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|Sowing's Week 2 Picks|
Went 10-6 last week, including correctly picking upsets for the Bengals, Steelers, and Saints. Here's Week 2. As always, list is comprised of recent/current digs.
For Their Love
Giants 20, Football Team 17 - You can always count on NFC East rivalry games being physical and ugly, and this will feature a lot of both (especially the ugly part). WFT just lost their starting QB, I think the Giants can squeak out a road win on a short week as they finally remove the leash from Saquon.
Jets 21, Patriots 20 - The Jets showed grit against the Panthers, and Zach Wilson did pretty good for being under constant duress. Things won't get easier against the Patriots defense, but I expect the NYJ to hang around. Zach Wilson looks the part of the next QB phenom, and I think he'll make a few wild throws down the stretch to pull off a huge upset.
Broncos 27, Jaguars 13 - The Jaguars made the Texans look good, which is the worst insult I can think of for any NFL team at the moment. On the other hand, Denver's defense looked as good as advertised, and Teddy Bridgewater is the steady hand and game manager that their offense needs. Broncos coast to a comfortable win.
Bills 30, Dolphins 24 - It's never fun to get pitted against a superbowl contender a week after they get embarrassed, but Miami is a really good team in their own right. The Bills should bounce back with a win, but it won't come easy.
Eagles 28, 49ers 23 - In preseason, I would have predicted a blowout victory in favor of SF. But oh, how one week can change things. The Eagles are fresh off a blowout road win over Atlanta, and I see them at least hanging with the 49ers. Call it a gut pick, but I think the Eagles win at home on the legs of Jalen Hurts.
Among The Ghosts
Rams 27, Colts 20 - The Colts played a decent game against Seattle, but Carson Wentz still looked like Carson Wentz: good, but not a difference maker. On the other hand, Stafford looked the part of LA's savior. IND will lean heavily on the run to control the clock, but LA will pull this one out.
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This Empty Northern Hemisphere
Steelers 31, Raiders 23 - I was right when I said people were overlooking the Steelers against the Bills. Now they get the Raiders, a far less frightening opponent even if they did just upset the Ravens. I think Najee Harris will get going this game, opening up PIT's offense. This won't be as close as the score indicates, LV will get a garbage time TD late in the 4th.
Bears 24, Bengals 21 - This is an interesting matchup no matter who starts at QB for the Bears. On the one hand, I think Fields would allow CHI to take off and become a playoff contender. On the other hand, it'd be fun to watch Andy Dalton go against his old team. The Bengals are a sneaky good team, but I have a feeling the Bears will best them at home regardless of who is under center.
Browns 38, Texans 14 - What we saw in Houston week 1 was an apparition; this Texans team might have some core talent but their domination of JAX was both a fluke and an indictment of how bad that team is. The Browns are a totally different animal, and this won't even be close.
Panthers 27, Saints 24 - Call it a homer pick if you want, but I still feel like the Panthers are a dark horse. There are red flags: like the fact that they struggled to close out the Jets and that the offense played streaky all game long. But that defense is young, fast, and aggressive. I admire Jameis Winston's week 1 performance (and I called it!), but he's still Jameis - which means he's bound to fall back to earth with a slew of turnovers. Can the Saints overcome that against a surprisingly good defense and a team that can just have McCaffrey touch the ball 30 times when all else fails? I'm calling the upset.
Cardinals 32, Vikings 27 - I wasn't surprised that the Cardinals beat the Titans, but I was surprised by how easily they did it. I don't expect that sort of domination from this team weekly, but I do think they'll outclass a Vikings team that just lost to the Bengals.
Buccaneers 34, Falcons 17 - The Falcons looked abysmal against the Eagles on both sides of the ball, now they get the defending superbowl champs and the GOAT. Good luck with that.
Seahawks 28, Titans 24 - It's strange to think that the Titans could be staring down an 0-2 record, but kicking things off against the Cards and Seahawks isn't the easiest task. The Titans looked a bit lost against the Cardinals, now they face a similar QB and head on the road to one of the toughest places to play. They'll play better this week no doubt, but I have a feeling it still won't be enough. Wilson has a knack for pulling rabbits out of hats, and that'll happen again in the 4th quarter to secure a 2-0 start for Seattle and an 0-2 start for Tennessee.
Chargers 30, Cowboys 26 - The Cowboys opening schedule is brutal. After getting sliced and diced by Brady on the road, they now have to travel to LA to face Herbert and the upstart Chargers. This should be a shootout and either team could prevail, but I think LA has the edge here.
Halo of Hurt
Chiefs 33, Ravens 24 - The Ravens defense looked suspect against the Raiders, which doesn't bode well with Mahomes coming to town. The Ravens have historically struggled against Mahomes (who hasn't, tbh), but now they're banged up and facing some questions sitting at 0-1.
Packers 34, Lions 20 - Is it sad that I had to think about this for a minute? Yeah the Lions dropped 33 on SF, but it came primarily in garbage time. Also, Rodgers was just humiliated and now has a chip on his shoulder. Yeah, the Packers will win this one.
|This weeks big upsets: Jets, Eagles, Panthers.|
Let the arguments commence!
|As a saints fan, I respect the upset pick and anything can happen divisionally. That said, I don't see it coming at the hands of Jameis turnovers - I think Sean Payton's got that turned around. Expect a much closer game than last week's though|
|I really HOPE Payton has turned Jameis around, but who knows. The upside is pretty clearly there, here's hoping. |
I agree that the Browns will kick the shit out of the Texans, and I kinda think the Seahawks are going to do the same against the Titans. They looked so bad this weekend.
|I think Jameis has a rocket arm and good pocket presence/accuracy, the only thing that's ever been in question is his decision-making. Time will tell if Sean Payton fixed that (along with a year of sitting behind Brees). I think if he comes in and torches Carolina this weekend I'll start to believe in his redemption a little more. I still have visions of the 5,000 yd, 33 TD, 30 INT Winston. Dude will light you up, but will also give the ball to the other team just as often.|
|Another Saints fan here, we're gonna roll the Panthers. Even if Jameis can't replicate week 1, Kamara and our D are elite. |
|I predicted Jameis would take the Saints to the playoffs and Tuesday affirmed my belief. Payton is arguably the best offensive coach in the league and I had no doubt he'd reign Winston in to some extent. Winston didn't even reach 100 yards passing until like the fourth quarter yet were up four touchdowns. Obv they aren't gonna dominate like that every week but the gameplan was clear: run the ball and let Jameis pick his spots... as it should be when you have Kamara and an elite oline. Really interested to see what the offense looks like in a more competitive game.|
Tbh if you really think about it, Koetter and especially Arians were prob the worst coaches the Bucs could've given Winston... just no restraint to those offenses at all and brought out the worst in him.
|I had no idea there are so many Saints fans here.|
|I suppose when you pick a panthers upset, all 3-4 of us on the site come out lmao|
|I'm a die hard Giants fan, but even I have my doubts that they can pull one out against Washington. I could easily see Washington's D-line destroying New York all day long. |
|Haha. Yeah I despise the Saints. Nothing personal though. And I don't really let it sway my predictions. I picked them over GB last week. |
|I could see WFT vs NYG going either way. The Giants should be better than they are so I guess I'm just waiting for that moment where it all clicks. I don't have enough faith in them to say I'm confident in the pick or anything though, lol. |
|I know it's week 1 but I'm honestly super worried about the Giants. The defense is supposed to be their strength and they had Teddy Bridgewater looking like John Elway out there. And on the other side Saquon and Danny Dimes looked beyond helpless behind that oline.|
|They're really bad. I think they're gonna finish last in the East.|