Jets, Broncos going in opposite directions right now
The Denver Broncos are one of only two teams in the AFC with a 2-0 record.
But the Broncos have beaten up on two of the worst teams in the NFL — the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars — in the first two weeks of the season. On Sunday, the Broncos get another “cupcake” with the New York Jets visiting Denver.
Expect the Broncos to make it three-for-three.
KNOCKOUT POOL: Cleveland made it tighter than it should have been, but we survived to pick DENVER this week.
No. 31 New York Jets (+11) at No. 12 Denver: Teddy Bridgewater was once Jets property. Now he will tear them down. Best bet: Broncos, 30-12.
No. 24 Cincinnati (+5) at No. 14 Pittsburgh: This worked for us in Week 1, and the Steelers have a bunch of key injuries. Upset special: Bengals, 21-18.
No. 1 Tampa Bay (+1) at No. 2 Los Angeles Rams: It makes no sense to bet against that 44-year-old quarterback and his Bucs crew. Call us nonsensical. Rams, 30-27.
No. 17 New Orleans (+3) at No. 19 New England: Drew Brees versus Tom Brady. Can’t wait … Oh, wait, they ain’t there anymore. Patriots, 23-21.
No. 21 Miami (+4) at No. 5 Las Vegas: WE BELIEVE. At least this week, Pro Picks believes in the Raiders with Miami undermanned. Raiders, 26-16.
No. 18 Los Angeles Chargers (+7) at No. 3 Kansas City: That KC defense is worrisome. But Patrick Mahomes won’t get intercepted in a key spot again. Chiefs, 30-27.
No. 6 Baltimore (-9) at No. 28 Detroit: That Ravens D is worrisome, too. Somehow, Baltimore will hold on. Ravens, 28-24.
No. 4 Arizona (-8) at No. 32 Jacksonville: In 2021, West teams heading East simply shrug — and win. Cardinals, 37-13.
No. 11 Seattle (-2) at No. 25 (tie) Minnesota: Well, not all of them. Vikings, 27-26.
No. 15 Green Bay (+4) at No. 8 San Francisco: After two victories in the Eastern time zone, the Niners get a home game. And … 49ers, 30-28.
No. 22 Washington (+9) at No. 7 Buffalo: Thought about this as Best Bet, but still not sure about Buffalo. Bills, 20-10.
No. 23 Chicago (+7) at No. 9 Cleveland: Also not sure what the Browns are. Surely talented, but mystifying. Browns, 27-17.
No. 25 (tie) Indianapolis (+6) at No. 16 Tennessee: Early battle for AFC South lead, and the Colts have a ton of issues. Titans, 24-13.
No. 20 Philadelphia (+4) at No. 13 Dallas, Monday night: Early battle for the NFC East lead. More like a pillow fight. Cowboys, 30-20.
No. 30 Atlanta (+3) at No. 29 New York Giants: This week’s only matchup of winless clubs. The Falcons have looked worse. Giants, 26-22.
Last Week: Straight up: 11-5. Against spread: 10-5-1.
Season: Straight up: 18-14. Against spread: 16-14-2.
Best Bet: Straight up: 2-0. Against spread: 2-0.
Upset Special: Straight up: 2-0. Against spread: 2-0.