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Wasn’t Week 1 great?
Five one-point games, two games decided by missed field goals in the final seconds, one fantastic two-point conversion call, and the rare game in which a late-game clock management blunder actually went the Giants’ way.
If you read enough about the NFL you’ll inevitably hear the argument that the quality of play in the league is decreasing. Between the injuries, the parity, the penalties – football just isn’t what it used to be.
Just last week, Kevin Clark had a really interesting piece in The Ringer that looked at the average age of players in the NFL, which has been steadily decreasing over the past few seasons. Several coaches Clark talked to for the piece cited that as the reason why the qualify of play is also plummeting.
That may be the case, but it’s really hard for me to know how we should quantify the “quality” of play in football. Especially when Week 1 was such a treat. Because really, what more can you ask for?
Anyway, I went 9-7 last week. Still working off the early-season rust.
[Last Week: 9-7]
New York Jets (-1) at Buffalo Bills (Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET)
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Let’s not overthink this one.
The pick: Jets – 1
Tennessee Titans (+6) at Detroit Lions (Sunday at 1:00 p.m)
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This line feels one or two points too high in a way that’s to be expected after just one week of football. But who knows – maybe the Lions are for real!
The pick: Titans +6
Kansas City Chiefs (+2.5) at Houston Texans (Sunday at 1:00 p.m.)
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Are we supposed to feel good that the Chiefs came back from a 21-point deficit, or are we supposed to feel nervous that they went down 21 points to the Chargers?
The pick: Chiefs +2.5
Baltimore Ravens (-6.5) at Cleveland Browns (Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET)
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I made the phenomenally idiotic decision to pick the Browns in Week 1. Not going to do that twice in two weeks!
The pick: Ravens -6.5
Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1:00 p.m. ET)
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Give Antonio Brown the MVP already.
The pick: Steelers -3.5
Dallas Cowboys (+2.5) at Washington Redskins (1:00 p.m. ET)
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Josh Norman isn’t happy. Dez Bryant isn’t happy. This game will probably be terrible, but maybe it will be fun!
The pick: Washington -2.5
New Orleans Saints (+4.5) at New York Giants (1:00 p.m. ET)
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The last four winners of Giants vs. Saints has scored over 48 points, which is insane and probably what will happen again on Sunday.
The pick: Giants -4.5
Miami Dolphins (+6.5) at New England Patriots (Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET)
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Jimmy G’s New England debut! Good thing there aren’t any players like Ndamukong Suh to potentially ruin it!
The pick: Dolphins +6.5
San Francisco 49ers (+13.5) at Carolina Panthers (1:00 p.m ET)
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This is a dangerously large line that I’m not worried about in the slightest. Does Cam Newton look nervous?
The pick: Panthers -13.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6.5) at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m. ET)
- Ross D. Franklin/AP
The Cardinals can’t possibly start the season 0-2, right? Right??
The pick: Cardinals -6.5
Seattle Seahawks (-3.5) at Los Angeles Rams (4:05 p.m. ET)
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The Rams have inexplicably given the Seahawks some trouble over the past few seasons, and as I write this I’m suddenly talking myself into another Rams upset. Their first game in LA since 1994 … against a hobbled Russell Wilson … who will feel overly confident after the Rams’ stinker of a Week 1 performance …
Eh, I still don’t like Jeff Fisher or Case Keenum here. Or ever!
The pick: Seahawks -3.5
Indianapolis Colts (+6) at Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET)
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Andrew Luck loves playing in Denver:
Luck: “Very few times in life do you get to go somewhere where 80,000 people want to call you bad names. It’s special.” #Colts
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) September 14, 2016
The pick: Colts +6
Atlanta Falcons (+5) at Oakland Raiders (4:25 p.m. ET)
- Ben Margot/AP
Let’s hope the Raiders keep going for two so the nickname “Blackjack del Rio” catches on.
The pick: Raiders -5
Jacksonville Jaguars (+3) at San Diego Chargers (4:25 p.m. ET)
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Jaguars win outright.
The pick: Jaguars +3
Green Bay Packers (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings (8:30 p.m. ET)
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You know who won’t be making any throws like Aaron Rodgers made last weekend? Sam Bradford. Or Shaun Hill.
The pick: Packers -2.5
Philadelphia Eagles (+3) at Chicago Bears (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
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Can we get a good MNF game soon, please?
The pick: Bears -3
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