Ryan L. Fox
In the words of Charley Casserly GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL! HOW ARE YOU TODAY? GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL! HERE’S WHAT I HAVE TO SAY!
Okay, he may not exactly say that word for word but you get the idea. It’s Week 2 of that glorious time of the year and sometimes are feeling great and flying high while others stumbled out of the block and are looking for a quick fix. It's also that wonderful time of the year where your's truly gets to dust off and bring out WBOB's favorite sports segment: Fox's Pick'ems.
Now before we begin, I'll need to throw up a disclaimer so I don't get in trouble with Uncle Roger.
Disclaimer: The following is just for fun and no gambling profits. Please don't fine and suspend me (or break my legs with a baseball bat because you actually used my picks to make your own and lost money on it. That's your own fault)
Now that being set, let's get started!
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.
Jimmy G’s looked really impressive in his team’s Week 1 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in his debut as a starter (24-of-33, 264 yards, 1 TD). More impressively he did it without playing with OTs Nate Solder & Sebastian Vollmer as well as TE Rob Gronkowski. Going into Week 2, he’ll be facing off against a stout defensive line in the Miami Dolphins. However since it’s a Pats home game, you know they always find a way to win.
New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants
Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. ET
Last year under the dome, these two teams put together an offensive display that made defensive stalwart head coach Tom Landry roll in his grave (1,014 yards of total offense and a combined 101 points). A lot of people have been giving the Saints some leeway because they won 3 out of the last 4 meetings since 2009.
09: 48-27 NO
11: 49-24 NO
12: 52-27 NYG
15: 52-49 NO
However all three victories of the Saints’ victories (including that barnburner last year) have been in in the Superdome. That lone Giants’ victory? It came outside in MetLife Stadium, which Sunday’s game is going to be played at. Not to mention that the Giants revamped and upgraded their defense bigtime from last year and have a healthy WR group that will run wild over the battered and inexperienced Saints defense.
Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
Sunday @ 4:25 p.m. ET
This was by far the only interesting 4 o’clock game on the schedule. The Broncos offense clicked in the 4th quarter thanks to the play of RB CJ Anderson, who scored 2 TDs in that quarter. All though the Colts were able to put up 35 points as well as throw the ball all over the place (368 net passing yards), it was against a very slipshod Detroit defense. The Denver defense? Well…let’s just say that there’s a reason why the Broncos were able to stifle and shutdown the Panthers in the Super Bowl and in the season opener.
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Sunday @ 8:30 p.m. ET
I am just a sucker for divisional rivalry games. It was pretty interesting to see how, despite winning 25-16, Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson was held to a mere 31 yards on 19 carries by the Titans’ defense. Now unlike the Titans’ defense, the Packers have some playmakers on that side of the ball (i.e. LBs Clay Matthews & Nick Perry, FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix). Not to mention they got the likes of Aaron Rodgers, who sports a 5-1 record against the Vikings playing in Minnesota since 2010.