PFT’s Week Two picks

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If it were match play (and maybe it should be), I’d be up one hole with 16 to play. It’s officially stroke play, and I emerged from Week One with a one-shot lead, 11-5 to 10-6.

This week, we disagree on only one of 16 games. We’ll let you read through the picks and the analysis to see who we like, and where we differ.

Barring a tie in that one game on which we disagree, we’ll either be tied or I’ll be up two games with one-eighth of the season in the books. Which one of you care about, but which MDS and I care about in an unhealthy way.

Broncos at Chiefs

MDS’s take: With Peyton Manning’s arm no longer what it once was, he should look across the field to Alex Smith to see how to be an effective quarterback without great arm strength. Smith has shown that you can be a winning quarterback in the NFL on the strength of your brain, not your arm. I think Manning can be that kind of quarterback, too, but it’s going to take some time to adjust, and during that adjustment period the Chiefs are going to surge ahead of the Broncos in the AFC West.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 24, Broncos 17.

Florio’s take: It’s fitting in the year that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the ’85 Bears that the pendulum is swinging back to defensive football. The Chiefs have enough defense — and enough offense — to outscore a 39-year-old quarterback who already is being outscored by Father Time.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 27, Broncos 20.

Patriots at Bills

MDS’s take: The Bills made a major statement on Sunday that the AFC East isn’t the walk in the park for the Patriots that it once was. And yet I think the Patriots made an even bigger statement when they beat up on the Steelers in the Thursday opener: New England still stands as the best team in the NFL and will win a tough one in Buffalo.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 16, Bills 13.

Florio’s take: With all the talk on how the Bills will deal with Rob Gronkowski, the bigger question is whether Tyrod Taylor can deal with the New England defense. More specifically, can offensive coordinator Greg Roman crack Bill Belichick’s code? Roman did it three years ago with the 49ers on a Sunday night in Foxboro, and Belichick surely remembers that well. Look for Belichick to figure out what Roman did in 2012 and to take that away in 2015.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 20, Bills 17.

Texans at Panthers

MDS’s take: Bill O’Brien won’t name his quarterback until Sunday, but Ryan Mallett will apparently get the nod. I think he’ll struggle against the Panthers. Carolina will win a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 14, Texans 10.

Florio’s take: The revolving door already is spinning in Houston, and Ryan Mallett could end up back on the bench during his encounter with a Carolina defense that looked stouter than expected in Week One.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 23, Texans 17.

Cardinals at Bears

MDS’s take: The Bears gave the Packers a tougher test than most expected on Sunday, and Chicago may be a better team than most of us thought. But the Cardinals continue to show that when Carson Palmer is healthy, they’re one of the elite teams in the entire league. Arizona will win on the road and improve to 2-0.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 24, Bears 14.

Florio’s take: The Bears could have hired Bruce Arians in 2013. He hasn’t forgotten that. Bears fans won’t either after Sunday when the team that used to play in Chicago returns.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 27, Bears 17.

Chargers at Bengals

MDS’s take: Both of these teams looked like AFC playoff contenders in Week One, and this has the feel of one of those early-season games that ends up affecting playoff seeding in 15 weeks. I like the Bengals’ defense to do a better job against Philip Rivers & Co. than the Lions’ defense did, and Cincinnati to win.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 24, Chargers 20.

Florio’s take: The Chargers return to Cincinnati for the first time since the 2013 postseason, when San Diego thumped the Bengals. This time around, the Bengals are poised to do the thumping, with a defense that can slow down Philip Rivers and company and an offense that can put up enough points.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 24, Chargers 20.

Titans at Browns

MDS’s take: The Titans looked great in Week One and the Browns looked terrible. Sometimes there’s a temptation to pick a course correction in a Week Two game like this, but I don’t think so. Marcus Mariota will have another good game and the Titans will win.

MDS’s pick: Titans 28, Browns 17.

Florio’s take: The Browns reportedly were interested in getting Marcus Mariota. They’ll now get a close look at him. They may regret not doing whatever they had to do to get him.

Florio’s pick: Titans 24, Browns 17.

Lions at Vikings

MDS’s take: Both of these teams disappointed in Week One, but the Vikings’ problems looked more correctable. The Lions’ problem is that they just don’t have the personnel on defense, and that means Teddy Bridgewater will come back nicely from his bad game against the 49ers.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 27, Lions 21.

