NFL Office Pool Picks Week 2
The first week of NFL office pool action is in the books. And, to be honest, I'm feeling pretty good about things. There were only 15 games in the end because of the Arizona-Detroit tie, and I picked 11 of them. That wasn't enough to win most pools, I'm sure, but given the craziness of the opening week this year, and my general dislike for the uncertainty of the opening weekend, I'll take it. And now it's time to do even better this week. Here's how the second week of the NFL season sets up in my eyes:
Tampa Bay at Carolina: The Panthers put together a pretty solid effort in a loss to the Rams. It wasn't perfect, but there was enough to like. Tampa, meanwhile, has some issues. Jameis Winston threw three picks and fumbled twice - though neither was lost. They have issues. Take the Panthers.
San Francisco at Cincinnati: Cincinnati put a much better effort up against the Seahawks than I was expecting in their opener. Far better. But I'm not buying it. San Francisco has some things to work on, but I like the upside. Take the 49ers.
L.A. Chargers at Detroit: This one should be a mismatch. The Lions came from ahead to blow a game against a team that isn't nearly as good as this one. The Chargers had a good fight with Indy, and they are dialed in. Take the Chargers.
Minnesota at Green Bay: I watched about 15 minutes of the Green Bay and Chicago opener, and I feel like it took about 15 years off my life. What a mess of a game. Green Bay won, but they exposed some real issues. And I still don't feel great about Aaron Rodgers. Minnesota looked good in their opener, and they will look good here. Take the Vikings.
Indianapolis at Tennessee: This is a much more interesting game than we thought it would be. Tennessee's total annihilation of the Browns was the biggest shock of the opening week. Indy lost but played reasonably well. I don't entirely trust Tennessee, but they are at home and have to get the nod. Take the Titans.
New England at Miami: New England kicked the crap out of a Pittsburgh team that is supposed to be pretty good. Their receiving corps looked as good as any in the league already, and now they are adding Antonio Brown - who should be on good behavior for at least a while. Miami looked as bad as a team can look in their opener, and now they are against an even better team. This will get ugly. Take the Patriots.
Buffalo at New York Giants: The Giants were almost as bad as I expected them to be. Buffalo was a long way from great, but they still won. I hate this game. Take the Bills .
Seattle at Pittsburgh: Interesting game. And not for good reasons. Seattle was very lucky to survive against a bad team. A really bad team. And Pittsburgh was just crushed by the Pats. Humiliated. Both teams need to be much, much better. And they can be. I'll take the Steelers at home, but I don't feel super great about it.
Dallas at Washington: Washington got some shockingly great play from Case Keenum, but they couldn't run the ball, and they lost. Dallas had a strong start and should be able to sustain it here. Take the Cowboys.
Arizona at Baltimore: Arizona was much improved once they settled down and quit being too clever in their play calling. There was some promise there. But Baltimore looked spectacular, and I have no interest in betting against Lamar Jackson right now - especially at home. Take the Ravens.
Jacksonville at Houston: Watching Houston was rough on Monday night. They did some things so well, but then did other things so poorly. It's like riding a rollercoaster on your couch. I'd be tempted to take the Jags, but only if Foles hadn't shattered into pieces. Take the Texans.
Kansas City at Oakland: Oakland looked solid in a Monday night win, but I'm not buying anything about it - Denver is terrible. Kansas City did what they do, and even with the loss of Tyreek Hill they are just too talented and dangerous. Take the Chiefs.
Chicago at Denver: The Bears were embarrassingly awful in the opener. Ugly. But they were sound defensively and are against a really lousy team here. Take the Bears.
New Orleans at L.A. Rams: This is an epic matchup. The Saints weren't as good as I hoped in the opener, but they got the win and can improve in many ways. The Rams can be better, too, but they are at home, and that makes the difference. Take the Rams.
Philadelphia at Atlanta: The Falcons did not look good. And I, for one, am not at all surprised. They have all sorts of issues and are going to wind up with a fired coach. Philly looked good and can be better. Take the Eagles.
Cleveland at New York Jets: Cleveland flopped in epic fashion. Awful. No chemistry. But playing the Jets will fix them. New York exposed themselves against the Bills, and I am not a believer. Take the Browns.
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