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Thursday, September 18, 2014

NFL WEEK TWO RECAP

I opened the week with only one correct pick in the first six games, but made a nice comeback to go positive at 8 - 7 prior to Monday night's game. When I turned it off in the third quarter, the Colts were comfortably ahead. Oops! Tuesday morning I found out the Eagles made another second half turnaround to defeat Indy 30 - 27. I avoided a total disaster by picking the Chargers and the Bears in upsets.

Last week:  8 - 8
Overall:      20 - 12

Thursday:

Pittsburgh (1 - 0) 27 @ Baltimore (0 - 1) 21:  No. This game looked like a total farce. It was tough for the Steelers to play 11 on 17. I think the NFL threw the Ravens a bone for having to deal with the Ray Rice fiasco.  I've been watching football for almost my entire 56 years and obvious is obvious. Baltimore 26 - 6.

Sunday:

Miami (1 - 0) 27 @ Buffalo (1 - 0) 21:  No. It certainly seems as if the Bills have a pretty good team. The Dolphins aren't bad and Buffalo dominated them and are now at the top of the AFC East.  Buffalo 29 - 10.

Atlanta (1 - 0) 20 @ Cincinnati (1 - 0) 24: Correct. The Bengals are quickly moving up the NFL food chain. Solid offense, tough defense. That translates to more than regular season success.
Cincinnati 24 - 10.

New Orleans (0 - 1) 27 @ Cleveland (0 - 1) 20: No. The Saints have lost two close games, this time unable to stop the Browns on a last second game winning drive. And it looks like Johnny Football will have to sit for a few more games. Cleveland 26 - 24.

Dallas (0 - 1) 20 @ Tennessee (1 - 0) 30: No. The Cowboys looked like the kind of team Jerry Jones wants to see every week. Good running game, tough defense. But I need to see more to be convinced. Dallas 26 - 10.

New England (0 - 1) 24 @ Minnesota (1 - 0) 30: No. The loss of Adrian Peterson seems to have affected the Vikings a lot more than I thought it would. Of course, the Patriots also had a lot to play for. Don't count New England out quite yet, I guess. New England 30 - 7.

Arizona (1 - 0) 27 @ New York Giants (0 -1) 19: Correct. The Giants could be the worst team in the league. Arizona could be among the best. No surprise in this one. Arizona 25 - 14.

Jacksonville (0 - 1) 17 @ Washington (1 - 0) 27: Correct. Maybe RGIII isn't the future of the Redskins, instead it may be Kirk Cousins. I doubt Griffin steps foot on the field against the Eagles. As a Washington fan, I hope he sits for a while. Washington 41 - 10.

Detroit (1 - 0) 31 @ Carolina (1 - 0) 24: No. The Lions have come out of the gate flat, while the Panthers seem intent on repeating as NFC South champs. I'll need to see more from Detroit before I pick them again.

Seattle (1 - 0) 23 @ San Diego (0 - 1) 24: Correct. The Chargers are for real and the Seahawks just aren't the same team on the road. San Diego 30 - 21.

St. Louis (0 - 1) 13 @ Tampa Bay (0 - 1) 24: No. The Rams pulled one out over a team a lot of people predicted would be much improved from last season. Maybe the Bucs are, but the record doesn't indicate it. St. Louis 19 - 17.

Kansas City (0 - 1) 20 @ Denver (1 - 0) 34: Correct. This one was a lot closer than I thought it would be. But the Chiefs still continued their slide. Denver 24 - 17.

New York Jets (1 - 0) 24 @ Green Bay (0 - 1) 27: Correct. The Jets gave Green Bay the battle I expected. Green Bay 31 - 24.

Houston (1 - 0) 23 @ Oakland (0 - 1) 14: Correct. The Texans look like the surprise team in the league, but it's still early. The Raiders look like, well, uh, you know...the Raiders. Houston 30 - 14.

Chicago (0 - 1) 28 @ San Francisco (1 - 0) 24: Correct. Despite a boisterous home crowd for the opening of their new stadium, the Niners couldn't stop the Bears. Chicago 28 - 20.

Monday:

Philadelphia (1 - 0) 30 @ Indianapolis (0 - 1) 31: No. Really? I turned the game off in the third quarter, thinking the Colts had a comfortable lead. That's two big comebacks for the Eagles to start the season. Next up for Philadelphia is Washington. Philadelphia 30 - 27.