Florio’s take: The Vikings limp home after getting their butts kicked 20-3 in San Francisco. The Lions limp to Minnesota after blowing a 21-3 lead. The edge in this battle of limping, butt-kicked teams goes to the host.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 20, Lions 17.

Buccaneers at Saints

MDS’s take: This is probably the easiest pick on the board. The Bucs were the worst team in the NFL last year, and after Week One they look like the worst team in the NFL this year, too.

MDS’s pick: Saints 35, Buccaneers 14.

Florio’s take: Three years ago, the Saints opened their home slate with an unexpected coming-out party for RGIII. Lightning won’t be striking a second time for Jameis Winston.

Florio’s pick: Saints 24, Buccaneers 15.

Falcons at Giants

MDS’s take: The Giants suffered a heartbreaking loss while the Falcons took a nail-biting win in Week One. In Week Two, it’s the Falcons who will come away disappointed, as the Giants correct some of their offensive problems and put a hurting on the Falcons’ secondary.

MDS’s pick: Giants 28, Falcons 20.

Florio’s take:  The Falcons last won in New York during Tom Coughlin’s first year as the Giants coach. In Dan Quinn’s first year as the Atlanta coach, maybe it’s time to do it again. Especially as the Giants try to recover from a squandered road win against the Cowboys and a week of dysfunction better suited to the other team in the stadium.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 24, Giants 20.

49ers at Steelers

MDS’s take: I was impressed with the way Jim Tomsula had his 49ers ready to play on Monday night, but I have a feeling we’re going to look back on this 49ers season and say Week One was the high point. The Steelers should win this one comfortably.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 31, 49ers 17.

Florio’s take: They have 11 Lombardis between them, but no one expects either team to seriously contend for another in 2015. New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and he’s surely seen plenty of these Steelers home games that are plodding and methodical and smothering of the opposition. As long as the Steelers cover Vernon Davis.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 20, 49ers 13.

Rams at Washington

MDS’s take: The Rams’ defensive line is ferocious and will pressure Kirk Cousins into at least a couple of turnovers. Another quarterback controversy may be coming in Washington.

MDS’s pick: Rams 27, Washington 10.

Florio’s take: The Rams hoped to dominate with the picks acquired from Washington in the RG3 trade. They may not be ready to dominate the rest of the league, but they’re ready to dominate Washington, again.

Florio’s pick: Rams 27, Washington 10.

Dolphins at Jaguars

MDS’s take: Blake Bortles needs to get a lot better for the Jaguars, and so far I just don’t see it happening. The Dolphins’ defense will turn in a big game and improve Miami to 2-0.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 20, Jaguars 6.

Florio’s take: Quarterback Blake Bortles says that fans who question play calls are like kindergartners questioning college students. And Sunday’s game could look like college students playing grown-ass men.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 24, Jaguars 14.

Ravens at Raiders

MDS’s take: Nothing gets a team turned around after a rough start like a trip to Oakland. The Ravens didn’t play well in Week One, but they’re just a much better football team than the Raiders, who still have a lot of work to do.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 30, Raiders 17.

Florio’s take: The Ravens may not be as good as we thought they’d be. The Raiders definitely aren’t.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Raiders 14.

Cowboys at Eagles

MDS’s take: This is about as close as it gets to a must-win game in Week Two for the Eagles: Lose, and Philadelphia falls two games behind Dallas already. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, I think their offense will struggle without Dez Bryant, and their secondary will struggle with the fast-paced attack of the Eagles. Philadelphia wins this one comfortably.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 31, Cowboys 16.

Florio’s take: There’s no such thing as a must-win game in the middle of September. For any team with designs on winning a division title, however, a visit from the defending division champion really is a must-win, because losing sets the stage for being swept. With Dez Bryant out, that task becomes easier.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Cowboys 24.

Seahawks at Packers

MDS’s take: Green Bay blew a golden opportunity to beat the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, but they won’t blow their chance to show they’re the best team in the NFC this year. Aaron Rodgers will have a big game against a Seahawks defense that misses holdout safety Kam Chancellor.

MDS’s pick: Packers 28, Seahawks 20.

