Like the Colts, I was more competitive this week while failing to actually get a victory. After starting the season 0-4 in my predictions, there was only one direction I could go; no matter how incremental. On to the scoreboard:
I boldly called for two Jacoby Brissett (pictured) touchdown tosses in his first Colts start. Yes, I was off by two, but he did give the Colts hope and kept the game competitive as I indicated he would. Like the Colts, no moral victory and no points for this prediction.
I believed that Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams would carve up his old team for 75 rushing yards. (I decided I can no longer predict success for opposing players as I spent the entire game rooting to be wrong on this one). Once again, the Colts run defense was stingy and held the Cardinals to 83 team rushing yards and Williams to only 22 yards on his 9 carries.
I refused to believe that K Adam Vinatieri would miss an extra point or field goal this week and he proved me correct by nailing all three of his attempts. If only we could have gotten him one last opportunity in overtime….
I predicted the Cardinals would win a high scoring game at 31-24. Both defenses played better than I expected and the Cardinals eked out an 16-13 overtime victory. The Cardinals only lead of the day was that final field goal making Bruce Arians successful in his visit to Indy.
In summary, I was accurate on half of my predictions in week two moving my season total to 2-8. Not great, but better than the donut I earned against the Rams. Since I rank my weekly results according to the careers of past Colts quarterbacks, week two was a Mark Herrmann (pictured below). In his 11 games played for the Colts spread over 5 season he was .500 as a starter. He only threw 2 touchdowns while throwing 13 picks so his record was even, but his play was erratic. Like my predictions.
Savant level? Not so much.