Pick six week two: Eagles and Cowboys roll, great AFC battles

Cleveland Browns’ Myles Garrett gestures to fans during an NFL football camp, Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Minnesota Vikings (0-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): This should be a good one on Thursday night, two of the top teams in the NFC from a season ago facing each other. The reigning NFC champions looked sluggish offensively at times averaging just 4.1 yards per play, but the defense was as good as advertised. Kirk Cousins will have to cut down his turnovers this week to give the Vikings a chance. It’s hard to pick in this one, but I think Philly stays perfect.

My Pick: Philadelphia Eagles

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1): The Bengals will try to get back on track after settling for a field goal against the Browns week one. Joe Burrow completed 14 of 31 passes for 82 yards. Ja’Marr Chase caught five passes for 39 yards and Joe Mixon was ineffective, rushing 13 times for 56 yards. On the other hand, Lamar Jackson had an average outing against the Texans on Sunday, but rookie, Zay Flowers was Jackson’s favorite target hauling in nine receptions for 78 yards. I picked the Ravens to win this division and I’ll stand by that. I’ll take Baltimore.

My Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0): The Detroit Lions spoiled the Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration to open the season. Time to believe in Detroit? That’s a different story. The Chiefs were without All-pros Travis Kelce (knee injury) Chris Jones (contract holdout, which was settled Monday). None of these are a reason for the poor play of KC’s other receivers who couldn’t catch a cold. Jacksonville had all of their weapons clicking against the Colts last week and I think they will be even better than they were last year. Plus, the Jags have a vendetta against the Chiefs after these teams met last year in the post season. I like the Jags at home.

My Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) @ Tennesse Titans (0-1): The Chargers lost in a shootout to a team I believe can be a top three seed in the AFC and could win the division. The best matchup to watch in this game will be Austin Ekller who racked up 117 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against the Dolphins go against a Tennessee run defense that held New Orleans to just 69 yards on 27 carries. Even if the run does get shutdown, I like Herbert and the weapons outside a little bit more.

My Pick: Los Angeles Chargers

New York Jets (0-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (1-0): The Jets defeated the Bills in their home opener, but it came with a cost. Aaron Rodgers went down with a leg injury on the Jets’ first possession and never returned to the game. With Rodgers out indefinitely, the Jets will have to make do with Zach Wilson under center against a Dallas defense that looked unstoppable against the Giants last week. Dallas has a ton of talent all over the field with very few holes in their game.

My Pick: Dallas Cowboys

Cleveland Browns (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1): The Steelers got embarrassed in week one (I picked them to win, big mistake) and if they don’t get it together this week, it could be a long season. Cleveland pulled off the home upset by shutting down the Bengals in the opener. Deshaun looked rusty throwing the ball, but he did show he could move around and extend plays. I also think it’s time be excited about what this defense is capable of doing. I like the sound of the Browns starting 2-0.

My Pick: Cleveland Browns

My record: 4-2