Florio’s take: The Packers claim they’re not thinking about the NFC title game. The truth could be that they’re just not talking about it in order to avoid stirring up  nest of Seahawks. Either way, the Packers get redemption — even if they say they’re not looking for it.

Florio’s pick: Packers 24, Seahawks 20.

Jets at Colts

MDS’s take: The Colts aren’t as bad as they looked against the Bills. The Jets aren’t as good as they looked against the Browns. Look for Andrew Luck to put up big numbers against the Jets.

MDS’s pick: Colts 24, Jets 21.

Florio’s take: Joe Namath knows not to guarantee a Jets win in this rematch of Super Bowl III.

Florio’s pick: Colts 30, Jets 20.

121 responses to “PFT’s Week Two picks

  1. I’m a huge Bills fan, but I think you’re totally right to take the Pats. These might be the two best teams in the AFC and I think it’s going to be great matchup, especially with Dareus back.

    But how many times have we seen teams get fired up to go against the Patriots only to have the Patriots systematically take them apart? I love that the Bills actually have bravado and are relevant again, but all the talk does is seem to elevate the Patriots to another level. I think the Bills show that they’re the 2nd best team in the AFC, but the Patriots prove their the best.

  2. The Ravens have a long history of not showing up on the road, especially against vastly inferior opponents. The equalizer here is that the Raiders are likely going with Matt McGloin at QB. Still, I’m expecting a blowout victory.

    Ravens 20
    Raiders 10

  3. i get the Bills Pats picks….totally acceptable picks but when you are claiming the Pats D is going to be a difference maker after giving up 460 yds to Pit with out two of their best weapons and old Deangelo Williams going for 130 yds…i think the focus should be on their pass attack not their D.

  4. The Steelers will be coming off a 10 day rest after the Thursday night game against the Patriots and the Niners will be traveling across the country to Pittsburgh after having played a Monday night game.

    I wonder what the excuses will be when Small Ben in Big Games poops the bed and Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin gets out coached once again.

  5. Don’t be surprised when this game goes the same way it did the last time a high profile team came into arrowhead in primetime. Chiefs by at least two scores.

  6. I think you’re both wrong about Minnesota over Detroit, even at home.

    I hope you’re both wrong about Green Bay over Seattle, even at home.

  7. This is huge if the Rams can go 2-0. With the next 3 games being Steelers,Cards,Pack the schedule is going to be brutal for the next month.

  8. The Bills D will not be a problem for the Pats. On Dale & Holy yesterday (one of the Boston sports shows) they mentioned that Brady’s average time to release last week was 1.8 seconds. Almost impossible to get to him in that little time.

    The wild card is actually Tyrod Taylor. There is virtually no film on him and that’s when Belichcik’s defenses have run into trouble over the years. I’ve seen several young QBs torch the Pats because they simply had no info on how they played or what their tendencies were.

  9. Seahawks 31 Packers 24

    Greenbay showed there weakness in run defense last week. Seahawks still have one of the best running games. I think the Seahawks also discovered the short passing game in the 4th Qtr last week. I think the Seahawks defense can hold Rogers in check for the most part. I do believe both sides will score probably a lot. Then there is the wild card that I think will give us the win… Special Teams and one special returner that can change the game flow in a heart beat.

    Also I will be at the game cheering on my Seahawks! When I have gone to games over the last 3 years we are 10-1 (the only loss being the Superbowl last year)

  10. “The Bills will take down Mr. Bundchen and Gronk just like they did last December”

    Um, Gronk didn’t play at all in that game along with half the starters, and the rest of them were pulled by halftime.

    Keep hanging your hat on that “win” as if it meant something other than the only goal the Pats had being to avoid injuries.

    Lolz poor Bills fans, actually feel sorry for you.

  11. i suspect someone already said this, but you guys picked every game but one the same. And I haven’t checked but I suspect you picked the favorites in every game (with that one exception). Snooze . . . . .

  12. Hey DeMarco, Sean Lee is no longer your team mate… We know you are a fumble machine.

    Terrence Williams is about to show the NFL he is #1 Receiver talent.

    And the Cowboys are a team now that wins these kinds of games, which they would have lost a couple years back.

    Cowboys upset the Eagles.

    You heard it here first.

  13. I’m a Pats fan, and the d-line looks awful without Vince. It should get knocked into shape by mid season, but until then Chong Li will be weak in the gut. Is this how Colts fans feel all the time? I don’t like it.

