Rine’s Week 2 NFL Picks
New England 31, N.Y. Jets 16
Geno Smith shocked the world by leading the Jets to victory last week, but one here would shock even the inhabitants of Saturn and Mars. Sure, the Patriots struggled last week, but they found a way to get it done.
Kansas City 7, Dallas 6
Hey, the Cowboys won a big game. Congrats are in order since it’s the second time since 1996 it has happened. Nobody saw the Chiefs exploding the way they did, but temper the enthusiasm since it was against the Jaguars.
Houston 28, Tennessee 13
The Titans showed me something last week, and that’s the fact that anyone can be beaten if they don’t show up. There’s nothing overly exciting about Tennessee, which looks like it’s going to be a lunch pail-type outfit.
Washington 21, Green Bay 20
The read-option tour continues for the Packers, who obviously didn’t fare very well against it last time. I’ve got the Redskins as one of my surprise teams this season. Make it 45 games in a row without a 100-yard rusher for Green Bay.
Chicago 29, Minnesota 20
The Bears are coming off an opening victory and could gain some early separation in the NFC North. You can only wonder how long until the Vikings give up on the experiment that is Christian Ponder.
Atlanta 24, St. Louis 21
A disappointing debut for the Falcons to say the least, but they have never been good away from home in the Matt Ryan Era. This one is in the Georgia Dome, which gives them an edge on the improving Rams.
Philadelphia 27, San Diego 15
It’s going to be an interesting season for the Eagles, who might be up one week and down the next. That’s not going to sit well with the faithful, but the fruit of Chip Kelly’s style will eventually be realized.
Indianapolis 36, Miami 12
So Mike Wallace’s team won but he was upset he didn’t get more catches. Wonder how he will feel when the Dolphins lose and his low numbers continue? Here’s a cautionary tale of be careful what you wish for.
Baltimore 8, Cleveland 2
Judging from opening week, this should be about as boring a game as the league has to offer. The Ravens defense is a former shell of itself and unibrow Flacco keeps throwing it to the wrong team. Still better than the Browns.
Buffalo 15, Carolina 12
The Bills have to be kicking themselves for dropping a winnable game to the Patriots last week. Meanwhile, the Panthers allowed Seattle to come across country and win, something that never happens. Will be another long season in Charlotte.
Detroit 28, Arizona 27
Here’s where we find out exactly what the Cardinals are made of. This should be an opportunity to go to 2-0, but a late hiccup cost them. I’m selfishly rooting for Bruce Arians to get fired and come back to Pittsburgh.
New Orleans 37, Tampa Bay 10
The Saints take their show on the road for the first time and what better way to get your feet wet than to play the Buccaneers? Expect about 400 yards and four touchdowns from Drew Brees.
Oakland 13, Jacksonville 10
It’s pretty bad when Blaine Gabbert is the second-best QB in an NFL stadium where Terrelle Pryor is the other. I’m happy for Pryor though, because now he has the means to pay for his tattoos, rather than trading in personal belongings.
N.Y. Giants 27, Denver 24
After losing to Dallas last week things could get ugly in a hurry if the Giants cannot find a way to down the Broncos. Heck, some are already handing Denver the Lombardi Trophy after its beatdown of Baltimore. Not so fast, my friend.
San Francisco 30, Seattle 28
An early season showdown for supremacy in the NFC West. Russell Wilson showed no signs of slowing down after a brilliant rookie season. Teams don’t just walk into Seattle and win, especially at night. But …
Pittsburgh 17, Cincinnati 10
The Steelers can be a good team if Todd Haley will get out of the way and let Ben Roethlisberger be himself. But it seems as though upper management is instead bent on molding this team in one that could have done well in the 70s, but can’t compete with the high-flying offenses of today.
Shawn Rine can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org