The excitement and action from Week 1 gave us a little insight to what teams have to work with this season. Still, there were some shocking results, as well as some that many expected.
Our PickStar Challenge highlighted a few of the key moments of Week 2.
PickStar Challenge Week 2 Results
Our free-to-play game includes six questions every week. It’s a $1,000 pot every week, which is split among those who get every prediction correct.
Let’s see how it went.
Q1: How many touchdown passes will Mac Jones have? (0)
Ouch. This week started rough. How did Mac Jones not throw a single touchdown pass? Well, when the opposing quarterback throws four interceptions, it makes it easy on the offense.
New England scored 25 points, with Jones only throwing for 186 yards. Their two touchdowns came on the ground and Nick Folk nailed four field goal attempts.
Q2: Who will win the Cincinnati Bengals @ Chicago Bears matchup? (Bears)
The line to this game was on the money with Chicago -2. Andy Dalton got injured, causing the young Justin Field to play in a big spot. But this win still has to be credited to the defense of the Bears.
Joe Burrow threw three interceptions. Chicago jumped out to a 3-20 lead in the fourth quarter. The Bengals made a late push to make it close.
Q3: How many yards will Ezekiel Elliot rush for? (71+)
He hit the nail on the head. There were two options (0-70, 71+), and he had exactly 71 yards on the ground. However, Zeke wasn’t even the leading rusher on his team.
Tony Pollard led the Cowboys with 109 yards, doing so with 3 less carries than Elliot. Both scored a touchdown against the Chargers to lead Dallas to their first win of the season.
Q4: Will Tom Brady throw for over 300 passing yards? (No)
Effortless win for the Bucs. Brady didn’t have to perform close to his best in order to win this one. He even made some comments about missing plenty of chances out there, and they still won by 23.
Brady ended with 276 yards passing and five touchdowns. He found his buddy Rob Gronkowski in the endzone twice.
Q5: Will there be over or under 55.5 points scored in the Kansas City Chiefs @ Ravens matchup? (Over)
What an exciting Sunday night game. Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes can put on a show. The game’s total was at 59 before entering the fourth quarter.
Jackson got the best of the Chiefs in the fourth. A big fumble by Clyde Edwards-Helaire late in the game lead to the Ravens 36-35 win.
Q6: Who will throw for more passing yards on Monday night? (Aaron Rodgers)
This was a lot closer than it seemed. Aaron Rodgers only threw for nine more yards than Jared Goff.
It was a beatdown of the Lions. Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns, making a statement after a worrisome Week 1 for Packers fans.
No Sweat Winners and Losers
Tampa Bay was expected to take care of the Falcons, and they did. The spread was set around 12.5.
I would hate to think many people thought this Atlanta team could get within two touchdowns of the reigning champs. And they didn’t.
The Saints were supposed to have some momentum with Jameis Winston at quarterback after last week, right? He only threw for 111 yards and led the team in rushing yards. Again, he led the team in rushing with 19 yards.
Thought Alvin Kamara played for them. Anyway, they got boat-raced by Carolina. Spread was New Orleans -3.
Tua Tagovailoa getting hurt didn’t help the Dolphins, but that wasn’t the only reason they lost 35-0. Buffalo was only a 3.5 points favorite.
Seems like one that many people got right this weekend. Unless you’re a Dolphins fan. Sorry.
Playing it Close
The Los Angeles/Indianapolis game was great. Fans were excited to see Aaron Donald on the Rams go up against Quentin Nelson of the Colts.
The game was close to the end and the Colts had a shot to win but had to pull Carson Wentz after an injury. Jacob Eason wasn’t up for the job, but they did cover by a point.
I thought the Arizona/Minnesota matchup could be a trap game, and it was. I heard a lot of folks jumping all over the Cardinals to cover the 3.5 points spread.
Both offenses played well, and the Cardinals just got by with a one-point win. Kyler Murray is fun to watch. He had 4 touchdowns in the win.
As a Lamar Jackson fan, I’m not going to hold in my excitements about the Ravens upsetting the Chiefs on Sunday night. Never bet against a Louisville Cardinal. Oh look, Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos also covered.
Looking Ahead to Week 3
If we take a look ahead to Week 3, there are several matchups to look out for.
There’s a big matchup in Tennessee between two contenders of the AFC South. The Colts have yet to win a game. It’s going to be a tough first win to get, especially with all of the doubts about Wentz’s health.
If Derrick Henry can lead the Titans to a win, it’s going to big a big whole for an 0-3 Colts team.
The Buccaneers and Rams, two team that have started 2-0, will meet in Los Angeles. Both of these teams have been tested in their first two games, but one will be coming out with their first loss. The line for this one may end up being a pick’em.
The Monday night game will feature the Eagles and Cowboys. I’ll go ahead and guarantee I’m not watching this game with fans of either of these teams. Avoid that at all cost. Only one fan base will get excited about a winning record.
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