NFL Picks Week 2: Which Underdogs Will Cover the Spread?

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-19. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Three underdogs will cover the spread in Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season. They include a rebuilding NFC South team who will run a Super Bowl contender much closer than expected. There is also an AFC West team set to defy the odds in a battle of two teams who suffered heavy defeats on opening day.

Here are the three underdogs set to cover the spread in Week 2.


Kansas City Chiefs (+3.5) at Buffalo Bills

The Kansas City Chiefs defense is better than the one that took the field against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. The unit will receive a major boost as its best pass-rusher, Tamba Hali, is set to return from suspension, according to

That's bad news for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills offensive line. The Chiefs will keep this game close and eventually pull off a narrow win to cover the spread, as quoted by


New York Jets (+5.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers

The New York Jets won't have the luxury of facing the Buffalo Bills defense this week, but they can still keep things close enough to cover the spread against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That's despite being listed as underdogs, according to

While their offense grabbed most of the headlines in Week 1, the Jets' new-look 4-3 defense gives them the best chance against the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger and Co. looked more than a little off against the Denver Broncos.

Without a credible running game to keep Gang Green honest, the Steelers won't have much joy against an opportunistic Jets secondary and a rampaging four-man front. This game will be decided by a field goal either way, enabling the Jets to cover.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7.5) at New York Giants has the defending Super Bowl champions as favorites for this game. That's a bold spread considering how bad Big Blue looked on opening night and how well Tampa Bay fared against the Carolina Panthers.

The New York Giants couldn't move the ball consistently on the ground or through the air against the Dallas Cowboys. They also couldn't stop the Cowboys offense from doing exactly that to them.

The Buccaneers defense played very well in Week 1 and should be able to apply pressure to Eli Manning. The G-Men may still sneak a win thanks to some select big plays, but it will be by less than a touchdown.