The Infallible NFL ’17 Week 2 Straight Picks

So last week didn’t start out great. The Pats got trampled at home and things just didn’t look much better after that. I picked a couple upsets and also saw a couple surprise wins. But all in all, the end of the week of the week saw some good results. So here’s where we sit. (Note: I picked Cincy incorrectly last night)

9-6.

Buffalo at Carolina. Okay, so we know LeSean McCoy is good. But what about the rest of the Bills? A win against the Jets wasn’t much of a surprise but a win against a downtrodden team like the Panthers at home? Now that would be a little more telling. Can anyone at the WR position get open for Cam Newton? Christian McCaffrey is special. Hope to see more of him in the near future. Panthers 24, Bills 17

Chicago at Tampa Bay. Somehow out of nowhere people are talking about Tarik Cohen (oxymoronic name much?) being of fantasy value. I still think we saw Jordan Howard as the main guy last week. But assuming the Bucs have improved the way everyone’s expected, this shouldn’t be in doubt. Buccaneers 31, Bears 21

Cleveland at Baltimore. Still not sure what to make of either offenses. The Browns were surprisingly effective against the Steelers but still lost, while the Ravens put points on the board but didn’t do much beyond a few big plays and winning field position. Ravens 17, Browns 13

Tennessee at Jacksonville. The Titans are coming off a tough home loss that saw a stagnant offense and an inopportune defense. Things should improve but will it happen against the Jaguars? The defensive presence shown last week against the Texans suggests Jacksonville might have a similarly rugged performance this week. Titans 23, Jaguars 17

Arizona at Indianapolis. Losing David Johnson is tough. Replacing Johnson is going to be tougher. Kerwynn Williams will try (along with Andre Ellington). Still, Carson Palmer will really have to take control and find Larry Fitzgerald early and often. Jacoby Brissett will lead the Colts with a run-heavy game. Cardinals 31, Colts 21

Philadelphia at Kansas City. Carson Wentz and company didn’t look too bad last week against the Redskins. Unfortunately, they are playing a dynamic offense/defense in the Kansas City Chiefs. If Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt can do even close to what they produced against the Patriots, this won’t be close. Nevermind having to play with the noise in that stadium. Chiefs 28, Eagles 24

Minnesota at Pittsburgh. Do the Steelers have an emerging defense? Does it matter? It might be helpful against a strong defense like Minnesota. Pittsburgh has the offense to make this game a tough one for the Vikings. Dalvin Cook and the run game is going to need to control this one and keep it close. Steelers 38, Vikings 24

New England at New Orleans. This should be a close one. Brandon Cooks gets to play his ex-teammates and Tom Brady gets to avenge a tough loss in Week 1. Adrian Peterson better act right this week if the Saints are going to challenge the Patriots. Drew Brees and Michael Thomas will be in full effect. Patriots 35, Saints 31

NYJ at Oakland. This one just sets up as a difficult game for the Jets no matter what way you picture it. A tough run game and a dynamic pass game is only compounded by a stout defense. Who plays for the Jets? Raiders 27, Jets 10

Miami at LAC. The Dolphins finally take the field after an opening week bye. What kind of team will Jay Cutler lead and what will this defense look like? Lots of big names who are near past their prime. Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon all look good. Chargers 27, Dolphins 23

Dallas at Denver. Can the Cowboys come into Mile High and win? With a productive run game from Ezekiel Elliott and a defense that seems to be headed in the right direction, it’s going to take a lot from the dynamic pieces on the Broncos to make this one a game. Cowboys 19, Broncos 14

Washington at LAR. Did Jared Goff just play a good game? Yes, yes he did. And are the Redskins ready to face this defense? Well Kirk Cousins better come ready to play. It seems as though Todd Gurley is ready to put a team on his back. Rams 24, Redskins 21

San Francisco at Seattle. The 49ers are who we thought they were. They hung in their game with Carolina for about a half and then it went to shit. Meanwhile, the Seahawks lost a tough one with Green Bay and they will be out for blood. Who can run the ball for Seattle? And who will step up for San Francisco? Seahawks 26, 49ers 13

Green Bay at Atlanta. Both teams look to be headed for good seasons. But the Packers have a surprisingly impressive defense. The secondary that was supposed to be lacking has some talent and the pass rush was more than adequate. Matt Ryan got things going and the running game really should be put to use this coming week. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will be very good. Falcons 34, Packers 27

Detroit at NYG. With ODB on the sidelines it will take a herculean effort from an average looking defense to stop the runaway train that was Matthew Stafford last week. A home matchup will certainly help things out for the Giants but a productive run game will be what the doctor ordered, if it comes. Lions 20, Giants 17

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