PFT’s Week Two picks

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It was a good-not-great start for both of us last week, with the MDS record matching mine at 10-6. This week, we disagree on seven games.

So someone will be leading next week, possibly in commanding fashion.

Check out all Week Two picks below.

Buccaneers at Panthers

MDS’s take: Bruce Arians said Jameis Winston‘s interceptions were mostly not his fault, but I saw a quarterback who still looks like he’s making rookie mistakes in Year Five. I think the Panthers are going to give him a rough night.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 20, Buccaneers 10.

Florio’s take: Jameis Winston has lost 12 road starts in a row. The Bucs quarterback is about to eat a baker’s dozen of Ls.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 30, Buccaneers 17.


49ers at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Bengals were more competitive than expected in Week One against the Seahawks, and I think they’re going to turn in a good performance in new coach Zac Taylor’s home debut and beat the 49ers.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 23, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: Both teams looked better than expected in Week One, and the Bengals should be able to fare better at home against a team that isn’t on Seattle’s level.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 24, 49ers 20.


Chargers at Lions

MDS’s take: Both teams are coming off hard-fought overtime games, but I think the Lions are going to have a tougher time regrouping after blowing a big early lead and ending up in a tie. The Chargers should improve to 2-0.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 23, Lions 17.

Florio’s take: The Chargers, as usual, are falling apart. The Lions need to build a lead and hold a lead this week. They can do it by running the ball right at the L.A. defense.

Florio’s pick: Lions 20, Chargers 17.


Vikings at Packers

MDS’s take: Aaron Rodgers did not play well in the Packers’ Thursday night win, and the Vikings’ defense on Sunday looked like it’s going to be ready to take advantage of quarterbacks who struggle. I think the Vikings make a big statement that they’re the favorites in the NFC North with a road win.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 17, Packers 10.

Florio’s take: It’s Hair Gel vs. Chewing Tobacco in Green Bay as a new coach takes on a guy who has been doing it forever. The similarities between Matt LaFleur’s offense and the Vikings new attack gives both defenses an edge, and it should keep the scoring lower than it was last year in Week Two at Lambeau Field.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 23, Packers 20.


Colts at Titans

MDS’s take: The Titans are the only 1-0 team in the AFC South, and they’ll move to 2-0 and put the Colts in an early hole.

MDS’s pick: Titans 28, Colts 20.

Florio’s take: The Titans revisit last year’s playoff play-in game, but with a healthy starting quarterback and, if Marcus Mariota gets injured, a much better backup. The defense is also pretty good, which should be enough to win a game that won’t be quite as easy as it was in Week One. 

Florio’s pick: Titans 27, Colts 24.


Patriots at Dolphins

MDS’s take: This is one of those games where the Patriots could name their own score. If they want to win by 50 they can, but I suspect Bill Belichick will call off the dogs early against his protege Brian Flores.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 27, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: Jarrett Stidham could get more than 20 minutes of work in this one.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 45, Dolphins 17.


Bills at Giants

MDS’s take: Everyone is talking about Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, but the Giants’ defense is the reason they’re going to have an ugly season. The Bills should be able to move the ball effectively against them.

MDS’s pick: Bills 30, Giants 17.

Florio’s take: The Bills can start the season with a MetLife Stadium sweep. It helps that both teams who play there currently aren’t very good.

Florio’s pick: Bills 20, Giants 17.


Seahawks at Steelers

MDS’s take: The schedule makers didn’t do the Steelers any favors, giving them a tough road game against the Patriots and then the Seahawks in their home opener. An 0-2 start would be an awfully rough hole to dig out of, and I think the Steelers, with their backs against the wall, will do just enough to win.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 20, Seahawks 17.

Florio’s take: The Steelers need to get back to Steelers football, and that means running the ball and playing tough defense. They did neither against the Patriots, and it gets no easier with the Seahawks coming to town. Especially since the Seahawks run the ball and play tough defense.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 19, Steelers 16.


Cowboys at Washington

MDS’s take: Case Keenum played very well for Washington in Week One, but he doesn’t have much around him. The Cowboys looked like a well-rounded team and should move to 2-0 in the NFC East.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 28, Washington 20.

Florio’s take: It’s too early in the year to call this a trap game, but it very well could be just that for Dallas. With Derrius Guice injured, Adrian Peterson will be the guy, and he’ll have all the anger of being left out of uniform in Week One to motivate him. Upset special of the week? Upset special of the week!  

Florio’s pick: Washington 23, Cowboys 20.


