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Stampede Blue’s NFL Week 2 staff picks

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All is well in the world of professional football, as the NFL came back in dazzling fashion for Week 1 of the 2020 season. Enticing debuts, back-and-forth contests and a number of upsets capped off a long-awaited return following an excruciatingly long offseason.

Week 2 kicks off on the 100th birthday of the NFL, and what a better contest to celebrate than two of the most decorated franchises in league history squaring off on Thursday Night Football — the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Burrow and Baker Mayfield face off in a battle of No. 1 overall draft picks, with both players dying to be the ones to lift their lowly franchises into greener pastures.

All 32 teams are in action over the next 120 hours, so let’s break down the upcoming slate, check the current standings and see everyone’s staff picks for Week 2.

Can’t miss contests:

Ravens @ Texans

Patriots @ Seahawks

Could be surprisingly fun:

Rams @ Eagles

Falcons @ Cowboys

Buccaneers @ Panthers

Broncos @ Steelers

Vikings @ Colts

Washington @ Cardinals

Chiefs @ Chargers

Saints @ Raiders

Hit the snooze button:

Bengals @ Browns

Giants @ Bears

49ers @ Jets

Jaguars @ Titans

Lions @ Packers

Bills @ Dolphins

Take a look at the updated standings and picks for Week 2 ...

Andrew Aziz: 11-5 (68.8%) / Mateo Caliz: 11-5 (68.8%) / Elliot Denton: 10-6 (62.5%) / Brett Mock: 10-6 (62.5%) / Greg Rader: 10-6 (62.5%) / Stephen Reed: 10-6 (62.5%) / Thomas Skulski: 10-6 (62.5%) / Blake Pace: 9-7 (56.3%) / Chris Shepherd: 9-7 (56.3%) / Chris Blystone: 8-8 (50.0%)


Thursday 8:20 pm ET

Bengals @ Browns (6) | Contrarians: Elliot Denton, Stephen Reed, Thomas Skulski, Jared Malott

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Giants @ Bears

Rams (6) @ Eagles | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Mateo Caliz, Brett Mock, Malott

Falcons @ Cowboys (7) | Contrarians: Pace, Skulski, Malott

Panthers @ Buccaneers (8) | Contrarian: Skulski

49ers @ Jets

Broncos @ Steelers (8) | Contrarian: Pace

Jaguars @ Titans

Lions @ Packers

Bills @ Dolphins

Vikings @ Colts (8) | Contrarian: Greg Rader, Malott

Sunday 4:05 pm ET

Washington @ Cardinals (8) | Contrarian: Skulski

Sunday 4:25 pm ET

Ravens @ Texans

Chiefs @ Chargers

Sunday 8:20 pm ET

Patriots @ Seahawks

Monday 8:15 pm ET

Saints @ Raiders

Who do you have coming out on top in Week 2?