NFL Odds Week 2: Highlighting Best Picks Against the Spread
With one week of the 2013 NFL regular season in the books, the biggest matchups are still yet to come, as Week 2 offers some of the most intriguing games of the season slate.
Just as well, a few mismatches grace the schedule, which have shifted odds greatly after a Week 1 that produced a lot of hair-splitting matchups which proved difficult to pick.
Let's take a look at the odds for each Week 2 matchup as of Wednesday.
Note: All odds courtesy of Bovada
|New York Jets at New England||8:25 p.m. (Thu.)||NFL Network||NE -13|
|Tennessee at Houston||1 p.m.||CBS||HOU -10|
|St. Louis at Atlanta||1 p.m.||FOX||ATL -7|
|Carolina at Buffalo||1 p.m.||FOX||CAR -3|
|Minnesota at Chicago||1 p.m.||FOX||CHI -6|
|Washington at Green Bay||1 p.m.||FOX||GB -8|
|Miami at Indianapolis||1 p.m.||CBS||IND -3|
|Dallas at Kansas City||1 p.m.||FOX||KC -3|
|San Diego at Philadelphia||1 p.m.||CBS||PHI -9|
|Cleveland at Baltimore||1 p.m.||CBS||BAL -7|
|Detroit at Arizona||4:05 p.m.||FOX||DET -2|
|New Orleans at Tampa Bay||4:05 p.m.||FOX||NO -3.5|
|Jacksonville at Oakland||4:25 p.m.||CBS||OAK -6|
|Denver at New York Giants||4:25 p.m.||CBS||DEN -4.5|
|San Francisco at Seattle||8:30 p.m.||NBC||SEA -3|
|Pittsburgh at Cincinnati||8:30 p.m. (Mon.)||ESPN||CIN -7|
Schedule via ESPN (all games Sunday unless otherwise noted)
San Francisco 49ers (+3) vs. Seattle Seahawks
As hard as the looming San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks matchup is to predict, the 49ers showed more strengths in Week 1.
Colin Kaepernick erased his biggest question mark in a big-time victory over the Green Bay Packers, airing it out for 412 yards and proving what he can do with few to no opportunities on the ground. The defense stiffened up against the run and forced timely turnovers.
Meanwhile, Seattle's run game was lethargic in Week 1 against Carolina, with 70 total yards on 26 attempts. Hyped early and often in the offseason, running back Marshawn Lynch was especially underwhelming, with 17 carries for 43 yards.
That lack of a running game nearly gave Seattle an 0-1 record, but a fourth-quarter touchdown kept that from happening.
If Russell Wilson can have another big day like he did Sunday (25-of-33 for 320 yards) the Seahawks should be able to keep it close, but with no running game, they'll struggle to score, like they did last week.
Tennessee Titans (+10) vs. Houston Texans
In Week 1, the Titans proved true the old, transcendent adage: The best offense is a good defense.
As a big road underdog to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee came in and forced two turnovers while holding Ben Roethlisberger's offense to fewer than 200 total yards (and just 32 on the ground). Roethlisberger threw for more than 200 yards in 11 of the 13 games he played in last season.
The Titans offense didn't blow anyone away, totaling 229 total yards and scoring one touchdown on four trips into the red zone. But Jake Locker managed the game and made some timely throws down the field when needed.
The competition only gets tougher with another road trip, this time to the Houston Texans, who notched a comeback victory over San Diego.
Matt Schaub had success in bringing the Texans back, but if he gets another pedestrian performance on the ground from Arian Foster (18 carries, 57 yards), it may be tough to beat Tennessee at all, much less cover the 10-point spread.
Dallas Cowboys (+3) vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Apparently the oddsmakers weren't tuned in to NBC Sunday Night Football on the NFL's opening weekend.
Despite forcing six turnovers in a 36-31 win over the New York Giants that wasn't as close as the final score indicates, the Cowboys go into Kansas City as three-point underdogs (as of Wednesday morning).
Which team is most likely to beat the spread?
Tony Romo was Mr. Efficiency in a potent Dallas offense—a statement that could have been seen as incredibly sarcastic as recently as a year ago. He completed 36 of his 49 passes for 263 yards with two scores and one pick. A huge reason for that is that the Cowboys O-line was able to give Romo time in the pocket and prevent him from getting knocked around.
Kansas City was victorious in Week 1, but beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2 isn't what it was in 1999. Alex Smith managed his Chiefs debut well—21-of-34 passing with two scores in a turnover-free offense—but it'll be a different story against a new and improved Cowboys defense that forced six turnovers in Monte Kiffin's debut as defensive coordinator.
The new defensive coordinator has the Dallas D flying around and making plays. With linebacker Sean Lee as its leader in the middle, this defense will make things incredibly hard on Smith.
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