There’s nothing higher than the primary weekend of NFL soccer and that is precisely what 85% of the nation bought on Sunday. I say 85% as a result of I am not precisely certain what the NFC North did over the weekend qualifies as soccer, so everybody in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois at the moment are going to have to attend one other week to witness an precise NFL recreation.
The Packers recreation was a traditional instance of Murphy’s Regulation and though I do not suppose the legislation is called after Packers president Mark Murphy, I am beginning to suppose it is perhaps since every thing that would go unsuitable has gone unsuitable for the Packers because the finish of final season. I am truly considerably shocked Aaron Rodgers did not blame Murphy (or his legislation) for Sunday’s loss since he is not an enormous fan of the Packers’ entrance workplace.
The one NFC North group that needs to be proud of how the weekend went is the Lions. Positive, they misplaced, however they’re additionally in a tie for first place, which is one thing I by no means thought I might say concerning the Lions. Surprisingly, it was truly a banner week for cats as a result of the Lions, Bengals and Panthers are all in first place, and in addition, the cat that was hanging from a rafter at Onerous Rock Stadium did not die.
Alright, that is sufficient cat speak, let’s get to the picks.
Truly, earlier than we get to the picks, here is a fast reminder that you would be able to take a look at the weekly picks from each CBSSports.com NFL skilled by clicking right here. The explanation it is best to click on over and take a look at the opposite specialists this week is as a result of Will Brinson pulled off the sweep. I believed his solely expertise was internet hosting the Choose Six Podcast, however apparently, he also can choose NFL video games. He had probably the most appropriate picks each straight-up and towards the unfold.
Talking of Brinson, he hosts the Choose Six Podcast daily and simply in case I did not make it clear final week, I will be becoming a member of him a minimum of three days per week on the podcast — Monday, Tuesday and Friday — for the remainder of the NFL season. You’ll be able to click on right here to test it out and you’ll take heed to Tuesday’s episode beneath. Your entire episode consisted of us speaking about each bonkers factor that occurred in the course of the Raiders’ wild win over the Ravens.
For those who’re extra of a picks particular person than a podcast particular person, I perceive. Let’s get to the picks.
NFL Week 2 Picks (Loopy streaks I cannot be choosing towards)
N.Y. Giants (0-1) at Washington (0-1)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFL Community)
Washington Soccer Staff
My normal rule of thumb when making an attempt to choose the winner in a Giants recreation is to all the time choose towards the Giants and that is largely as a result of in each recreation they play, there is a 90% likelihood they’re going to shoot themselves within the foot a number of instances earlier than discovering a unbelievable method to lose and that unbelievable method to lose normally includes a minimum of one Daniel Jones fumble.
Jones led the NFL in fumbles in 2019, he led the NFL in fumbles in 2020 and after fumbling towards the Broncos in Week 1, he is properly on his method to main the NFL in fumbles once more in 2021. The apparent factor to do right here can be to foretell that Jones fumbles the ball 11 instances on Thursday and that Washington wins. Nevertheless, nothing apparent ever occurs when Jones is enjoying Washington.
Jones has a profession file of 8-19, however here is the loopy half: He is 4-0 towards Washington and 4-19 towards everybody else. I am undecided the way it or why it occurs, however each time these two groups play, Jones in some way turns into Tom Brady and the Giants in some way win.
Till Washington proves to me that they’ll beat Daniel Jones, I can’t choose towards Daniel Jones. That being stated, I’m barely involved that the Giants do not appear to know the principles to soccer.
The upside for the Giants right here is that after embarrassing himself on Sunday, I am guessing Joe Choose may have the rule e-book memorized by the point this recreation kicks off on Thursday evening.
My solely different concern about this recreation is whether or not Washington may have the plumbing scenario at its stadium fastened by Thursday (Be aware: The video beneath incorporates some NSFW phrases, so that you most likely do not need to blast it at work or round babies. Additionally, it incorporates sewage water, which you’ve got hopefully by no means been lined in.)
I’ve determined I will take that video as a metaphor for a way Washington goes to play on Thursday.
The choose: Giants 23-20 over Washington
Loopy streak I will not be choosing towards: Daniel Jones is 4-0 towards Washington.
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Tennessee (0-1) at Seattle (1-0)
4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)
As somebody who lives in Nashville, I used to be pressured to take a seat by way of the whole Titans recreation on Sunday and what I noticed is probably going going to gasoline my nightmares for years to return. Their offense was so unhealthy that I am midway satisfied that they did not even have a coaching camp this yr.
Each time Ryan Tannehill dropped again to cross, one in every of three issues occurred, they usually had been all unhealthy: He would both get sacked, and if he did not get sacked, he would fumble it, and if he did not fumble it, he would throw an interception. The Titans appeared completely misplaced and I am undecided how they are going to sort things in only one week.
