INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19: Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during the game against Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Ok ok I admit it. During last week's NFL picks I got a little lazy with my Giants-Redskins pick. Instead of doing my due diligence and actually providing some reasoning for the pick I took the easy way out and just put: Rex Grossman. Giants win. The joke was on me. Grossman passed for over 300 yards and the Redskins beat David Baas and the New York Giants.
I am looking to redeem myself and gain some of my dignity back with this week's picks. I vow to never underestimate the great Grossman ever again.
Week 1 record: 8-7
Overall record: 8-7
Note: The Packers-Saints game is not included. They had already played when I made my picks, but I swear I would have picked the Packers.
The Bills shocked the Chiefs with a 41-7 victory at Arrowhead stadium, which is one of the tougher places to play in the NFL. It's early, but I think they continue their momentum and beat the Raiders, who are playing the dreaded early start game while traveling to the east coast.
The Chiefs just lost one of their best young players in Eric Berry and looked dreadful in their opener against the Bills. The Lions on the other hand, are coming off of an impressive victory against the Buccaneers. Matthew Stafford looked sharp in week one and I think he continues to be this week. The Lions also have a very talented defensive line to combat the Chiefs effective running game as well.
The Ravens dominated the Steelers, and I think they will do the same this week against the Titans. I just don't see the Titans offense being able to move the ball against the Ravens defense.
I am a Colt McCoy believer. I am not a Kerry Collins believer. The Colts have no running game to speak of either. The Colts have good pass rushers but they are at their best when they can get a lead and then pin their ears back and aggressively rush the passer. I don't see the Colts building up a lead to allow their defense to do that.
The Buccaneers have to do one thing to beat the Vikings on Sunday: stop Adrian Peterson. They have the talent on the defensive line to do that. For the sake of my fantasy team, please give Lagarette Blount more than five carries. Please.
The Chicago Bears have had a suspect offensive line for a few years now, and the Saints are one of the better equipped teams to take advantage of that. Look for defensive coordinator Greg Williams to blitz early and often to try to rattle Jay Cutler. After a tough loss week one, the Saints will get back on track.
I'm going to find a new quarterback to pick on this week: Luke McCown. Now watch the Jaguars pull off the upset.
Poor Tarvaris Jackson. After getting sacked five times by the San Francisco Justin Smith's, he gets to play against a pretty pissed off Steelers team. Sidney Rice has also been ruled out for this game, and that makes Jackson a sad panda (Bonus points to whoever recognizes that reference).
The Cardinals were able to get a win opening weekend against Cam Newton and the Panthers, but their pass defense just looked awful most of the game. Enter Rex Grossman, the man better equipped than anyone to take advantage of a porous pass defense.
Rookie Cam Newton had one of the best debuts by a quarterback in a long time, perhaps ever. But that was against the Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers are a different story. Newton is a talent, but he is not ready to compete with the defending champs.
The reverse jinx is on. Yes, the Cowboys have a banged up secondary. Yes, they are playing on the road. But, if you follow Tre9er on twitter (you should), you would know to not pick the 49ers to win. For the past few years, I myself have tried the Daniel Tosh method when rooting for the 49ers: "Dream small, the disappointment hurts less."
This is a tough call for me. The Broncos did just get beat by the Raiders at home, and maybe the Bengals aren't as bad as I thought they are. I'm going to go with my gut, and bet that the Tebow chants get a little louder on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins just don't have the offensive firepower needed to keep up with the Texans, who have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. It's being reported that Arian Foster will be ready to go, which to me means any chance of an upset is a no-go.
First off, thank you Tom Brady. Thank you for making my first week in fantasy football not a complete embarrassment. Because of Brady, a 71-point blowout turned into a respectable 1.5 point loss for me. That being said, you couldn't have thrown for, like, 50 more yards? This should be a pretty good game, with two great passing teams going head to head. I have to go with my guy Thomas Brady here, though.
This is another tough match-up for me to call. I'm going to take the easy way out and use Matt Ryan's awesome record at home as a crutch and pick the Falcons. They will need to take advantage of the Eagles' suspect offensive line and get some pressure on Michael Vick.
St. Louis Rams at New York Giants
The Frank Gore of the Rams, Steven Jackson, is questionable to play on Monday night. If he can't go, it could be a long game for the Rams. However, the Giants haven't exactly looked great so far this year, either. This should be a close game, but I'll take the Giants here. The 49er fan in me wants to see the Rams start off 0-2.
And there are my week two picks. Now, don't me me down Rex Grossman. I've always been a believer, I swear!