Hello again Dirty Water Sports fans. My deepest apologizes for being away the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot on my plate. Nothing that compares to what the Cleveland Browns are going through again though, how depressing it must be to be a fan of that franchise.
I missed picking last week’s games, but I will be honest, even if I’d submitted them I promise they were nothing to gloat over.
Week 1 was very entertaining to say the least. A gutsy two-point conversion gave the Oakland Raiders their first win and a moronic “forgetting to get out of bounds” cost the Dallas Cowboys a chance to win.
That being said, I’m sure Week 2 will be just as exciting. Hey, maybe the Los Angeles Rams can actually score a point this week.
Here are my week two picks:
New York Jets (0-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
The Jets actually showed up in week one, well besides “Revis Island” who got torched by the Bengals’ AJ Green. The Jets had a chance to get off to a great start but ultimately failed to do so. Will that transition to Thursday Night? It’s a good thing they are playing the Bills, who were anything but impressive. The Rex Ryan lead bunch were only able to put up 7 points against the Ravens in a defensive struggle. Sammy Watkins’ foot still has lingering questions and the 92-million dollar Tyrod Taylor looked anything but.
If Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Forte can play halfway decent, the Jets should win.
My pick: Jets 20 Bills 13
Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
The AFC North rivals were both able to capture week one wins. The Bengals at times look very good against the Jets. Andy Dalton and AJ Green were connecting at will and the defense was stout. They will have to play much better if they want to knock off the Steel-curtain. The Steelers handled the Washington Redskins with ease. How do you like that Kirk Cousins? Big Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown seemed as if they never went on an offseason.
My pick: Bengals 21 Steelers 30
Tennessee Titans (0-1) vs. Detroit Lions (1-0)
The Lions nearly shot themselves in the foot last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. I’d like to say the bullet grazed their skin because they nearly blew it. In his first game without Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford played great. He went 31-39 with 340 yards and 3 touchdowns. I fully expect him to have another strong week.
My pick: Titans 16 Lions 30
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) vs. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
If getting beat by the team that you traded the No. 2 overall pick to wasn’t bad enough, you got beat by the quarterback you didn’t think was worth that pick. The Browns let Eagles rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, have a debut to remember. They were lost all day long and even with a new head coach this franchise is still a mess. To put more salt into the wound, they lost Robert Griffin III to season ending IR. Josh McCown, it’s your turn again.
The Ravens should have their way this week. Especially since they feel good coming off their week one victory against the Bills.
My pick: Ravens 24 Browns 9
Dallas Cowboys (0-1) vs. Washington Redskins (0-1)
TERRANCE, GET OUT OF BOUNDS! How are you a professional and not have the awareness to understand situational football? That one hurt for the Cowboys because they played good enough to win. Rookie Dak Prescott was solid in his debut, he made plays when necessary and he took care of the football. The New York Giants did a great job stuffing the Cowboys rush attack. Zeke Elliott only managed 51 yards on 20 carries in his rookie debut. That being said, I totally expect a better performance.
The Redskins looked anything but impressive in their Monday Night Football loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kirk Cousins went 30-43 with 329 yards and 2 INT. I like that Kirk.
My pick: Cowboys 23 Redskins 20
New Orleans Saints (0-1) vs. New York Giants (1-0)
This game has the potential to be a shoot out, just like it always is when these two teams meet up. The Giants were able to squeak out a week one victory while the Saints lost a heart breaker. The Giants offensive weapons are scary and if they can all stay healthy for a full 16 game season, watch out. Victor Cruz looked like the salsa dancer of old last week. Sterling Shepard preformed well in his debut and OBJ, well his name speaks for itself.
The Saints defense can’t stop a nose bleed and in order to win this one the offense needs to put up at least 38 points. I just don’t see that happening.
My pick: Saints 35 Giants 37
San Fransisco 49ers (1-0) vs. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Maybe the surprise of week one came when the 49ers blanked the LA Rams 28-0. Who predicted that one? In all honesty, Blaine Gabbert played solid, Carlos Hyde ran strong and the defense obviously didn’t care that the Rams were playing their first regular season game as a representative of Los Angeles in over 20 years.
The Panthers lost a tough one in Denver. The defense gave up a lead that last seasons team would’ve held on to. If the Panthers want to match their record from last season they have to win out. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but they will break into the win column after this week.
My pick: 49ers 14 Panthers 27
Miami Dolphins (0-1) vs. New England Patriots (1-0)
The Dolphins had the Seattle Seahawks beat, well that was until they blew it like the Dolphins always do. The Dolphins defense played very well against a Seahawks team that many anticipated would have a field day against. How will a tough loss transition into the first divisional game of the 2016 season?
The Jimmy Garoppolo led Patriots went into Arizona, on Sunday Night Football, and beat the “Super Bowl contending” Cardinals. Not only did the Pats win, but they did it without Gronk, several offensive line starters and of course Tom Brady. Bill Belichick is proving that he can win even without his best players, the guy is a master mind.
