NFL Week 2 Picks: Teams Guaranteed to Roll at Home This Weekend
Opening weekend of the 2013 NFL season is officially in the books, and for teams that started slow, it's never too early to look ahead to Week 2.
The second week of the NFL season will feature several intriguing matchups, including a can't-miss Sunday night prime-time clash between NFC West rivals San Francisco and Seattle. But not every Week 2 contest will be quite as difficult to predict.
Here I'll pick all 16 Week 2 matchups, highlighting a trio of yawn-inducing showdowns where the home team is sure to roll.
*All spread information according to Covers.com.
|New England Patriots (-12)||Over||New York Jets||44|
|Atlanta Falcons (-7)||Over||St. Louis Rams||47.5|
|Philadelphia Eagles (-9.5)||Over||San Diego Chargers||54|
|Kansas City Chiefs (-3)||Over||Dallas Cowboys||46.5|
|Indianapolis Colts (-3)||Over||Miami Dolphins||42.5|
|Houston Texans (-10)||Over||Tennessee Titans||42.5|
|Green Bay Packers (-9.5)||Over||Washington Redskins||49.5|
|Baltimore Ravens (-6.5)||Over||Cleveland Browns||43.5|
|Carolina Panthers||Over||Buffalo Bills (+3)||44|
|Chicago Bears (-6.5)||Over||Minnesota Vikings||42|
|New Orleans Saints||Over||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5)||47|
|Detroit Lions||Over||Arizona Cardinals (Even)||47.5|
|Oakland Raiders (-6)||Over||Jacksonville Jaguars||39.5|
|Denver Broncos||Over||New York Giants (+4.5)||55|
|San Francisco 49ers||Over||Seattle Seahawks (-3)||44|
|Cincinnati Bengals (-7)||Over||Pittsburgh Steelers||40.5|
Spread info according to Covers.com
New England Patriots (-12) Over New York Jets
No team will be a heavier favorite in Week 2 than the New England Patriots, who will host the New York Jets in a Thursday night matchup.
The Pats are nearly two-touchdown favorites at home and for good reason. The last time these two teams met on Thanksgiving night in 2012, New England put 49 points on the board and won by 30.
Which team has the best shot at dethroning the Patriots in the AFC East in 2013?
Both AFC East clubs are coming off narrow Week 1 wins, but the Patriots have the obvious advantage on both sides of the ball. Despite allowing three touchdowns from the Bills on opening weekend, New England's defense shut Buffalo down over the final 26 minutes of the game, allowing just over 70 yards and forcing four punts.
New England's ground attack also looked promising in Week 1. Although Shane Vereen will miss a few weeks with a broken bone in his wrist, Stevan Ridley was able to average slightly over five yards per carry against Buffalo.
And with New York having only been able to generate one touchdown against the Buccaneers at home this past weekend, it's safe to say that the Patriots will make it five in a row over the Jets in Week 2.
Baltimore Ravens (-6.5) Over Cleveland Browns
The defending Super Bowl champions will return home in Week 2 to take on division rival Cleveland, which is coming off a disappointing season-opening loss of its own.
Which team will be the favorite in the AFC North after Week 2?
Although the Browns run defense was superb in their 23-10 loss to the Dolphins—allowing just 20 yards on 23 total attempts—a lack of firepower on offense and the turnover bug are poised to hold the perennial AFC North bottom dwellers back in Week 2.
Even though Baltimore gave up nearly 50 points to a high-powered Broncos aerial attack in Week 1, the Ravens boast an elite offense, led by Joe Flacco, who should have no problem scoring points at home against the Browns.
Unlike the Broncos, the Browns won't present much of a threat offensively (four yards per play in Week 1), providing the Ravens with much more room for comfort on both sides of the ball.
Finally, if you need any other reason to jump on the Ravens bandwagon this weekend, remember that Baltimore is 10-0 against Cleveland under John Harbaugh, having swept the Browns in each of the past five seasons.
Oakland Raiders (-6) Over Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars did absolutely nothing right in their Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite opening the season at home against one of the worst teams in the NFL a season ago, Jacksonville managed to put just two points on the board (blocked punt safety), turn the ball over twice and gain just 172 total yards on 70 plays (2.5 yards-per-play average).
Will the Raiders cover the spread against the Jaguars?
Oakland was also a loser in Week 1, but nonetheless had a strong showing on the road against Indianapolis.
The Raiders gained 372 total yards on offense and led the Colts 17-14 with just over five minutes to play before Andrew Luck scored the go-ahead touchdown for Indy. Plus, it's difficult to imagine Oakland falling into a quick 14-0 hole at home against Jacksonville like it did in Week 1.
With Terrelle Pryor having gained some key confidence from Week 1's close loss, look for the Raiders to pummel the Jaguars in Oakland on Sunday.
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