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Pick6: The Comeback Starts Here

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

Well, that was pretty brutal. Yours truly went 1-5 in Week 1, a sad effort that never occurred once last season. But no problem, right? I can get make up for that with a good showing this week. Week 2’s slate of games features a number of intriguing matchups, including a battle between two of the elite QBs in the league: Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Here’s how I see things playing out:

♦ HOUSTON @ CLEVELAND: Deshaun who? Give it up for Tyrod Taylor. The journeyman QB got the job done in Week 1 against Jacksonville, passing for 291 yards and 2 TDs (and no interceptions), despite having a weak supporting cast. The feeling here is that they’ll run into trouble this week against the Browns, who could (should, really) have beaten Kansas City. Pick: BROWNS

♦ BUFFALO @ MIAMI: Repeat after me: The Dolphins sit alone atop the AFC East! (Enjoy the view while you can, ’Phins fans.) If you’re a Bills booster, however, you have to be concerned. Buffalo had a double-digit lead over Pittsburgh on Sunday, then fell apart. Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa, meanwhile, had an uneven performance against New England but still came away with the unexpected victory. Can Miami spring another upset? I don’t think so. Pick: BILLS

♦ LAS VEGAS @ PITTSBURGH: The Raiders are riding high after their thrilling MNF victory over the Ravens. Historically, however, the Silver & Black don’t fare well when venturing out east. And the Steelers are coming off a win of their own, and the boast one of the league’s top defenses. Darren Waller vs Minkah Fitzpatrick will be fun to watch. Pick: STEELERS

♦ NEW ENGLAND @ N.Y. JETS: It’s rookie QB vs rookie QB, Mac Jones vs Zach Wilson. I was impressed with Jones this past Sunday. He showed exceptional poise and leadership, even outplaying Tua Tagovailoa for most of the game. Wilson really struggled early against Carolina, but rebounded with a strong second half effort. Wilson might be the better QB. New England is the better team. Pick: PATRIOTS

♦ DALLAS @ L.A. CHARGERS: This may very well be the most entertaining game of Week 2. The Cowboys are simply a different team with Dak Prescott back, and if Ezekiel Elliott gets untracked, watch out. The Chargers, meanwhile, would probably be a playoff team if they weren’t in such a tough division. Justin Herbert is the real deal. Pick: COWBOYS

♦ KANSAS CITY @ BALTIMORE: The Chiefs plucked the Ravens last season, 34-20, and Mahomes got the better of Jackson, with 385 passing yards and 4 TDs. After a somewhat rocky start against the Browns in Week 1, KC turned it up enough to get the W. Baltimore, meanwhile, is banged up and looking shaky early on. Pick: CHIEFS

2021 Record: 1-5 (.167)

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