NFL Picks Week 2: Underdogs That Will Cover the Spread

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2010

NFL Picks Week 2: Underdogs That Will Cover the Spread

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    Sunday marks the start of the second week of NFL regular season action.  There were many close games in Week 1, and Week 2 looks like it will be no different.

    It is always difficult to pick games against the spread for office pools and such, but it is even harder to decide which underdog will cover the points.

    Here are four underdogs that will cover the spread in Week 2.

Pittsburgh Steelers +5.5

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers looked impressive on defense last week against the Atlanta Falcons.  This week they travel to Tennessee to play the Titans.

    The Steelers defense has only allowed three 100-yard rushers since 2006, and Chris Johnson has never had more than 70 rushing yards against them.

    This game will be solely on the shoulders of Vince Young, who will carry them to victory, but only by a slight margin.

    Titans win this one 17-14.

Washington Redskins +3

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    The Washington Redskins are coming off an impressive victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.  The same can be said by their opponent this Sunday, the Houston Texans, who knocked off the Indianapolis Colts.

    The 'Skins are dogs at home in this one, and it is hard to believe that the Texans have come down from their high of last week.

    This game will be a close one, but McNabb has a better showing and the Redskins roll 24-20. 

Seattle Seahawks +3.5

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    The Seattle Seahawks rolled over the San Francisco 49ers last week.  This week they get the Denver Broncos, who lost their opener to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The Broncos' defense looked awful as a unit last week—that should open it up for big days from Justin Forsett, Matt Hasselbeck, and Mike Williams.

    The Broncos will start the season at 0-2 as Pete Carroll's Sehawks win outright, 21-20.

St. Louis Rams +3.5

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    It is hard to believe that any human being would ever pick the St. Louis Rams to cover a spread as an underdog, but after their decent performance last week, there is no reason they can't this Sunday vs. the Oakland Raiders.

    Sam Bradford looked pretty good in his first professional start and will build on that success this week.  The Raiders are turnover prone, which will make the difference in this game.

    The Raiders still win this one, but only because of a last second field goal. Raiders 20-17.