The Infallible NFL ’16 Week 2 Picks

After a dicey week of close calls and complete unknowns I walked away with just over half my picks correct. Naturally, there will be a few more certainties this week and I can tell you these picks will either be spot on or down-right pathetic. So here goes.

NYJ at Buffalo. Both teams will try to get things going after opening week losses. The Jets had their opportunities but succumbed to a superior team. The Bills just couldn’t move the ball. And while the Ravens were very good, Buffalo had chances. Jets 24, Bills 21

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Another week, another marquee matchup for Cincinnati. This week should be different. The Steelers offense looks unstoppable and the defense doesn’t look too shabby, either. If Pittsburgh can get a pass rush going, then Dalton and the Bengals are going to have issues. But if AJ Green goes off like he did in Week 1 then this will be a big win on the road. Steelers 31, Bengals 28

Baltimore at Cleveland. It’s easy to see why the Browns are scrambling, but taking RG3 was always a risky move and now Josh McCown will be relied on to move the ball like he was able to last year when the Browns beat the Ravens. Griffin probably would’ve been a better matchup for a Baltimore team that swallowed up Tyrod Taylor and did just enough on offense to come out on top. Ravens 20, Browns 16

Dallas at Washington. Who needs this one more? Well, it’s pretty important for both teams but the Skins can’t afford to lose two consecutive home games. The Cowboys had a solid showing from rookie Ezekiel Elliott while Dak Prescott was okay. Can Dez Bryant show up? Redskins 34, Cowboys 23

Tennessee at Detroit. So apparently the Lions’ offense will be pretty good this year (or maybe they just played a terrible defense). Either way, Detroit should score more points this week against a Titan offense that will move the ball in spurts but can’t keep up. Lions 30, Titans 20

Kansas City at Houston. Spencer Ware almost made you forget about Jamaal Charles, but the Texans have a solid run defense. Lamar Miller and company really had a solid game and Will Fuller stepped up with DeAndre Hopkins getting double-teamed. Which defense steps up this week? Texans 17, Chiefs 13

Miami at New England. Jimmy Garappolo was impressive in his debut as a starter for the Patriots, though the Cardinals made lots of mistakes and didn’t get the job done. Still, it was a pretty big win for a team just biding their time till Tom Brady returns. Can Arian Foster surprise New England? This is usually a trap game. Patriots 27, Dolphins 24

New Orleans at NYG. Will this be anything like the high-scoring affair of last season? Probably not. Both defenses have improved incrementally from last year and should be able to defend the pass a little better. But points will be scored. And Sterling Shepherd and Victor Cruz are good options when Odell Beckham Jr. is covered. The same goes for Willie Snead. Giants 31, Saints 21

San Francisco at Carolina. A tough start against the Denver Broncos makes this game very important. And who knows what to make of the season-opening victory for the 49ers. Look for Jonathan Stewart to get this going and Kelvin Benjamin to keep them going. Panthers 28, 49ers 13

Seattle at Los Angeles. The Seahawks weren’t very convincing in their season-opening win and will travel to LA to face the Rams in what may very well be another defensive struggle. Each team will rely on a run-heavy approach with hopes of a big play. Todd Gurley should be a big game. Seahawks 24, Rams 20

Tampa Bay at Arizona. In a tricky Week 2 matchup the Cardinals will try to avoid going 0-2 at home and overall against a young, up-and-coming Bucs squad. Jameis Winston has been the driving force of Tampa Bay’s success and if he can avoid Chandler Jones and the rest of the defensive line of the Cardinals then this could get interesting. Cardinals 23, Buccaneers 17

Atlanta at Oakland. Jack Del Rio made a gutsy call and the Raiders came away with a road win. The Falcons were unimpressive and lost a game that many expected. Welp, we don’t expect much different this week outside of a bunch of points. Raiders 35, Falcons 24

Indianapolis at Denver. The Colts come off a tough loss and into a road game that most will expect them to struggle with. The more interesting part of this game will seeing how the Broncos put points on the board with Trevor Siemian at the helm. Andrew Luck has the offense humming. Colts 27, Broncos 20

Jacksonville at San Diego. The Jaguars losing at home was only a mild surprise considering it happened against the Packers. Keenan Allen getting injured for the season really hurts the offensive firepower for the Chargers even though they did well last week. Jaguars 26, Chargers 10

Green Bay at Minnesota. Adrian Peterson should have a better week running the ball and Shaun Hill should get the opportunity to make some bigger plays. Too bad they will be playing an offense slowly building steam from Green Bay. Packers 24, Vikings 16

Philadelphia at Chicago. The Eagles aren’t that good but the Bears aren’t good at all. Chicago will put points up one way or another but they can’t stop much of anything on defense. If Carson Wentz can manage the game then we might see a laugher. Eagles 31, Bears 24

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