  14. “The wild card is actually Tyrod Taylor. There is virtually no film on him and that’s when Belichcik’s defenses have run into trouble over the years. I’ve seen several young QBs torch the Pats because they simply had no info on how they played or what their tendencies were.”

    No game film? No problem. The Pats can just send someone over to video their practices this week. 🙂

  15. Will it be game 4 that you two will be off of the Bustwater hype train? If you think the Lions offense won’t score, then maybe. The Lions scored over 10 times the amount of points the Vikings did in week 1. San Fran was just that good and Bustwater is better than Rivers….IC.

    Lions by 10.

  16. Patriots made “an even bigger statement” by beating the Steelers??? You mean the steelers who’s Dfense ranked 18th last year? They arent even top HALF in the NFL let alone top 10 or top 5, and oh yea the Steelers offense was screwed without a stud #2 receiver and arguably the best RB in the game out due to suspension. So a 7 point win against the steelers is NOT impressive, beating them with those two offensive weapons would make it more impressive. But the Bills CRUSHED a widely touted SB contended with ease. I dont know how on earth anyone can say the Patriots win was a bigger statement or more impressive. I get their are the SB champs, but this is a new yr and lets not keep ranking them based on last year.

  17. Ravens let a very winnable game slip through their fingers. They will trounce the Raiders
    Steelers pissed off about the NE game and “headsetgate” I don’t want to be the 49ers coming into Heinz. Steelers kick arse.
    Bengals have just enough defense to make life difficult for Rivers. Like the Bengals in a close one.
    Browns? Who cares?

  18. “The Lions’ problem is that they just don’t have the personnel on defense”– Really? Have to admit, if not accurate, your comments are amusing.

  19. Even this Packer fan is … Vikes over Lions? Really?

    Yeah picking winners in the NFL is a fool’s errand (I don’t see how people make money betting on it) but …. Really????

  20. Bills fans should stop talking about last years week 17 win over the Patriots as if it was significant. The Pats were resting starters and gearing up for a super bowl run, the Bills were gearing up to go home.

  21. You agree on only one game and it’s a Bengals win. Isn’t that that one of the signs of the coming apocalypse?

  22. Anyone notice the Colts ball boy leap on the intercepted football on the sidelines? Very suspicious. Is this the same guy who LIED about D’Qwell Jackson?

    Is that a smoking gun I smell? Why would he want that ball back so badly as to challenge a player for it? Did those balls get a pressure check?

    Hmmmmm

  23. Still riding the erroneous info that the paid prognostications that have been leveled at my niners all off season. I mean nothing but the doom and when a team shows you to be premature you double down on conjecture.

  24. Bills Pats will be a cracker.

    I’d say the Bills at home should be a slight favourite. Spelt the UK way.

    Pats O line with 3 rooks scares me against that pass rush.

  25. Sorry but Lions Defense is better than Vikings offense this week.
    Vikings have no Offensive line, and it showed.
    Rick has been drafting for speed on Defense,
    They got thrown around like rag Dolls last week by a pathetic 49ers team.

  26. Who’s gonna put a hurting on this new Falcons Defense, the Giants? MDS? Trufant will shut down Odell Beckham Jr.
    Didn’t see Murray running much on the Falcons last week…
    Don’t see much running from the G-men this week as well.

    You guys thought Eli looked lost the last few minutes of the Dallas game. Watch what he looks like the WHOLE game Sunday.

    Falcons defense will be getting after Eli, this might get ugly.

    Good luck!

  27. How the eagles gonna put up 30+ points on us when they barely put up 24 against the Falcons? TeamCowboys

    Hmm maybe because Dan Quinn’s falcons have a better defense than the cowgirls

  28. I would like to think my Bears could play the Cards to closer than a TD if not win outright… but absent much better play from our defense and a virtually perfect game by Cutler I don’t see it happening.

    0-2 at home is not a great way to start the Fox regime but it’s not something I’m not prepared for and most of the Bears fans I know feel the same way.

  29. I think the Bills young, athletic secondary can cover the receivers for 2 seconds and the defense can keep Gronk on the line for that long. If I were Rex I would line up an extra lineman on Gronk and back up with Gilmore. The Bills offense will have a good day running the ball and T-mobile will have some good runs if he is flushed. Expect at least 1 touchdown bomb from Tyrod. The Bills will score a lot of points. 34-17 And expect Brady to throw a tantrum on the sidelines when things don’t go his way. Go Bills!

