Editor’s Note (From the desk of Reggie Breese): How did Matt Ross’ Week 2 Picks work out? Our boy in Montreal is 50% on his 2016 picks. Not too shabby.
#SFvCAR: Win. Reggie’s Note: Great work Captain Obvious.
#BALvCLE: Win. Reggie’s Note: Good pick.
#TENvDET: Loss. Reggie’s Note: I took the Lions too. Ugh.
#CINvPIT: Loss. Reggie’s Note: As much as I dislike the Steelers I wouldn’t pick Cincy to take that game.
Week 1 was a wild, unpredictable week for football betting – and Week 2 began in a similar fashion. While the Jets beat the Bills, did anyone expect the worst offensive team from last week to put up 31 points this week, albeit in a losing effort? I know I didn’t.
NFL Week 2 Betting Picks
San Francisco 49ers vs Carolina Panthers (-11.5)
Are you kidding me? This will be like taking candy from a baby. The league’s top offense in 2015 was robbed last week in Denver. Its quarterback was battered and bruised (including his ego). The big cats are now at home, off an extra three days rest than the other team. Oh yeah, and the other team starts Blaine Gabbert! San Francisco’s win last week is what we call fool’s gold. The Rams are that bad (but apparently not bad enough not to lock up Jeff Fisher for a few more losing seasons!). Take Carolina and collect your money.
Baltimore Ravens (-6) vs Cleveland Browns
I don’t care if this game is being played in Cleveland. They could play it in Lebron’s backyard for all I care. There is no way that Baltimore loses to Josh McCown and a rebuilding, brutal Browns team. Baltimore’s D turned back the clock last week and looked vintage. And now they get to play what might be a bottom 3 offense in the league? Give me a break. Joe Flacco is on a mission and he has plenty of weapons around him. Lay the points and take the Ravens.
Tennessee Titans vs Detroit Lions (-5.5)
Don’t look now, but Matthew Stafford has been a top 5 NFL quarterback since the middle of last year. For all of the panic surrounding losing Calvin Johnson, Stafford hasn’t been phased. In fact, he has looked pretty good connecting with new receiver Marvin Jones. This reminds me of when Barry Sanders retired. What did Detroit do the following year without him? They made the playoffs! Take Detroit and watch the Lions roar.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)
Talk about a grudge match. The Bengals blew it in that playoff loss to the Steelers last season. So this payback matchup has all the fixings to be close and maybe even a little bloody. Meanwhile, the Steelers looked all world last week in their win. Here’s my take on this game; if the Bengals don’t start division play by kicking the first opponent in the mouth then they may as well quit 2016 right now. This is a MUST WIN for the Bengals. And they did win on the road last week to open the season. Give me another animal that roars and take the points. Cincy is the pick here.
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator. You can follow him on Twitter @MatthewWords