NFL Week 2 Picks: Predicting Every Game Against the Spread
Now that a wild Week 1 of NFL action is in the books, fans and gamblers are turning their attention to what should be an incredible—and potentially profitable—slate of games in Week 2.
While the home favorites look like a great choice overall, there are a quite a few teams that are getting points that look like they could straight up win as an underdog.
Let’s take a look at the complete schedule and make some picks and predictions against the spread.
*Home team in CAPS.
**Point spreads via ScoresAndOdds.com
GREEN BAY PACKERS (-6) over Chicago Bears
The Packers suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of the upstart Redskins last week, but should be back with a vengeance for this divisional rivalry game. Aaron Rodgers will lead his squad to at least a one TD victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7.5) over NEW YORK GIANTS
The Bucs are going to be a good team in 2012, yet Vegas still doesn’t have faith in them. After stoning the Panthers ground attack in Week 1, they’ll look to repeat that against the Giants. Even if Josh Freeman can’t get the passing offense going, they have a strong enough defense and ground game to keep this within seven.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-14) over Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals always have trouble in New England, and it will be no different this time.
John Skelton was injured in his first start of 2012, and backup QB Kevin Kolb will be under center for Arizona in this contest.
He’s been a major disappointment during his time in the desert, and won’t give the Pats any trouble on Sunday. Expect Tom Brady and the rest of the offense to simply score at will here and win by at least 20.
Minnesota Vikings (-1) over INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The Vikings pulled out an OT win against the Jaguars in a game where neither team looked solid offensively.
However, Adrian Peterson was one bright spot and should be a force against this weak Colts front line. He’s the difference-maker and will be the reason why Minnesota steals this one on the road.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (+3) over New Orleans Saints
Both the Saints and Panthers were stunned in Week 1, and should come back with a vengeance in this game.
The safe play is the over, but bettors looking to go with the spread should take the points that the home team is getting. Cam Newton will outduel a Saints defense that seems to be in disarray and the rushing attack should finally get going.
Oakland Raiders (-2.5) at MIAMI DOLPHINS
Don't count the Raiders out yet. After failing to cover on MNF, they obviously showed that they have much to improve upon.
However, they'll get a chance against possibly the easiest opponent they will see all season--the Dolphins.
Ryan Tannehill simply isn't a starting-caliber QB in this league and Oakland's offense will have plenty of possessions to figure out how to get the vertical passing game going.
Expect them to get the problem solved and put a lot of points up on the scoreboard.
BUFFALO BILLS (-3) over Kansas City Chiefs
These two teams were both blown out in their opening contests, so it’s hard to predict what will happen when they face one another.
However, the Bills' defense can’t be as bad as it was against the Jets, and should tighten up against K.C. Lay the points and roll with a team that began to click on offense when it was too late.
Baltimore Ravens (+1) over PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The Ravens absolutely destroyed the Bengals on Monday Night Football, and will ride that momentum against this overrated Philly team that barely beat the Browns.
Take the points on a team that is simply better and would win at home, on the road or on the moon.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (-7) over Cleveland Browns
Cincy was decimated on MNF by the Ravens, but they are still a vastly superior team compared to the Browns.
While this is a divisional rivalry, the Bengals defense is simply too powerful for Brandon Weeden and the weak Cleveland offense to hang around with--especially on the road.
Houston Texans (-7.5) over JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
In Week 1, the Texans proved that they will once again have one of the best running games in football to compliment their incredible pass rush and solid overall defense.
Jacksonville showed us that they are susceptible to collapses and their overtime loss to Minnesota gives them little to build on going forward.
The Florida-based team just doesn't have what it takes to beat an AFC powerhouse like Houston.
Dallas Cowboys (-3) over SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Dallas decimated the defending Super Bowl champs on the road in what might be the loudest game they will participate in all season, and will be just fine travelling to Seattle.
The Seahawks had trouble against a mediocre Cardinals squad and will not be able to contain what might be the surprise NFC East winner in 2012.
Washington Redskins (-3) over ST. LOUIS RAMS
While St. Louis was able to play the Lions tight in Week 1, they will unravel in Week 2 and look like the team they were projected to be in the offseason.
Robert Griffin III is the real deal and was able to beat the Saints in his debut, so there is no reason to doubt him against a lowly franchise like the Rams.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (-6) over New York Jets
Pittsburgh struggled against the Broncos on Sunday night, but Peyton Manning-led teams have traditionally found a lot of success in primetime.
The Jets are getting too much credit for decimating a team with one of the worst defenses in the league in the past two years, and will not see Stephen Hill or Jeremy Kerley scoring multiple TDs again.
While the Steelers aren’t the powerhouse they were in recent seasons, they will easily beat an inferior team by a touchdown or more.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (-6) vs. Tennessee Titans
San Diego is a solid home team and is playing mistake free football right now. It will be taking on an inexperienced, banged-up QB in Jake Locker and forcing a ton of turnovers.
Jump on this line while it’s still less than a TD and you’ll be rewarded with a victory against the spread.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (-6.5) over Detroit Lions
The 49ers may be the best team in football. It would be unwise to bet the other way, especially after Detroit barely squeaked by the Rams.
San Fran’s defense will completely overwhelm Matt Stafford, keep Calvin Johnson locked down and stifle the rushing attack. Meanwhile, their new-look offense features an incredible vertical passing game that allows them to put up plenty of points to cover.
ATLANTA FALCONS (-3) over Denver Broncos
Atlanta was absolutely dominant to open the season and has too many weapons for the Broncos. They will be playing in the Georgia Dome, where QB Matt Ryan has performed his best.
Even though Peyton Manning looks sound, he’s not going to be able to pull off this upset victory on Monday Night Football.
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