Week 1 of the 2017 was whack. Boring. Corny. Underwhelming. None of the high powered offenses looked high powered. Quarterback play was pretty damn bad as well. I’ve been caping for Sam Bradford and Alex Smith for years, but to see the way they played last week made me shed a thug tear.
Arguably the best game of Week 1 was the Broncos and Chargers in terms of competitiveness and the fact the game came down to a blocked field goal. Hopefully Week 2 offers us much better matchups.
Top 5 games for Week 2:
- Minnesota Vikings @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
- New England Patriots @ New Orleans Saints
- Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs
- Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Burning Questions for Week 2:
- How will the Steelers secondary hold up against Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielan?
- Will there be any defense played in the Patriots-Saints game?
- Does Aaron Rodgers get “revenge” against the Falcons?
- The Broncos run defense looked slightly better than the previous year. Dallas’ offensive line vs the Broncos front 7?
- Will Andy Dalton survive Thursday nights game?
- Will Tarik Cohen take more of Jordan Howard’s snaps?
- Will Bill O’Brien stick with Deshaun Watson?
- Will Odell play?
- Why are the Jaguars home underdogs?
My 2017 Record: 9-6
Fans 2017 Record: 9-6
OT50YL Picks Against The Spread: 5-6
OT50YL Lock of the Week: Arizona -7 1/2 vs Indianapolis
OT50YL Week 2 Power Rankings
I briefly considered doing a Week 1 power rankings, but I’d rather wait to rank teams based on what they did on the field. Not from some offseason storylines or what they did the previous season. That shit doesn’t matter.
- Dallas Cowboys
- Atlanta Falcons
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Green Bay Packers
- Minnesota Vikings
- New England Patriots
- Oakland Raiders
- Seattle Seahawks
- Philadelphia Eagles
Houston Texans (0-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
My Pick: Houston Texans
What I think: Two of the worst offensive lines in the NFL but unfortunately, I’m more worried about Andy Dalton than I am Deshaun TomSavage Watson. Houston has more pass rushers than Cincinnati and I’m sure these guys will be pissed off about what happened in Week 1.
Spread: Texans +6
Point Total: 38 (under)
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1)
My Pick: Baltimore Ravens
What I think: Baltimore should win this just because their defense is much better at what they do than the Cleveland offense is. But I don’t see Cleveland playing as bad the Cincy did the week before
Spread: Cleveland +9
Point Total: 38 1/2 (over)
Chicago Bears (0-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
My Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What I think: Chicago is a lot better than people are willing to give them credit for. But with no wide receivers and an AWQ behind center, I don’t see how they keep up with Jameis and company.
Spread: Tampa Bay -7
Point Total: 43 (over)
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
My Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
What I think: This a scary matchup for the Steelers. The talent distribution between the Steelers offense and the Vikings defense is even in my opinion. But the real story of this game with be the Vikings offense against the Steelers defense. The Vikings OL looked much better Week 1 and that opened up everything for the Vikings offense. This game falls solely on Big Ben not turning the ball over.
Spread: Minnesota +6
Point Total: 45 1/2 (over)
New England Patriots (0-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-1)
My Pick: New Orleans Saints
What I think: The Patriots haven’t been 0-2 since Brady’s first season as a starter. Something funky is happening in New England. I see Drew Brees picking on Gilmore deep this game. Furthermore, after seeing what Kareem Hunt did to the Patriots, will Sean Payton run the ball? (LOL),
Spread: New Orleans (+7)
Point Total: 56 (over)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
My Pick: Kansas City Chiefs
What I think: Alex Smith might have a field day against this Eagles secondary.
Spread: Philadelphia +6
Point Total: 47 1/2 (over)
Tennessee Titans (0-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
My Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars
What I think: I don’t expect the Jaguars to get 10 sacks a week. But that DL is legit. Jalen Ramsey’s health will be an issue but I’m taking the Jaguars to win battle of the trenches and the entire game.
Spread: Jacksonville +3
Point Total: 43 1/2 (over)
Arizona Cardinals (0-1) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
My Pick: Arizona Cardinals
What I think: Carson Palmer can’t be that washed to fuck this up.
Spread: Arizona -7 1/2
Point Total: 44 (under)
Carolina Panthers (1-0) @ Buffalo Bills (1-0)
My Pick: Carolina Panthers
What I think: Buffalo isn’t as bad as people think either but Carolina is still the better team with the better quarterback.
Spread: Carolina -7
Point Total: 43 (under)
Oakland Raiders (1-0) @ New York Jets (0-1)
My Pick: Oakland Raiders
What I think: Todd Bowles doesn’t seem like the type of coach at this point to try and rally his team
Spread: Oakland -14
Point Total: 43 1/2 (over)
Miami Dolphins (0-0) @ Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
My Pick: Los Angeles Chargers
What I think: This is a sneaky good matchup. This game will come down to which QB makes the big mistake. My money is on Cutler.
Spread: Miami +4 1/2
Point Total: 45 under
Seattle Seahawks (0-1) @ San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
My Pick: Seattle Seahawks
What I think: The 49ers defense will cause some problems for the Seahawks OL but the Seahawks should run away with this. I see a defensive score for the LOB.
Spread: Seattle -14
Point Total: 42 (under)
Los Angeles Rams (1-0) @ Washington Redskins (0-1)
My Pick: Los Angeles Rams
What I think: I’m really not sure what to expect this game. Kirk Cousins had a Kirk Cousins game in Week 1. Until proven otherwise, Jared Goff had an outer body experience and looked vastly improved. The Rams defense will be the X factor.
Spread: LA -2
Point Total: 46 under)
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Denver Broncos (1-0)
My Pick: Dallas Cowboys
What I think: The Broncos don’t quite have the defensive line that the Giants have so the Cowboys offensive line might have an easier opportunity getting a push against this front. Dak has to look a lot sharper though. He’s 2 passing attempts away from having the fewest interceptions (4) through 500 attempts.
Spread: Dallas -2
Point Total: 42 (under)
Green Bay Packers (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
My Pick: Green Bay Packers
What I think: This should be an amazing game. Green Bay’s defense won’t get a chance to go up against the Seahawks OL every week so I doubt the defense will look that again. But Aaron Rodgers will pull a few plays out of his ass.
Spread: Green Bay +3
Point Total: 54 (over)
Detroit Lions (1-0) @ New York Giants (0-1)
My Pick: Detroit Lions
What I think: No idea yet if Odell is playing. The Giants have the superior defense (just like they did last week) but if your offense is lousy and pathetic, does it matter? Giving this matchup to the team with the better quarterback.
Spread: Not Available
Point Total: Not Available