  30. To read an article that starts off with such nonsense as to say Peyton Manning needs to look across the field to Alex Smith to see how winning is done, someone must have bumped their heads. I couldn’t even read any further because all credibility is gone with that inane statement. That’s like saying SAm Bradford needs to look to Tim Tebow to see how to win in a zone read offense.

  31. The Raiders wont even score once against that stifling Ravens defense. Not one single point. Also, the Ravens are as good as we thought they were, the Broncos defense is better than anticipated and even so, the Ravens were one play away from winning. Had SSS caught his pass or Flacco would have thrown it deeper in the endzone to Gilmore, the Ravens would have won and all the stories would have been about how the Ravens went into Denver as huge underdogs and came out winners.

  32. Tom Brady was playing in the week 17 game last year until he was battered by the Bills Dline. It was after he took the first shot from the line that Bill pulled him from the game.
    Sunday the Patriots* need the win, so Brady will have to get up and get hit again.
    He can then start yelling at his Oline.
    That’s when the fun begins.

  33. How much a year changes everything. It was just last year that Rex Ryan was with the Jets and was only liked by Jet fans. Bills fans (all 15 of them that showed face on this website) now all of these Bills fans are coming out of the wood work and they all say the man they hated and sucked is now their savior who’s going to take them to the big game. I remember these same claims were made by Jet fans for years until Rex dove that plane straight into the ground. Tutor has one mediocre game and all of a sudden he’s going to keep pace with Brady, Gronk who might be the greatest TE to ever play the game when it’s all said and done is now going to get shut out by this Bills team? As a fan of neither team this is hilarious to see within the division but there is NO WAY the Bills beat the Pats, Ryan can’t out coach the Hoodie and in a game that relies on QB play so much there is no way any QB on the Bills roster outplays Brady. Pats win 27-17

  34. What a joke…

    With Peyton Manning’s arm no longer what it once was, he should look across the field to Alex Smith to see how to be an effective quarterback without great arm strength. Smith has shown that you can be a winning quarterback in the NFL on the strength of your brain, not your arm.

    Peyton has won more games with his head than his arm for over a decade. Look to Alex Smith for how to win?

    Seriously ridiculous. One of the worst posts ever.

  35. Chiefs 24, Broncos 16
    Lions 30, Vikings 13
    Saints 17, Bucs 9
    Niners 20, Steelers 11
    Rams 27, Redskins 17
    Cards 38, Bears 30
    Falcons 31, Giants 21
    Bills 21, Pats 20
    Texans 14, Cards 10
    Titans 23, Browns 10
    Bengals 24, Chargers 20
    Dolphins 20, Jags 3
    Ravens 16, Raiders 14
    Eagles 27, Cowboys 14
    Packers 38, Seahawks 27
    Jets 30, Colts 20

  36. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Sep 17, 2015 11:51 AM
    Sorry but Lions Defense is better than Vikings offense this week.
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    Maybe they saw that the Lions pass defense is dead last after week 1 and decided Teddy will improve this week. I happen to agree.

  37. The Cleveland Browns excel greatly at one aspect of the game: Last year, they led the NFL when it came to shutting down QBs. They had the lowest opponent completion percentage and opponent passer rating and were the best at passes defensed. The Browns also finished second in the league in interceptions. And last weekend? Yes, the Jets put up 31 points on them, but did it with only 179 yards through the air.

    If my Titans beat the Browns this Sunday, it will most assuredly be because of their running game, NOT Mariota’s passing. That said, I hope you’re right. This weekend will be his first big test (unlike Tampa’s deeply flawed version of the Cover 2).

  38. Tom Brady was playing in the week 17 game last year until he was battered by the Bills Dline. It was after he took the first shot from the line that Bill pulled him from the game.

    This comment reminds me of those who get excited about pre season wins. Funny if not so ridiculous. Yes, The Pats REALLY wanted to win that game. I remember Brady crying at his locker.
    smh

  39. Crazy rational on Bills v Pats. Pats D is the key….are you kidding?!?!

    The Pats D is weak; Bills are going to hang a bunch of points on them.

