Best NFL Straight Up Picks Week2
Bengals vs Browns (-8.5)
The Bengals will have to be ready to stop Cleveland’s high-powered offense in this one if they want any chance of winning. The Cincinnati defense has improved greatly since last year but will be put to the test against the likes of Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper. Look for Cleveland to get it going on offense early and often, leading to a dominant victory over their divisional opponent.
Final Pick: Browns (-8.5)
Lions vs Packers (-6.5)
Detroit will be put to the test in this week 2 clash between divisional rivals. Green Bay is loaded with talent both offensively and defensively while Detroit is coming off of a very disappointing year and looking to see if their rebuild has started to pay off. Although, I believe it will take a very bad game for the Packers to lose this one in Green Bay and expect them to make quick work of the Lions.
Final Pick: Packers (-6.5)
Bills (-3) vs Dolphins
I have been seeing a lot of people pick the Bills over the Dolphins on this one and I don’t quite see why. I absolutely love what the Dolphins have been doing with their rebuild over the past couple years and expect them to be able to compete at a high level very soon. That being said, I don’t believe that they will jump out of the gates this year with playoff aspirations. The Bills on the other hand, have very high playoff aspirations and overall have a much better team than the Dolphins. Take the Bills on this one barring any injuries.
Final Pick: Bills (-3)
Vikings vs Colts (-3.5)
The Vikings have already traded one of their star offensive weapons in Stefon Diggs, and now their star running back Dalvin Cook is reportedly willing to hold out until he receives a new deal. If his holdout stands for most of the season, then the Vikings will be a very hard team to figure out as the season goes on. The Colts, however, have a new quarterback and have made some adjustments to their team in the offseason. This game will be a very hard game to guess but I think that even if Dalvin Cook doesn’t play, running back Alexander Mattison will be able to carry the load the same, if not better, than Cook and lead his team to a victory.
Final Pick: Vikings (+3.5)
49ers (-4) vs Jets
This isn’t a very hard choice to make. The 49ers are coming off of a super bowl loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in a game that they were winning until the fourth quarter. This team is absolutely loaded offensively and defensively and is ready to wreak havoc for another year. The Jets on the other hand are coming off an atrocious year, and although they have improved their roster since last season, they are not even close to the same level that the 49ers are on. The 49ers should be able to manhandle them on both offense and defense to take home the victory.
Final Pick: 49ers (-4)
Rams vs Eagles (-4.5)
Both teams are wildcards from week to week. By this time we may have Jalen Hurts at quarterback for the Eagles which would throw some predictions off completely. Even though both teams have questions going into the season, I would put my money on the Rams for this game. They have the better coach and arguably one of the best and most dominant players in all of football in Aaron Donald. Hard to best against them while they go up against a team that is known for a weak pass defense and quarterback concerns.
Final Pick: Rams (+4.5)
Falcons vs Cowboys (-7.5)
This is going to be a good one. The Falcons addition of Todd Gurley could prove to be the difference maker for this game. His running presence could take this already high-powered Falcons offense to a whole different level this season. Their opponent may have their starting quarterback hold out due to not receiving a contract extension. If Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott sits this game out, then I 100% advise you to roll with Atlanta. But if Prescott suits up, I would go with Dallas on this one at home.
Final Pick: Cowboys (-7.5)
Panthers vs Buccaneers (-8.5)
The Panthers have created a seemingly deadly defensive line along with some decent improvements on their offense during the offseason. While they are primed to be a very decent team, I do not think they have nearly enough firepower to be able to take down Brady’s Buccaneers. Carolina has a below average secondary and the offense of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, and Tom Brady will be far too much for them to handle all game.
Final Pick: Buccaneers (-8.5)
Giants vs Bears (-5)
I believe that this game will come down to the arm of Mitchell Trubisky, or whoever takes his spot. The Bears are known to have great defenses with players such as Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson. Their issue has always been their quarterback and Trubisky played awfully all last year. They are going to need solid quarterback play if they want to keep up with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, who are looking primed to put up some big games.
Final Pick: Bears (-5)
Ravens (-6) vs Texans
The Ravens should be once again, one of the most dominant teams in football next season. It is hard to pick against the Ravens regardless of the matchup this season and their opponent, the Texans, have taken a far step backwards in the offseason. Trading star receiver Deandre Hopkins for David Johnson and a few picks. I think that Deshaun Watson can will his team to compete, but in the end, they just don’t have enough to compete with the best of the best.
Final Pick: Ravens (-6)
Broncos vs Steelers (-5)
The Broncos are one of the most hyped up teams in the league heading into this season. They have been able to surround young quarterback Drew Lock with some deadly weapons in the offseason and already have a great linebacking core with Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. They will give the Steelers a very tough game, although the Steelers have a great defense themselves and may frazzle Drew Lock early and often and cause him to make mistakes. I see that happening in this one with Denver not having the greatest offensive line. Id roll with the Steelers on this one.
Final Pick: Steelers (-5)
Jaguars vs Titans (-11)
If the Titans are able to come to terms with star running back Derrick Henry, then I see no reason as to why they lose this game. If Henry is playing, then he is arguably one of the hardest guys to bring down and is an absolute workhouse in the run game. The Jaguars, however, still do not have a true number 1 quarterback yet, and their defense is lacking in almost every area. They haven’t gone into full rebuild yet but at this point it feels like they should. I don’t think they have enough to beat the Titans and Derrick Henry at home.
Final Pick: Titans (-11)
Redskins vs Cardinals (-7)
The Cardinals have made some great improvements to their offense to help out young quarterback Kyler Murray. They traded with the Texans in order to acquire Deandre Hopkins and picked up Kenyan Drake towards the end of last year to fill the hole at running back. They look like they will be a problem for many defenses this upcoming year and the Redskins don’t have the great roster at the moment. While their coaching changes were phenomenal, their actual roster is still lacking in most areas defensively and some offensively. I don’t think that Washington has enough talent on the defensive side in order to slow down what could be a very high-powered Cardinal offense.
Final Pick: Cardinals (-7)
Chiefs (-5.5) vs Chargers
The Chiefs are coming off of a super bowl win last year with a very similar roster as last year. It will be very hard to not see them as the favorites going into this year. In this one they are going up against a talented Chargers team, but they do not have a set starting quarterback yet. I think that they will keep the game very close, but in the end, I think that inexperience will get the best of them and Mahomes and company will take home the win.
Final Pick: Chiefs (-5.5)
Patriots vs Seahawks (-3.5)
I have full confidence that the Seahawks will be able to handle business in Seattle for this one. Going up against a very inexperienced quarterback in Stidham, the Seattle defense will take advantage and get in his face early and often. Not only will Seattle win defensively, but offensively as well. They have star quarterback Russell Wilson and a fully healthy Chris Carson back to go along with D.K. Metcalf who now has had a full offseason to continue to develop and get better. I think that Seattle blows them out this game.
Final Pick: Seattle (-3.5)
Saints (-4) vs Raiders
This could be an interesting one. This will be the first game played in the Raiders brand new stadium so fans could be packed to see the Raiders attempt to win their home opener. Although, the Saints are ultimately primed to be one of the best teams in the league yet again and have a far superior roster than the Raiders. Only way for the Raiders to win is to catch them off guard early and score fast. If not, then Drew Brees and company will make quick work of their defense and score at will.
Final Pick: Saints (-4)