NFL Week 2 picks: Steelers win thriller over Browns, Chiefs edge Jaguars on Patrick Mahomes’ birthday


The NFL season is barely one week old and it’s already totally out of control.
The Browns looked like the best team in the NFL, the Raiders are in first place and I think the Giants are already eliminated from the playoffs. Also, the Jets lost their starting QB four snaps into the season and still somehow won on Monday night.
Oh, and the five coaches who got hired this year combined to go 0-5 in Week 1, which is why you should never hire a new head coach. Just keep the old one forever.
The good news for those five new coaches is that at least one of them will be picking up a win in Week 2 and that’s because Shane Steichen (Colts) and DeMeco Ryans (Texans) will be facing each other.
So who’s going to win that Colts-Texans showdown? Let’s get to the Week 2 picks and find out.
Actually, before we get to the picks, here’s a quick reminder that you can check out the weekly picks from every NFL expert by clicking here. However, if you don’t want to click over, that’s completely fine with me. As someone who is easily sidetracked, if I click on something, there is a 100% chance I will end up going down some sort of internet rabbit hole and if that happens, I’ll never make it back to the story I was originally reading. So I guess maybe you shouldn’t click over.
Let’s go down the rabbit hole of my picks.
NFL Week 2 picks
Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET (Amazon Prime)
If the Vikings were smart, they would have asked the NFL not to schedule them for any prime-time games this year and that’s because their quarterback can’t win in prime time. When it comes to late games, Cousins isn’t as bad as Daniel Jones, but he does always seem to melt down under the spotlight. Cousins has a 12-20 career prime-time record, and this week, he has to go up against an opponent who never loses: Jalen Hurts.
If the Vikings couldn’t stop Baker Mayfield in Week 1, I’m not sure how they’re going to stop Hurts, who is 18-1 in 19 regular-season starts. I picked against the Eagles last week and after watching that backfire in my face, I’m not sure I’ll be picking against them again all season. My pick was so bad that the random guy below said I should stop writing about football.
The bad news for him is that I’m still writing about football. The good news for him, though, is that I’m picking his Eagles this week. The Eagles have a better offense, they have a better defense and I think they even have better special teams. I have no choice but to pick Philly.
The pick: Eagles 27-17 over Vikings
If you hate my pick in this game, then you might like R.J. White’s better. He’s our gambling guru over at and he’s been on roll with his Vikings predictions, going 56-31-4 on his last 91 picks, which means he has an absurd .626 hit rate with his Vikings picks. If you want to check out White’s pick, you can do that here.
1 p.m. ET (CBS)
If there’s one quarterback you don’t ever want to pick against coming off a loss, it’s definitely Patrick Mahomes. As the old saying goes,


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