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Week 2 NFL picks: Can Tyrod Taylor Taylor and the Buffalo Bills knockoff Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?

Our smart gamester guy Frank Hanrahan is back for another week of NFL picks. Clearly he's not letting QB matchups dictate his decisions.

Week 2 is here which means another opportunty to take down the man. Fine, we didn't exactly that during the opening games, but yours truly did take the Broncos and the three points Thursday night. Hey, it's not how you win, but that you do win and Frankie Stacks is ready to reveal even more winners. 

Gentle reminder that the more the dollar the signs, the smarter the play. So let's get it started! 


Some hard knocks for Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer. After a lackluster showing in the season opening loss to Kansas City, Houston benched Hoyer for Ryan Mallet heading into its Week 2 matchup at 1-0 Carolina. Clearly the Panthers have the QB edge with Cam Newton on their side, not to mention home field advantage. If asked to pick this line blindly, let's just say I wouldn't have predicted a field goal yet that's what Vegas is offering. That smell is something fishy. Take the points and the Mallets. Houston + 3



We rode with the local pro football team last week as a 3.5 point dog. The promising start turned sour after halftime as the Redskins lost 17-10 to the Dollphins. Now Washington faces a St. Louis team that looked like gangbusters knocking off Seattle in overtime. Everyone is rightly slobbering over the Rams imposing defensive line and noting Nick Foles didn't actually suck in the opener. Yet the Redskins, with Kirk Cousins at quarterback (2-8 as a starter), are only a slight underdogg. Interesting line. It's so interesting that we're riding the locals once again. Washington +3



Factoring in expectations and there probably wasn't a more disappoining Week 1 loser than the Vikings. Neither Adrian Peterson nor Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp against the 49ers and San Francisco's Carlos Hyde ran all over Minnesota's defense. Now, Detroit is also coming off a loss, but the Lions looked like the Patriots by comparison. Minnesota is the home favorite and for this week, the Vikings are one of my faves as well. Minnesota +2 


Talk about your QB mismatches. Tyrod Taylor vs. Tom Brady versus might as well be David vs. Goliath. Taylor made his first NFL start last week. Brady made won his fourth Super Bowl last February. The Patriots rule the AFC East and the Bills are long removed from their Super Bowl heyday. And yet, New England is just a teeny, tiny favorite against Buffalo. Yep, we're doing this. The books know something we don't. We're taking Tyrod Taylor. Buffalo + 1



This one is simple. One of my theories is taking the biggest favorite on the board. In this case it's the Saints at home against the Buccaneers. That means the first road game for Tampa Bay rookie QB Jameis Winston. He bombed in his NFL debut and now faces an 0-1 Saints team in the Superdome. Good luck, Jameis. You'll need it. New Orleans -10

Week 1: 2-3

Overall: 3-3

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