We are now headed into week two of the NFL season. Last week, in picking primarily favourites straight up, I went 10-6. The only underdog I picked was the New York Giants, and they actually came through with a tight 20-19 win over Dallas as the Cowboys were unable to get a final play off in time for a possible game winning field goal.
The Bills host the New York Jets in an AFC East Divisional matchup. The Jets and Bills both lost their week one openers, however the Jets looked more impressive against the Cincinnati Bengals than the Bills did against the old Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Jets are on the road, they are the safer pick.
Other underdogs I like in week 2 are Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Cleveland. One might be surprised with the Browns pick as there is already some talk on the world wide web that they will go 0-16. I am not buying it. If there is one divisional game the Browns have a chance of winning, it is this one. The Browns are at home and will play a Ravens franchise that is the sixth oldest team in the NFL.
In Pittsburgh, the Steelers are coming off a short week, and will be challenged by a Bengals squad that had a huge game last week from A.J. Green as he had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys showed more promise last week against the Giants than I expected, and have the potential to beat a suspect Redskins squad that is also coming off a shorter week.
I know the Broncos upset the Panthers last week on the opening night of the NFL schedule. However they will have to stop Andrew Luck and a Colts team that scored 35 points against the Detroit Lions last week. At the beginning of the season, the Colts would have been the slight favourite to beat the Broncos. Now, Denver is the overwhelming favourite even with rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian at the helm. Siemian does not display a miracle for a second straight week and Indianapolis wins.
Finally in Houston, the Chiefs play the Texans. Last year, the Chiefs dominated the Texans with a 27-20 week 1 win. Kansas City was once up 27-6 in the contest before the Texans made things interesting. The Chiefs are my pick to win the AFC West and should improve to 2-0.
From a fantasy perspective, the Steelers stars of Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger and DeAngelo Williams shone in week one with a combined 81.5 fantasy points amongst the three of them. Don’t expect the same success against the Bengals as the Redskins.
Many owners will have to replace San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who suffered a torn ACL last week in Kansas City. One possible receiver that could be available is Mike Wallace in Baltimore, who had great chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco last week against the Bills.
This week expect huge games from Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. If the Raiders can put up huge numbers against the Saints, so can the Giants. The running back who could have a huge week is Arizona’s David Johnson, who was great last week against New England, and will face a softer Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in week two.