Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Tommy Kelly (95) and teammates celebrate after stopping the San Diego Chargers on 4th down during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Who Dat Dish NFL Pick’em keeps rolling from last week! Let’s look at the rough patch of Week One standings:
- Federico (@FedeFerrari10), 11-5
- Simon (@Daugulis), 10-6
- Andrew (@ShootsMcGavin), 10-6
- MacGyver (@SaintsTailgate), 9-7
- Barry (@HarahanWhoDat), 9-7
- Ian (@IDear_Sports), 9-7
- John (@JohnJHendrix), 8-8
- Ryne (@RHancock19), 6-10
Without further ado, here’s how Week Two unfolds:
Thoughts from John
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
How much does this Ray Rice drama affect the Ravens in this divisional showdown? The Ravens have the luxury of hosting the Steelers at home, but the Steelers looked very impressive in their debut. As for Joe Flacco’s performance? Not so much comes to mind. However, this is a great game for Thursday Night Football, and these two play tough until the end. The past two results at M&T Bank Stadium have been 22-20 and 23-20, with each of the teams winning. I feel like I should side with the Steelers.
Miami at Buffalo
Just as everyone thought, these two teams would be 1-0 after Week One after playing the Patriots and Bears. These poses to be a highly entertaining affair between these two teams, but after seeing Knowshon Moreno return to last year’s form and seeing their defense shut down Tom Brady, it’s tough for me to bet against the Dolphins right now.
Detroit at Carolina
I’m sure we’ll see Cam Newton back in action this week, but I can’t overlook how good Matthew Stafford looked against the Giants. I don’t see the Panthers containing the Lions, even if they are at home.
Atlanta at Cincinnati
Do we see a repeat of Atlanta’s offense, or do the Bengals (who have a good defense like the Saints) shut them down completely? I’m willing to bet that the Bengals offense does what the Saints did last week, but will limit the Falcons do on offense.
New Orleans at Cleveland
Look for my Keys to the Game article.
New England at Minnesota
We’d usually be staring at the exact opposite records at this point for these two clubs. The Vikings offense came to life last week against the Rams. This has upset all over it, but I’d still give the nod to the Pats.
Arizona at New York Giants
Eli Manning may be one or two bad games away from the team talking about a quarterback change. The Cardinals should have a nice defensive outing to spoil the Giants’ first home game.
Dallas at Tennessee
The Cowboys looked awful, and got off to a horrendous start. All the Titans did was beat the favored Chiefs in their backyard. Ken Whisenhunt spells a big difference for the Titans, and I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.
Jacksonville at Washington
I guess you could say it’s a battle of the lackluster. The Jags had everyone’s bracket on tilt last week when they stormed out to a big lead over the Eagles. That was short-lived. I believe RGIII rights the ship this week for the Skins.
Seattle at San Diego
Quite simply put, the Chargers will be staring at 0-2 after this game.
St. Louis at Tampa Bay
It’s quite simple, Tampa can put up points. The Rams don’t look like they can. Bucs.
Kansas City at Denver
The Chiefs defense containing the Broncos offensive attack? Give me a break.
New York Jets at Green Bay
I’m not wanting to face the Packers at home coming off of a loss. Aaron Rodgers is going to have a field day against the Raiders secondary.
Houston at Oakland
As interesting at it is, the Texans defense helped power them to a victory over the Redskins. The Raiders had an encouraging start to the season, even though they did lose. The really terrible thing about the Raiders offense is their lack of a run game, which is non-existent. Call me crazy, but I’m siding with the Raiders as a slight upset.
Chicago at San Francisco
As if it weren’t bad enough being upset by the Bills in Week One, you’re now charged with facing a 49ers team who beat up on the Cowboys. The debut at the new stadium should not be ruined by the visiting Bears.
Philadelphia at Indianapolis
Philly’s offense came to life in the second half to rattle off 34 unanswered points against the Jags. The Colts didn’t quit against the Broncos, but fell short. Andrew Luck vs. Nick Foles. This should be a highly entertaining Monday Night Football matchup, but at the end of the day, I like the Eagles to pull out a victory.