Garrett Cowdrey’s NFL Week 2 Pick Ems

Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season, overreactions are at an all time high and if your team won last week you began the ritualistic chants of “this is our year.” Chances are, it’s not. Who am I to rain on parades though, especially after only going 8-7 in the first week. I truly could have flipped a coin on every game and probably ended up with a similar record, so Week 2 has to be better before I lose all credibility in 14 days. Here’s to hoping, let’s get into it.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

Score: 38-28

Summary: This will be the game you get your popcorn out for, as two AFC West heavyweights square up on Thursday Night Football. This could have gone either way for me, but I ended up going with the team that had the most dominating performance of all in week one, the Chiefs. After dropping 44 points last week they will go into the second week of the season riding high, and we know how good Mahomes is in September. He throws four touchdowns and barely outduels Herbert to move Kansas City to 2-0.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Winner: New Orleans Saints

Score: 23-20

Summary: I have heard of second half teams, but the Saints truly were just a fourth quarter team last week. They had a comeback that could truly only happen against Atlanta and Jameis Winston threw for over 200 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating in that quarter alone. New Orleans looked unbeatable and they’ll ride that into a matchup against the division rival Bucs with a lot of early control over the NFC South on the line. They dominate the Bucs in the regular season under Brady and they’ll keep it up as the chess match between two first year head coaches end with Jameis WInston and company eating Ws at home.

 

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens

Winner: Baltimore Ravens

Score: 28-24

Summary: This game was a hard one for me to pick, as both these teams were impressive in the opening week, in the end I couldn’t bet against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens after their wire to wire performance in a dominating win against the Jets. The Dolphins are better than the Jets so they’ll give them a run for their money. Tyreek Hill catches his first touchdown as a Dolphin but Lamar’s 3 total touchdowns will be too much to overcome as the Ravens move to 2-0.

 

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

Winner: Cleveland Browns

Score: 27-21

Summary: Rookie kicker Cade York became the biggest thing in Cleveland since LeBron James as he made a 58 yard field goal at the end of regulation to give the Browns their first Week 1 win in 18 years. Now they’ll have a chance to move to 2-0 as they play the weak Jets without their starting quarterback. This will be a close one, but the Browns will sneak it out without having to rely on their rookie kicker for heroics in back to back weeks. The Jets fall to 0-2 and they’ll really be missing life without their quarterback and certified playboy, Zach Wilson.

 

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers

Score: 19-14

Summary: This game will be one for those who like low scoring, defensive battles. These two coaches will be in a chess match all day, and while there will be some good coaching and football played, it will not be the high flying excitement that some of the other games this week might be. The Steelers get by the Patriots as Boswell makes four field goals and Mitch Trubisky finds rookie receiver George Pickens for his first career touchdown.

 

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Winner: Indianapolis Colts

Score: 31-24

Summary: The Colts simply cannot beat bad teams which made me weary of picking them here but I feel like I have to right? Right? The Jaguars love to play spoiler for their division rival but the Colts will decide that they have had enough here in Week 2 and finally put them down. Matt Ryan throws two touchdowns and Jonathan Taylor runs for two more as the Colts get a win here, which will likely be the first win for the AFC South this year after an anomaly in Week 1.

 

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

Winner: Carolina Panthers

Score: 28-21

Summary: The Giants are riding high after a win against the defending AFC top seed last week, and the Panthers are morally crushed after losing on a long kick in their first game in the Baker Mayfield era. A lot of people will pick the Giants here, mainly because of the phenomenon of “Week 1 bias,” but I am sticking with my gut and going with the better team on paper and taking Carolina. McCaffrey and Barkley each score twice, but Mayfield outshines Jones and gets the Panthers to 1-1, while the Giants miracle run stops at Week 2.

 

Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions

Winner: Detroit Lions

Score: 34-27

Summary: Detroit is a gritty team. I have said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it a thousand more. They fell way behind to the Eagles in Week 1 and almost came all the way back. They are close to being a competent team, they just need one thing to light the fire. How about taking down the 1-0 Commanders at home here? They’ll need to dominate on the ground and start stronger but I fully believe that they can do these things. Goff throws two touchdowns and Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift each run for one as the Lions take down Washington here to get back to even at 1-1.

