Took a few chances with upset picks in Week 1. And, well, I picked the wrong upsets. Therefore, to paraphrase The Fonz, I was not exactly right with too many of my first-week picks, straight up, not against the spread: 9-6-1.

Let’s get right to it for Week 2:

 

Tampa Bay at Carolina, Thursday

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KRYK PICK: Carolina

Cam Newton is not right. Neither was I. Picked it Thursday afternoon. Down 1-1 on Thursday nights.

 

San Francisco at Cincinnati, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

KRYK PICK: Cincinnati

It’s unlikely the 49ers can win twice in eight days in the Eastern Time Zone, even if the foes are the Bucs and Bengals. Cincinnati nearly won at Seattle. Andy Dalton is off to a hot start.

 

Arizona at Baltimore, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

KRYK PICK: Baltimore

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner (Ravens starting QB Lamar Jackson) plays behind a way better O-line, and 2018 Heisman winner (Cardinals starting QB Kyler Murray) faces a way better D.

 

L.A. Chargers at Detroit, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

KRYK PICK: Detroit

The Chargers had to hang on at home in overtime to edge the Colts. These Lions were one boneheaded third down from beating the Cardinals, and ought to show up for all four quarters at home.

 

Minnesota at Green Bay, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

(TSN and CTV Winnipeg; via FOX)

KRYK PICK: Green Bay

Winner improves to 2-0. And if the Packers do it, they’ll be 2-0 within the division too. Green Bay’s defence was so impressive against Chicago, and again will dominate the Vikings.

 

Jacksonville at Houston, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

KRYK PICK: Houston

A short week for the Texans to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss Monday night in New Orleans. Jags rookie QB Gardner Minshew makes his first start. Say hello to J.J. Watt.

 

New England at Miami, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

(CTV Montreal-Atlantic; CTV2 Ottawa; via CBS)

KRYK PICK: New England

Antonio Brown aside, the Patriots appeared in late-season form in blowing out the Steelers. Wise coaches will tell you a team that romps in Week 1 probably isn’t that good. Thing is, Miami probably is that bad.

 

Buffalo at N.Y. Giants, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

(CTV Toronto-Kitchener; via CBS)

KRYK PICK: New York

Every home start now for QB Eli Manning might wind up his last, given that this Giants team appears woeful. Knocking off the Bills with a strong showing could solidify his job for a while. Or not.

 

Seattle at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

(CTV BC, Alberta; CTV2 Toronto, London/Windsor, Atlantic, Alberta, BC; via FOX)

KRYK PICK: Pittsburgh

Boy, did the Steelers look awful Sunday night in Foxborough. In every way. One of the league’s best O-lines needs to establish itself against the Seahawks. And Pittsburgh’s pass rush needs to step up.

 

Indianapolis at Tennessee, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

KRYK PICK: Tennessee

The Titans embarrassed the Browns in Cleveland last Sunday. They can now get a leg up within the AFC South with a win over the Colts in their home opener. Colts to start 0-2 on the road.

 

Dallas at Washington, Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

(CTV Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario; via FOX)

KRYK PICK: Washington

Upset pick. The Redskins had the Eagles by the, er, claws last Sunday, but let go. This Dallas regime and these Dallas players usually struggle at FedEx Field. Redskins offence clicks.

Kansas City at Oakland, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT

(TSN; via CBS)

KRYK PICK: Kansas City

First, the Chiefs reported that QB Patrick Mahomes practised without limitation all week, after tweaking an ankle in the Week 1 win at Jacksonville. Tyreek Hill is out for a while. It won’t matter.

 

Chicago at Denver, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT

KRYK PICK: Denver

If a division rival knew how to render Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky ineffective, then shouldn’t Chicago’s D-coordinator from 2017-18 — Vic Fangio, now Broncos head coach — know even more?

 

New Orleans at L.A. Rams, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT

(CTV Toronto, Montreal, BC, Alberta, Ottawa, Kitchener, Northern Ontario, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan; CTV2 Atlantic; via FOX)

KRYK PICK: New Orleans

Revenge. That’s what the Saints and, especially, their fans want, to make amends for being robbed near the end of the NFC championship game. Drew Brees looks sharp already at age 40.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT

(TSN, CTV2; via NBC)

KRYK PICK: Atlanta

Dan Quinn and his staff had better figure it out fast, and be ready to play in prime time against the powerful Eagles, unlike last week at Minnesota. Or it could be curtains.

 

Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

(TSN; via ESPN)

KRYK PICK: Cleveland

There’s kind of a symmetry for Adam Gase. His tenure in Miami ended disastrously last December, and his new one with the Jets has begun the same way. No Sam Darnold (mono)? No chance.

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BYES THIS WEEK: None.

SEASON RECORD: 9-6-1 (.594), through Week 1.

JoKryk@postmedia.com

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