Broadway NFL Pick ’Em: Week 2

Well, that was painful. What a weird week 1 in the NFL, right? From the Titans getting embarrassed to the Texans blowing an opponent out, this last week was downright confusing. The Broadway gang is back to rebound and make sense of all of this.

I am going to start a few new sections to this article to help keep things fresh. I have asked for my fellow contributors to add blurbs on tough decisions, victory laps or shots at other teams/pickers.

Victory Lap

  • I will speak up for James since he was too modest to submit a blurb on his behalf. James comes away looking like a genius for picking the Steelers over the Bills. Congratulations, sir, picks like this are what leave you tied for first after one week.


  • Mike Miracles – “5 of 16. This is why I retired.”

  • All of us for trusting the Titans. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. (Insert overused Game of Thrones GIF here)

Thoughts on this Week

  • Zach Lyons – “I know, I know. The New York Giants stink. They have one of the worst NFL starting QBs in the league, and Saquon Barkley is not 100%. However, here is something you may only know if you tuned into Broadway Breakfast in 2020: Daniel Jones is 4-0 versus Washington. That’s right, since coming into the league, Jones has always beaten WFT. WFT is also starting Taylor Heinicke at QB this week. They still don’t have Curtis Samuel back either. With Barkley’s role expanding, Jones’s record, and Joe Judge dropping an F-Bomb in a presser this week, there is no way I am betting against the Giants.”

  • Robert Greenlaw – “After being blown out by a roster made up entirely of special teams players, I can’t imagine a universe where Jacksonville wins a game anytime soon. I will be picking against them until they show they can be competitive, and then I’ll still probably pick against them.”

  • Bill Ott – “Fresh off beating beating New England at home as an underdog, the Dolphins head back to Miami to face Buffalo.  The Bills are coming off a home loss against the Steelers where Buffalo was nearly a touchdown favorite.  I love home dogs in general (Miami +3.5), but especially here given how things played out week 1.”

  • Austin Nelson – “Awful Week 1 from me. Picked against the Titans, so I am already off to a good start.”

Same Austin, same.

I stated last week that the first week of the NFL season could be interesting, and it was. Let’s take a look at how the rest of the picks this week shake out.

The unanimous decisions this week for the group:

  • Our only unanimous pick of the week: the group is sailing the high seas with the Bucs over the Falcons.

The against-the-grain picks this week:

For my sanity, I am going to clarify what constitutes against the grain, until I change my mind. Three contributors or less picking a team will be considered against the grain, at least until I need more to fill in the gaps…

  • Justin Melo is the lone Ravens supporter over the Chiefs. No shade here as this one surprises me that there were not more in this flock. Maybe all of the injured Ravens players have scared everyone away.
  • Melo is joined this time by Easton Freeze in hoping the Colts won’t throw another shoe and find a way to beat the Rams.
  • Lebowski and Davey are hoping the Jets can remember to play football this week and take out the Patriots, who feature the future OROY Mac Jones (generational talent).
  • James, what are you thinking? Seriously? Taking the Jags over the Broncos? Blink three times if you have been kidnapped.
  • Melo with the 3peat, joined by Zach Lyons, Skol-ing along and trusting the Vikings over the Cardinals. Can’t agree, not after the absolute beatdown the Cardinals just gave the Titans.
  • Taylor Gamble and Ben Wright are taking the Lions over the Packers. I am not sure what to do with this game, the Packers and Lions both looked awful last week. Surprised this one did not end up in our coin flip section.
  • Lebowski has a late entry by confirming that the Browns will fold vs the Texans. Says he feels it in his bones.

Coin Flips

  • The group was almost split on the Cowboys @ the Chargers game. 10-9 in favor of the Chargers.
  • Jalen Hurts is swaying more people with his play each week. It was close, but the group was 12-7 in favor of the 49ers.
  • Still some faith from the group in the Titans, but majority rules, 13-6 in favor of the Seahawks.

Find all the picks listed below (or click here to view in a new (larger) window). Please roast our contributor performances from last week in the comments, and let us know why you disagree with us this week.

Current Standings:

Broadway ProWins
Taylor Gamble12
James Esparza12
Justin Graver10
Wes Wisley10
Bill Ott10
Justin Melo9
Jonathan Boren9
Michael Gilliam9
Robert Greenlaw9
Davey Shepherd9
Easton Freeze9
Zach Lyons8
Ryan Watson8
Ben Wright8
Andy Simmons8
Chris Ivey7
Mike Herndon6
Austin Nelson6

James and Taylor take the early lead over the group getting an amazing 12 games right (maybe I should go easier on them on the picks above…). Justin Graver, Wes Wisley and Bill Ott chipped in with 10 wins each. Everyone else was mediocre to very Jacksonville-esque. Hopefully week 2 brings better fortune for the non-double-digit-win crew.

Tune in next week to see the results, and help us make fun of the losers who get their picks wrong. Let us know whose picks you hate or love in the comments below!

Author: Ryan WatsonThe resident Old Dude who's found a way to still be involved with football after years as a college and high school football coach. An O-line truther who cut his teeth coaching wide receivers. A Titans fan since he started paying attention to football again after coaching, roughly 2008. The other half of the greatest podcast you've never heard of (the numbers were very telling) Taking It To The House Sports. Currently involved in multiple podcasts on Broadway Sports Network talking shop on Coaches Corner and trying to guide fantasy football decisions on The Flex.

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