I hearby propose that Week 2 should be renamed in honor of Deion Sanders' catch-phrase "Hold on, playa." Many assertions that this team/player is good/bad got dashed this week. Let's have a look:
Raiders 35 - Bills 38: Harvard, FTW. Back and forth back and forth all during the second half, but Buffalo had the walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. Not quite the shelacking they gave Kansas City last week, but...hang on, I'm sensing something...
Chiefs 3 - Lions 48: Oh yeah, this. Detroit seemed to want to send Kansas City head coach Todd Haley his walking papers based on the late score towards the end of the game that the Chiefs couldn't stop. Then again, doesn't look like the Chiefs can stop much of anything.
Ravens 13 - Titans 26: Baltimore's induced a severe case of back-pedaling; Joe Flacco seemed to take all the praise he was given and threw them along with a few passes into the hands of Tennessee's defense.
Browns 27 - Colts 19: I think we can assume that so long as Peyton Manning is forced to fly to Europe for experimental stem cell treatments, any game versus Indianapolis should skew towards the opposition in the betting line.
Buccaneers 24 - Vikings 20: I think Detroit fans should mail their paper bag masks to Minnesota fans. It's not just that they're 0-2, they're 0-2 after having leads in both games only to let the other teams back into it. Oh, and Tampa Bay belongs in the grossly premature playoff talk.
Bears 13 - Saints 30: Hold on, playa game #2, with one of last week's biggest winners dropping one to a team who came out of Week 1 scratching their heads. The NFC might actually be exciting to watch this year.
Jaguars 3 - Jets 32: Okay, who had McCown getting benched in Week 2. Anybody? Anybody?
Seahawks 0 - Steelers 24: Hold on, playa #3. While Pittsburgh reversed its fortunes, they were also hit with another unfortunate trend that occurred this week: injured quarterbacks. Well, for all of maybe a few plays.
Cardinals 21 - Redskins 22: Are my eyes deceiving me or is Washington actually making noise? I suspect the bulk of that is laughter coming from Mike Shanahan and Daniel Snyder.
Packers 30 - Panthers 23: You know, Cam Newton may not just be the rookie of the year, he could also be the MVP. Seriously, without him, would Carolina make any of these games close, even though they lost?
Cowboys 27 - 49ers 24 (OT): Hold on, Tony Romo haters. He fought through injury and brought Dallas back from the brink of defeat...
[size=1]...still hasn't done anything in the playoffs...[/size]
Anyway, I wonder if Jim Harbaugh's second-guessing that decision to decline the penalty and take the field goal instead of trying for the full touchdown.
Bengals 22 - Broncos 24: I'm imagining that the average Denver fan's chant went something like "Te...Orton!"
Texans 23 - Dolphins 13: Maybe Miami should stop playing games at home. And Arian who? Houston certainly didn't look like they were missing him all that much, for now.
Chargers 21 - Patriots 35: I wonder if Vince Wilfork is still hyperventilating after that interception return. I also wonder if Tom Brady and Cam Newton are on the verge of blowing up every single season passing record on the books.
Eagles 31 - Falcons 35: QB Down, Episode 3, but not with a happy ending for Philadelphia. Perhaps slumping quarterbacks should read/drink/smoke whatever Romo and Atlanta's Matt Ryan did considering their week-to-week turnaround.
Rams 16 - Giants 28: Don't worry, Eli, they're saying Boo-urns. Oh wait, New York won; I guess Coughlin's job is safe for another week.
Week 3 Pick 'Em: A much improved week for you guys and congrats to Gumbie for pulling himself out of the cellar. Here are the totals for the previous week, again grouped by ranking followed by order of entry:
My record: 4-1
Jolly Bill: 4-1
* = gizmo didn't give a wildcard pick so I had to ding him with a loss.
And here's your year-to-date standings:
My record: 8-2
Your guys' record:
The following two didn't enter for Week 2 and are listed here. If I missed your entries, yell at me:
Starting to see some separation, but as you can see one perfect week can reverse your fortunes. Here's what's on tap for this week which should hopefully make things interesting:
Texans at Saints: Ah, now here's a tricky one. Big question mark here is the teams defenses. Give the edge to the home team. Saints.
Packers at Bears: Here's a big one with division control implications. But, I'm not liking Chicago's chances here. Green Bay.
Falcons at Buccaneers: Another chin scratcher. Hmmmm, I think I'll take the upset here. Bucs.
Redskins at Cowboys: Another delicious old-school rivalry. Dallas burned me last week and I'm not sold on Washington being the top team in the NFC East. Cowboys
For my wild card, I'm picking the Panthers over the Jaguars. Cam Newton!*
* = Picture that like Shatner saying "Denny Crane!"