“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene 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 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We were a decent 10-6 in Week 1, which was solid but unspectacular. But I’m just warming up, so let’s see get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 2…
Lock of the Week ➡ San Francisco 49ers (-7.0) over New York Jets
Well, Philip Rivers let me down in Week 1, but I intend to make it up in Week 2. The 49ers didn’t look great, but one thing we learned is their RBs certainly can catch the ball and run. In fact, in Week 1, almost half of Jimmy Garoppolo’s completed passes (9 of 19) were to running backs and over half of his passing yards came from RB receptions (162 of 259). The Jets are stout against the run (ranked 2nd per DVOA in 2019 and in Week 1), but they’re vulnerable to the pass (ranked 20th per DVOA in 2019 and 26th in Week 1), including to pass catching backs. The Jets in Week 1, on the other hand, were completely bottle up on the ground to the tune of 52 yards on 15 total team carries, and wasn’t much better in the passing game but for Jamison Crowder, who accounted for nearly half of Sam Darnold passing yards. Unfortunately for the Jets, Crowder has a hamstring injury and hasn’t been practicing, so even if he gets out there on Sunday, he’ll surely be less than 100%. Plus Le’Veon Bell was placed on IR. This all adds to a long day on Sunday for both the Jets offense and defense, and assuredly a bounce back game for the 49ers. Lock em’ in.
Upset of the Week ➡ Minnesota Vikings (+2.0) over Indianapolis Colts
Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you, Philip Rivers. I’m not falling for it again. The Vikings defense looked particularly vulnerable against what everyone thought was going to be a run heavy offense and ended being the same old Aaron Rodgers aerial show, but Rivers is not Rogers. Both teams look to struggle, but with just a 2 point spread and the Vikings looking like they have the better offense, I’m going with the upset in this potential shootout.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Survivor Pick: San Francisco 49ers
Scott King’s Picks
Somehow I managed 10-6 last week. I’m not taking anything for granted this week. Let’s take it slow one more week and then we’ll really know what’s going on.
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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A half decent week thanks to the Bears stunning comeback in Detroit and we will start with them this week.
Yes the Bears won but they were poor for 3 quarters and they shouldn’t be a big favorite against anyone. Giants can win if Daniel Jones can avoid the big mistake like the one he made near the goal line Monday night. Until then they were in the game with the Steelers. Giants upset the Bears.
Survivor pick: Sadly I am out thanks to the flagrant incompetence of the Cowboys Sunday night. But if I was still in I would suggest Seattle this week. The Seahawks #LetRussCook and cook he did against Atlanta. New England’s a better defense but I think Russell Wilson’s MVP campaign will continue to gather momentum as I am not sure the Patriots have enough defensively to hold him down. Pats game plan last week was good and so was Cam Newton but he will have to produce more than 155 yards in the air to keep up with Seattle.
Others: Miami upset overrated Buffalo thanks to a defense that will force Josh Allen (who also got way too much praise last week) into turnovers. I’m picking Philadelphia and Indianapolis to beat the L.A. Rams and Minnesota respectively but they will be the bottom of the confidence pool points as I don’t know how you can pick a side with conviction in either case.
Washington will get the cold water of reality in their face at Arizona. It’s one thing to get after Carson Wentz who can’t really run around anymore. It’s another to try and get Kyler Murray. And if he can get away then you can bet that DeAndre Hopkins will hit at least 1 big play against the secondary.
Drew Brees really wasn’t that good against Tampa and Las Vegas will control the clock with Josh Jacobs and upset the Saints in their home opener.
Week 1 Results
Check back next week for our Week 2 results and Week 3 picks!