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NFL Picks and Predictions Week 2: The BTSC Contributor Challenge

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Wondering who to pick in this week's slate of NFL games? The BTSC contributors give you their picks for Week 2 actions...you'll never guess who they take in the Steelers / Bengals game...

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Picking NFL games can be a tricky proposition. Kind of similar to hastily selecting your best friend on the playground on the inaugural day of kindergarten. Over by the monkey bars is your subject. Star Wars T-Shirt. Cool! You like the monumental works of George Lucas. Pokémon lunch box. Yes! Maybe they've caught an Ivysaur and could direct you to where one awaits you. Hello Kitty backpack (gotta include the girls) too. This may just be the one indeed. Plus, the other students seem to like this kid too.

But Wait! There's another kid over there that doesn't have all of the cool swag, but you just have a good feeling about this one, even though there's not a lot of people around this person and they seem kind of shy. You like both. It's a dilemma brewing. What do you do? You make your decision and go with the popular choice. You make your move and Presto! You've got yourself a buddy.

Thirty minutes later you are sitting at your desk pondering the significance of a cat that actually wears hats, but doesn't look like a cat you've ever seen. And then it happens. You simultaneously hear crying and smell something that can't be the feline that enjoys sporting fine haberdashery. And then it dons on you...your brand-new BFF is hysterical because he/she just crapped themselves. Oh yeah. You made the wrong selection. You fear that you too will be ostracized by association. You just know you'll be doomed to twelve years of being picked second-to-last for kickball and have no one to share an occasional Capri Sun and Goldfish with. Your social future is linked to the five-year-old locked in the fetal position, wallowing in a pool of their own tears and soil.

That's how I felt when I selected Dallas and Carolina last week to win.

Luckily, NFL fortunes are too like kindergarten and there's always next week. Sometimes you've got to block out the stench and tears. You find redemption because 5-year olds have the attention span of gnats and because said pooper's parents bring in cupcakes for their birthday (It's actually in May, but mom and dad are desperate. So give them a break.) Plus, you kind-of felt bad right away and decided to give them another chance and found you wanted to be friends anyways. You also approached the other kid and invited him/her to play too. You three are all now BFFs. You're similar to Forrest Gump and Jenny, without the disturbing backstory of incest and cocaine.

Basically Carolina and Dallas, you get another chance.

We at BTSC are showing off are NFL judgement skills and picking the weekly games all season long and sharing them with you. Fear94 has the early lead going 14-2 for the week. Dan Sager and Brian Nuckols are two games back with an impressive 12-4 each. Off to a slow start are...Nope, you've got to see for yourselves below.

Team W L
1 Fear94 14 2
2 Dan Sager 12 4
2 Brian Nuckols 12 4
4 Jeff Hartman 11 5
4 Bryan Davis 11 5
6 Flip Fisher 10 6
6 Anthony Defeo 10 6
6 Zach Parnes 10 6
9 Eric O'Connell 9 7
9 Mike Frazer 9 7
9 58Steel 9 7
12 Robert Hitchcock 8 8
12 Brett Foreman 8 8


Now, here are our picks for Week 2. We'll find out.

WEEK 2

Anthony Defeo Brett Foreman Brian Nuckols Bryan Davis Daniel Sager Eric O'Connell Fear94
New York Jets @Buffalo NYJ NYJ BUF NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ
New Orleans @NY Giants NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG NO NYG
Tennessee @ Detroit DET TEN DET DET DET DET DET
Kansas City @Houston KC KC HOU HOU HOU KC HOU
Dallas @Washington DAL DAL DAL WAS WAS WAS WAS
Miami @New England NE NE NE NE MIA NE NE
Baltimore @Cleveland BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL
Cincinnati @Pittsburgh PIT PIT PIT CIN PIT CIN PIT
San Francisco @Carolina CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
Tampa Bay @Arizona AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ
Seattle @Los Angeles SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA LA LA
Atlanta @Oakland OAK OAK ATL OAK OAK OAK OAK
Jacksonville @San Diego JAC JAC SD SD JAC JAC SD
Indianapolis @Denver IND IND DEN DEN DEN DEN IND
Green Bay @Minnesota GB MIN MIN GB GB GB GB
Philadelphia @Chicago CHI CHI CHI PHI PHI CHI PHI

WEEK 2 58Steel Flip Fisher Jeff Hartman Mike Frazer Robert Hitchcock Zach Parnes
New York Jets @Buffalo NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ BUF
New Orleans @NY Giants NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG
Tennessee @ Detroit DET DET DET DET DET DET
Kansas City @Houston HOU KC KC HOU KC HOU
Dallas @Washington WAS WAS DAL WAS WAS DAL
Miami @New England NE MIA NE NE MIA NE
Baltimore @Cleveland BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL CLE
Cincinnati @Pittsburgh PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
San Francisco @Carolina CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
Tampa Bay @Arizona AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ
Seattle @Los Angeles LA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA
Atlanta @Oakland OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK
Jacksonville @San Diego JAC JAC SD JAC JAC SD
Indianapolis @Denver DEN DEN DEN DEN IND IND
Green Bay @Minnesota GB GB GB GB GB GB
Philadelphia @Chicago PHI PHI PHI CHI PHI CHI