Cardinals at Ravens

MDS’s take: People were excited to see the new-look offense from Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury in Week One, but it was the Ravens’ new-look offense that stole the show. Lamar Jackson should have another big game against a suspect Arizona secondary.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 30, Cardinals 20.

Florio’s take: It’s the Running Back vs. the Runt, and it’s got the potential to be a great game — if Arizona’s offense shows up before the fourth quarter.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 33, Cardinals 24.


Jaguars at Texans

MDS’s take: The Texans mortgaged the future to win this year, and an 0-2 start would be devastating. I think they’ll manage to get by the Jaguars on a short work week.

MDS’s pick: Texans 21, Jaguars 20.

Florio’s take: The Gardner Minshew era begins with a bang, thanks in large part to the inability of the Houston offensive line to deal with Jacksonville’s front seven.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 24, Texans 20.


Chiefs at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Raiders looked better than most were expecting in Week One, but the Chiefs just have too many ways to beat them.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Raiders 17.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs say farewell to a baseball infield with a pinball offense that is unstoppable, even without Tyreek Hill. 

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 35, Raiders 21.


Bears at Broncos

MDS’s take: Broncos head coach Vic Fangio should have a good game plan in store for Matt Nagy’s offense, and Mitchell Trubisky is going to struggle again as the Bears fall to 0-2.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 17, Bears 14.

Florio’s take: Vic Fangio knows the Chicago personnel very well. The problem is the Denver personnel, not to mention Denver on a short week and the Bears with extra time to prepare — and extra motivation to prove that Week One was an aberration.  

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Broncos 17.


Saints at Rams

MDS’s take: The NFC Championship Game rematch may be the best game of the week, and I think the Rams will come out on top again.

MDS’s pick: Rams 27, Saints 24.

Florio’s take: The NFC Championship game gets a do-over with far less at stake. Still, this game could determine where this year’s potential playoff rematch will happen.  

Florio’s pick: Saints 30, Rams 27.


Eagles at Falcons

MDS’s take: It’s hard not to be down on the Falcons after seeing the way they laid an egg in Week One. I’m expecting the Eagles’ defense to stifle the Falcons’ offense again, and Atlanta will suddenly find itself with very little margin for error in the NFC playoff race.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 20, Falcons 13.

Florio’s take: The season could quickly go off the rails for the Falcons, which could get owner Arthur Blank to move his finger toward the reset button.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Falcons 21.


Browns at Jets

MDS’s take: After suffering two of the more disappointing losses of Week One, both of these teams are desperate. I think the Browns have better top-to-bottom talent and should turn things around in Week Two.

MDS’s pick: Browns 24, Jets 14.

Florio’s take: Gregg Williams gets a chance to show the Browns that they hired the wrong coach, even if they didn’t. Adam Gase gets a chance to show how he can handle adversity, like he did in Miami. And if Cleveland falters again, there’s a real chance they’ll be winless at the bye. All the pressure is on the Browns; can they handle it?

Florio’s pick: Jets 24, Browns 23.

81 responses to “PFT’s Week Two picks

  1. Bears will fall to 0-2 and be in the basement of the NFCN for the rest of the year. The end.

  2. Lamar Jackson is going after Patty Mahomes’ record-setting start last year. I think he will at least tie it with 10 total TDs through the first two weeks.

    Ravens 43
    Cardinals 13

  3. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    Que the flailing armed Packer fans.

    ——

    Nah. They both picked the Bears last year. They aren’t really good at this making picks thing.

  4. The Steelers could very well be 0-6 going into their bye week. Luckily this past off season they gave contract extensions Big Ben and Tomlin. You wouldn’t want those two hitting the open market. Sigh.

  5. Good grief! Here it is only week 2, and the Packers are already 0-4 with you guys’ picks!

    But that’s why they play the games. So we’ll see. If you’re right this time, both Green Bay and you two will be at .500.

  6. I’m surprised by how close you guys are calling the Jags-Texans game. Jags are on a backup QB making his first start, the Texans are too talented to let themselves fall to 0-2, and the Texans are home. I’d even venture to say a Jags loss is this week’s most solid survivor pool pick outside the Dolphins.

  7. I’m ever the optimist and truly believe that the Pack takes another W this weekend. But i’m also a realist in that the Vikings who looked great against Atlanta last weekend may be able to carry that momentum over to this week and squeak out a win.

    But this I am sure of, ain’t nobody in the NFC North consider the Vikings the favorites this year. This division will be up for grabs until week 17 when we see how the last two weeks of division games play out.

  8. “but I suspect Bill Belichick will call off the dogs early against his protege Brian Flores.”

    Belichick never calls off the dogs on anyone.

