Week 2 Game Picks

Brian:  PACKERS 24, VIKINGS 14

Green Bay lost the last game of the regular season at home in 2015 to Minnesota who captured the NFC North crown.  I think this is a payback game of sorts for Aaron Rodgers and company who will play the first regular season game at the Vikings new stadium.  Shaun Hill started for Minnesota at quarterback in Week 1, and may be called upon again if Sam Bradford still isn’t fully comfortable with the playbook.  Regardless of who is playing quarterback for the Vikings I think the Packers ruin the stadium opener.  Minnesota was carried by two defensive touchdowns in Week 1 against Tennessee, but that won’t happen against Green Bay.  The Vikings have the better defense, but I’ll give the edge to the team with the quarterback advantage.

Ryan:   PACKERS 23, VIKINGS 13

            Who will start at QB for the Vikings?  My gut says Sean Hill.  Regardless I don’t think it matters.  If Teddy B were healthy I would pick the Vikings.  I just don’t think they can make enough plays from the QB position to pull off the W.  I might be in the minority but I wasn’t overly impressive with the Packers week 1.  They made some plays but really let the Jags hang around when they could have finished them off.  No QB for the Vikes makes this game a little easier on their D.  Packers 23 Vikings 13.  At some point they will need an offensive TD. Expect more from AP as well.

 

Brian:  CARDS 21, BUCS 20

This will be a nice early season test for Jameis Winston and the Bucs as they travel to Super Bowl contender Arizona for a 4 pm kickoff.  Regardless of what the Cards say they overlooked the Patriots last Sunday night, and it ultimately cost them.  Arizona did not look great on defense especially in the secondary with rookie cornerback Brandon Williams getting beat several times.  Winston brings with him a talented group of receivers including Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.  This isn’t quite a must win at home for Arizona, but a loss would hurt their chances down the road to gain home field advantage in the NFC.  I look for the Cards to bounce back as they hold off the Bucs in the end.

Ryan:   BUCS 28, CARDS 24

            The Cardinals really struggled at home vs patriots team with a skeleton crew.  Injuries and suspensions should have equaled a Cardinals win however that was not the case.  Very uncharacteristic from a BA coached team.  The Bucs flat out dominated the Falcons.  The Falcons are one of the worst teams in the NFC in my opinion while the Bucs are team on the rise.  The Bucs have the type of offensive weapons that will match well with the playmakers of Cardinals defense.  I expect this to be one of the better games of the week.  The Cards will no doubt be ready to play, especially at home after they were embarrassed on prime time.  If they Bucs can pound the rock like they did in week 1 with the combo of Sims and Martin I like them in an upset this week 28 – 24.

 

Brian:  STEELERS 24, BENGALS 20

A rematch from last year’s AFC Wild Card fiasco takes place in Week 2 at Heinz Field.  I look for this divisional battle to be one of, if not, the best games this week as the winner may ultimately hold the tiebreaker to win the AFC North.  Cincinnati impressed in the opener by going into Met Life Stadium beating the Jets late.  AJ Green roasted Revis Island for 180 yards and a touchdown.  I don’t think he’ll put up the same kind of numbers this week, but the Steelers secondary is the weaker part of their defense.  Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense embarrassed the Skins defense on Monday Night Football racking up 38 points.  They won’t do that to the Bengals, however they will improve to 2-0 winning a slugfest at home.

Ryan:   BENGALS 27, STEELERS 26

            We all know what happened the last time these teams go together.  There are a lot of storylines with-in this game.  Week 2 games usually aren’t must win games but this is a monster game for the Bengals and their overall psychy.  They don’t necessarily need to win but they can’t fall apart and throw up all over themselves per the usual.  I think this is a big game for Andy Dalton and his partner Marvin Lewis, as they are tied at the hip.  Both teams are coming off impressive wins.  The Steelers beat the hell out of the redskins, a game I thought they would lose based on when and where the game was played.  I picked the Jets over the Bengals week 1.  I thought the Jets would do enough defensively to stymy Andy Dalton.  Revis was no match for AJ Green.  This game will be close and will go back and forth.  Everyone and their mother will pick the Steelers.  I’m not everyone.  I think the Bengals win on a late FG 27-26.

 

Brian:  BEARS 20, EAGLES 17

I’ve had a weird feeling about this game right when the schedule came out and the feeling is still there even after Carson Wentz shined in his debut.  The Bears are not a good football team by any stretch of the imagination, but for some reason I can’t see the Eagles winning this game.  John Fox is a good coach for all his playoff woes in recent years, and I think he’ll have his team ready to go at home with an extra day of preparation.  This will be the first real road test for Wentz and Doug Pederson.  I actually think these two will be completely fine, but the absence of Zach Ertz and likely Leodis McKelvin will lead to a loss.  I want to see balanced play calling once again as well as improved blitz recognition from Wentz.

Ryan:   EAGLES 20, BEARS 17

            The Bears will be a better test than Downingtown East, I mean the Browns.  Cutler isn’t great but he’s leaps and bounds better than RGIII.  There is now game film on Carson Wentz.  It isn’t enough to chart his tendencies yet.   After about 4 games or so teams will have a good grasp on what Wentz can handle.  Wentz should be able to make some plays downfield against a struggling Bears defense.  They are better than last year but are still a work in progress.  I think the Eagles D should do enough to frustrate Cutler and make a play or two on the ball.  Special teams will be a factor.  If the Eagles want to win a prime time road game Caleb Sturgis will need to be better.  47 yard kicks aren’t automatic but he can’t miss any.  Give me the Eagles 20 – Bears 17 after TD to Celek in the 4th.  Remember no Ertz and likely no McKelvin due to injury.

 

 

Ryan’s Record:           2-2

Brian’s Record:           2-2

 

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