There were higher visions for the week one selections Chris Brown and myself had, but it is difficult to complain when you at least were able to stay above .500.
The Average Chris did stay right at his namesake with an 8-8 start, while I came out on top in going 9-7. One week does not make a year though, and there's a long way to go.
At least that's what several NFL teams are probably also trying to tell themselves right now.
Onto our week two picks:
New York Jets at New England
Chris: Patriots – The way they played against the Bills gives you second thoughts, but we're talking about the Jets.
Steven: Patriots – Tom Brady showed he still has it, and I want to write anything that doesn't have a reference to a fumble in this section.
St. Louis at Atlanta
Chris: Falcons – After last week's loss to the Saints, this should be a rebound game.
Steven: Falcons – One of the better games of the week, and I'll call it as an early possible playoff preview.
San Diego at Philadelphia
Chris: Eagles – Pair of Monday night blown leads, but I like Chip Kelly.
Steven: Eagles – How could you not like Kelly after his first game in the NFL? Teams will catch up to his system soon enough, but for now, San Diego is in trouble.
Dallas at Kansas City
Chris: Cowboys – Dallas played well last week, and the mishaps were a week one deal. I see another plus-four turnover margin.
Steven: Cowboys – It's tough to figure out how anyone looks after playing Jacksonville. Dallas showed something new in the ability to fight through defensive mistakes.
Miami at Indianapolis
Chris: Colts – Just see the Colts as the better team, plain and simple.
Steven: Colts – Miami was a case of not trusting preseason results in week one, and neither team had spectacular first games. The better quarterback wins this one.
Tennessee at Houston
Chris: Texans – I had envy in the way Tennessee beat Pittsburgh in week one, but Houston shouldn't make the same mistakes twice and will keep doubts behind.
Steven: Titans – I have to break up all the boring similarities with Chris somewhere, and overlooking Tennessee could be costly to teams this season.
Washington at Green Bay
Chris: Packers – Redskins have an 0-2 start written all over them.
Steven: Packers – Aaron Rodgers was in midseason form, but ran up against a monster. RG III isn't at his top game.
Cleveland at Baltimore
Chris: Browns – Baltimore did not look like the Super Bowl champs, and this is my upset of the week.
Steven: Ravens – They did struggle, but to expect Cleveland to come through? Not a chance.
Carolina at Buffalo
Chris: Panthers – Cam Newton and the Panthers provides a conflict for me, but this is really a toss-up.
Steven: Bills – Both nearly pulled off big opening home wins. Agree on the toss-up, so I'll take the home team.
Minnesota at Chicago
Chris: Bears – I just don't know what to think about the Vikings. Chicago should finish off its home schedule through the Packers.
Steven: Bears – NFC North battles are usually fun to watch, and this should be no different.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay
Chris: Saints – Great opener for New Orleans, as they certainly pulled off an impressive win.
Steven: Saints – I won't say that they're back yet, but week one was a nice start.
Detroit at Arizona
Chris: Cardinals – I see both of these teams going in opposite directions after their opening results.
Steven: Cardinals – I would put Arizona among the most impressive teams that didn't get a win to start the season.
Jacksonville at Oakland
Chris: Raiders – Jacksonville is Jacksonville.
Steven: Raiders – They certainly looked the part last week. On the other hand, Terrelle Pryor made it look like Oakland has a chance to be in more games than it should.
Denver at New York Giants
Chris: Broncos – Big against little brother? Big shows how it's done with another five touchdown passes.
Steven: Broncos – It's certainly difficult to go against a team that appeared as dominating on offense as Denver looked.
San Francisco at Seattle
Chris: 49ers – Colin Kaepernick proved me wrong last week, so I'll go to his side.
Steven: Seahawks - Overall, I think San Francisco and Green Bay were pretty on par with each other, and are favorites in the NFC. They have to go through the primary competition to the crown this week though.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Chris: Bengals – Pittsburgh could make a real charge at finishing last, behind Cleveland in the AFC North, while Cincinnati should win it.
Steven: Bengals – It's tough to get an image from the past out of your head, and it may be a problem many people have when they see Pittsburgh. The stigma is gone this season.
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