  9. The similarities between Matt LaFleur’s offense and the Vikings new attack gives both defenses an edge
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    I didn’t see a lot of similarities in last week’s games.

  10. citizenstrange says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    The Steelers could very well be 0-6 going into their bye week. Luckily this past off season they gave contract extensions Big Ben and Tomlin. You wouldn’t want those two hitting the open market. Sigh.

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    Word has it that Mike Tomlin has been in the fetal position with his classic “deer-in-the-headlights” look since departing from NE last Sunday…..

  11. factschecker says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    I saw “Two Picks” in the title and assumed this was an article about Josh Rosen.
    ——————————–
    Or Winston or Mayfield …..

  12. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Que the flailing armed Packer fans.
    _______

    Why? Packer fans are smart enough to understand that Power Rankings and Picks aren’t the same as Standings and Game Results and are just opinion based nonsense.
    No, I believe you’re thinking of your fellow Barneys who make such a hysterical fuss over this stuff week in and week out.

  13. It appears Florio is the new Eddy Mush! Where are you coming up with some of these picks and statements ? Lol!

  14. Please, never pick the Pack guys. No sense in bringing down the wrath of the thing on the Pack. It’s an onus they don’t need.

  15. In the Vikings/Packers matchup, it will be who shows up plain and simple. If the Vikes Defense plays like it did last week, the Vikes will win. If they regress and GB’s offense steps up, then GB will win. As a Viking fan, I have no trust in Cousins, so the defense needs to be good. The GB fans need to hope their defense is strong as well as that will be the key for them. Could go either way, hopefully it’s Minnesota’s day.

  16. If I had money to put on either Fangio or Nagy turning the ship around in one week, my money would be on Fangio. Broncos 17, Bears 10.

  17. I remember a week ago when the Raiders had ZERO chance to beat the donks according to this site.

    i hope you guys never pick them to win.

  18. Pack-Vikes should be a good game — I’m surprised PFT picked the Vikes to win at Lambeau, as the Pack D will be even tougher with the noise of a home crowd. I still think the teams will spilt their home games.

  19. Reverse that.

    The Vikings are going to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. BECAUSE OF GARY KUBIAK.

    tokyosandblaster says:
    September 12, 2019 at 11:59 am
    Packers 20, Vikings 9

  20. I’m genuinely scared for Freddie Kitchens. He seems like a nice enough guy, and those folksy press conferences are charming, but he was an INSANE hire for this team and if they lose in embarrassing fashion to the Jets with a 2nd string QB playing he might get canned faster than any coach in NFL history.

  21. No Sam Darnold, and this guy thinks the Jets are going to win… yikes.

    The Browns lose this game, then the coach should be fired.

  22. ramsnation88 says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Shocker, Florio picks against the Rams.

    You’re surprised? Hell Florio said the Saints won’t even make the playoffs so imagine our surprise.

  23. MDS’s pick: Patriots 27, Dolphins 10.
    ——
    So 33 against the steelers but only 27 against miami doing an impression of a football team. Why do I even bother reading these?

  24. Picking the donkeys over the Raiders at home last week was stupid. DEN breaking in a new HC and a new QB, coming into the Balck Hole in Gruden’s 2nd year with Carr? No way.

    This week’s different. It’s a really bad time to face the Chiefs – before Incognito comes off suspension. If we had the right side of our OL – Rodney Hudson/Richie Incognito/Trent Brown, we could just run Josh Jacobs all day long and keep Mahomey off the field to give us a chance. But as it is we’re going to need to score about 45 points to win, and even though Tyrell Williams is awesome and there’s no doubt Carr has it in him this year, we don’t have the overall WR corps to do that.

    But I say we make it a lot more interesting than these predicted scores. Raiders are not the bottom of the barrel this season, by a longshot.

  25. I stopped taking Florio picks seriously like 4 years ago. I bet his percentage of picks he had correct during the past 4 years is under 20% out of 100%. Not only are his picks are ridiculous but also his comments for each game or teams playing.

  26. Panthers over Bucs – Panthers played well against a good Rams team and just came up short…
    Bucs qb threw more TDs for 49ers than their own qb..

    Saints over Rams – Rams had to get a blown call from a cheap shot to win last time and the Saints haven’t forgotten!

    Eagles over Falcons – Eagles started slow but found their groove.. Falcons couldn’t keep Ryan up right…

  27. Upset special of the weeks is the Colts taking down the Titans.

    Skins over Cowboys, florio? What color is the sky in your world?

