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NFL picks 2016, Week 2: Can the Cardinals and Cowboys get their 1st wins?

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Our panel of experts is unanimous in its faith that the Cardinals will get back in the win column this week. They're more divided over the Cowboys and a few others.

It's hard to pick games for the opening week of the season. You don't have anything to go on other than the depth chart and whatever precedent carried over from the year before. Plus, it takes some teams more time than others to shake off the offseason rust (looking at you, Arizona Cardinals).

So, major props to our panel of experts here. Nobody finished the week with a losing record, even the computer came in at a healthy 9-7. The big winner was Joel "The Blog Father" Thorman. I'm not sure what his secret is, but he wiped the floor with the rest of us, going 12-4 with his Week 1 picks. What really set him apart was that he was the ONLY person on the panel to pick the Patriots to beat the Cardinals last week.

Joel broke with the pack again this week, making the Colts his underdog team, while everyone else is going with the Broncos. Most sportsbooks have the Broncos as six-point favorites. And our picks are straight up, not against the spread. Joel's really going out on a limb here, but maybe he's onto something.

There's not a lot of consensus among the picks for Week 2. Everyone is taking the Raiders to beat the Falcons, the Cardinals to beat the Bucs and the Panthers to prevail over the 49ers. All of those look like very reasonable, very safe choices for your survivor pool. If there's an upset in that bunch it might be the Buccaneers, albeit a long shot.

The toughest game to pick when you compare the two teams side-by-side is Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Both teams are very complete from top to bottom, both can score a ton of points, and they also have a knack for beating the living hell out of each other.

As a reminder, because we do our picks so early in the week, our panel gets the chance to make a couple re-picks on Thursday, based on late developments. Last week, we only had one person re-pick a game: Fooch flipping from the Titans to the Vikings, very prescient. (* indicates a re-pick)

I suspect everyone will be watching the status of Russell Wilson. Pete Carroll has said that the Seahawks starting quarterback wasn't dealing with anything serious, but that was a painful ankle injury he suffered last week.

Game RVB Stephen White Thomas George Jeanna Thomas Adam Stites Tyler Tynes Louis Bien Joel Thorman Fooch OddsShark computer
NYJ vs BUF BUF NYJ BUF BUF NYJ NYJ BUF NYJ BUF BUF
CIN vs PIT PIT CIN PIT PIT CIN CIN PIT PIT PIT PIT
TEN vs DET TEN DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET DET
BAL vs CLE BAL BAL CLE BAL CLE BAL BAL BAL CLE BAL
DAL vs WAS DAL WAS WAS DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL* WAS
NO vs NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG NO NYG NYG NYG NYG
SF vs CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
MIA vs NE NE MIA NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
KC vs HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU KC HOU KC KC HOU
SEA vs LA LA SEA SEA SEA SEA LA SEA SEA SEA LA
TB vs ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ
JAX vs SD JAX SD JAX JAX JAX JAX JAX SD JAX* SD
ATL vs OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK
IND vs DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN IND DEN DEN
GB vs MIN MIN GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB MIN
PHI vs CHI PHI CHI CHI CHI CHI PHI CHI PHI CHI CHI
Last week 9-7 10-6 10-6 10-6 9-7 8-8 9-7 12-4 10-6 9-7
Total 9-7 10-6 10-6 10-6 9-7 8-8 9-7 12-4 10-6 9-7