I went 7-7-1 last week. Perfectly average! That means no matter what you did — take my advice or not — you came out the same. That is the kind of guarantee I can deliver.
Here are the Week 2 picks, lines as of Saturday morning…
Lions (-6) vs Titans
Just a hunch on this one. I don’t have a strong feeling on either team. Stafford looked good spreading the ball around, and I doubt the Titans offer much more resistance than the Colts.
Chiefs (+2.5) @ Texans
This line is creeping up after opening at pick’em. I’d feel much more comfortable at 3, but I’ll take the Chiefs even with the injuries.
Dolphins (+6.5) @ Patriots
Jimmy G looked good with a very well-designed game plan. On the other side, the Dolphins played the Seahawks hard on the road. I think the Pats take the game but that the Fish will be able to keep it close enough for a cover.
Browns (+6) vs Ravens
The Browns are bad but might actually be better with McGown than RGIII. At least the RGIII we saw last week. I think this is an ugly, low scoring game which allows the Browns to stay close enough.
Bengals (+3.5) @ Steelers
The game of the week! This is going to be a slugfest. If Pittsburgh had their full complement of weapons, I’d take them. Even without, their offense is insane. But the Bengals bring in a top defense and I think that half point over the field goal is enough for me.
Cowboys (+3) @ Washington
When in doubt, take the points. Maybe Dak actually throws it to Dez this time.
Saints (+4.5) @ Giants
Every time the Giants make you think they’re good, they go and do something dumb. I think this is that time. Even though I don’t think beating a Romo-less Cowboys qualifies as all that good. What scares me is ODB going against a secondary that I could probably start for. Breaking 200 yards with multiple touchdowns wouldn’t shock me.
49ers (+13.5) @ Panthers
Everything says take the Panthers: they’re home, they’re better, they’re coming off an extended rest while the Niners have a short week, west coast team playing the early game on the east coast. And yet… that is A LOT of points. I think the Niners keep it close enough through a much-better-than-expected run game.
Cardinals (-7) vs Bucs
The Cards recover from a disappointing week-1 loss and get themselves going. Johnson has a field day running against a bad Bucs defense.
Raiders (-5) vs Atlanta
The Raiders are good. Not great. Good. Atlanta is bad. ‘Nuff said.
Seahawks (-6.5) @ Rams
Holy crap the Rams are bad. Good news though… they gave Jeff Fisher an extension! Maybe they’d rather be mocked for that decision than how they look on the field?
Broncos (-6) vs Colts
Luck looked great against the Lions. Maybe I declared him post-peak a little early last week. That said, the Colts defense is putrid. I think the Broncos defense can slow luck enough that the offense can roll.
Chargers (-3) vs Jaguars
Ugh. I hate this game. Screw it.
Jaguars (+3) vs Chargers
There… not much better at all.
Packers (-2.5) @ Vikings
Color me unconvinced on the Vikings. I don’t think Bradford — if he even starts — makes any difference whatsoever.
Bears (-3) vs Eagles
The Eagles corners are going to have trouble slowing the passing attack.