Sep 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill (15) fumbles a kick off return caused by Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas (97) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Indianapolis 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
This is our weekly round-up of Stampede Blue editors and writers and their picks for the coming week in the NFL.
Picks We All Agree On (no really, we do!):
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (Colts)
Picks We Disagree On:
The Chiefs are a complete mess. For the second year in a row, they got blown out at home in the Week One opener. Now, they go on the road to Buffalo, a place they haven't won a football game since 1986! The Bills were also blown out at home last week. This game could get ugly because the QBs for both teams simply aren't that good. Whoever exits this game 0-2 (be it the Chiefs and team president Scott Pioli or the Bills and head coach Chan Gailey) will probably be on a serious hotseat.
My Pick: Bills
Nick's Pick: Chiefs (boo!)
Matt's Pick: Chiefs (boo!)
The Ravens offense looked great Monday night, and Joe Flacco is just lovin' the no huddle. However, the Eagles have an excellent defense that can slow down Flacco. The key to the game is Michael Vick. If he commits four turnovers like he did last week, Baltimore will blow out Philly. If Vick gets the turnovers under control, Philly prevails.
My Pick: Eagles
Nick's Pick: Ravens (boo!)
Matt's Pick: Eagles
Both these teams lost last week in surprising fashion. Despite all the money Panthers owner Jerry Richardson invested in runningbacks DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (along with the strong running ability of quarterback Cam Newton) Tampa Bay's defense limited Carolina to just 10 rushing yards last week; a franchise record for the Bucs. However, New Orleans' defense is a wreck, and the Panthers should bounce back at home against them.
My Pick: Panthers
Nick's Pick: Saints (boo!)
Matt's Pick: Saints (boo!)
Peyton Manning is back, and more important than showing off whatever missing arm strength he does or doesn't have, the important thing displayed during his new team's Week One victory is that he can take several destructive hits and not have his head roll off due to the spinal fusion surgery he went through last year. Even without James Harrison and Ryan Clark, the Steelers defense is better than Atlanta's, especially with the Falcons losing underrated corner Brent Grimes for the season. Manning will target Grimes' replacement.
My Pick: Broncos
Nick's Pick: Broncos
Matt's Pick: Falcons (boo!)
Other Picks We Are Squabbling Over
My Pick: Seahawks
Nick's Pick: Cowboys (boo!)
Matt's Pick: Cowboys (boo!)
My Pick: 49ers
Nick's Pick: 49ers
Matt's Pick: Lions (boo!)
Miami Dolphins at Oakland raiders
My Pick: Raiders
Nick's Pick: Raiders
Matt's Pick: Dolphins (boo!)
What are your picks? Toss them in the comments below.