Week 1 was a nice start to the season. If not for a late touchdown by the Steelers, it would have been a 5-0 week including hitting my Upset Special. Week 2 brings a ton of question marks though. How much we buy into what happened in Week 1 will be key to success this week. Are the Broncos done? What do we make of the Colts? Is Marcus Mariota for real? Lets look at some games and see what answers we can find.
>Season Total 4-0-1
>Upset Alert 1-0
San Francisco 49ers +5.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers
The San Francisco 49ers were very impressive in their debut Monday Night. While the defense lost many of its stars in the offseason, it didn’t look like it on the field. They held the Vikings to 248 total yards and Adrian Peterson to 31 yards on 10 carries. On offense they were led by running back Carlos Hyde, who looked impressive ripping of yards against a solid Vikings defense. Now they take their show on the road this week. The Steelers will once again be without Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant and the 49ers will have to handle Antonio Brown to keep this game close. The Niners should be able to have its way with this Steeler defense. Between the running game and defense San Francisco should keep this game close and cover the 5.5 point spread.
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Arizona Cardinals -1.5 at Chicago Bears
The Arizona Cardinals were impressive a week ago in their home debut. This week they head on the road to take on the Chicago Bears. They won’t have the services of Andre Ellington, but should be able to muster enough from Chris Johnson and David Johnson. The Bears defense is less than intimidating and I expect another impressive performance from Carson Palmer this week. The Cardinal defense should travel well for this game. I expect the pressure to get to Jay Cutler. The Cardinals should win by a field goal or more.
Tennessee Titans -1 at Cleveland Browns
The Titans looked really impressive a week ago on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This week, they travel to the tire fire that is the Cleveland Browns. Either Johnny Manziel or Josh McCown will be under center, but either way the intimidation factor is minimal. I think the Titans go on the road and impress again. They will cover the 1 point spread with ease on their way to 2-0.
Baltimore Ravens -6 at Oakland Raiders
The Baltimore Ravens looked lost on both sides of the ball a week ago. Same goes for the Oakland Raiders. This week one of those teams will look much better, but that team is not playing at home. The Ravens offense will get rolling this week. Justin Forsett should look much better and produce against a poor Raider rush defense. Joe Flacco should be able to utilize the play action and find his receivers down the field. Baltimore should cruise to a comfortable finish and cover the spread pretty easily.
Denver Broncos +3 at Kansas City Chiefs
This line feels like an overreaction to me. The Denver Broncos looked bad a week ago against the Baltimore Ravens. I expect a much better performance this week even against a talented Chiefs defense. Peyton Manning and the passing game will play much better. They will need to get something out of the run game and it will be interesting to see how much CJ Anderson can give them. There won’t be a ton of chances to take the Broncos as underdogs so jump on the opportunity while you can.