NFL Picks Week 2: Updated Lines and Predictions for Biggest Games

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots readies to throw against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York.New England won 23-21.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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There are a number of marquee games on the slate for Week 2 of the NFL season. If you want to make these intriguing contests even more exciting, it’s time to consider placing a wager down on the action.

Whether it’s a small bet amongst friends or a decent chunk of change down at the sportsbook, nothing can get the blood flowing or make the action quite as edge-of-your-seat as having something riding on the outcome.

Let’s take a look at some of these highlight showdowns and make some predictions against the spread on the outcome.


New York Jets (+13) over NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Most people were fading the Jets and predicting them to lose in Week 1, but Gang Green prevailed with a miraculous win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Although that isn’t likely to happen against the meticulous and disciplined Patriots on a short week of rest, the Jets have a great shot of at least covering the spread.

Being spotted 13 points is an easy play, especially against an opponent that is dealing with a multitude of injuries.

New England will be without Shane Vereen—their most effective rusher and one of the top pass-catchers in Week 1—and could likely be down a tight end with Zach Sudfeld dealing with a hamstring and star receiver Danny Amendola nursing a groin.

Head coach Bill Belichick should still find a way to guide his team to a victory as long as Tom Brady is the signal-caller, but it’ll be tough to pull that off by a two-touchdown margin.

Take the points and watch the Jets make things interesting on Thursday Night Football.


NEW YORK GIANTS (+6) over Denver Broncos

The third edition of the “Manning Bowl” takes place on Sunday afternoon, with big brother Peyton taking his Broncos to East Rutherford to face off with Eli’s G-Men.

Although the outcome for each team’s opener was drastically different, this game projects to be a close, back-and-forth affair.

While Big Blue struggled with turnovers and disgusting running back play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, they still managed to keep the score close.

Don’t be surprised if Tom Coughlin has his boys working extra hard at practice this week to hang on to the football and avoid giving it away for nothing. Turnovers were the main reason that the Giants lost and they could have easily ran away with a “W” had they hung on to the rock.

Peyton Manning may be coming off a seven-touchdown performance, but the signal-caller is due for a regression. He’ll be facing a defense that will have no problem breathing air near sea level, not the thin oxygen up at the Mile High.

Factor in a hostile crowd and you have a recipe for a close, back-and-forth game between two great teams. The final score should be within a field goal’s difference, so take the points and get paid.


CINCINNATI BENGALS (-7) over Pittsburgh Steelers

It may be time to sound the death knell on the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season, as the club has re-signed Jonathan Dwyer in a desperate attempt to get any sort of production from the running game.

Pittsburgh will also be without Maurkice Pouncey (torn ACL, MCL) at center and Larry Foote (ruptured biceps) in the linebacking corps, two absolutely devastating losses for the team.

Considering the Steelers could hardly generate any offense and had trouble stopping the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, they are in line for a huge thrashing at the hands of the Bengals on Monday Night Football.

Both 0-1 AFC North teams are desperate for a win in this divisional showdown, but the Bengals are a far superior squad, mostly healthy and ready to bounce back after a heartbreaking season opener.

The home favorite is absolutely the play here and the result should finally show the world that the Steelers are once again pretenders in 2013.