.

  84. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 15, 2016 1:09 PM

    What will the “Belichick can’t win without Brady” crowd say after the Patriots beat the Dolphins and go 2-0? Fact is the Patriots system is so great, a high schooler can start at QB and win games.

  85. weepingjebus says: Sep 15, 2016 1:10 PM

    Jets-Bills has a sort of interesting angle: whether Old Man Revis can keep up with One Wheeled Watkins. My prediction is Jets win 20-9, and Rex and Rob get in a shoving match in the tunnel.

  86. jvw1982 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:13 PM

    This is only week 2 so remember no team is as bad as they looked last week and no team is as good as they looked last week, upset of the week, Rams over Seahawks, the one team Fisher seems to beat….he’s won 3 of the last 4

  87. rexdarteskimospy says: Sep 15, 2016 1:21 PM

    Josh McCown hopefully enjoyed his offensive performances against the Ravens last year, because things will be quite different on Sunday.

    Ravens 27
    Browns 13

  88. irishstout says: Sep 15, 2016 1:22 PM

    It’s funny to watch all the over-sensitive children crying about someone using their own free speech rights to refuse to use a term that person dislikes.

    This is America, not North Korea. You are free to use the team name all you want. You are NOT free to require others to do so.

  89. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 15, 2016 1:25 PM

    All seriousness aside, I really hope my Vikings can win this week but it’s going to be really tough when they’re breaking in a new quarterback. It will take a great effort from the defense and special teams and a little extra electricity from the crowd to win this game.

    The nice thing is that history shows that Green Bay beating the Vikings in their first meeting of the season has very little bearing on who wins the division.

  90. jbdvks says: Sep 15, 2016 1:28 PM

    When the dust settles Sunday night, it’ll be the Packers limping home on I-94 East.

    My money is on the Vikings D! Period

  91. jonnyfootball82 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:33 PM

    Can you put two lines of blank space between games to help improve readability?

  92. fartweasel says: Sep 15, 2016 1:41 PM

    The Vikes beat the hapless Titans and it was luck. The Packers barely squeaked past the hapless Jags and it was because they are a superior team. I guess we’ll find out on Sunday night who is better. Should be a good game.

  93. phillyphanatic77 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:42 PM

    And if Wentz performs well and the Eagles beat the Bears I’m sure you guys will come back and say “he hasn’t played a real NFL defense yet”.

  94. whocares69 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:53 PM

    Bengals – 24
    Cheap shot artists – 17

  95. janvanflac says: Sep 15, 2016 1:55 PM

    You guys give the Eagles no respect. It’s not just about Carson Wentz, they have a potentially top 10 defense with a fearsome pass rush and great special teams. The Bears are a flawed team, and the Eagles match up well against them. Yes, it’s tough to win on the road on Monday night, but I think all things being equal the Eagles are a better team.

  96. averagejoe5050 says: Sep 15, 2016 1:56 PM

    Maybe, by week five you will admit the folly of your ways and acknowledge the EAGLES…or maybe just let them continue to fly under the radar…

  97. icebowler says: Sep 15, 2016 1:57 PM

    Buc’s win in Arizona? Snowball’s chance in hell!

  98. patsfan1820 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:06 PM

    Agreed with most of the picks, but I have Philly beating Chicago 24 to 14, Cardinals beating the Bucs 38 to 21 since they’re pissed about last week, and the upset pick that I have is Bills defeating the Jets 14 to 13 thanks to a defensive td and the Bills offense finally doing something while Fitzpatrick’s history of losing to Rex Ryan lead teams continues.

  99. jjackwagon says: Sep 15, 2016 2:11 PM

    This Texans team isn’t anywhere near the team that lost to the Chiefs last year.

    This Texans team isn’t anywhere near the team that lost twice to the Chiefs last year.

    The Texans won’t get blown out at home again but I expect the Chiefs to win by 10.

  100. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Sep 15, 2016 2:34 PM

    Games where the obvious underdog actually has a history of playing very well against the favorite:
    Packers v. Vikings (underdog)
    Colts (underdog) v. Broncos
    Ravens v. Browns (underdog)
    Bengals (underdog) v. Steelers

    In all of these games, I initially liked the favorite a lot (especially the Broncos) until revisiting their head-to-head histories.

    To put the icing on the cake, I initially thought the Jets should beat up on the Bills. However, the Bills at -1 played the Jets very well last season.

    A word to the wise – don’t bet the farm on any of these games.

  101. liongator says: Sep 15, 2016 2:35 PM

    Bold prediction….Bradford plays well and leads the Vikings to victory over the Packers this week. Vikings fans carry him off the field and boast they have the missing piece to winning a super bowl now!
    Then in keeping with Bradford-style, he injures his shoulder or knee next week and is out for the season.

  102. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 15, 2016 2:47 PM

    How does it feel Patriot Hater? How does it feel knowing your team and your fanbase IS NOTHING compared to US and never will be? How does it feel knowing your inferior team will never measure up to US? How does it feel knowing the puny little weaklings you call a team doesn’t belong on the field with US? How does it feel knowing you’re not in OUR league? How does it feel knowing you’ll never be worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as US? Tell us how much it stings. Share your pain. How does it feel?

  103. silvernblackpride says: Sep 15, 2016 2:58 PM

    Raiders go 2-0 been a long time !!!

    JUST WIN AGAIN BABY!!!

