Let's take a very depressing look at every major injury in week 2 and breakdown how it'll impact each team. With so many injuries, it's important to understand this before we can move onto handicapping week 3.
We were able to book another win week 2 after grabbing 3 favorites. I argued that if it wasn't for the opposing teams starting QB getting injured we actually would have went undefeated. I'm all about the bullshit excuses.
The model doesn't overreact to a week 1 loss. We're going right back to picking on the nameless team from Washington. Kyler and the Cardinals -6.5, please.
The model doesn't believe in week 1 woes. It looks the Bucs to put up big points against the Panthers "defense."
The Steelers ride into Denver to take on the Broncos. The model likes Pittsburgh to win by a touchdown+, and it's easy to see the Steelers having success against the Broncos banged up defense.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm posting our in-house power rankings that is used to feed the model. These rankings are projections for each team going forward, with injury adjustments if they might be without a star player that week.
We went 4-0 week 1. To be nice to our bookie, we decided to take 3 losers. It's common courtesy, really.
Each week the model picks a game that makes you cringe. This is that game. We're looking for the Skins to keep it within 5 at home against the Cowboys.
Who says the model doesn't like big favorites? We'll gladly take the Ravens over the Cardinals. You can start with two touchdowns, it's fine.