    The Pats D is not the problem for Buffalo…Brady is. The question is can he score enough against the Bills defense? That is the key.

    Clueless.

  40. bills99 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 1:23 PM
    Crazy rational on Bills v Pats. Pats D is the key….are you kidding?!?!

    The Pats D is weak; Bills are going to hang a bunch of points on them.

    The Pats D is not the problem for Buffalo…Brady is. The question is can he score enough against the Bills defense? That is the key.

    Clueless.

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    Well he has managed to do so 23 out of 26 meetings so far (and that is giving the Bills the benefits of the doubt of last year’s “win”).

    Odds are (23 out of 26) that Brady and BB will find a way.

  41. Bills 31, Pats 17

    Did any of the Patsie fans watch the game against the Steelers? They barely won that game. The Steelers defense looked like s**t. Brady had an easy time finding his receiver (Edelman) and his TE (the gronk). Short of that, it was not an impressive win.

    Did you watch the Bills game? How many passes were defended successfully? Hmmmm…..I believe the stat line was 13. You say Brady has a quick release, huh? Well, so does Luck, but he didn’t have time to find anyone. T-Mobile was poised and in control. I see nothing but a repeat performance will less of a pass rush from New England.

    All I can say, is it’s gonna be a good game and party time at the Big Tree Inn!!!! The Labatts will be a flowing!!!

  42. The Vikings problems are more correctable? We looked like absolute crap on offense and defense at every position…

    I would love to see us come back and get a big home win in the division but I just don’t see how anyone would be confident after our performance on Monday night. The Lions at least had some offense for a half…

  43. basementboozer says:
    Sep 17, 2015 1:58 PM
    All chalk and no upsets.
    You guys need to assign confidence points to you picks to avoid redundancy!

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    Agreed. If all you guys are going to do is pick chalk then why don’t you grow a pair and start picking against the spread.

  44. unclebluck says:
    Sep 17, 2015 10:41 AM

    The Bills will take down Mr. Bundchen and Gronk just like they did last December…*Cheaters…..
    _________________________________

    I don’t like either the Pats or the Bills….however to reference a game where the Patriots literally sat all their starters is a bit much….don’t you think?

  45. Why is it that Cowboys fans seem to think every player on their roster is Pro Bowl material????

    The Cowboys secondary will wreak this season and will make a huge difference from last season

    They squeek by the Giants and now they think that makes this team elite
    Child Pleeze…..Theres a ton of football left to be played!!!!!!

  46. In that game where its regularly pointed out that the Patriots rested all of their starters, the Bills were without their All-Pro DT and their top 2 corners. Not to mention, they had Kyle Orton at QB, and the game was meaningless for them too.

    I don’t put much stock in that win, but at least realize the Bills didn’t put their best foot forward either.

    The Bills are improved at RB, WR, TE and QB since then. Hopefully they’re improved on the OL too, though that remains to be seen.

  47. footballnut2011 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 11:31 AM
    The packers gave up 500 yards and 23 points to the mighty bears. I look for seattle to put up 600+ and 40 points. Seattle wins this one. Book it!!!!

    11 31
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    500 yards you say?

    The Pack didn’t play great D and they are currently ranked 27th out of the 32 teams with a 402 yards per game average after playing the Bears.

    Wish I owed you $500 bucks cause all I’d have to repay you is $402 and you’d tell folks that I gave you the $500 back…

  48. thefappingbearcutler says:
    Sep 17, 2015 11:16 AM

    Will it be game 4 that you two will be off of the Bustwater hype train? If you think the Lions offense won’t score, then maybe. The Lions scored over 10 times the amount of points the Vikings did in week 1. San Fran was just that good and Bustwater is better than Rivers….IC.

    Lions by 10.
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    If your NFL analysis and predictions are as good as your math, I’m not worried.

  49. basementboozer says:
    Sep 17, 2015 1:58 PM
    All chalk and no upsets.
    You guys need to assign confidence points to you picks to avoid redundancy!

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    ALL chalk you say? You MEANT to say mostly chalk…

    G men are favored and Florio took the Falcons.