For one, the offensive line was horrible and once I say “horrible,” I imply they had been so unhealthy that one of many linemen determined to publicly disgrace himself on Twitter.
That is the primary time somebody has publicly shamed themselves since a minimum of 1885.
Additionally, I do not suppose new offensive coordinator Todd Downing watched any movie of how this group performed final yr, as a result of it is nearly as if he determined to disregard every thing that they do properly. Since Tannehill took over because the beginning QB, the play-action cross has been Tennessee’s bread-and-butter. The explanation it really works is as a result of the opposing protection has to respect Derrick Henry. The Titans used play-action 36.4% of the time in 2020, which was probably the most within the NFL. On Sunday, they used it 7.6% of the time.
For many of the recreation, Downing had the identical look on his face that I make once I’m making an attempt to unravel a Rubik’s dice: Do not even know the place to begin and it is most likely going to finish badly.
Downing may need to take some notes from new Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, who mainly determined to steal the Titans playbook from final yr and name a bunch of play-actions passes in Week 1.
Seattle’s win over the Colts may need been the primary time in soccer historical past the place Seahawks followers did not spend the whole recreation complaining about their offensive coordinator on Twitter. Nobody likes to complain about their OC greater than Seahawks followers, however there have been no complaints on Sunday, which tells you the way profitable Waldron was in his debut. If Waldron’s debut was an ideal 10 on the 1 through 10 scale, then Downing’s was a unfavorable 18.
Primarily based on this, you’d suppose I will predict a Seahawks blowout win, however the Seahawks by no means blow anybody out of their house opener. Over the previous 4 years, their openers have been determined by 4.8 factors per recreation. One thing loopy all the time occurs in Seattle’s house opener and I do not count on this yr to be any totally different.
That being stated, I am unable to choose towards the Seahawks and that is largely as a result of Pete Carroll has NEVER LOST A HOME OPENER throughout his time in Seattle. The person is 11-0 and I feel he pushes that to 12-0 this yr with a wild win over the Titans.
The choose: Seahawks 33-30 over Titans
Loopy streak I will not be choosing towards: Pete Carroll has by no means misplaced a homer opener with the Seahawks.
Kansas Metropolis (1-0) at Baltimore (0-1)
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes’ birthday is on September 17, which I am solely mentioning as a result of I am 99 p.c certain he makes the identical birthday want yearly and that want is to not lose any video games within the month of September. I’ve all the time thought that birthday needs had been a complete fantasy, particularly after I did not get the turtle I requested for once I was 8, however now I am a believer due to Mahomes.
The person doesn’t lose soccer video games within the month of September. I imply, if there’s one rule to creating NFL picks, it is “By no means choose towards Patrick Mahomes within the month of September.”
Since he took over the Chiefs beginning QB job in 2018, not solely is Mahomes UNDEFEATED in September (11-0), however he is additionally thrown 35 touchdowns passes and ZERO interceptions. As if that is not spectacular sufficient, he is additionally averaged 331 yards passing in these 11 wins. Actually, we must always simply rename the month “Patember.”
The one factor extra spectacular than Mahomes’ September file is his file towards Baltimore. He is performed them thrice since Lamar Jackson took over as beginning quarterback and he is 3-0 in these video games.
In all three of these losses for Baltimore, the identical factor occurred: The Chiefs jumped out to an enormous lead by halftime, which pressured the Ravens out of their offensive aspect. The Ravens are good at getting a lead after which utilizing their run recreation to stomp in your throat. They don’t seem to be so good at enjoying from behind, which normally is not an issue, as a result of they’re so a lot better than nearly each different group within the NFL that they hardly ever ever must play from behind. Nevertheless, that is not the case with Kansas Metropolis.
Within the three video games between Mahomes and Jackson, the Chiefs have outscored the Ravens by a mean of 13.3 factors per recreation within the first half (67-26). Final yr towards the Chiefs, the Ravens trailed 27-10 on the half after which they needed to play catch-up for the remainder of the sport, which is one thing they do not achieve this properly. A vegetarian has a greater likelihood of ending a plate of ribs than the Ravens do of pulling off a comeback towards a very good group.
Mahomes would not lose in September and he would not lose to the Ravens and people are two streaks I simply cannot carry myself to choose towards.
The choose: Chiefs 37-24 over Ravens
Loopy streak I will not be choosing towards: Patrick Mahomes has by no means misplaced a recreation in September.
NFL Week 2 different picks
Cincinnati (1-0) at Chicago (0-1)
1 p.m. ET (Fox)
After two years of ready, the NFL is lastly giving us the common season recreation that we have all been clamoring for: The Andy Dalton revenge recreation.
OK, so nobody is definitely clamoring for this, aside from perhaps Dalton, however this could nonetheless be a captivating recreation. For one, I am beginning to suppose I’ve this backwards and that that is truly a Bengals revenge recreation to allow them to get revenge on Dalton for shedding so many playoff video games in Cincinnati.
