There is always a week in the Pick’em season that totally fucks with your head. The week where you’re like, what the eff is going on?! You’re past the point where it’s jaw-dropping–it’s frustrating. Because it’s just too unbelievable.
Week 2 was that week. And I’m not just saying this because I ended the week with 14 confidence points. (Yes, I’m that Pick’em player alllllll the way in the bottom.) Maybe Thursday Night’s game should have been the indication of what was in store for us come Sunday…
We begin Week 2 with an AFC West showdown between the Broncos and the Chiefs. Most of us were convinced by the Chiefs impressive win over the Texans in Week 1–and not so convinced by the Broncos win over the Ravens. And with what started to be a slooooow game in Arrowhead stadium, ended up being a quite a nail-biter. My friends and I left the bar after the Knile Davis TD with 2:27 on the clock, thinking the most the Broncos can do is tie it. Right? Imagine our surprise when we got home and found out the Broncos managed to get that W.
And now onto the madness of the proceeding games. The Titans/Browns game was pretty evenly matched, in that they’re both mediocre, but a lot of us seemed to believe in Marcus Mariota’s Week 1 brilliance…only to be deceived in the end. With Johnny Manziel at the helm, the Browns got the lead early and eventually cashed in on it. Only 5 of 39 Pick’em players chose the Browns. (Props to Trap Queen, B. Rowe, DNB, Mad Hatter, and My Ball Zach Ertz!)
The Bucs haven’t beaten the Saints at the Superdome since 2011 but since the Saints are the worst fckin team in the NFL right now, Jameis Winston was able to get a win on his second NFL start. All 39 Pick’em players got this wrong.
What seemed to be a no-brainer pick this week was the Rams over the Redskins. Because I mean, the Rams not only beat the Seahawks Week 1 but they looked pretty good doing it. And surely all this QB drama in Washington will manifest on the field right? Wrong. Because despite losing DJack, the Redskins are gelling. Their run game is lookin’ tight and Kirk Cousins is proving that you don’t need to be a first round draft pick to be a legitimate QB in the NFL. Much to our Pick’em realm’s surprise (except for 3 of us), the Redskins held the Rams scoreless for 3 quarters, bouncing back from their Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. (Props to Trap Queen, Shanahan Job, and Mr. Ashley Madison!)
Here’s a sentence I didn’t expect to say: the Ravens/Raiders game was exciting, high-scoring, and ended with a win for Oakland. Despite throwing for the third highest total of his career (384 yards), Joe Flacco and the Ravens are struggling without their key defensive leader Terrell Suggs. Only 1 cashed in on this pick. (Props to Trap Queen!)
Just when I thought perhaps the AFC East would be the juggernaut of all divisions, the Dolphins/Jaguars game happens. And Miami loses. To Jacksonville. Yep, it’s definitely the week of the unexpected! And yet 2 players did expect this. (Props to Trap Queen and Football Head!)
The Eagles/Cowboys game was interesting, to the say the least. With everyone in the country (it seems) on their toes, waiting for the Chip Kelly offense to explode, only to get disappointed, one has to wonder if we’re just getting blue balled by this off-season promise. And despite adding to their win column, the Cowboys seem to continue to lose…first Dez and now Tony.
Sunday Night Football featured one of the most anticipated games of the week–the rematch between the Packers and Seahawks. While Seattle seems to be struggling to get their swagger back, Green Bay seems to be on a mission. Step 1: Win revenge game–check. Step 2: Keep proving we have the best QB in the league–check. Only scary thing is seeing Eddie Lacy get injured. But I guess if you have Aaron Rodgers, who really needs a great running game, huh?
In terms of Pick’em, MNF didn’t need to exist (although shout out to the Jets who continue to kick ass and ended the Week of the Underdog with a bang!) because the Week 2 winner was clear-cut. (I’m sure you too can guess who it is from my recap.) At the conclusion of Sunday night’s game, this Pick’em player was not only in the lead, but was in the lead by 19 points, making it impossible for anyone to catch up. And it only seems right that the game that solidified this bomb-ass female’s win is the team she reps, against the team she hates the most…
Congratulations Mariel Fortin aka Trap Queen aka my roomie/partner-in-crime!! Truly living up to the saying “started from the bottom now I’m here”, Mariel ended Week 1 at the bottom of the pack and come week 2 she managed to collect more than half of the available Confidence Points, with a score of 80–18 points above the closest contender! Not only did she choose some of the most unlikeliest of upsets, Mariel was confident in them (11-Redskins, 12-Raiders, 13-Jaguars). And boy did it pay off. Congratulations again, Mariel!!
In case you didn’t know:
- Brian Rowe (B. Rowe) – 169 pts
- Matt Corrado (Finkle Is Einhorn) – 158 pts
- Aaron Bonchi (The Bonch) – 157 pts
- Jason Antona (J. Snow) – 157 pts
- Shawn Fink (Stumpy Squirrel) – 157 pts
For the next 3 weeks, you’ll be hearing from our 3 other Creators–Dean, Juna-Willa, and Karina. Don’t miss me too much 😉