September 10, 2014
Hello football fans! Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season.
The NFL started with a bang in Week 1 with a dominating performance from the Seattle Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl Champions defeated the Green Bay Packers 36-16 to open their 2014 campaign. It was September 7, however, that revealed not everything is business as usual.
Who would’ve thought the New England Patriots would start the season last in their division (yes, it’s only been one week)? The Pats lost to the Miami Dolphins 33-20. The Buffalo Bills outplayed the Chicago Bears 23-20 in overtime. The New York Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders 19-14, leaving those three teams tied for first in the AFC East.
The big story from the NFC other than the defending champs is the Dallas Cowboys. Nearly fifty percent of their stadium was filled with 49ers fans. It didn’t help when Tony Romo reminded everyone of his antics. The 49ers dominated the Cowboys 28-17.
Sunday Night and Monday Night Football returned as well. The Broncos survived an Andrew Luck comeback 31-24 on Sunday night. Monday night featured two games, with the Detroit Lions destroying the New York Giants 35–14 and the Arizona Cardinals on top of the San Diego Chargers 18-17.
I went 10–6 to start it off. The following is what I got right and wrong for Week 1.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS — 1:00 p.m. X
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS — 1:00 p.m.
BUFFALO BILLS AT CHICAGO BEARS — 1:00 p.m. X
WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT HOUSTON TEXANS — 1:00 p.m. X
TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — 1:00 p.m. X
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS — 1:00 p.m. X
OAKLAND RAIDERS AT N.Y. JETS — 1:00 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — 1:00 p.m. s.o.
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS — 1:00 p.m.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT ST. LOUIS RAMS — 1:00 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS — 4:25 p.m.
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — 4:25 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT DENVER BRONCOS — 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
N.Y. GIANTS AT DETROIT LIONS — 7:10 p.m.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS — 10:20 p.m. X
Here are my picks for this week. Remember, the s.o. initials stand for my shutout pick.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT
BALTIMORE RAVENS — 8:25 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT
BUFFALO BILLS — 1:00 p.m.
DETROIT LIONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS — 1:00 p.m.
ATLANTA FALCONS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS — 1:00 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT
CLEVELAND BROWNS — 1:00 p.m.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT
MINNESOTA VIKINGS — 1:00 p.m.
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT N.Y. GIANTS — 1:00 p.m.
DALLAS COWBOYS AT TENNESSEE TITANS — 1:00 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS — 1:00 p.m.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — 4:05 p.m.
ST. LOUIS RAMS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — 4:05 p.m.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS — 4:25 p.m.
N.Y. JETS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS — 4:25 p.m. s.o.
HOUSTON TEXANS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS — 4:25 p.m.
CHICAGO BEARS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — 8:30 p.m.
Good luck to all teams this year. If you’re making picks this year, good luck to as well.
Well, that’s it for today. But before I go, I will discuss Ray Rice and his two-game suspension in a separate blog. Stay tuned for that one real soon.
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