WEEK 2 - WARMING UP
By Kevin Hastings @KevinHastings
Hello football fans! It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for my NFL Super Bowl Power Poll and NFL Pick’em. Each week I eliminate a team from Super Bowl contention and rank the rest of the teams in order of chances to win the title. To be in the Top 12 you must be qualified for the playoffs, so there will be an equal number of teams from the AFC & NFC in the Top 12. Everyone else? Good luck and don’t get eliminated! Read the article each week and enter to win $50 online by picking each week’s games online at whatsupshopper. com.
Each year, almost like clockwork, six teams that made the playoffs from the previous year will not make the tournament this year. My six teams dropping out are the Ravens, Colts, Chargers, Bears, Seahawks and Cowboys. The new teams I’m predicting will join the playoffs are the Broncos, Browns, Texans, Eagles, Patriots and Saints. Good luck and have fun!
(RANK / TEAM / PREDICTION)
ELMINATED: DETROIT LIONS
THIS WEEK’S ELIMINATION - ARIZONA CARDINALS (0-1)
Last week we eliminated the Lions based on their the Detroit Lions. Well if you have a rookie quarterback and tie the Lions in Week 1 then you’re not winning the Super Bowl either. Goodbye Arizona.
THEY’RE IN TROUBLE
30. MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-1)
Seems like the Dolphins are tanking for the long haired blonde quarterback at Clemson.
29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)
I thought they could win the division with Nick Foles. Now they’ve got to get some things together quick with his injury.
28. NEW YORK JETS (0-1)
Sam Darnold has mono. Noto good.
27. NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)
The Giants marched down the Cowboys throats on the first drive of the game. Then they’re defense took the field.
26. CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-2)
Before Sunday’s games the Panthers currently have the #1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Who would they pick? A quarterback or the best offensive lineman?
IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT
25. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)
No one expects this team to make the playoffs with Brissett.
24. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-1)
Can they pull off the Cowboys upset this week at FedEx stadium and Adrien Peterson getting his first start of the season?
23. CINCINNATI BENGALS (0-1)
The Bengals are going to Bengals.
22. CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)
I keep trying to tell everyone that their quarterback isn’t very good. But carry on Bears fans.
21. DENVER BRONCOS (0-1)
This week they host the Bears. One of these teams seasons will start to slowly end with a loss here.
20. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1)
They host the Seahawks and if they aren’t prepared to play again Tomlins hotseat will be scorching.
19. OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-0)
Raiders suprised a lot of people with a big win in Week 1 after the Antonio Brown saga. This week they’ll be in a shootout with the Chiefs.
18. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-1)
Bucs lost at home and won in Charlotte. Bucs gonna Bucs and Jameis is gonna Jameis. I see six to nine wins for this team.
17. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)
Beating the Bucs leads to a chance to start with two wins in Cincinnatti. Cincy won’t go down easy.
16. BUFFALO BILLS (1-0)
Bills made the playoffs recently and will have a chane to make a run this season in a weak AFC. Will they is another question left yet unanswered.
15. DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0)
Dak had a decent game. Let’s see him do that consistently versus good defenses that aren’t the New York Giants.
14. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)
Bad start leads to a Monday night matchup versus the Jets without starting QB Sam Darnold. They better win this game if they want to make the playoffs.
13. ATLANTA FALCONS (0-1)
Dirty Birds should be pretty good this season but start with a pretty tough schedule. They need to buckle down early in the season.
CURRENT PLAYOFF TEAMS
12. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-0)
There’s so many issues with this team it’s hard to believe they can keep it together.
11. TENNESSEE TITANS (1-0)
Titans defense is very underrated. The Browns weren’t ready to start the season. We will see how far Mariota can take the team with poor passing.
10. HOUSTON TEXANS(1-0)
If Bill O’brien gets fired he’s trying to go out in a blaze of glory with all hands on deck. I have no idea what to make of the team chemistry right now but the division may be bad enough to win.
9. BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-0)
Jackson came out on fire. If the defense plays well and he does to they’re a playoff contender.
8. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)
Wilson has been to two Super Bowls on the backs of great defenses. Can he carry the team to the promised land now?
7. GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-0)
I don’t really think they are this good but I’m not too confident in anyone else behind them at this point. It’s all about the defense in Green Bay.
6. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-0)
These two teams faceoff this week in Wisconsin. Winner gets the upper hand in the division.
5. LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0)
Rams dominate but still squeak by Carolina in Week 1 after the cross country trip and 1pm start. Now they have to defend home turf versus the Saints.
4. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)
This offense should be the best in the NFL again this season. The problem is defense wins championships and they have Andy Reid.
3. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0)
Sunday versus the Rams could determine home field in the playoffs. Didn’t matter last year. Ask the refs. Who dat?
2. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)
Eagles get a comeback division win after being down 17-0. That’s the stuff of champions.
1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0)
Beat the Steelers into the ground and then added Antonio Brown. The evil empire continues.
NFL Pick'em & Power Poll
Pick the winners from the games below. Each week you can enter online, by fax, or email. Each game right is worth one point. The game with *** is worth 3 points AND is the tiebreaker game. Please enter your guess for total points for that game as well. Good luck! Deadline is Sunday’s by Noon. No Thursday games will be on the contest. My picks in ALL CAPS!
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
49ers @ BENGALS
Chargers @ LIONS
VIKINGS @ Packers
Colts @ TITANS
PATRIOTS @ Dolphins
Bills @ GIANTS
SEAHAWKS @ Steelers
Cowboys @ REDSKINS
Cardinals @ RAVENS
Jaguars @ TEXANS
CHIEFS @ Raiders
Bears @ BRONCOS
**SAINTS @ Rams **
Eagles @ FALCONS
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