“Excuse Me, Flo?” – I got some NFL picks to make.
While spending the week ensuring that we do have ourselves prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence to the Carolinas, I couldn’t help but think of the most ridiculous movie line, one that barely has a connection to a hurricane ready to bear down on the east coast.
It’s the diner line from Dumb and Dumber, where Harry and Lloyd have a good laugh after calling the cranky waitress “Flo”.
Hey, when I said there barely was a connection, I meant it.
“What’s the soup du jour?”
What about my NFL Week 2 “picks du jour”?
Those are the picks of the day.
“Mmm, that sounds good… I’ll have that.”
OK, well, then… here they are – my top five games of the week for NFL Week 2 – peppered with some additional Harry and Lloyd flavor. Let’s just hope the picks are not as “dumb” as the movie quotes (my winners ATS are in BOLD).
KP’s Smart (or Dumb) Picks for Week 2 of the 2018 NFL Season
FIVE – Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
Those worried about Jimmy G. following Week 1, don’t fret. Sure, the Niners have a bit of a patchwork depth chart in the ground game, but Garoppolo faced a very strong Minnesota defense. The potential absence of Marquise Goodwin could also be a crutch. Still, in Week 2, San Francisco is at home facing another NFC Central foe, but did anyone see the Lions play the Jets earlier this week? It was ugly and by the end, Matt Patricia looked like a deer in the headlights – and rightfully so.
Expect the same come Sunday. Give me the Niners at home in a big way.
FOUR – Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I think we expected a rockier start for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs, yet look what happened. Do we think Tampa Bay and Fitz can reproduce Week 1’s performance against the Super Bowl champs, or is it going to be a bit of a rockier road, despite being on the home turf?
Yep, John Denver and I both pick the Eagles (or at least I do).
THREE – Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears (-3.5)
How does everyone think the Bears will bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to a hobbled Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 1? Well, if you’ve seen any of my past analysis, there is minimal trust in the Seahawks and its somewhat depleted 2018 roster. Throw in the newly injured Doug Baldwin, who is out for a few weeks and the home crowd in Chicago could be flying to the moon and back by the end of the night.
Give me Khalil Mack, Mitch Trubisky and the Bears at home. Chicago covers.
TWO – Los Angeles Chargers (-7.5) at Buffalo Bills
The Joey Bosa-less Chargers defense struggled against Kansas City, so what should we expect in Week 2? The East coast trip to Buffalo is always tough on west coast teams, sure, but do we really think that Josh Allen – set to start in Week 2- can compete with L.A.’s potent offense? C’mon, how dumb do you think I am, Bills Mafia?!
Bolts cover on the road.
ONE – Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints (-8.5)
There’s some uncertainty here, considering what Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to do against the New Orleans defense last week. The Browns also managed a nice comeback against Big Ben and the Steelers in Week 1… with the city of Cleveland not unlocking those free beer fridges, yet still likely celebrating a tie. Sorry, but my gut here likes the Saints – sparked by a passionate home crowd – to complete a big-time rebound and take control of this game. But would you bet on it?
No, really, how much you wanna bet?
Give me the Saints… with whatever odds you want.
Happy football… and if you’re in the pathway of Hurricane Florence… stay safe!