    RAIDER4LIFE

  104. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 15, 2016 3:10 PM

    Josie’s on a vacation far away
    Come around and talk it over
    So many things that I wanna say
    You know I like my girls a little bit older
    I just wanna use your love tonight
    I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE TONIIIIIIGHT

    #GoPatriots
    #OneForTheThumbBaby
    🙂

  105. Patty Dubs says: Sep 15, 2016 3:13 PM

    Really like the thought of Bucs beating AZ, but don’t think it will happen. If 49ers shock the world by dealing Cam & Panthers a second defeat to start the season will the sky be falling in Carolina.
    Locks of the week: Rams look even worse than Week 1 and Vikings fans cry on Monday about it being “only Bradford’s first game” as Rodgers puts 30+ on them. Go Pack.

  106. skinstowin says: Sep 15, 2016 3:29 PM

    Again, the huskies don’t play Dallas, the REDSKINS do. Saying Washington is soooo 2014 style. It’s not if, but when, Florio calls them REDSKINS again like everyone else writing articles on here does.

    HTTR!

  107. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:34 PM

    The primary reason the Packers are so heavily favored to win this week is that they’re playing the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  108. cmstrick says: Sep 15, 2016 3:43 PM

    “the soft bigotry of low expectations…”

    What a phrase!

  109. h0metownzero says: Sep 15, 2016 3:51 PM

    Lil Teddy should be there to cheer his team on, and to check out the wheel chair access at the new stadium.

  110. mrhojorisin says: Sep 15, 2016 4:10 PM

    Burning money will NOT provide enough heat to cook Ramen noodles. You won’t even get the water to boil. Unless you’re burning a LOT of cash.

  111. packinsteel says: Sep 15, 2016 4:17 PM

    I got mad respect for the Vikings D so i cant hate on them. This should be a awesome game. Cant wait!

  112. nyneal says: Sep 15, 2016 4:20 PM

    Gotta give Florio credit for picking the Packers over the Vikings, since he’s a Vikings fan.

  113. bryonneufeld says: Sep 15, 2016 4:25 PM

    No offense guys but 9-7 at pick-em is pretty weak. The sharps can do better than that against the spread.

  114. graylingskies says: Sep 15, 2016 4:54 PM

    Tedy was balled in the knees.

  115. darkneptune73 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:58 PM

    Vikings beat the Packers 20-17 because the defense will win the game. Aaron Rodgers sacked 3 times.

  116. mmack66 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:05 PM

    silvernblackpride says:
    Sep 15, 2016 2:58 PM

    JUST WIN AGAIN BABY!!!
    ————————

    Lol. The perennial plea of the Raiders fan.

  117. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:23 PM

    packinsteel says:
    Sep 15, 2016 4:17 PM

    I got mad respect for the Vikings D so i cant hate on them. This should be a awesome game. Cant wait!
    ________________

    Should be a great game.

    I’m fired up to see the Vikings D vs. the Packers O- that will be the game. If the Vikings D steps up big- gets a handful of sacks or some good turnovers- the Vikings will take it. If the Packers O is firing on all cylinders- like we know they can- it’s theirs. It should be a great battle.

    I just wish this game was a few more weeks out so Bradford would have a better feel for the O. That’ll have to wait for our next meeting.😉

    And no injuries please!

  118. packinsteel says: Sep 15, 2016 6:19 PM

    mnvikes1961 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 5:23 PM
    packinsteel says:
    Sep 15, 2016 4:17 PM

    I got mad respect for the Vikings D so i cant hate on them. This should be a awesome game. Cant wait!
    ________________

    Should be a great game.

    I’m fired up to see the Vikings D vs. the Packers O- that will be the game. If the Vikings D steps up big- gets a handful of sacks or some good turnovers- the Vikings will take it. If the Packers O is firing on all cylinders- like we know they can- it’s theirs. It should be a great battle.

    I just wish this game was a few more weeks out so Bradford would have a better feel for the O. That’ll have to wait for our next meeting.😉

    And no injuries please!

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    I agree on the injuries. Just want to see a awesome game from beginning to end. So glad football is back!!

  119. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 15, 2016 6:31 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 15, 2016 12:39 PM
    Holy cow, it can cost up to almost $1,000 to buy a “tailgate pass.” Wow, I guess getting a BILLION dollar stadium for practically free wasn’t enough for Zygi.
    —————
    If u can’t afford such a minimal fee, I hear there’s an alley nearby where you indigent Cheeseheads can tailgate. Just dont dig in the garbage cans for your food or the Minneapolis PD will arrest you and then you’ll miss the Vikings giving your team, and especially your diva QB, a thorough thrashing. Good luck.

  120. mmack66 says: Sep 15, 2016 6:48 PM

    Mike, from now on, can you put the Vikings and Packers picks in a separate article? TIA

  121. mrba4775 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:26 PM

    Both of you idiots are smoking the blunt. The Cowboys will destroy the deadskins on Sunday afternoon. Captain Kirk, couldn’t hit the back of a Bulls butt, if he wanted to. That means 3 and out on 3rd downs. You guys are supposed to be experts. I don’t think so!! Cowboys 27 deadskins 16.

  122. pocketcow says: Sep 19, 2016 11:35 PM

    OMG, what did I say would happen????

    “pocketcow says:
    Sep 15, 2016 11:41 AM
    The total disbelief that the Eagles are a capable team with a strong defense continues to amaze me.

    I’ll enjoy watching both of you on the losing side of this prediction, as the Eagles D-line totally annihilates the Bears O.

    Cutler will be lucky to get out of this alive.

    101 20”

    Yeah, That’s what I thought. *mic drop*

  123. buzzlightner says: Sep 20, 2016 12:23 AM

    so does wentz get your approvle yet ya hacks? from what i saw he made one bad throw the whole game. and thats when he shoulda hit nelson deep but underthrew it. also should be 40 more yrds and another td on his stats but jmatt messed up

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