Week 2: Lion Lowdown’s NFL Picks

Keeping it simple. We are projecting how we see three NFL games play out this week. Without further ado….

James Phillips:

Lions at Giants:
Pick: Lions 21-17
Reason: With the Lions looking like they might have a league average defense (looked like a long shot going into the season), I don’t see how a Giants team possibly without Odell Beckham Jr could move the ball with Eli looking the way he did last Sunday night. After his slow start, Matthew Stafford looked every bit worth his price tag against the Arizona Cardinals. Even against this vaunted Giants defense, I see the Lions offense putting enough together to pull out a big Monday night victory.

Vikings at Steelers:
Pick: Steelers, 31-21
Reason: The Minnesota Vikings looked like the best team in the league Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are a different type of team who have an actual defense. Ben Roethlisberger at home with all those weapons at his disposal is just about unstoppable. Also, look for a Martavis Bryant breakout game lining up against Terrance Newman.

Eagles at Chiefs:
Pick: Chiefs, 35-16
Reason: Although Jim Schwartz‘s defense is set to be a dominant unit in 2017, I see the Kansas City Chiefs having too many explosive weapons on offense to be fully contained. Also, as much as I love Carson Wentz, I don’t think he’s quite ready to carry a team to victory against a squad like the Chiefs.

James Gullett:

Lions at Giants:
Pick: Lions, 23-13
Reason: Lions will face yet another great defense this week, but just like last week, they will come out on top. Eli Manning dose not have enough weapons around him to beat this Lions defense, and if Odell Beckham Jr plays I think it helps the Lions. If Beckham plays Eli will target him often, and I’ll take my chances with a 100% healthy Darius Slay over and 70-80% Beckham any day.

Vikings at Steelers:
Pick: Steelers 24- 14
Reason: The Vikings looked great last week firing on all cylinders. The offense and defense both played very well, however this week is a different offense. While both the Saints and the Steelers have good passing games, the Steelers have a top three running back in Le’Veon Bell. Sam Bradford has been ruled out for this one making this game alot easier to predict.

Eagles at Chiefs:
Pick: Chiefs, 31- 17
Reason:  The Chiefs are simply going to be too much for the Philadelphia Eagles to handle. There are just too many weapons, on both sides of the ball. Even with Eric Berry going to IR, KC has dynamic play-makers on defense lead by CB Marcus Peters. Carson Wentz is going to be tested, and can’t afford to make mistakes with Alex Smith on the other side, who makes very few mistakes of his own.

Jace Osborn-Sweet:

Lions at Giants:
Pick: Lions, 21-17
Reason: Even with Odell back, I don’t see this Giants offense being that much better than last week He’s not 100% and going against a better defense than the Dallas Cowboys in my opinion. The lions looked all but dominant for 3 of 4 quarters last Sunday. I have Lions in this one in a close rough Monday night road game for Detroit.

Vikings at Steelers:
Pick: Steelers, 24-14
Reason: Sam Bradford showed just what he is capable of last week, albeit it was against the could-be worst defense in the league via Saints. With the recent news of him not playing, I still think Pittsburgh comes out on top at home.

Eagles at Chiefs:
Pick: Eagles, 30-20
Reason: Last week the Chiefs showed us truly what they are capable of against the Super Bowl defending New England Patriots, winning 42-27 behinds Kareem Hunt‘s three total TDs. This eagles team is no slouch either as they won on the road vs the Washington Redskins 30-17. I expect this to be a hard fought battle, but I think Philly knocks Kansas City off their high horse.






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