So let's see if I have this straight: The Denver Broncos have 8 sacks on the year against two of the best Quarterbacks currently playing. They have the 4th best rushing attack in the NFL going up against the worst rushing defense. Andy Dalton has a sore hip and is tasked with evading Mr.s Ray and Miller. A.J. Green had 37 yards against a surprisingly stout Pittsburgh defense, but now has to face the No Fly Zone of Talib, Harris, and Roby. Still, the majority of Pundits are picking the Bengals to win based presumably on the game being in The Jungle. Vegas has the Bengals at 3 point favorites with absolutely no regard for how much that Bronco D feeds on doubters as if they were M&Ms. It's true that Seimian only has two starts under his belt, both in the friendly confines of Mile High. But he had a year to study Peyton Manning and the silent count as well as very good coaching on the subject. Having watched him through 2 games, I think it's fair to ask when we quit calling him a NooB and start referring to him as a capable NFL Quarterback. Don't get it twisted, I know that this is a gut-check game for that Denver offense, but I trust their chances more than that of the Texans in Foxborough.
Speaking of which, yes, I'm picking the Texans as well. I've made it no mystery that I love, truly love, good defense. Houston is the only team with more sacks (9) than the Broncos. Just because they are playing in New England doesn't mean that Darth Belichick's force choke will somehow slow down J.J. Watt and that Texans' front. They don't just face an inexperienced QB, they face a rookie who until this week had no first team snaps. Sucker Punch will have to carry the load for the Patriots and Houston knows that. I'm not yet sold on the 'franchise' caliber of Houston's 72 million dollar Montana kid, but I am sold on Lamar Miller and Fuller and of course Hopkins. This is not just a statement game for Houston, it's THE statement game for Houston.
I think some of us 'expected', and I hesitate to use the word, that Sam Bradford could be an NFL QB. Hmm, it seems he can be. Can Minnesota keep him standing vertical is the question.
On with the picks.
Houston (2-2) at New England (2-2) - Texans (0-27, Hatriots)
I don't discount Belichick at all. But that Houston D is coming on against a rookie QB.
I am embarrassed, but not even 1/10 as much as Bill O'Brien and the Texans should be.
Arizona(1-1) at Buffalo (0-2) - Cardinals (18-33, Bills)
Bad match for Rex.
Rule of football number 1: No matter how good you look on paper, you still have to play the game.
Oakland (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1) - Raiders (17-10, Raiders)
If the Raiders lose this, it's on Ken Norton Jr. Well, Del Rio is supposed to be defensive minded as well ...
Not bad, but still no sightings of Kahlil Mack.
Washington (0-2) at New York Giants (2-0) - Giants (29-27, Taterskins)
I really like what the GMen have done on defense, and Kirk Cousins is falling fast.
Washington shows talent on offense, but the GMen totally shot themselves in the foot.
Cleveland (0-2) at Miami (0-2) - Dolphins (24-30, Dolphins)
I like these Brownies, a lot. But rebuilding is still rebuilding.
Once again the Browns looked scrappy with yet another (2) quarterbacks. Terrell Pryor is just a football machine.
Baltimore (2-0) at Jacksonville (0-2) - Ravens (19-17, Ravens)
They have won 2 games ugly, but rule 3: a win is a win.
Make that 3 ugly wins, except for Flacco. He's my early pick for Comeback Player of the Year.
Detroit (1-1) at Green Bay (1-1) - Packers. (27-34, Packers)
Stafford has done his job, but it's time for Rodgers to step up.
Well. Rodgers stepped up.
Denver (2-0) at Cincinnati (1-1) - Broncos (29-17, Broncos)
Gut check passed. 4 TD passes later, Trevor Seimian says: "How you like me now"?
Minnesota (2-0) at Carolina (1-1) - Panthers (22-10, Vikings)
I'd like to see Bradford make it through this game upright. It won't be enough, but still ...
No AP? No Bridgewater? No problem. I am officially on the Sam Bradford train.
Los Angeles (1-1) at Tampa Bay (1-1) - Buccaneers (37-32, Rams)
I don't trust that the LA defense has found it's identity just yet.
Winston was better than either Roethlisberger or Eli Manning. It didn't matter. Gurley shows his metal, with devil horns and head-banging.
San Francisco (1-1) at Seattle (1-1) - Seahawks (18-37, 'Hawks)
I agree with Michael Bennett. San Fran is better with Kaepernick.
New York Jets (1-1) at Kansas City (1-1) - Chiefs (3-24, Chiefs)
This one does boil down to home field, and Revis is not himself.
KC just murdelated Pickspatrick.
San Diego (1-1) at Indianapolis (0-2) - Colts (22-26, Colts)
I will trust that Rivers has found his new groove if they pull this out. Until then, I go with Indy.
Saw this one comin' ...
Pittsburgh (2-0) at Philadelphia (2-0) - Steelers (3-34, Eagles)
I like Carson Wentz a whole big bunch, but Pittsburgh looks more complete than any team in the NFL right now.
An EPIC face-plant by the Steelers. EPIC. And Wentz? Not too bad. Not too bad at all.
Chicago (0-2) at Dallas (1-1) - Cowboys (17-31, Cowboys)
I think the Bears are trying to mitigate the pain of severing Cutler with his fat contract by earning the suck pick (first overall).
Prescott and Elliot in 2016! The Dallas O-Line can replace the Secret Service. The Cowboys shamed the Bears, again.
Atlanta (1-1) at New Orleans (0-2) - Saints (45-32, Falcons)
Julio is dinged up and Matty Ice is not Drew Brees.
I like the Saints and hate the Falcons, but this drubbing was still more fun to watch than the Trump-Tantrum.
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