2019 Week 2 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 2 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 66% record for the season, so that’s four years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 94% record on Locks of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
So let’s see get to that Lock and Upset for Week 1…
Lock of the Week => New England Patriots (-19.0) over Miami Dolphins
This probably biggest lock of the year. The Patriots were absolutely dominent on offense and defense against the Steelers. The Dolphins on the other hand are tanking like nobody’s business, so much so, that several players have requested a trade. Don’t overthink this, just lock it in and move on.
Upset of the Week => New Orleans Saints (+2.5) over Los Angeles Rams
There were a lot of candidates for upsets this week, but I’m taking the Saints over th Rams. The Saint looked dynamic against the Texans on Monday football with an unforgetable last second field goal win. Brees was Brees and showed an ability go hit his 2nd and 3rd recievers (Tedd Ginn Jr. and Tre’Quan Smith) with ease when Michael Thomas was covered. Plus Alvin Kamara was ridiculously productive having 13 carries for 97 rush yards, and 7 receptions for 72 recieving yards along with the most avoided tackles (10) of any RB in Week 1. The Rams, on the other hand, looked luke warm at best, barely eeking one by a Panthers team that essentially had only one weapon in Run CMC. Maybe the vaunted Rams passing game actually takes flight in Week 2, but my money is on the Saints with the upset.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Cleveland Browns (0-1) @ New York Jets (0-1)
What happened to the Cleveland Browns in week 1?
Cleveland was considered a potential Super Bowl contender, but after a dismal 13-43 loss to the Tennessee Titans, it’s more likely that they’ll finish last in the AFC North. Baker Mayfield tied for the most interceptions (3) with Jameis Winston, he tied for the 2nd most sacks (5) and had the 7th worst QBR (27.2) in week 1. Odell Beckham Jr. was supposed to be a play maker, but he certainly didn’t add much in week 1.
In week 2, the Cleveland Browns have dropped six places, finishing 24th in the NFL power rankings.
In week 1, the New York Jets lost by 1-point to the Buffalo Bills. Both teams had a shaky beginning, with only one score in the first half by the Jets defense. The second half of the game looked like two totally different teams, as both teams combined for 27 points. The Jets offense looked more confident on the field, but unfortunately for the Jets, so did the Bills, and confidence alone doesn’t win games.
The Jets have remained at spot 22 of the NFL power rankings, putting these two teams on equal footing for the Week 2 showdown.
However, without Sam Darnold out and Le’Veon Bell going in for an MRI (even if it is precautionary), it seems unlikely the Jets will win…even against the Browns.
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2019
#Jets coach Adam Gase tells reporters that QB Sam Darnold will miss Monday’s game with mono. That is unexpected.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2019
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Scott King’s Picks
So, we’re off to a solid start at 12-3-1, but there are so many things still to figure out this season. I don’t trust the Titans and I like the Falcons for the entire season. This week we’ll learn more about who can play and who can’t. I’m going with a homer pick and taking the Lions at home. I think the early west coast kick off will help them out and the Chargers are now down two of their best players. The Steelers are too proud a franchise to lose at home a week after getting blown out. Good luck.
Check out Wally’s thoughts also at the 30:44 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
— Wally aka Waleo USS (@UrbanSportScene) September 12, 2019
Check out Ray’s thoughts also at the 30:44 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Woof woof! Like a fair few underdogs this week so will start with the 49ers who didn’t play great offensively but found a way to win in Tampa. And that’s because the defense was excellent against a scattershot QB and they face another one in Andy Dalton.
Then it’s the Colts and I know Tennessee was impressive but Jacoby Brissett has the lowers interception % of any QB since he entered the NFL and the Titans feasted off turnovers last week. They won’t this week and the Colts robbed themselves of a win last week because of poor kicking. It might be time for kicking tryouts in Indianapolis.”
I know buying in on Oakland is crazy but look at how they beat Denver last week. Controlled the clock with Josh Jacobs. Efficiency and no turnovers for Derek Carr and improved defense. Replicate all those and they can’t beat the Chiefs (who allowed Gardner Minshew one of the best debuts for a QB in league history).
New Orleans will wreak revenge. You know they’ve had this game circled for months and the Rams struggled to put away Caroline despite dominating most of the game last week. Drew Brees is still clicking and Alvin Kamara has gone to another level. Saints win!
If the Falcons can’t bounce back this week then Dan Quinn is headed for big trouble. There offense simply has to be better. There line can’t be that bad again. Right?
*Public pick percentages are from Yahoo Sports Pick ‘Em Users
If it’s alright with you, I’d rather forget about my dismal Week 1 slate. I tried to get cute with a few upset picks and paid for it with the worst week at Garbage Time. Anyways…let’s move forward to Week 2 which has a healthy mix of potential blowouts as well as few very intriguing matchups that the public is pretty split on.
- I won’t get fancy on Thursday Night, Cam, CMC, and the Carolina Panthers take down their division rivals in a high scoring affair.
- The Green Bay Packers defense has an audition to prove if their dominating Week 1 performance was for real, or just a product of a rusty Chicago Bears team. I think the Bears lack of execution certainly helped, but I also think the Packers will be a Top 10 Defense this year, and they’ll prove it this week against the Vikings and march to a 2-0 start at Lambeau.
- The Dolphins have actually won five of their last six at home against the New England Patriots. Only 1% of the public believes that trend will continue, and I’m no different, this may be the best team in the league against the worst team as the eye-popping 18.5 point spread indicates.
- Call me a homer but if the New York Giants can’t find a way to beat the Bills at home…I know, I know, just ask the Jets, who’ve already lost to the Bills in the same building. Still I’m rolling with the Giants.
- In one of the better matchups this week, I’ve got the Pittsburgh Steelers bouncing back after that embarrassing loss to the Patriots to beat Russel Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle didn’t look very dangerous against a Bengals team that they were supposed to steamroll. I think both teams will look a lot better than they did in Week 1, but the game is in Pittsburgh and that usually means Big Ben will get to work. 57% of the public is with me on this one, so it’s a pretty fair split.
- The Sunday afternoon game has a rematch of last year’s classic Saints vs. Rams game where the Saints handed the Rams their first loss of the season 45-35. I’ve got the New Orleans Saints winning the game in a slightly lower scoring, but still wildly entertaining game. The public is very split on this one as I’m in the slight minority (46% picked Saints).
Upset of the Week
As you can see I’ve gone a little more conservative in my approach this week. With that being said I do have one pick that only 13% of the public agrees with me on, and that’s the Indianapolis Colts beating the Tennessee Titans on the road. I think the Colts really proved to people last week that they’ll still be a solid team even without Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett has proven in his short career that he can manage an offense and not make costly turnovers. He has just 7 INTs in 555 career pass attempts. Baker Mayfield threw three picks in 38 attempts last week allowing the Titans to thrive and win by 30 despite having 7 less total yards than the Browns. I like the Colts to pick up the road win in Nashville behind a solid defensive performance and another solid game from Marlon Mack and Jacoby Brissett.
Week 1 Results
Check back next week for our Week 2 results and Week 3 picks!