NFL Week 2 picks against the spread
Sunday 1:00 games:
Rams (1-0) @ Falcons (0-1) (-5.5)
The Falcons come into their home opener 0-1 after dropping their week one matchup with the Saints. Expect their offense to come out firing in their home opener in Atlanta Sunday. The Rams are coming off a comeback win against the Cardinals, but Arizona is no Atlanta. The Falcons will put up plenty more than the 17 they put up in week one. Look for the Falcons to win by double figures at the Georgia Dome.
FALCONS BY 10
Panthers (0-1) @ Bills (0-1) (+3)
This is one of the more intriguing games in week two between two teams that had tough week one losses in games they could have won. The Panthers offense was brutal in a low scoring battle where they fell 12-7 to the Seahawks. The Bills had the game in their hands until they gave Tom Brady more than four minutes to put a field goal on the board. Cam Newton will outduel E.J. Manuel in a low scoring battle to end, but the Panthers pull it out on a last second field goal.
PANTHERS BY 3
Vikings (0-1) @ Bears (1-0) (-6)
This is another one of the tough week one games to pick as the Bears return home looking to start the season 2-0. The Bears beat a good Bengals team to start the season and they get another tough one when their division rival Vikings come to Chi-town. There will be a ton of running in this game, but Adrian Peterson won’t be able to put the Vikings offense on his back against a very good Bears defense. Look for the Bears to come up with a late field goal to hand the Vikings an 0-2 start.
BEARS BY 3
Redskins @ Packers (-7)
Robert Griffin III didn’t look 100% in a week one loss to the Eagles. He clearly didn’t have the same explosiveness as he did before he tore his ACL last season. That’ll be a big reason they fall short in Green Bay Sunday. Aaron Rodgers will win the quarterback shootout at home as he looks to get the Packers in the winning column after a tough week one loss to the 49ers.
PACKERS BY 7
Dolphins (1-0) @ Colts (1-0) (-2.5)
Two words…Andrew Luck. The Colts have the sensational quarterback that will have them beat any average team like the Dolphins. They barely escaped week one against the lowly Raiders, but Luck will come out firing against Miami. While Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season, look for Ahmad Bradshaw to break loose and put up big numbers to complement Luck in the Colts offense. The Dolphins had an impressive 23-10 week one win, but it was the Cleveland Browns. Luck and crew win by double figures in Indianapolis Sunday.
COLTS BY 10
Cowboys (1-0) @ Chiefs (1-0) (-3)
This is one of the toughest picks to make in week two. The Cowboys started the season barely escaping with a win after the Giants turned it over six times. The Chiefs blew out the Jaguars 28-2, but the Jaguars look like an inept football team. Andy Reid and Alex Smith get their first look at some competition Sunday and expect the to be up to the task with Jamaal Charles getting a ton of carries. Tony Romo throws a late pick and the Chiefs start the season 2-0.
CHIEFS BY 3
Chargers (0-1) @ Eagles (1-0) (-7)
Chip Kelly. This high-octane Eagles offense is going to be hard to stop, at least for the first half of the season. Look for the Eagles to go flying up the field once again, especially against a Chargers team that just can’t close games out. San Diego blew a game against the Texans that they had in their hands. Vick and the Chip offense leads them to a 2-0 start in Philadelphia.
EAGLES BY 7
Browns (0-1) @ Ravens (0-1) (-6.5)
Don’t let the Ravens showing in week one fool you. They played arguably the best team in the league in Denver. They will come out with much more intensity on defense at home, where they rarely lose. The Ravens will beat the Browns by double figures Sunday.
RAVENS BY 10
Titans (1-0) @ Texans (1-0) (-8.5)
The Texans survived in scare in San Diego last week, but they’ll have the largest margin of victory in the NFL in week two. Expect their defense to have a much better performance when they come home against a Titans team that has trouble moving the ball in the air. The Texans hand the Titans their first loss in blowout fashion.
TEXANS BY 17
Lions (1-0) @ Cardinals (0-1) (-2)
This is another game where it’s a toss up, but the deciding factor comes down to Larry Fitzgerald. There’s a strong possibility the Cardinals best playmaker could be out and if he does play, he will be limited. For that reason, Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford get the Lions past the Cardinals by a field goal.
LIONS BY 3
Saints (1-0) @ Buccaneers (0-1) (-3)
The Saints looked awfully good in week one against a talented Falcons team. The return of Sean Payton on the sidelines will keep the Saints grooving as they head down to Tampa Bay. Expect the Saints offense to put up more than the 23 points they scored in week one and send the Bucs to an 0-2 start.
SAINTS BY 7
Jaguars (0-1) @ Raiders (0-1) (-5.5)
If there’s a game to not watch in week two, it’s the Jaguars and the Raiders. This will be one of the uglier offensive games you will ever watch, but Terrelle Pryor’s legs will lead the Raiders to a victory. The Jaguars may be one of the worst teams in NFL history, and even the Raiders should beat them by a touchdown Sunday after Jacksonville scored two points in week one.
RAIDERS BY 7
Broncos (1-0) @ Giants (0-1) (+4)
The Manning Bowl comes early this year as the Broncos head to the Meadowlands to face the Giants in my early Super Bowl preview. This will be an offensive shootout between the Manning brothers, but the Broncos are too talented in the end. The Giants have to improve on a six turnover game in Dallas and they will, but they’ll fall just short against the powerhouse Broncos.
BRONCOS BY 3
Sunday night 8:30 game:
49ers (1-0) @ Seahawks (1-0) (-3)
This might be the game of the week Sunday between two of the best teams in the NFL, who both happen to duke it out in the NFC West. Russell Wilson vs Colin Kaepernick in Seattle will be a must-watch game, but Wilson comes out on top at home. The 49ers win in week one was much more impressive than the Seahawks, but it’s hard to win in Seattle in that loud stadium. Look for the Seahawks to win a tight game down to the wire on a late field goal/
SEAHAWKS BY 3
Monday night 8:40 game:
Steelers (0-1) @ Bengals (0-1) (-7)
The Steelers aren’t the same team they used to be and the Bengals are on the rise. Pittsburgh’s offense was brutal in week one against a mediocre Titans team. The Bengals fell in Chicago and their defense will put a ton of pressure on Big Ben. Look for the Bengals to hold the Steelers to another atrocious day on offense as they win by double figures in a primetime AFC North battle Monday night.
BENGALS BY 10