Ty James’ Week 2 NFL Locks!
Week 1 in the NFL season is always a little bit wild. There's always a few results that have most of the football world scratching their head. Last week was no exception.
The two most surprising scores, to me, were the 'Skins whooping the Giants, and the Bills winning big in Kansas City. Those were two underdogs that came away from Sunday with straight up wins, not just winners ATS (against the spread).
Meanwhile, Super Bowl hopefuls Atlanta and Pittsburgh, each got spanked badly - and this might be the first year in a long, long, time that there will be NO playoffs in Indianapolis. Good luck with week 2.
1) BUFFALO BILLS (-3) vs. Oakland Raiders -- I'm drinking the Bills' kool-aid, at least for now. They were great in all aspects of the game last week in completely dominating the Chiefs. The offense looks great, especially QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - and the "D" gets another bad, boring, offense that's going to try to ground it out. The Raiders are badly over-rated by most prognosticators. Plus, it's the home opener in Buffalo. When the Raiders get behind by mid 2nd quarter - and they will - this one could turn ugly. The Bills start the year with back-to-back blowout wins, 33-10.
2) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (+7) at N.E. Patriots -- Betting against Tom Brady never seems like a good thing to do, so you have to pick your spots, especially after his game last week. But the Chargers are a very good team, that can match the Patriots score for score. The San Diego "D" will put much more pressure on Brady than he faced last week. This is EXACTLY the kind of early season game that the Patriots are inclined to lose, on their way to a 13-3 season, of course. Even if they win, this is way too many points to be giving one of the better teams in the league. This is a definite "STATEMENT GAME" for the Chargers - I wonder if the 'Pats see it that way? I think the New Englanders are going home Sunday evening, with a bad taste in their collective mouths. Chargers win straight up, 34-28.
3) N.Y. GIANTS (-5.5) vs. St. Louis Rams -- The Giants did not show up for the second half last week against Washington, but I'll give them a chance to make it up to me. They are catching the wounded Rams at the right time, as Steven Jackson is out, and Sam Bradford is hurting, and very iffy. It's the Giants home opener, and though they may be without Hakeem Nicks, they will still dominate field position, and time of possession. Fantasy wise - it's a great week to bench all Rams, and START the NYG "D", for sure! Reality wise - it's 24-3, G-Men!
Last week's record; 1-2