NFL Picks Week 2: Which ESPN Experts Have it Right?

John RozumCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2011

Despite the Eagles hype, only one expert picked them to win in Week 2
Despite the Eagles hype, only one expert picked them to win in Week 2Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

After Week 1 of the NFL's 2011-2012 season, all of the ESPN experts had a winning record except for Chris Mortensen, who went 8-8.

The two best records belonged to NFL Insider Adam Schefter and Seth Wickersham, who both went 11-5.

So of all the "experts'" Week 2 picks, which ones have it right?

Well first off, Buffalo, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, New York (Jets), Pittsburgh, Green Bay, New England, and New York (Giants) were all unanimous picks, so it will be the other seven games that will make things interesting.

Of the eight that pick games each week, Week 2 is narrowed down to just two experts.


Eric Allen

In the first week, Eric Allen went 10-6 and tied for second along with Mike Golic and Mark Schlereth.

This week, however, Allen is taking the Browns, Bengals, and Eagles to win, and he is the only one to pick both Cincy and Philly (one of three with Cleveland).

Now in regards to Cleveland, their game against Indy will be a close one, and that's a tough but bold pick.

As for the Bengals and Eagles, Cincinnati could very well defeat the Denver Broncos on the road, and Philly is the better team against Atlanta, but it will be a hostile environment.

That being said, Allen's record should finish at 12-4, and him picking Philadelphia is what will earn him the best record of Week 2.

In addition, Allen will then be tied for first overall with a record of 22-10.


Merrill Hoge

Merrill finished only 9-7 in Week 1, but he will bounce back in Week 2.

He's the only one who picked the Arizona Cardinals over the Washington Redskins in what is slated to be an excellent game, a bold decision on Hoge's part.

The rest of his picks are all with the majority, but if the Cardinals can pull off the big road win, it will give Merrill a 12-4 record, and tie him with Eric Allen for the top spot in Week 2.

That gives Hoge a record of 21-11 for the year so far.


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