Code Red: 10-6
Mrs. Code Red: 10-6
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) @ Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
Iggins!: Well I can’t take the Ravens after the Ray Rice stuff. Steelers win.
Code Red: I'm pretty sure the Steelers are better anyway. At least offensively. Steelers win.
Mrs. Code Red: Steelers.
Erik: A less honorable man might have altered his pick, but I also expected a Steelers win.
Miami Dolphins (1-0) @ Buffalo Bills (1-0)
Erik: My initial response is to say that, since they beat the Bears, the Bills better just win everything forever. But I’m still bullish on these Dolphins, and I just can’t see Manuel having even the overblown modicum of success he had against the Bears with that pass rush breathing down his neck. Dolphins win.
Iggins!: Yeah, a lot of strange things happened in the Bills-Bears game. You and me, riding these Fins the whole season. Dolphins win.
Code Red: I will join you in your flippered fetishism. Dolphins win.
Mrs. Code Red: Dolphins win.
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) @ Washington Racists (0-1)
Iggins!: Washington looked like a legitimately terrible football team, and the Jags showed life until the blur stamped that shit out. I have to say the Jaguars win here.
Code Red: Gus Bradley seemed like he had one of the best defensive gameplans anyone has yet come up with against the Blur, he just didn't have the talent to execute. Stopping this sad version of RGIII should be easier. Jaguars win.
Mrs. Code Red: Jaguars.
Erik: I don't see the Racists putting up 34 points in the second half. Jags.
Dallas Cowboys (0-1) @ Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Code Red: I....think I'm picking the Titans. Didn't they shock everyone by starting 2-0 last year? Titans.
Mrs. Code Red: Titans.
Iggins!: Well I’m certainly not taking Dallas. Titans win.
Erik: I may never take Dallas again. Titans.
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) @ New York Giants (0-1)
Erik: The Cardinals were able to grind out a win against the impressively rusty Chargers thanks in large part to a solid defensive effort. The Giants lost to the Lions and their offense looked like dogshit doing it. Cardinals win, Eli throws two or more picks.
Iggins!: The Giants are a terrible team. Glad I have some easy picks this year. Cardinals win.
Code Red: I want to disagree somewhere along the way but yeah the Giants looked rancid. Cardinals win.
Mrs. Code Red: Cardinals.
New England Patriots (0-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Iggins!: We are so screwed this year. Vikings win.
Code Red: I am not ready to go that far. Bad as they looked last week, I think the Dolphins are a better team than these Vikings, who sadly, no, are not that bad. Patriots.
Mrs. Code Red: Patriots.
Erik: I do have the unfair advantage of writing this after Adrian Peterson's suspension, but THAT'S THE GAME, FELLAS. Patriots.
New Orleans Saints (0-1) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Code Red: The Saints proved vulnerable to the deep ball last week, but the Browns have no Roddy White or Julio Jones. Saints win.
Mrs. Code Red: Saints win.
Iggins!: Hoyer started very poorly last week but really turned it around, almost completing an impressive comeback. I bet the Browns put up some points here, but not enough. Saints win.
Erik: They might have Josh Gordon back, but still. Hoyer. Saints win.
Atlanta Falcons (1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
Erik: The Falcons pulled off an impressive upset on the road against a much better team last week, because that’s the sort of thing the Falcons do just to make it hurt more when they fuck it up. I couldn’t trust them when they were 15-1, and I sure as shit can’t trust them now. Bengals.
Iggins!: The Bengals needed a 77 yard circus play from AJ Green to beat the Ravens. Nobody seems to remember that the dirty birds were perennially 13-3/12-4 before they got injured to death last year. Falcons win.
Code Red: The Falcons were never as good as their record when they were winning nor as bad as their record when losing. But they've always been a different team outside of the dome in the Ryan Era. Bengals win.
Mrs. Code Red: Falcons.
Detroit Lions (1-0) @ Carolina Panthers (1-0)
Code Red: Cam is playing, right? This is a tough one. The Lions always start off well, and a broken rib will seriously alter how Cam plays. I want to pick Detroit, but....I don't. Because fuck them. I'll go down on the fuck Detroit ship. Panthers.
Mrs. Code Red: Panthers.
Iggins!: Yeah, I just don’t want to pick Detroit, despite it probably being the smart move. Panthers win.
Erik: I mean I have to imagine the Panthers will be better than the Giants about the whole "knowing to cover Megatron even a little bit" thing. I'll stand in solidarity. Panthers.
St Louis Rams (0-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
Iggins!: And the winner of the least fun to watch game of the year goes to… the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!
Code Red: Anyone that thinks Jay Cutler threw the dumbest interception of week one should see Josh McCown's bobbled snap/gently lofted floater to a defender four feet away. Still, the Rams may be starting their third string QB on the road. Bucs.
Mrs. Code Red: Bucs.
Erik: It's a classic Bad vs. Worse matchup, Mike. I like the Bucs to be just slightly less shitty.
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ San Diego Chargers (0-1)
Erik: The one upside for San Diego here is that at least Richard Sherman doesn’t shadow receivers, so Keenan Allen should get more targets. But with an offense that was stymied by Arizona and a pass rush that managed zero sacks against a 34-year-old man behind one of the worst lines in football, that’s about the end of the silver lining. Seahawks.
Iggins!: From this point on I will no longer justify why. Seattle wins.
Code Red: There is nothing to say. Seahawks.
Mrs. Code Red: Seahawks.
Houston Texans (1-0) @ Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Code Red: the Texans really are last year's Chiefs. What a cushy schedule. Texans.
Mrs. Code Red: Texans.
Iggins!: That Raider offense is especially dreadful. Texans win.
Erik: Not only that, they'll play just well enough behind that defensive line to get people to start talking about them like a contender again before collapsing entirely. Texans.
New York Jets (1-0) @ Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Iggins!: I like this Jets team to win a bunch of games they shouldn’t this year, but oh man I bet GB is pissed. Packers win.
Code Red: yeeeeah. Packers win.
Mrs. Code Red: Packers.
Erik: We can dream, but a realist has to take the Packers.
Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) @ Denver Broncos (1-0)
Code Red: Yeah these Chiefs are not good. Broncos.
Mrs. Code Red: Broncos.
Iggins!: Broncos win.
Erik: All that remains is to see the over. Broncos
Chicago Bears (0-1) @ San Franciso 49ers (1-0)
Erik: I’m going to do something very stupid and give myself false hope based solely on the fact that San Francisco’s entire defense is hurt or suspended this week. They just don’t have enough healthy guys to stop everything the Bears can throw at them in a shootout. Bears win, 31-28.
Iggins!: Nope. 49ers win, 52-27.
Code Red: I have one rule, and dammit, a man's got to believe in something. Bears win, 35-30.
Mrs. Code Red: It's only week two, who would I be to abandon the Bears now, even if it is against the second best team in the NFL...Bears win.......yeaaaaaahhh. Umm, 34-30.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Erik: The Eagles got a little bit of a scare in the first quarter against the Jags, but reality reasserted itself and they cruised to victory thereafter. With the Colts’ run game in the shitter and their secondary suspect, at best, this should be a high-scoring affair. But you can always do worse than betting on LeSean McCoy. Eagles.
Iggins!: NFC vs. AFC this year, I’m going NFC. Eagles win.
Code Red: The year of reckoning has come for the Pagano/Grigson regime. Eagles.
Mrs. Code Red: Eagles.