 

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Winner: San Francisco 49ers

Score: 24-17

Summary: If you would have told me that the 49ers would be 0-1 and the Seahawks would be 1-0 after their Week 1 matchups, I would have been genuinely shocked. Was it pure luck or is the phrase “Let Geno Cook” going to gain true steam? My guess is it will be the first one, and the 49ers right the ship and take down the division rival Seahawks. Trey Lance finally gets a venue that isn’t flooded and he has his first good start of his young career, throwing two touchdowns and outdueling Geno Smith.

 

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

Winner: Los Angeles Rams

Score: 31-17

Summary: The Rams got embarrassed in Week 1 by the Bills, and made very few adjustments. You better believe that Sean McVay will have these reigning champs hungry coming out in Week 2. They will drag the Falcons for the entirety of this one as Cooper Kupp catches two touchdowns. Another bold prediction: Cam Akers has more yards than last week, where he had a whopping total of 0. This came as a pleasant surprise for his fantasy football owners for sure.

 

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders

Winner: Las Vegas Raiders

Score: 24-21

Summary: Both of these teams did not put out great performances in the opening week, and they’ll be looking to build and learn from their mistakes to prevent a fall to 0-2. The Raiders will be the team that comes better prepared here in Week 2 as Derek Carr doesn’t turn the ball over four times and finds his right hand man in Davante Adams for a dominating day as he goes for over 100 yards and two touchdowns against a weak Cardinals cornerback corps. The Cardinals try to storm back but fall just short, that is not a Kyler Murray joke.

 

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos

Winner: Denver Broncos

Score: 30-20

Summary: Broncos Country did not ride in Week 1, and they seemed to completely forget how to get the ball into the endzone when they got close to it last week. Like seriously. They fumbled on the goal line twice. It was ridiculous. They’ll come out with something to prove here and take advantage of an easier matchup. The Texans don’t give up easy, so hopefully Russ does more cooking that he did last week and makes sure the Broncos get this win.

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

Winner: Cincinnati Bengals

Score: 28-14

Summary: The legend of Cooper Rush is coming back for a sequel here as the Cowboys will be without Dak Prescott for an extended time as he left Week 1 with a hand injury. As he left the field in Dallas last week, multiple fans threw trash at him. Stay classy, Cowboys fans. The one advantage Cooper Rush has on Joe Burrow is that he didn’t have five turnovers in Week 1. Joe Sheisty will look to bounce back here in Week 2 and take advantage of a team without their quarterback. They will succeed as Burrow throws three touchdowns and commits zero turnovers. Micah Parsons will be a bright spot for the Cowboys though as he notches two more sacks against a team that gave up a slew of them last week.

 

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Winner: Green Bay Packers

Score: 27-17

Summary: The Packers were putrid in Week 1, and Rodgers looks lost without his WR1. His new corps looks awful, so we can’t put the full blame on Rodgers here. The bright spot on this offense is the running back tandem of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The Packers look to them often as they bounce back against a Bears team that pulled out a surprising win last week. Jones and Dillon each score once as the Packers take down Bears who are a game ahead of them after one week. Yeah, that felt weird to write in case you were wondering.

 

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills

Winner: Buffalo Bills

Score: 35-21

Summary: The Titans got beaten by the Giants in Week 1, only solidifying the beliefs of some people that they would regress greatly in 2022. They now get the opposite of what they need, which is a date with the Super Bowl favorite Bills coming off a dominating win last week. If I had a lock this week, it would honestly be the Bills here. They had an extra long week to prepare and proved last week that they are the league’s best team right now. Josh Allen throws four touchdowns here as the Bills stomp on the already dazed Titans to push them to 0-2.

 

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Winner: Philadelphia Eagles

Score: 34-31

Summary: This was probably the hardest game of the week for me to pick, as both these teams came in this season with high expectations and got their wins in Week 1. It truly was a 50/50, but the star power in Philly pulled me towards them in the end. The Vikings will put up a fight, and it will be a Eagles field goal as time expires that wins this game. AJ Brown and Justin Jefferson each have 100 yards and a touchdown in this one, as this Monday Night Football battle ends in favor of the Eagles.

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