2014 Pigskin Picks of Profundity…..Week 2

I’m not going to sugarcoat it…last weekend was a brutal start to the season for me. I went 2-4. South Carolina completely let me down. Ohio St. Facepalm computercovered the spread (barely) while Florida St. did not. Boise St. got hammered. It wasn’t pretty. Zach fared a little better, going 3-2. Clemson & Navy let him down. This week the NFL season begins so we have a mix of some good games on both levels. Here’s hoping for a better weekend for all of us.

Michigan St. at Oregon (-13.5)
The Ducks are a legit Top 5 team and took care of business in week 1, hammering South Dakota 62-13. Meanwhile the Spartans had no problems in a 45-7 victory Oregon Ducksover Jacksonville St. Now that the Little Sisters of the Poor have gotten their big payday and went home we can get down to serious football. Michigan St. is a solid Top 10 team but they must travel to Eugene for this contest. I think it’ll be competitive for the first three quarters but Oregon will eventually pull away and cover the spread, winning by 2 or 3 touchdowns. Their speed is just too much to handle. Zach concurs.

My Pick: Oregon
Z’s Pick: Oregon

Michigan at Notre Dame (-5)
The Wolverines began what feels like a make or break season for head coach Brady Hoke with an easy 52-14 defeat of Appalachian St. The Irish had an equally michigan-wolverines-fan-gearimpressive 48-17 victory over Rice. 4 of the past 5 games between these two have been decided by 7 points or less so the spread seems right on. Football games between these elite programs go back to the late 19th century but will end..for now…after this game. It isn’t the first time the rivalry has gone on hiatus and I am sure it will return at some point, especially if Notre Dame is ever compelled to do the right thing and join the Big Ten (which has 14 teams). For now though let us savor this one last bit of gridiron goodness. I’m going to go against the grain and predict an upset. Not surprisingly Zach…a noted Michigan fan…agrees wholeheartedly.

My Pick: Michigan
Z’s Pick: Michigan

Green Bay at Seattle (-5.5)
There’s probably no better way to kick off the NFL season than with a matchup of 2 of the last 4 Super Bowl Champions. This is expected to be hard hitting defense Green_Bay_Packers_Helmetvs. prolific offense. The problem with that scenario is that the powers-that-be…under the guise of “safety”…have continued to neuter defenses and appease the masses’ desire for video game offense and fruitful fantasy numbers. That gives the Packers the edge in my opinion. Once again Zach agrees.

My Pick: Green Bay
Z’s Pick: Green Bay

Carolina at Tampa Bay (-1)
The Bucs have been receiving a lot of love this offseason and get the nominal home field advantage. The Panthers lost their entire receiving corps in the offseason carolina_panthers_logo-14336but I expect big things from rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin. Both teams will likely rely heavily on their running game. I like both defenses. Carolina’s fate rests almost entirely on the arm & legs of QB Cam Newton. This will be his 4th year in the NFL and it is time to find out whether he can fulfill his potential by carrying a solid yet unspectacular team to the next level. I think he can and we’ll begin to see that in this game. Zach isn’t buying the Tampa hype at all and thinks Newton will lead the Panthers to a blowout.

 My Pick: Carolina

Z’s Pick: Carolina

Indianapolis at Denver (-7.5)
denverWe know about the quarterbacks in this game. They’re both really good. One is a living legend and the other is the next big thing. But what Indianapolis_Colts_Helmetelse do we need to look for in this game?? Well, for one thing Denver’s defense, which looked old & slow in the Super Bowl, has been completely revamped. DE Demarcus Ware and DBs Aqib Talib & TJ Ward are all upgrades over those whom they replaced. The Broncos also picked DB Bradley Robey in the first round of the draft. Offensive tackle Ryan Clady returns to the Denver line after missing most of 2013 with a foot injury. Indianapolis is looking to answer questions on offense. Can Browns reject Trent Richardson, a former 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft, become the franchise RB everyone expected him to be?? Can receivers TY Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, & rookie Donte Moncrief become reliable targets for Andrew Luck as 35 year old Reggie Wayne enters his 14th and maybe final year in the NFL?? What about the Colts’ offensive line that gave up 42 sacks last season?? My vibe is that Indy has potential but Denver is already where they need to be. Zach disagrees. He thinks this will be a really close game that Indy wins late in the 4th quarter.

My Pick:     Denver

Z’s Pick:     Indianapolis

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