It was a tough week, for me anyway, in Week 1 and I emerged just 3-2 over 5 games. Hopefully that will be among my worst weeks. This week we’ll switch things up and do four NFL games and one college game since there are no match ups of ranked teams..
Last Week’s finish 3-2.
This Week’s predicted finish 5-0.
Iowa at Iowa State: This is going to be the biggest game in the history of Ames by virtue of being College Gameday’s first appearance there. The Cyclones are coming back down to earth after losing David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler to the NFL last April. Iowa appears to have reloaded and looks to keep pace in the Big Ten. I’ve watched Iowa State handle Iowa for two seasons and lose both games late. I think this year Iowa will beat them earlier. Iowa 27 Iowa State 17
San Francisco at Cincinnati Both teams suffered injuries to their running backs that will keep them on the shelf in week 2. The Bengals debuted with an offensive explosion that bodes well for their future while the 49ers debuted a devastatingly good defense. Without the threat of the running game that Mixon provides, the Bengals patch work offensive line figures to have their hands full against a 49ers defensive line that has five former first round picks, and five other promising contributors.With Richard Sherman looking like he’s back in form and Ahkello Weatherspoon looking confidant the 49ers defense should have the talent they need to curtail the Bengals offensive explosiveness. What the 49ers need to do is put together a solid offensive game against the weak Bengals defense. I think they will. San Francisco 34 - Cincinnati 20
Seattle at Pittsburgh: The Seahawks were tested by the Bengals despite leading the entire game. The Steelers won’t be so easily cowed, especially after coming off of a humbling blow out to the Patriots. Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner will look to regain their 2018 form against the excellent Seahawks defense while the Steelers will look to contain Russel Wilson and Chris Carson. The Seahawks are a very good team but the Steelers are too and they are at home. Steelers 31 - Seahawks 24
Minnesota at Green Bay This could honestly be the game of the week any week. Both Minnesota and Green Bay appear to have dominating defenses. The Vikings like to establish the run and use their excellent receivers to put teams away while the Packers ride or die with Aaron Rodgers. Unlike recent years the Packers appear to have a defense that is capable of shutting down their opponents. The home field advantage doesn’t matter as much in games between these two teams but I think it will this year. Kirk Cousins only threw the ball ten times in the Vikings week one victory. He’ll need to throw it more to beat Green Bay at Lambeau and that could be what swings it. Green Bay 28 - Minnesota 27
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams We’re getting an early look at what likely could be the NFL Championship game in January. Both teams looked shaky at times in week one wins. Both teams have ample talent throughout their roster. The Saints will likely want pay back from being denied a chance at a Superbowl last season. The Rams need to start clicking after a, mostly, poor week one offensive performance. Although both teams are very good the Rams are probably a little bit better at just about every position, save quarterback. And they are at home. Los Angeles 30 - New Orleans 28