This may be one of my best starts yet. Normally I stumble during one of the first two weeks. This season I went 12-4 each week. Here’s hoping the streak continues. It was a fun week 2 in the NFL with lots of points scored and not a lot of defense. However, where there was defense, it was mighty impressive. Who here thought the Lions would have the top defense of the week? If you said “I did,” you’re a dirty liar.
My picks will be in italics. The winner will be in bold. If I got the pick right, it will look like this.
Raiders @ Bills – Now, I will not call this the game of the week because I believe to be the game of the week, said game must have defense. However, it certainly was a fun one. I’m still not certain that I buy the Bills offense but they did put on a fun show this weekend. The Raiders did as well. However, did anyone really think the Bills weren’t going to score when they got the ball back? Too much time and the Raiders defense stayed in Oakland over the weekend.
Packers @ Panthers – Okay, I’m starting to buy into Cam Newton a little. He started out great. Once the Packers got their act together, he looked like a rookie. However, there is no denying that the talent is there. Aaron Rodgers is also a machine. I think he may have been sent back in time to destroy John Conner. If you didn’t get that please go to Google and look up “Terminator.” Back to the Panthers, they are making me somewhat believe in moral victories. Somewhat.
Chiefs @ Detroit – We know the Chiefs are bad. We know the Lions aren’t. But this weekend was….wow. You see good teams take on bad teams every weekend and they win easily. This, however, was pure domination in every single facet of the game. What’s scary is that the Lions still aren’t at full health. Something special may be brewing in Detroit.
Browns @ Colts – The Colts have earned a nickname much like the Bungles. They will officially be referred to as the Dolts from henceforth until they look at least a little better than a JV team. The Browns running game got going and so far the Madden Curse hasn’t gotten to Peyton Hillis. Give it time. I’m a believe. For now, it was nice to see Cleveland get a win. Also, is Bill Polian actually one of the worst GMs in football? Discuss.
Buccaneers @ Vikings - It’s amazing what happens when you put the ball in the hands of your best player. Take LeGarrette Blount for example. The Bucs barely gave him the ball in week 1. In week 2, they got smart and gave him the ball. What happened? They won. Granted, it was a come from behind win but a win nonetheless. Donovan McNabb continues to look finished. Please note that this isn’t hating. This is simply an observation. It just so happens that he’s done.
Bears @ Saints – I think Darren Sproles is going to prove to be one of the key acquisitions of any signing from the offseason. He adds more to the Saints offense than Reggie Bush ever did. The Bears meanwhile, have some serious issues. That offensive line has taken steps back. Jay Cutler will not survive the season if he is under duress all season like he was in New Orleans. Gabe Carimi going down for possibly 4 weeks is not going to help at all. That defense should be able to hold up but the offense has to be cause for concern in Chicago. At least Matt Forte is looking fantastic.
Jaguars @ Jets – The Jaguars are hoping to experience similar QB success that the Panthers are getting from Cam Newton with Blaine Gabbert. I have my doubts. Simply because the Jaguars have nobody on offense outside of Maurice Jones-Drew that scares any team. The Jets were able to dismantle that offense and force Luke McCown into throwing 4 INTs. Not that anyone is surprised by that.
Seahawks @ Steelers – Settle down for a moment here Pittsburgh fans. Simmer down. It was the Seahawks who may be one of the worst teams in the league. I lied. They are one of the worst teams in the league. Yes, the Steelers dominated them. Had they not, it’d have been cause for great concern. I still have questions about the Steelers. But for now, enjoy the victory.
Ravens @ Titans – I can’t even get angry over missing this game. Did anyone see this happening outside of homer Titans fans? The Titans made the Ravens look like a team made of practice squad players. It was embarrassing for the Ravens. I think this ultimately helps the Ravens, however. Technically speaking they still have a lead over the Steelers in the division and this game should get them off their high horse.
Cardinals @ Redskins – Part of me wants to buy the Redskins. Part of me says “What are you doing? It’s the Redskins!” Which side do I agree with? I can argue it either way. Ultimately I think I need professional help because I have two sides to me that are debating about a team. That aside, Kevin Kolb continues to be overlooked. He put together a fine game against the Redskins. The Redskins, however, went with balanced offensive attack and were able to squeak out a win. The Cardinals should take a note from the Bucs when it comes to using their best running back.
Cowboys @ 49ers – I applaud Tony Romo for playing through injury. I do. I also think the media is taking their praise of him way too far. But it’s the Cowboys so everything has to be at least one level of extreme. The 49ers looked decent which is what I expect from them. I don’t expect a terrible team, I don’t expect a good team. Meanwhile, Dallas better pray that their WRs can get healthy fast. All it takes is Romo holding onto the ball a little longer than usual because no one is open…
Bengals @ Broncos – I should know better than the pick the Bungles. A good rule of thumb is that if I ever pick them you should pick the other team. Andy Dalton looked pretty good but the Carolina fan would say “he’s no Cam Newton.” True, but he still looks good. Orton looked serviceable. I still want Tebow on the field but not as a WR.
Texans @ Dolphins – The Dolphins may end up last in their division. Like, behind Buffalo. I know that seems a little crazy. The Texans offense continued to click for this game, though in far less explosive a way than they did against the Colts. That’s fine. Schaub looked very good. Arian Foster still needs to get up to speed but until then, Ben Tate can handle the load fine.
Chargers @ Patriots – Mike Tolbert killed fantasy teams this weekend. I include my team in that. Honestly, his lost fumble may have been part of one of the worst rushing attempts I’ve ever seen in my life. Seriously, go find the attempt on NFL.com or YouTube or something. It was horrid. Tom Brady and the Patriots are scary on offense. Their defense is not so scary. Vincent Jackson of the Chargers is a stud. Why does no one ever seem to talk about him when discussing the top WRs in the game?
Eagles @ Falcons – You can find my thoughts on the game here.
Rams @ Giants – The Rams needed this game because the season only gets harder from here on out. The Giants didn’t look great in the game but that’s simply because they aren’t great. Eli Manning started off shaky but slowly got better as the game went on. Sam Bradford and the Rams look more hurt by this lockout than anyone. Shame too.
Last week: 12-4