The first half of picks are out in our Week 2: Part 1 Article. Now, it’s time for the second half of this week’s picks.
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49ers at Eagles +3
Right off the bat, I like the Eagles. The more I look at it, I still like the Eagles. For whatever reason, Nick Sirianni has this Eagles team ready to go, already. Last week’s win in Atlanta not only gave us a preview of things to come in Philadelphia, it showed us just how ready this Eagles team is to win now.
Despite the line shifting wildly last week, the 49ers managed to put on a clinic of how to start a game. Even though the 49ers managed to cover the early lines, they failed to cover if you got in too late.
This week, the Eagles have a lot more in the bag they have yet to show us. Last week’s dominating performance against the Falcons should lead us to believe this defense may actually have it together. On the flip side, the 49ers’ defense was exposed in tremendous fashion late last week.
I believe Jalen Hurts will be the X-factor in this game. His offensive versatility will be the difference in this game, and the Philadelphia crowd should help them get into the win column, yet again.
Eagles 30 49ers 24
Raiders at Steelers -6
The Raiders are flying high off a massive home upset of the Ravens. This week has all the makings of a letdown for the Raiders when they travel to Pittsburgh for the Steelers’ home opener.
We were proud of our Raiders call last week, but this week is a different story. There’s a lot to be weary of, following the Steelers’ win over Buffalo, but their defense is absolutely legitimate. The Steelers showed tremendous resilience last week against one of the AFC’s best, so don’t expect it to suddenly go away against the Raiders.
I expect this game to be a runaway blowout in favor of the Steelers. Last week was too magical and the turnaround for the Raiders isn’t favorable. I like for the Steelers to come out strong at home against the Raiders and pull away early.
Steelers 34 Raiders 14
Cowboys at Chargers -3
The Chargers played surprisingly well in Week 1. Maybe it’s the coaching change, but the health of their defense probably also played a big part. Justin Herbert was amazing, so the questions surrounding him coming into year 2 appeared to have been answered last week (thus far).
The Cowboys hung in there with the World Champs and had them on the ropes late. Despite the encouraging effort, the surprising Cowboys have been hit with a slew of injuries over the last five days. With both Michael Gallup and Demarcus Lawrence out this week, the Cowboys’ lost a few key components.
On paper, the obvious choice is the Chargers. However, the Cowboys displayed an incredible level of guile against the Bucs to open the season, so they should not be underestimated in this game.
Despite the strong form of the Cowboys, the issues on defense, combined with the absence of Demarcus Lawrence may ultimately be their undoing.
Chargers 34 Cowboys 28
Titans +6.5 at Seahawks
The Titans looked dreadful in Week 1. Penetration at the line not only crushed their run game before it could get started, it destroyed their passing game. After falling behind into a massively negative game script, the Titans compounded their issues in pass protection.
The Seahawks were very well-rounded in their opener, as Russell Wilson debuted the new offense under a new OC and shredded the Colts’ defense, mostly out of play action. With a balanced offense and more aggressive defense, the Seahawks are positioned well to compete for a playoff spot this season.
Don’t expect the Titans to fail miserably on all fronts again. Mike Vrabel will make sure this team is squared-away this week in Seattle. The only Concern I have here is the Titans’ secondary. If the aerial aggression keeps-up on Seattle’s end, they could push themselves out to an insurmountable lead. I believe the Titans will turn things around this week, but likely not enough to secure the win
Seahawks 27 Titans 24
Vikings at Cardinals -4
After what I saw last week, I just can’t justify taking the Vikings here. The line is suspiciously low, but with how well the Cardinals played the Titans rushing attack, it’s difficult to expect the result to be far from last week’s performance.
The issues with the Vikings appear to be more than just a few defenders. Last week, the Vikings had problems stopping the run and defending the pass in play action. Though the defense stiffened late, it’s concerning how poorly the defense played prior to the fourth quarter.
If the Vikings had issues last week against a balanced offense, they’re going to have loads of problems against the Cardinals and Kyler Murray. Murray seemed to have an answer for everything the Titans threw at them.
Expect the Cardinals defense to disrupt the Vikings’ front on offense, and for Kyler to drive the Vikings mad on defense.
Cardinals 30 Vikings 24
Falcons at Buccaneers -12.5
The Falcons were particularly putrid last week. After the first drive, which looked familiar and strong, the Falcons failed to display any of the offensive chemistry we’ve grown accustomed to the last half decade.
Even with the departure of Julio Jones, we’ve seen the Falcons play well without him, so Sunday’s letdown was disappointing to see. Arthur Smith is still very early-on in his tenure, so we should expect a turnaround relatively soon. I just wouldn’t expect it this week.
The Bucs failed to cover last week in the opener against the Cowboys, but a soft matchup against the Falcons this week will be the elixir they need to return to prime form.
Buccaneers 35 Falcons 20
Chiefs -3.5 at Ravens
Last week, we sniffed-out the Ravens in the opener against the Raiders. This time around, it’s the Ravens who will be hosting in prime time. I like what we saw early from the Ravens last week, but when the Raiders tempered their pressure and dropped into a zone, Lamar Jackson struggled.
The fumbles were very much outliers for a traditionally strong possession team like the Ravens. I don’t expect that to be repeated. More than anything in this matchup, I trust the Ravens on the ground. The issue I have for this game is the aggression (or lack thereof) of the Chiefs.
If the Chiefs letup at all in this game, the efficiency of the Ravens rushing attack could be enough to turn this into a final possession game. I still think the Chiefs will ultimately control the game to put themselves in position to win late, but I don’t like the 3.5 points here.
Chiefs 33 Ravens 30
Lions +12 at Packers
There were a lot of positives to take away from the Lions’ opening game. How the Lions managed to mount a comeback against the 49ers was truly amazing. By utilizing short passes, screens, and targeting the backs and tight ends, the Lions were able to neutralize the 49ers strong front.
For the Packers, the efficiency of the Saints was enough to completely dishearten the Packers early in the game. That poor attitude carried on through the half and into the second half. I wouldn’t expect the same effort at home this week.
This matchup, in particular, has been a closely fought game over the past few seasons. It’s the NFL, so we should expect anything CAN happen, but there’s little reason to believe in the Packers. With what we saw last week from both, I’m optimistic about the Lions this week.
Packers 27 Lions 24