The Dolphins always play the Patriots tough, with or without Brady. I think the keep it close but ultimately it won’t be enough.
My pick: Dolphins 16 Patriots 20
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) vs. Houston Texans (1-0)
The Chiefs were able to pull off a crazy comeback in their week one win against the San Diego Chargers. Kansas City found themselves in a 24-3 hole at home, but that didn’t phase them. The Texans were able to come out with a nice win against the Chicago Bears. Brock Osweiler had a decent Texans debut and Lamar Miller had a solid one. The Texans wide receiver corps is a strong unit that will continue to put fear into the opposition.
Yes the Chiefs got a win but this time the magic won’t be on their side.
My pick: Chiefs 17 Texans 21
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) vs. Los Angeles Rams (0-1)
In week one Seattle didn’t look like the team everyone is used to seeing on a weekly basis. It took the offense a long time to figure out how to score and by a long time I mean the final minute of the game. The Dolphins played them hard but the game shouldn’t have been that tight. As for the Rams…yeah as for the Rams. They were absolutely terrible. Can everyone please get over the return to LA honeymoon because that should’ve ended a while ago. And seriously Jeff Fisher? Can you actually get your team geared up for a game? If your hot seat wasn’t burning coming into this season, it most certainly is now.
My pick: Seahawks 24 Rams 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
Tampa Bay went into Atlanta and played a great game in week one. Jameis Winston didn’t look to be a player who was poised to have a sophomore slump. I get it everyone, it was the first game of the season, however he and this Tampa Bay team is showing promise. Watch out for them this season to make some noise.
As for the Cardinals…well it was embarrassing to say the least. How do you let a team without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski beat you? The Patriots did play well under the circumstances they faced, I’m not discrediting them at all. But really Arizona? The situation you faced on Sunday Night teams pray for and you blew your opportunity.
WAKE UP ARIZONA!
My pick: Buccaneers 20 Cardinals 27
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) vs. San Diego Chargers (0-1)
The Jags played the Green Bay Packers better than most teams have in the past. They played them so well, they had a chance at the end of the game to score a game winning touchdown. The future for the Jags is looking extremely bright. In order from them to grab their first win of the season they need to go into San Diego with the same mentality they had last week. Get the ball to your playmakers. Sounds simple.
The Chargers collapsed. That’s nothing new for a Chargers team that is in total rebuild mode as it is, however, when you have the chance to knock off a division rival you need to capitalize on that! I think the hangover will be too big for San Diego to overcome.
My pick: Jaguars 23 Chargers 17
Atlanta Falcons (0-1) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-0)
The two point conversion to clinch the game for the Raiders proves that they are fully buying into the 2016 season. Derek Carr proves to be a legit quarterback and much better than his brother, David Carr, ever thought of being. This young unit has the potential to make a lot of heads turn this season.
The Falcons showed flashes in week one but they didn’t flash enough. I just want to give Matt Ryan a little advice. If you want to win, maybe you should get Julio Jones the ball more than four times.
My pick: Falcons 24 Raiders 28
Indianpolis Colts (0-1) vs. Denver Broncos (1-0)
So far so good for the defending Super Bowl champs. They were able to make a comeback in their matchup against the Panthers, but overall they weren’t impressive. Trevor Semien had bad turnovers at horrible times and he’s lucky the Panthers didn’t capitalize on those opportunities. The defense is still a force and will be the main reason this team is good this season.
Andrew Luck had a strong performance against the Lions in week one. He tossed four touchdowns but it wasn’t enough. The defense was once again bad, just like we’re all used to seeing out of Colts teams. I have a funny feeling this week will be a good one for them though.
My pick: Colts 28 Broncos 26
Green Bay Packers (1-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
If the Vikings had Teddy Bridgewater this game would probably be more competitive. I just don’t think it’s going to be. The Packers did have a tight outing against the Jaguars but Aaron Rodgers was able to make plays when he needed too most, which was ultimately the difference.
It’s a good thing the Vikings have a strong defense because without them they wouldn’t have defeated the Titans. The Vikings defense was able to post two touchdowns by themselves and in order to beat the Pack, they are going to need the same performance. It is the first game in their new stadium so could that give them the extra jolt of energy they’ll need?
My pick: Packers 26 Vikings 16
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) vs. Chicago Bears (0-1)
Carson Wentz played well against the Browns but this week the nation will have their eyes on him. The Eagles had other areas of their team that stepped up and played well. Jordan Matthews hauled in seven balls for 114 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Mathews had a solid 77 yards on the ground.
The Bears started off strong against Houston but it wasn’t enough. At times Jay Cutler looked awesome and other times he looked…well just bad. The Bears have the receiving corps that can give the Eagles fits this week. Cutler needs to feed Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White.
Monday Night Football may be too big of a spot light for the young Wentz.
My pick: Eagles 20 Bears 21