NFL Week 2 Picks: Favorites That Will Easily Cover the Spread
There were some favorites who let us down in Week 1, but don't fret, because Week 2 of the NFL season presents some matchups in which the favorites will easily cover the spread.
The New England Patriots didn't get the job done in Week 1, failing to cover the spread in their victory, but things should be different in Week 2 versus the New York Jets.
After getting a run for their money in the season opener, the Houston Texans will look to avoid another near letdown when they welcome the Tennessee Titans to town.
The Cincinnati Bengals were stunned after dropping their Week 1 showdown against the Chicago Bears. Things are looking up this week, though, as they take on the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Let's take a look at each of these matchups and why the favorites will easily cover the spread.
Complete Week 2 Picks
|New York Jets at New England||New England|
|St. Louis at Atlanta||St. Louis|
|Denver at New York Giants||Denver|
|Carolina at Buffalo||Carolina|
|Minnesota at Chicago||Chicago|
|Washington at Green Bay||Green Bay|
|Miami at Indianapolis||Miami|
|Dallas at Kansas City||Dallas|
|Cleveland at Baltimore||Baltimore|
|Tennessee at Houston||Houston|
|San Diego at Philadelphia||Philadelphia|
|Detroit at Arizona||Detroit|
|New Orleans at Tampa Bay||New Orleans|
|Jacksonville at Oakland||Oakland|
|San Francisco at Seattle||San Francisco|
|Pittsburgh at Cincinnati||Cincinnati|
New England Patriots (-13) vs. New York Jets
The Patriots disappointed a lot of people in Week 1 after winning by a small-enough margin over the Buffalo Bills that they didn't cover the spread. Don't expect an 0-2 start to the season in regard to covering the spread, though, as the Pats will take on the lowly Jets in Week 2.
New York is starting a rookie quarterback behind center and still has very few options for Geno Smith to throw to. Head coach Bill Belichick and the Pats defense will throw so many different looks at Smith that he won't be able to catch on fast enough to figure them out.
The Jets did look pretty good on defense, but that was more thanks to the ineptitude of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than the effort of an elite defense.
The Pats, who were out of sync offensively against the Bills, should be better with one week under their belts going into the matchup with the Jets.
Don't worry that Tom Brady's top receiver, Danny Amendola, is being listed as doubtful at the moment, per ESPN.com, because No. 12 can make a star out of any of his receivers and rookie Kenbrell Thompkins is due to break out.
With no semblance of a rushing attack and a rookie quarterback playing in his first regular-season game away from home, the Jets defense can still play well, and there's a great chance the Pats win by a few touchdowns or more anyway.
And don't forget that Belichick loves to run up the score against his division rival.
Houston Texans (-10) vs. Tennessee Titans
The biggest knock on the Texans defense this season—as was the case last season—is that its secondary can't stop big plays. That shouldn't be an issue in Week 2, however, as the Titans are coming to town without a credible passing attack.
Quarterback Jake Locker and the Titans threw the ball just 20 times last week, as opposed to the 42 rushing plays they called. Clearly, this isn't a team that is going to depend on the pass, nor will Tennessee beat defenses deep.
Instead, the Titans will look to start their offense by handing the ball to running back Chris Johnson. Houston will have no issue dealing with that, as the Texans allowed just 62 yards on 19 carries against the San Diego Chargers last week, if you negate quarterback Phillip Rivers' one carry for 18 yards.
Tennessee was good against the run last week in its win over the Steelers, but that was because of Pittsburgh's bandaged running back corps and lackluster options on the ground.
The Texans will be bringing one of the more feared two-headed rushing attacks in the NFL, with Arian Foster and Ben Tate carrying the rock.
Houston should have no issues shutting down the Titans offense, and with multiple ways to move the ball down the field after displaying a great passing attack in Week 1, the Texans should have no issue covering the spread.
Cincinnati Bengals (-7) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
There was some cautious optimism surrounding the Steelers heading into the season, but that was quickly erased after a dreadful season-opening loss to the Titans. Now, it appears that the lowered expectations for this storied franchise are warranted.
Pittsburgh failed to break 200 total yards of offense, and its rushing attack averaged just 2.1 yards per carry against a decent Tennessee defense. Things don't figure to get any easier in Week 2, as the Steelers hit the road to take on the Bengals and their superior defense.
Cincy didn't have such a great Week 1 against the Bears, losing 24-21. However, the Bengals didn't get dominated in any particular facet of that game and did hold a 21-10 lead in the third quarter of a game they should have won.
The Bengals should have less trouble stopping the Steelers offense, as they possess far fewer weapons than Chicago. On top of that, the Steelers are piecing together a rushing attack that was abysmal last week.
Cincinnati's offense should present far more issues for Pittsburgh's defense through the air and on the ground, as quarterback Andy Dalton is a major upgrade over what the Steelers played against in Week 1.
After Pittsburgh scored just nine points last week, it won't take much for the Bengals to cover the spread.
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