The one factor about Dalton is that we do not even know the way usually he will be on the sector on this recreation. Bears coach Matt Nagy has determined he will run a two-quarterback system despite the fact that he cannot even determine how you can run a one-quarterback system. Within the Bears’ loss to the Rams, Justin Fields got here in for Dalton a number of instances, particularly within the pink zone. This could be effective if it was working, however once you’re shedding video games 34-14, it isn’t working.
After all, it’s totally doable that Nagy simply is not giving the job to Fields but as a result of he would not need to see his rookie get killed. The Bears have already got a below-average offensive line they usually is perhaps right down to their third-string left deal with on Sunday after their prime two guys had been injured towards Los Angeles (Jason Peters and Larry Borom).
Being right down to your third-string left deal with is like stripping the brakes off your automotive after which making an attempt to drive straight down a mountain: You hope you are by no means caught in that scenario as a result of there is not any manner it should finish properly.
The Bengals have already beat up on one NFC North group this season and the prediction right here is that they when one other thriller.
The choose: Bengals 20-17 over Bears
San Francisco (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0)
1 p.m. ET (Fox)
For those who would have requested me final week to rank the most effective video games of Week 2, this one would not have even been in my prime 13, which is saying loads seeing that there is solely 16 video games on the schedule. Nevertheless, after watching the Eagles embarrass the Falcons in Week 1, that is instantly one of many my three favourite video games of the week.
The Eagles offense truly appeared good on Sunday and that is largely as a result of new coach Nick Sirianni appears like he is aware of how you can use Jalen Hurts at quarterback. Final yr, it appeared just like the Eagles had been so afraid of offending Carson Wentz that they by no means actually took the time to develop a game-plan for Jalen Hurts. Although he was mainly set as much as fail final yr, he nonetheless put up spectacular numbers.
My solely drawback with the Eagles is that I am simply undecided how good they’re. I do not know if the Eagles had been that good on Sunday or if the Falcons are simply at a stage of unhealthy that we normally solely see from the Jaguars. My greatest guess is that it is someplace in-between.
On the 49ers’ finish, that is going to be a must-watch group all-season, if solely as a result of nobody has mastered the artwork of blowing large leads fairly like Kyle Shanahan. I did not suppose it was doable to blow a 41-17 lead within the remaining two minutes of a recreation, however the 49ers nearly pulled it off in Week 1. Blowing a 24-point lead in two minutes would not have been a very good search for a man who already has a blown 28-3 lead within the Tremendous Bowl on his resume.
I feel the 49ers will soar out to a lead on this recreation after which nearly blow it earlier than in some way escaping with a win.
The choose: 49ers 30-27 over Eagles
NFL Week 2 picks: All the remaining
Browns 31-17 over Texans
Rams 27-24 over Colts
Payments 30-20 over Dolphins
Patriots 24-16 over Jets
Cardinals 27-20 over Vikings
Steelers 23-13 over Raiders
Broncos 34-20 over Jaguars
Saints 20-13 over Panthers
Buccaneers 27-17 over Falcons
Chargers 34-27 over Cowboys
Packers 31-21 over Lions
Finest choose: Final week, I predicted that the Bengals would beat the Vikings by three in an upset and guess what occurred? The Bengals upset the Vikings with a three-point win. I attempted to inform everybody that the Bengals had been going to win, however as a substitute of listening, they mocked me, which is the way you get a CBS Sports activities picks web page that appears like this.
Probably the most spectacular a part of the choose is that I truly predicted the precise remaining rating for this recreation FOUR MONTHS AGO. Again in Could, my bosses made me predict the Bengals’ complete schedule for 2021 and I ended up predicting that the Bengals would win the sport 27-24. The one manner I am going to ever prime this prediction is that if I in some way make it on the “Value is Proper” and find yourself guessing the precise value of a showcase showdown. Talking of the “Value is Proper,” even they’re on the Bengals bandwagon this yr.
I am not saying it is best to wager all of your cash on a Bengals-Saints Tremendous Bowl, however I am not not saying that.
Worst choose: My worst choose of Week 1 was undoubtedly taking the Packers over the Saints. Initially, I broke the primary rule of betting, which isn’t choose towards a group that is enjoying a house recreation in Jacksonville that wasn’t imagined to be performed in Jacksonville. The Saints actually hand-picked Jacksonville for this recreation as a result of they thought it gave them a definite benefit, which it did, and I nonetheless picked towards them. The subsequent time the Saints hand-pick a metropolis to play in, I undoubtedly won’t be choosing them to lose.
Straight up in Week 1: 10-6
SU total: 10-6
In opposition to the unfold in Week 1: 7-8-1
ATS total: 7-8-1
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