So in yet another change of format, I’m going to try separating out my weekend blog posts to make them a bit easier to find. So here are Dan and mine’s picks for the week.

Bengals @ Steelers (-3.5)

This game obviously makes me nervous, and will be a physical nasty encounter despite all the talk of it being just another game from both sides this week. I know the Bengals are in Pittsburgh, but I think this will be another close game and with the Steelers giving away an extra half point at home I’m sticking with my team.

Gee’s Pick:          Bengals
Dan’s Pick:          Steelers

Ravens @ Browns (+7.5)

This is a big number for a home team, and part of me wants to pick the Browns with the competent Josh McCown under centre, but there are too many young players for me to be brave enough to do it. I hope this isn’t a mistake

Gee’s Pick:          Ravens
Dan’s Pick:          Ravens

Cowboys @ Washington (-2.5)

This is a must win game for both teams with the Cowboys having already lost to the Giants in week one they cannot afford to lose two divisional games, and neither team will want to start 0-2 given that such a record usually means you won’t make the playoffs. I’m still trying to get a feel for both teams, but I think Washington will be better this week, not least because they won’t have to deal with Antonio Brown.

Gee’s Pick:          Washington
Dan’s Pick:          Washington

Titans @ Lions (-5.5)

The Titan’s started well and faded in their first game, but are now on the road against a Lions team that I think might be headed in the right direction.

Gee’s Pick:          Lions
Dan’s Pick:          Lions

Chiefs @ Texans (-2.5)

The Chiefs are on the road, and are a bit banged up. I could regret this, but if you’re having problems at guard, the last thing you want to do is face JJ Watt, even if he is recovering from a back operation. I’m backing the Texans, all be it nervously as Andy Reid has a way with his team.

Gee’s Pick:          Texans
Dan’s Pick:          Chiefs

Dolphins @ Patriots (-6.5)

You could make an argument that the Dolphins improved defence going against a banged up Patriots offence should give them a chance to cover, but I can’t overlook what the Patriots did to the Cardinals on the road in week one and so I can’t bring myself to pick the Dolphins to cover.

Gee’s Pick:          Patriots
Dan’s Pick:          Dolphins

Saints @ Giants (-5.5)

Although I don’t feel like I have a handle on the Giants, for me this game comes down to the fact that they have a more competent defence that the Saints, and with them being at home I am very nervously picking them to cover this spread. I see no reason why the Saints should suddenly start travelling better than they have in recent seasons..

Gee’s Pick:          Giants
Dan’s Pick:          Saints

49ers @ Panthers (-13.5)

This is a horrible spot for the 49ers, on the road after a Monday night game against a team who haven’t played since Thursday. I almost guarantee a Panthers win in this one, but this is a huge spread and it is no mean feat to shutout any NFL offence and so I’m picking the 49ers to cover.

Gee’s Pick:          49ers
Dan’s Pick:          49ers

Seahawks @ Rams (+5.5)

This is the Rams first home game that matters since moving back to LA, and they will be desperate to recover from last week’s loss. For some reason they always play the Seahawks tough, and with Russell Wilson on a gimpy ankle and in front of big home crowd I’m backing them to cover, although I can see the Seahawks winning and very possibly making me bitterly regret this pick.

Gee’s Pick:          Rams
Dan’s Pick:          Seahawks

Buccaneers @ Cardinals (-6.5)

I am not too worried about the Cardinals being able to turn things round after their week one loss, and they could very easily run out big winners in this one, but I just have this feeling that Jameis Winston will keep this one close for the Bucs.

Gee’s Pick:          Buccaneers
Dan’s Pick:          Cardinals

Falcons @ Raiders (-4.5)

I’m not sold on the Falcons and so will hesitantly take the Raiders despite them giving away this number of points.

Gee’s Pick:          Raiders
Dan’s Pick:          Raiders

Colts @ Broncos (-5.5)

I think the Broncos defence will really test the Colts’ offensive line, whilst their offence will show just how bad the Colts are at stopping the run. Combine this with the Broncos having extra rest from their opening day win and I’m backing them to cover despite these points.

Gee’s Pick:          Broncos
Dan’s Pick:          Broncos

Jaguars @ Chargers (-2.5)

The Chargers offence worries me with the loss of Keenan Allen, and so even though they are on the road, I’m backing the Jags to get their first win of the season.

Gee’s Pick:          Jaguars
Dan’s Pick:          Jaguars

Packers @ Vikings (+2.5)

This is a rough pair of road games for the Packers to open the season given that their last two preseason games were on the road as well, and with the Vikings defence looking really good and all the energy that will be surrounding them as the Vikings open their new stadium, I’m picking the Vikings getting 2.5 points. Watch Aaron Rodgers make me look very foolish…

Gee’s Pick:          Vikings
Dan’s Pick:          Packers

Eagles @ Bears (-2.5)

I’m not completely sure on this one, as Wentz was only playing against the Browns in week one, but the rookie quarterback looked good and I think they may be better than we were thinking. I don’t have a real feel for the Bears, but getting the points I’m taking the Eagles.

Gee’s Pick:          Eagles
Dan’s Pick:          Eagles