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2018 NFL picks: The Falcoholic staff predicts Panthers vs. Falcons and other Week 2 games

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Will the Falcons overcome this rash of injuries to beat the Panthers?

Carolina Panthers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Are you stressed out about the Falcons sending both Keanu Neal and Deion Jones to injured reserve? We are, too, but it didn’t really dampen our confidence in the Falcons’ ability to beat the Panthers this Sunday even a little bit.

All of us — even this week’s enemy guest picker, our frenemy Brian Beversluis from Cat Scratch Reader — has picked the Falcons to knock off the Panthers. Perhaps it’s echoes of that one time Matt Ryan threw for 500-plus yards and Julio Jones went off for an even 300 receiving yards against a trash Panthers secondary, or maybe it’s the fact that the Panthers are in just as dire of an injury situation as the Falcons are these days. But the whole squad is rolling with Atlanta this week.

Elsewhere around the league, a bunch of these pickers must have forgotten that the Browns actually tied the Steelers and the Saints lost last week to the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers. Most of our writers are rolling with the Saints nonetheless. As for the Bucs, only Dave Choate thinks they can beat the Eagles. For the primetime game, our pickers are favoring the Ravens, Giants, and Bears.

Maybe Dave is on to something, because he’s tied at the top with Adnan Ikic and Kyle McClendon (who had not submitted his picks at publish time) at 4-2. Most of us are tied at 3-3, and we’ve got James Rael, who did not pick last week, at the rear with a clean slate.

My dog selected Falcoholic community member RojoFalcon as our guest picker this week.

Sadly, RojoFalcon apparently did not check his email. Check your email, RojoFalcon, and I’ll update this post if you get your picks in before the game tonight.

Here are all of this week’s picks.

The Falcoholic’s Week 2 NFL picks

Name Record CAR vs. ATL BAL vs. CIN PHI vs. TB CLE vs. NO NYG vs. DAL SEA vs. CHI
Name Record CAR vs. ATL BAL vs. CIN PHI vs. TB CLE vs. NO NYG vs. DAL SEA vs. CHI
Dave "Picks" Choate 4-2 Falcons Ravens Buccaneers Saints Giants Bears
Cory Woodroof 4-2 Falcons Bengals Eagles Saints Giants Bears
Kyle McClendon 4-2 Falcons Ravens Eagles Saints Cowboys
Carter Breazeale 3-3 Falcons Bengals Eagles Saints Giants Bears
Matt 3-3 Falcons Ravens Eagles Saints Giants Seahawks
Adnan 3-3 Falcons Ravens Eagles Saints Giants Bears
Jeanna Thomas 3-3 Falcons Ravens Eagles Browns Cowboys Bears
Cam Marino 3-3 Falcons Ravens Eagles Browns Giants Bears
Kevin Knight 3-3 Falcons Ravens Eagles Saints Giants Bears
DW 2-4 Falcons Ravens Eagles Browns Cowboys Seahawks
Kendall Jackson 2-4 Falcons Ravens Eagles Browns Giants Bears
James 0-0 Falcons Bengals Eagles Browns Giants Seahawks
Guest picker: Brian Beversluis 3-3 Falcons Bengals Eagles Saints Giants Bears
Guest picker: RojoFalcons 2-4

If you want to be in the running to be our guest picker for next week’s slate of games, make your picks in the comments.