So the biggest surprise of last week was that the Philadelphia Eagles really are that fast. I admit, I was going to type “good” instead of “fast,” but I have to wonder how sustainable that pace will be over 15 more games. At some point, some enterprising defense will figure it out. But for now? [Vader voice]: Impressive…most impressive.
My other two whiffs were in picking Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay in what appeared to be gimme games. Oops. Sure, it’s just a week into the season, but both the Steelers and Bucs seem to have a tough road ahead.
Without further ado or geekery, here’s my Week 2 picks. Again, this isn’t to be taken as anything other than good fun; don’t come crying to me should you decide, in a flash of blinding miscalculation, to actually bet on my picks. In fact, just take the money you’d bet and donate it to a worthy cause, m’kay?
NY Jets at New England: Tom Brady to Geno Smith, a la Han Solo to Luke Skywalker. “That’s great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”
St. Louis at Atlanta: Angry Birds are angry at at home. And really angry.
Carolina at Buffalo: Who doesn’t like the Bills now? Not to win all the time, but in that “chin up, kid” kind of way. They got moxie.
Minnesota at Chicago: The Vikes aren’t quite worthy of Mjolnir, despite Adrian Peterson.
Washington at Green Bay: Behold, the power of cheese.
Miami at Indianapolis: The quarterback’s name is Luck. I hope Indy drafts some kid named Fortune or Savoir-Faire to go with him.
Dallas at Kansas City: Andy Reid’s mustache smells of competence and soup. Mostly competence.
San Diego at Philadelphia: The Blur isn’t just from latter episodes of Smallville.
Cleveland at Baltimore: Angry Birds Part Two. This will not go well for the Browns.
Tennessee at Houston: I wouldn’t want to line up against the Texans’ defense, even if I were driving a Winnebago.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay: Too early to run up the white flag, but the pirate ship’s taking on water.
Detroit at Arizona: Reggie Bush is almost too cool for football. Sadly for the Cards, he does actually play football quite well.
Jacksonville at Oakland: [Vader voice]: All too easy.
Denver at NY Giants: Sorry, little brother. At least you got one more ring than he does.
San Francisco at Seattle: Kaepernick is an incarnation of Peter V. Brett’s The Warded Man, because obviously the tattoos are magic.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: The Steelers are quickly becoming tin men walking. Meanwhile, Tigger’s got claws.
Last week’s record: 12-3
Season record: 12-3