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NFL Week 2 Picks Against the Spread

NFL week 2 is here. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 2 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from ESPN as of Wednesday morning)

Last week: 11-4-1, Overall: 11-4-1

Thursday Night

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-6)

The Bengals almost beat the Chargers in week 1, but came up just short. Cleveland got demolished by the Ravens. A short week isn’t what either team needed in week 2. The Browns will win the game, but it will be close and come down to the wire.

Pick: Bengals

Sunday Afternoon

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-9)

Who would have thought that the Jaguars would pick up a week 1 win? They showed resilience and showed they aren’t rolling over this season. Tennessee had a tough road game on Monday night and will likely be able to win this game, but it will be close.

Pick: Jaguars

New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-5.5)

Chicago had an impressive comeback win on the road against the Lions. Getting a home game against the Giants will be much easier, especially given the quality of the New York offensive line. Chicago’s defense will help them cover.

Pick: Bears

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-5.5)

Detroit suffered that brutal loss to the Bears. Rookie running back D’Andre Swift had a chance to win the game for the Lions, but dropped a pass when he was wide open. It takes a toll on a team when that happens. Add that to the fact that Aaron Rodgers is already on fire and the Packers are an easy pick.

Pick: Packers

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9.5)

The Buccaneers looked sloppy in week 1 and it resulted in a loss to the Saints. They still have a lot of talent, but shouldn’t be favored by this many points, even if they are playing the rebuilding Panthers.

Pick: Panthers

Buffalo Bills (-5.5) at Miami Dolphins

Buffalo looked good in week 1, even if they played the Jets. They have a good, well-balanced team that should pick up wins over the bottom of the AFC East with ease. The Dolphins simply don’t have the talent that the Bills do.

Pick: Bills

San Francisco 49ers (-7) at New York Jets

Adam Gase is still the coach of the Jets, which means they won’t be competing in a lot of football games. The 49ers are coming off of an NFC Championship, while the Jets missed the playoffs last year, lost week 1 and just placed Le’Veon Bell on IR.

Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Picks Against the Spread
Aaron Donald (photo by section215.com)

Los Angeles Rams (-1.5) at Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz was sacked eight times in the opener against Washington. That offensive line isn’t getting fixed in one week. Aaron Donald will have a field day and the Rams will cover the spread.

Pick: Rams

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (-5.5)

The Falcons can throw the ball with the best teams in the league, but their defense isn’t great. Dallas will have to win this in a shootout, but it will be close. Neither team looked especially great in week 1.

Pick: Falcons

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5)

Pittsburgh showed off their great defense in week 1 as Ben Roethlisberger got some good snaps under his belt. They look like they can compete in the AFC. Denver put up a good fight against the Titans, but are now really banged up at several positions. Pittsburgh should to be able to cover.

Pick: Steelers

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (-3)

Indianapolis suffered a bad loss to Jacksonville week 1. That doesn’t mean they won’t be a good team this season, but they shouldn’t be favored against the Vikings. Minnesota showed holes in their secondary against Aaron Rodgers, but they should be able to at least keeep it within three points against the Colts.

Pick: Vikings

Sunday Evening

Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)

Washington got an upset win over the Eagles in week 1, as rookie Chase Young led their pass rush. The Cardinals beat the reigning NFC Champions, the 49ers, and they looked good doing it. Kyler Murray has a lot more help on offense this year, so the Cardinals should be able to win and cover.

Pick: Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens (-6.5) at Houston Texans 

The Texans lost their best player this offseason and have a bad secondary. Lamar Jackson should be able to feast against the secondary and help the Ravens cover.

Pick: Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs (-8.5) at Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers barely beat the Bengals in week 1 and aren’t quite ready to keep the game close against the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes will have a lot to deal with in the Chargers’ secondary and pass rush, but he should be able to help the Chiefs cover.

Pick: Chiefs

Sunday Night

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (-4.5)

A Super Bowl rematch is in store for Sunday Night Football. The Seahawks threw the football more than they are accustomed to in week 1, while the Patriots relied on Cam Newton‘s legs. It should be a close game in Seattle.

Pick: Patriots

Monday Night

New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders’ first ever game in Las Vegas will be against the Saints. New Orleans took care of business against the Bucs in week 1 and look like they can be as efficient as ever this season. The Saints can cover on the road.

Pick: Saints

 

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