NFL 2017, Week 2
I’m giving myself a mulligan on Week 1. Saturday-night-Eric forgot about the preparation and focus it takes to become NFL-Sunday-morning-Eric, so like Eli Manning and the New York Giants, I fell on my face out of the gates and missed a majority of the Week 1 games. Week 2, though, is a different story. I did my homework, and I’m here to give you my top 5 PotW (picks of the week).
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders -14
This pick has more to do with the ineptitude of the New York Jets on both sides of the ball, than my projection of an offensive onslaught by the Oakland Raiders. Marshawn’s return to Oakland in a regular season game and his desire to remix the remix during a post-game celebration should fuel this Raiders team to make this matchup a cake-walk offensively. Khalil Mack might put 38 year old Josh McCown in a body bag, and I just have no faith in the Jet’s defense to make any adjustments from their lack-luster showing against the one-dimensional Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Good luck trying to contain a power runner while keeping an eye on two top tier WRs.
Oakland Raiders -14
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks -14
Anyone else experiencing deja-vu? The regular-season losing streak for the 49ers against the Seahawks sits at 5 games (with a point total margin of 154–54), and you couldn’t pay me to think Brian Hoyer will lead the Red and Gold to a victory at Century Link to prevent it from hitting 6 games. Pete Carrol is going to rally the troops and make sure the Seahawks defense reasserts themselves as the elite squad they should be. The Seahawks offensive line is a big, big problem, but that’s the future Seahawk’s problem, since the 49ers could not get any type of pass rush against the Carolina Panthers, especially after losing their shining star, Rueben Foster. I’ve seen this before and it won’t be pretty — it’s going to be a bloodbath, and the Seahawks are not going to let up in this “rivalry” game.
Seattle Seahawks -14
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons -2.5
The other two teams that I think end up on top in the NFC? The Cheeseheads and the Dirty Birds, who bless us with a Week 2 matchup that I think has shootout potential. I don’t care where the game is being played — if it could be a shootout, give me Aaron Rodgers with points any damn day. The last time Discount Double-Check was in the (old) Georgia Dome, he lit up the Falcons for four TDs in a one-point loss, and that was without Ty Montgomery (who looks like the final piece of this offensive puzzle) and Randall Cobb (who apparently has a pulse now). Matty Ice held his own in last year’s matchup with three TDs of his own, and he is going to give it his best shot to keep up with the fast pace — trust that Julio is hitting pay dirt this game — but I think the Packers eke this one out on the road.
Green Bay Packers +2.5
“Blind Faith” PotW: Washington Redskins @ Los Angeles Rams -3.
Something smells funky, and I think it’s this spread. The Redskins aren’t as bad as they played in Week 1, and the Rams aren’t as good as they played in Week 1. Something has got to give - right? Wade Phillips is the real deal and he will pick Sean McVay’s brain for everything he can get, but I think that something finally clicks in for Kirk Cousins and Terrell Pryor to jumpstart this Redskin’s offense out of the mud. The Redskins got torched in the air in Week 1, but 1) Jared Goff is not Carson Wentz and 2) the Redskins are not the Colts. The Rams defense will give Cousins his usual fits, but ultimately ends up on the field too long because the Rams offense cools off and falls back down to Earth. The Redskins (barely) right the ship in the hot LA sun at Memorial Coliseum.
Washington Redskins +3.
“Lock It In” PotW: Arizona Cardinals @ Indianapolis Colts +7.5
Oh, how the Colts wish this year would just go away. With their defensive rock, Vontae Davis, starting the season on the shelf with a groin injury, this abysmal group is one to exploit. Carson Palmer should be able to do his best Jared Goff impression and let it fly to Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, since David Johnson isn’t around to carry the rock more than 50% of the time. Jacoby Brisset is at least better than Scott Tolzien (showerthought: why am I able to write this in freaking Week 2), but learning a new playbook is going to take more than two weeks. Who’s in to start a GoFundMe to buy T.Y. Hilton an NFL RedZone subscription for this year so he can just stay home? He deserves better than this.
Arizona Cardinals -7.5.
Disclaimer: Bet at your own risk; I’m just an intern over at thefireduppodcast.com.