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 tallysight as of Tuesday afternoon)
Last week: 6-10, Season total: 6-10
New York Giants at Washington Football Team (-3.5)
Both of these teams come into this game at 0-1. The difference is that Washington’s starting quarterback is out. Taylor Heinicke will be in for Ryan Fitzpatrick for the foreseeable future. The difference in this game will be defense. Washington will be able to force Daniel Jones into turnovers, so they will win and cover despite having a backup quarterback in.
New Orleans Saints (-3.5) at Carolina Panthers
The Saints are coming off of a dominating performance at a neutral site over the Packers. There is no reason their defense can’t have just as impressive of a performance against the Panthers as they did the Packers.
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears (-3)
Cincinnati had an encouraging win over the Vikings, while the Bears had a rough matchup against the Rams. This should be a very close game. The Bears may win this game because of their pass rush and the Bengals’ offensive line issues, but the Bengals look like a team that will put up a good fight most weeks.
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns (-12.5)
In week 1, the Texans surprised everyone by destroying the Jaguars in week 1. The Browns dropped a tough one to the Chiefs. Cleveland thinks of themselves as Super Bowl contenders. If they want to be that good, they need to put away teams like the Texans early.
Los Angeles Rams (-4) at Indianapolis Colts
There wasn’t a more beautiful offensive showing than the Rams against the Bears. The Sean McVay-Matthew Stafford tandem is capable of some real magic. Indianapolis looks like their offense with Carson Wentz will need some time to grow and they’ll need to get healthier on the offensive line.
Denver Broncos (-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Denver went on the road and took care of business against the Giants in week 1. Their defense looked like they are for real and the offense will be run-oriented. The Jaguars lost to the Texans, who were the favorites to have the worst record in the league this season. Denver should be able to win and cover on the road.
Buffalo Bills (-3.5) at Miami Dolphins
Buffalo struggled out of the gates with a loss to the Steelers. They’ll want to get back on track. The Dolphins got a tough win over the Patriots, but their offense still leaves some to be desired. Buffalo needs to go on the road and get a win.
New England Patriots (-5.5) at New York Jets
Zach Wilson was hit a lot in his debut, but he was able to hang in there and keep the game against the Panthers close. Mac Jones had an ok debut himself. In a battle of young quarterbacks, the game is bound to be close.
San Francisco 49ers (-4) at Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia had a surprising win over Atlanta, but this week they have a tougher test in the 49ers. San Francisco let the Lions creep back into the game in week 1, but still got the win. They will want to put the game to rest way earlier this week.
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5)
It is a short week for the Raiders after a dramatic overtime win over the Ravens. They also have to travel across the country to face a tough defensive team in the Steelers. Pittsburgh still lacks some offensive fire-power, but their defense and special teams should help them cover.
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals (-4.5)
The Vikings lost a hard-fought game to the Bengals in overtime and now have to go to Arizona. Minnesota’s offensive line is a problem and the Cardinals are going to be able to exploit that after Chandler Jones had five sacks and two forced fumbles in week 1. Kyler Murray has the offense moving, but Jones and the defense will help them cover.
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-12.5)
Tampa Bay looks like they are ready for a repeat after winning a great game against the Cowboys. The Falcons didn’t look as good against the Eagles, as they were blown out. Atlanta should be able to put up points in most weeks and this spread is pretty large. Expect the Buccaneers to win, but the Falcons to keep the margin to about 10 points.
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5)
The Chargers had to travel across the country in week 1 and won a close game against Washington. Dallas played great in a loss to the Buccaneers. If the Cowboys can play anything like they did against the Buccaneers, they will win this game outright.
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (-5.5)
Tennessee didn’t look good in week 1 against the Cardinals. Seattle played great on the road at Indianapolis. This game will likely be closer than both contests. The Seahawks will likely win, but Tennessee should be able to keep it close.
Kansas City Chiefs (-4) at Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore is coming off of a short week and will not have an easy contest against the Chiefs. Kansas City had a great comeback victory against the Browns. The Chiefs’ offense looks like they are firing on all cylinders, while the Ravens are still figuring things out with all of their injuries.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-10.5)
The Lions aren’t the greatest team, but they routinely play the Packers close and they showed some grit coming back and making it close against the 49ers in week 1. Green Bay also looked really sloppy in their week 1 loss to the Saints. The Packers will likely rebound and win, but the Lions have all the capabilities of making it a close game.
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