  28. vikesfansteve says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Reverse that.

    tokyosandblaster says:
    September 12, 2019 at 11:59 am
    Packers 20, Vikings 9

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    Ok? Vikings 9, Packers 20.

  29. Wafflestomp says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Why? Packer fans are smart enough to understand that Power Rankings and Picks aren’t the same as Standings and Game Results and are just opinion based nonsense.
    No, I believe you’re thinking of your fellow Barneys who make such a hysterical fuss over this stuff week in and week out.
    ___________

    If you guys are so into standings and game results, why did you keep insisting all last year that the Packers were the “team to beat” in the division? And why do you keep insisting the Packers are better than the Vikings when they haven’t beaten them since the Obama administration?

  30. tokyosandblaster says:

    September 12, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    vikesfansteve says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Reverse that.

    tokyosandblaster says:
    September 12, 2019 at 11:59 am
    Packers 20, Vikings 9

    ——————

    Ok? Vikings 9, Packers 20.

    ____________________

    Well played. Yes, because the home team is usually listed second. Lol

    But you need to be a little delusional to think that will be the final score.

  31. Jets winning this week without Darnold?! Only it their backup qb is Jeff George!
    Oh, and I love the Skins upset pick! I am rooting for Case and AP, former Vikes

    #skolvikings

  32. Wafflestomp says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Que the flailing armed Packer fans.
    _______

    Why? Packer fans are smart enough to understand that Power Rankings and Picks aren’t the same as Standings and Game Results and are just opinion based nonsense.
    —-
    So did you miss free posting pete brisco’s p[ick of packers over vikings, him bragging about odds for the coming game. After the packers beat the bears there were numerous packer fan posts saying how excited there were to see the next powers ranking. I believe you are the one who has it mixed up

  33. stellarperformance says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    Excellent! Both picks against the Packers. That should bode well for the Packers.

    don’t be so sure I got out my lucky rabbits foot and spilled salt. Oh wait none of any of this means anything. SMH

  34. Week 1 is never a reliable indicator of anything, so it’s going to be interesting to see which team(s) look 180 degrees different from last week. Because several likely will.

  35. If AB plays for the Pats you can almost expect him to zig when he is supposed to zag and have it lead to an interception, and perhaps a Pick 6. The fear factor alone going into this game is high for Miami. I expect their players to forget about their issues for a moment and put their best game out there, and they are all professional level players. Combined with Flores knowledge of the team, I just think they will cover. I expect the Pat’s to win, but it may be the usual ugly game in Miami.

  36. How is it, NFL, that since Super Bowl XL, my team has had to play the Steelers at Heinz Field (including this weekend) THREE times – while the Steelers have had to face us at Century Link ONLY ONCE?

    You know a cynical man might begin to believe that the NFL league office is always trying to tilt the schedule to favor certain of its “showcase” teams – you know, the teams that are highlighted in the “NFL prefers Visa” commercials. Of course, I’m not cynical or anything…

  37. WasTeam has a lot of holes but also a fair amount of talent. Cowboys may be smelling themselves a bit too much after last week and are ripe for the upset on the road.

  38. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Bears will fall to 0-2 and be in the basement of the NFCN for the rest of the year. The end.

    ====

    Doubt it, even if the Bears go to 0-2 they will still be competitive. Despicably, the Lions blew a HUGE lead in typical Stafford fashion to the worst team in the league. The Lions are the clear worst team in that division. Things will start to shape up by week 4 with the Bears and Vikings starting a neck and neck race for the division.

  39. The Packers’ offense will continue to jell as the season goes on- new offenses are usually rusty in week 1, especially against a good defense like the Bears. Plus the Packers’ defense is finally stepping up. Packers 24 Vikings 7

  40. Patriots 31 Dolphins 24 this will be closer than advertised Miami always gives the Pats trouble. Ill advised turnovers from Fitzpatrick as well as some passing to Edelman and Gordon wins the game. Ravens 27 Cardinals 13 the Ravens defense looks impressive Murray will be humbled. Bills 23 Giants 17 Eli looks cooked.

  41. Cowboys fans are delusional like usual so what they beat an AWFUL AWFUL Giants team, and suddenly they’re headed to the Superbowl. Let me remind u that your team hasn’t won a Superbowl in over 20 years, and this year will be no different.

  42. All I heard was how good the Jets might be this year but now they stink? Im saying this in the case that SD is playing since this MONO thing is new. I don’t understand.

  43. tqaztec says:
    September 13, 2019 at 9:43 am

    You can’t move the Packer’s up the rankings then pick them to lose.
    ___________

    You can if they’re playing a team you ranked higher than them.

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