    The line on two games are even right now… and they didn’t predict a tie in those games…

  50. There might be defenses out there that give Rivers problems (Denver) but Cincy is definitely not one of them. Unless pacman keeps luanching helmet shots, but then Dunlap will break him in two Hulk style. SD 27 Cincy 13

  51. Patriots will win a close game. Rex will have his guys fired up and that stadium is going to be rocking, but how do you cover everyone? You want to bring pressure and rush Brady? That’s fine, have fun trying to cover Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Gronk and Chandler. The Bills embarrassed the Colts, but Indy has proven time and again that they are soft. Everyone pointing out how Pittsburgh ran all over New England last week… asking if we watched the game? Did you? Because if you did you’d of noticed that the Patriots didn’t have their bigs in the game to stop the run, they played the majority of the game in their nickel package and all but conceded the run to focus on the pass, much like they did to Manning in 2013. Though with that said, even with the focus on defending the pass Roethlisberger still had one heck of a game… but Tyrod Taylor isn’t Roethlisberger. I’m not writing off the Bills, I saw what they did and the entire league should take notice… but I still see the Patriots finding a way to get ahead and hold on for a close win. Should be a heck of a game though.

  52. Can’t see the Cowboys upsetting the Eagles… its just not the right situation for that to happen.

    The Cowboys are an above average team but are going into a buzzsaw of a game in Philly. Obviously it took a half of football for the Eagles to wake up offensively and defensively, but when they did… they shut down the Falcons to 6 points in the entire 2nd half. They also put up 21 points.

    The Giants, in a series of incompetent moves, practically handed the Cowboys that game. Completely give Dallas credit for taking advantage of the stupidity and give all the props in the world to Romo for driving the field and winning it – no doubt.

    However, if you look at their team from a logical unbiased perspective, you cannot come to the conclusion that they are a better team in all phases than the Eagles.

    With the events of opening weekend being taken into account, the Eagles “SHOULD” win the game and are not suited for an upset. Of course… Anything can happen and sometimes does…

    Eagles 30, Cowboys 20

  53. If the Bills lose it will mainly because the referees don’t call Edelman and Gronk for obvious pass interference pick plays that they always get away with. Check WGR550’s website and you will see what I mean. Half the time Edelman and Gronk aren’t talented enough to get open by themselves so they get open by someone blocking about 2 or 3 seconds down the field early before the ball is even thrown. The officials never call it. There was a play last Thursday where Edelman elbowed the DB that was on the other WR as they crossed near each other that nearly knocked the DB over and that freed up the other Pats WR for a wide open 20 plus yard gain. They get away with this crap every game and the officials don’t care.

  54. Teddy Bridgewater tried twice to throw a hail mary, and both times he could not get the ball farther than 35 yards. He wound up throwing it to a wr on the 20 yard line, from the opponents 45!

    And Detroit faded fast in the 105 degree heat, so let’s just assume they will play like that this week too. In Minnesota. Where it will be cloudy and 68 at game time.

    smh…

  55. “This is about as close as it gets to a must-win game in Week Two for the Eagles”

    Hilarious. The in-depth analysis that goes into these predictions is amazing.

    “Team A will win because they have to.”

    What is Team B doing while that’s happening?

  56. You guys need to revamp this weekly pick segment. While I know it’s not your intent, your picks are not always just similar the scores you choose are close to the same as well. I know it’s just ironic but maybe adding some of your colleagues to this pick’em segment may make sense. Just a thought.

  57. As soon as the Colts step on the field in NY/NJ and they get heckled by the fans they’ll go immediately into the fetal position and then proceed to lose.
    The Jets have a good defense and the Colt’s are softer than Charmin!

  58. Patriots don’t have a single player that would start on the Bills defense. That is all.
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    I could argue Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty.

    But the Bills don’t have a single player that would start on the Pats offense. Some maybe athletic enough but not smart enough.

  59. Giants will beat Atlanta.
    And that Rams picks too easy. No way Rams go 2-0. Washington will beat them. They just always do — even when the Rams were the chic pick.

  60. The Jets are going to win Monday night with solid ball control and some timely defense. Tuesday all the talk will be about how bad the Colts must be to lose to the Jets, giving little to no credit to Bowles and his team. The Jets are better than most people think.

  61. I think it’s safe to say the Peyton Manning comment was a dud.

    Your super computer at football anaysis didn’t figure that all things being equal you go with the vet huh? Just as it didn’t tell you that the Redskins are gonna eat Ran steaks with gravy. Mmmm gravy

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