Glad Saturday, of us. Time for an additional spherical of strains and picks. Week 1 was a combined bag, with a complete mark of 3-3. I used to be proper on Miami profitable comfortably, however I used to be below .500 on the remainder of the slate. The Ravens over the Jets appeared like a straightforward mark, given the Jets’ QB state of affairs and the general superiority of the Ravens – and it completely was. The Niners additionally struggled with Trey Lance at QB, with the Bears pulling away and profitable by two scores. Had Cade York not drilled an insane 58-yard subject objective within the closing seconds, it could have been a profitable week. Oh properly. Them’s the breaks generally.
On with Week 2 picks…
General season mark (3-3)
Miami Dolphins picks (1-0 on season)
MIAMI (+3.5) at Baltimore
Miami having harm issues at sort out worries me. The Ravens’ go rush may eat on Sunday, as this line is beginning to extra resemble the catastrophe of final 12 months with out their bookends. That being stated, the Ravens have their very own harm issues within the secondary, so massive performs might be there within the passing sport if Tua has time to get the ball off. I do just like the receiving ability set of Chase Edmonds right here, as a fast catch-and-run passing sport involving him, Jaylen Waddle, and Tyreek Hill may assist ease issues with an aggressive rush.
Defensively, the Dolphins are in place to make life robust for the Ravens offense. The Fins’ secondary ought to be greater than a match to stick with the Ravens’ go catchers, and the Ravens shall be with out sort out Ronnie Stanley. However Lamar Jackson is the MVP for a motive and can nonetheless discover a method to make some massive performs.
Shut sport that would swing both means, however I’ll take the Dolphins with three factors and the all necessary hook right here.
Remainder of the league (2-3 on season)
Tampa Bay at NEW ORLEANS (+2.5)
This sport is a who’s who of accidents, and the Bucs have some important ones on offense. They don’t have a wholesome receiver amongst their high 4, and each tackles are ailing, with Donovan Smith uncertain. The Saints are additionally considerably banged up, however at dwelling in entrance of a wild Superdome crowd, getting factors looks like a little bit of a present right here, and I’ll take them.
CINCINNATI (-7) at Dallas
This has 35-10 vibes to it, with the Dallas offense being completely abysmal with Dak Prescott out and groups keying on CeeDee Lamb. The Cowboys don’t have anybody who can stick with JaMarr Chase, and the Bengals offense ought to thrive. This is likely to be the simplest name of the week.
TENNESSEE (+10) at Buffalo
I imply, look. Buffalo had a really spectacular win on the defending champion Rams and the Titans simply misplaced a squeaker to the putrid Giants. However recognizing a group as proficient because the Titans 10 factors? I’ll take that and run. Payments win, however the Titans make a sport of it.
SEATTLE (+9) at San Francisco
Sure, I’m taking one other massive street canine once more. And that’s as a result of, no, I’m actually not a believer in Trey Lance. Asking the Niners to be favored over anybody by double digits, particularly with George Kittle probably out once more, is asking rather a lot. I’ll take 9 factors right here all day.
NY Jets at CLEVELAND (-6.5)
Calls this a scarcity of religion as a lot as anything. In my suicide pool, I’m working towards the Jets for so long as they’re rolling out Floe Jacco at QB. Defensively the Jets have been sound towards the Baltimore run sport final week (63 yards allowed on 21 rushes), however the Browns went for 217 on the bottom at Carolina and will be capable of depend on their two-headed speeding assault to regulate the tempo of the sport and preserve the Jets’ assault grounded. Browns by double digits.