We’re back at it again with more picks for this week, just in time for the early games, as I am a busy college student who loves to procrastinate. Being 0-1 already with the Giants losing, hopefully these next string of picks turn out favorably.
New England Patriots vs New York Jets
The Patriots’ fall from glory has been very abrupt after Tom Brady left town for Tampa. A 7-9 season with Cam under center last year was followed by a brutal loss to open the year, this time with Mac Jones starting. They’ll get back on the right track with a comfortable win against the division’s punching bag.
Prediction: Patriots 20, Jets 13
Followers: Patriots 83%
Cincinnati Bengals vs Chicago Bears
The only things the Chicago Bears will accomplish by continuing to start Andy Dalton are taking Ls and angering their fanbase. In just 5 snaps last Sunday night, Justin Fields looked impressive against a daunting Rams defense. It’s only a matter of time before Fields takes over completely, but I see the Bengals pulling off an upset with Dalton still under center.
Prediction: Bengals 23, Bears 16
Followers: Bengals 64%
Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nobody is talking about the Falcons in such a way, but they are a strong candidate to have the worst record in the NFL. Their showing against the Eagles last Sunday was abysmal, on both sides of the ball. There is little talent on their roster, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt Ryan is traded. The Bucs will easily cruise to a divisional win.
Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Falcons 9
Followers: Buccaneers 94%
Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals
Hopes are high in the valley of Phoenix after the Cardinals dismantled the Titans in week 1. Kyler Murray appears to be the real deal, and Chandler Jones is a force on defense, even if he won’t put up 5 sacks every week. I buy the Cardinals hype, and the train should keep rolling with another win against a mediocre Minnesota mob.
Prediction: Cardinals 31, Vikings 20
Followers: Cardinals 84%
Tennessee Titans vs Seattle Seahawks
The Tennessee Titans seem to be back to their characteristically mediocre ways after an impressive 2019 playoff campaign and 2020 regular season. They got exposed in the wildcard last year vs Baltimore and have started the year in horrific fashion. It’ll be two straight losses against the NFC West for the Titans.
Prediction: Seahawks 42, Titans 24
Followers: Seahawks 74%
Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers
Two playoff candidates take the stage Sunday afternoon. Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners are hoping he’ll bounce back after a disappointing season opener, but it appears Dak and the Cowboys will be airing it out for days. On the other side, the Chargers are looking to build on their impressive opening win, led by Brandon Staley and a scary defense. This game will be close, but expect the Chargers to get it done at home.
Prediction: Chargers 24, Cowboys 21
Followers: Chargers 51%
Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens
If Lamar Jackson’s kryptonite isn’t throwing the ball, as many would say, then it’s certainly the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson is 0-3 against Kansas City in his short career, and I project him to take another L on Sunday night.
Prediction: Chiefs 27, Ravens 21
Followers: Chiefs 88%
Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers was certainly out of his element on a sunny afternoon in Jacksonville last week. Social media broke into a frenzy after he posted just 1.32 fantasy points with a 36.8 passer rating. He’ll certainly be better in prime time against a familiar foe like the Lions, especially at home. Rodgers is due for a strong bounce back performance, and hopefully enough fantasy points to carry me to victory against Iestyn Harris.
Prediction: Packers 41, Lions 25
Followers: Packers 77%