Week 2 NFL Picks: Teams That Will Bounce Back at Home This Weekend
Nine Week 1 losers will return home in Week 2, looking to bounce back and get in the win column in front of their home fans.
But not every team will be so fortunate this weekend.
While the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will welcome the 0-1 Cleveland Browns to town, a team they've won 10 straight games against going back to 2008, the New York Giants will have to find a way to overcome Peyton Manning and the surging Denver Broncos in order to avoid an 0-2 start.
Below we'll highlight three matchups where the home team is sure to bounce back in Week 2.
*All spread information according to Covers.com.
|New England Patriots (-11)||Over||New York Jets||44|
|Atlanta Falcons (-6)||Over||St. Louis Rams||46.5|
|Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5)||Over||San Diego Chargers||55|
|Kansas City Chiefs (-3)||Over||Dallas Cowboys||46.5|
|Indianapolis Colts (-1)||Over||Miami Dolphins||43.5|
|Houston Texans (-9)||Over||Tennessee Titans||43|
|Green Bay Packers (-9)||Over||Washington Redskins||49.5|
|Baltimore Ravens (-6.5)||Over||Cleveland Browns||43.5|
|Carolina Panthers||Over||Buffalo Bills (+2)||43.5|
|Chicago Bears (-5.5)||Over||Minnesota Vikings||42|
|New Orleans Saints||Over||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3)||47|
|Detroit Lions||Over||Arizona Cardinals (+1)||48.5|
|Oakland Raiders (-5.5)||Over||Jacksonville Jaguars||39.5|
|Denver Broncos||Over||New York Giants (+4)||55|
|San Francisco 49ers||Over||Seattle Seahawks (-3)||44|
|Cincinnati Bengals (-7)||Over||Pittsburgh Steelers||40.5|
Green Bay Packers (-9) Over Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins looked all out of sorts on both sides of the ball in Week 1. While a lot of that had to do with RG3 being rusty (zero snaps in preseason) and the Eagles' dynamic offense, the Redskins won't get a break in Week 2. Instead, they will travel to Green Bay to take on an equally frustrated Packers squad.
Aaron Rodgers and company went toe-to-toe with the reigning NFC champion 49ers in Week 1, losing in a shootout on the road.
Rodgers was able to carve up the Niners secondary to the tune of 333 yards and three touchdowns in the narrow loss and will be even more effective against the Redskins' suspect defense, which surrendered 443 total yards of offense in Week 1.
Vegas has the Packers as nine-point favorites at Lambeau.
Atlanta Falcons (-6) Over St. Louis Rams
Like the Packers, the Atlanta Falcons are legitimate contenders in the NFC and in need of a win at home in Week 2 to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole.
Expect Atlanta to bounce back in the Georgia Dome this weekend. The Falcons are six-point favorites over the visiting Rams and boast one of the league's more balanced offensive attacks, led by quarterback Matt Ryan.
In the back field, running back Steven Jackson will be looking to have a big day as well going up against his former team. Jackson averaged seven yards per carry in Week 1 against New Orleans and also caught five balls for 45 yards.
St. Louis' secondary looked extremely vulnerable in Week 1's close win over Arizona, and the Rams offense appears one-dimensional without Jackson (67 rushing yards in Week 1).
Oakland Raiders (-5.5) Over Jacksonville Jaguars
The Oakland Raiders will be 5.5-point favorites this weekend when they take on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars at home in one of Sunday afternoon's late games.
Which of these home teams is the biggest lock to win in Week 2?
Oakland is coming off an impressive performance against the Indianapolis Colts on opening weekend, albeit in a loss. Led by dual-threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Silver and Black ran all over the Colts defense, racking up 171 rushing yards in all.
Meanwhile, the Jags are coming off a 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Make no mistake, the Chiefs appear much improved under Andy Reid, but that scoreline doesn't bode well for the Jags the rest of the way.
Jacksonville, which ranks dead last in the league in total yards after one game, averaged a dreadful 2.5 yards per play in the embarrassing loss and should struggle on both sides of the ball on the road in Oakland this Sunday.
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