WEEK 2 RESULTS
Straight Up: 3-1
Against The Spread: 2-2
WEEK 3 PICKS
UPSET 1 – The Los Angeles Chargers (+3 1/2)
The Chargers (0-2) are two missed field goals away from being 2-0. They are undoubtedly the best winless team remaining in the NFL, and they are primed to put a stop to the red-hot Kanas City Chiefs (2-0). Both defenses can be beaten deep, so this game should come down to offensive prowess. Kareem Hunt and Alex Smith have combined for five touchdowns, two through the air and three on the ground. Smith is firing over 77% with 5 TD passes, and Hunt keeps opposing defenses guessing. The Chargers have an equally potent backfield. Melvin Gordon has scored in both games this season, expect him to score again against a Chiefs team that has allowed 115 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Philip Rivers has thrown for four touchdowns, with a 73.6% completion percentage. In this Hollywood shootout, count on Rivers to come up with the clutch play to take the cake. Chargers win 35-33.
DOUBLE DOWN 1 – The Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
The Eagles (1-1) have an opportunity to absolutely pound on their division rivals, the New York Giants. The 0-2 Giants have scored just 13 points in those losses. New York’s O-line is bloody awful, Eli Manning has been sacked eight times this young season. The Eagles have a strong front four, so expect Eli to get hit hard and often. The Eagles offense is off to a solid start. Philly proved that they could put up points last week against a solid Kanas City defense. Carson Wentz has already thrown for 640 yards with four touchdowns. Wentz seems to be meshing with FA acquisition Alshon Jeffery nicely, they’ve hooked up for 130 yards and combined for their first TD last week. Look for the duo to have a big week, and watch Darren Sproles out of the backfield, he might just have his 2017 coming out party. Eagles take it at home 27-17.
UPSET 2 – The Indianapolis Colts (+1 1/2)
The Cleveland Browns (0-2) are favourites on the road. That’s not a misprint. Yes, the Colts (0-2) are bad if not terrible without Andrew Luck, but they should be able to beat the Browns at home. Jacoby Brissett is more experienced than DeShone Kizer, and unlike Kizer, Brissett has shown that he can win on the NFL level. Brissett should be able to move the ball against a terrible Browns defense and find All-Pro receiver Ty Hilton on underneath routes. If the two continue to mesh, expect the Colts to score their first passing TD of the season. I can’t see the Browns moving the ball with success without top WR Corey Coleman in a loud Lucas Oil Stadium. In the battle of the bottom feeders, the Colts win 17-14.
DOUBLE DOWN 2 – The Green Bay Packers (-8)
The Packers (1-1) return to Lambeau Field after losing both the game and part of their receiving corps in Atlanta. Jordy Nelson (Quad) and Randle Cobb (Chest) were still banged up as of Thursday. Nelson is likely to play Sunday, while Cobb hasn’t practiced this week. Good thing for Aaron Rodgers that he has his leading receiver Davonte Adams, and a great pass catching back in Ty Montgomery. The Pack should be able to put up points against a steady Bengals (0-2) defense. Rodgers and the Pack O are averaging 368 yards per game and have scored five touchdowns. Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense have scored a league-low 9 points in the opening two games and have a -5 turnover ratio. Despite letting me down last week and being banged up, there is no way the Pack lose at Lambeau against an opponent in a free fall. The Packers take it 30-13.