Week 1 had many upsets, and this week, I’ll try to be more accurate with my picks.
Lock Of The Week
Saints, 21, Buccaneers, 10
The Buccaneers looked like a bust when Marcus Mariota came to visit. The Saints will be even better than the Titans. Drew Brees and crew is ready to kick butt in this match-up. On defense, they are really good too. Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin will be held up by Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. With Mike Evans hurt, Jameis Winston is left with just WR Vincent Jackson and TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Tim Wright. Evans may make it for week two, but still isn’t enough under the pressure of Champ Bailey and Brandon Browner.
However, on the other side, the Bucs defense may compete against Drew Brees. Gerald McCoy should be an effective stopper to Mark ingram and C.J. Spiller. Brandin Cooks will be guarded by Lavonte David. And tight end is a hole with the departure of Jimmy Graham. So, the Saints offense isn’t looking as good as you might think, but the Saints D is enough to stop the Bucs. This game should be extremely low scoring.
Upset Of The Week
Vikings, 27, Lions, 24
The Vikings aren’t as bad as you may think, especially on offense. Adrian Peterson’s horrible week 1 was a fluke, he’ll do fine this week. And Teddy Bridgewater has a wide range of weapons, from Mike Wallace, to Kyle Rudolph, to Charles Johnson, to Cordarrelle Patterson. They should all have a nice day. With Ndamukong Suh out, the Lions D is left with just DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch.
On the other side, the Lions should dominate the young, but weak Vikings defense. If Joique Bell isn’t enough, throw in Ameer Abdullah and Johnson, Tate and the Lions many tight ends make the receiving core key. But there could be a little slumping. I don’t feel like some of these guys are going to be on their game in this one. Why? Too many cooks in the kitchen. So good an offense, it makes itself struggle. That’s the Lions for you.
Patriots, 26, Bills, 21
Colts, 40, Jets, 34
Dolphins, 27, Jaguars, 20
Ravens, 23, Raiders, 16
Steelers, 27, 49ers, 20
Bengals, 23, Chargers, 21
Browns, 31, Titans, 24
Texans, 30, Panthers, 20
Chiefs, 20, Broncos, 17
Eagles, 26, Cowboys, 23
Giants, 35, Falcons, 10
Rams, 17, Redskins, 14
Packers, 26, Seahawks, 23
Bears, 27, Cardinals, 14
Team of the Week
- Almost all of their receivers are on this week’s injury report
- This team has been known for lacking weapons
- This team went 2-14 in 2012, but hasn’t been under .500 since
- The team colors are red and yellow.
- Their quarterback was a #1 draft pick.
What team is this? Comment with your guess below. I will announce the correct answer in next week’s picks.
Last Week’s Correct Answer: Chicago Bears