Week 2 NFL Picks Against the Spread

Last week I got off to a rough start to the year, going 6-10 with last week’s picks. Week 1 is always rough though and it can only get better going forward. As usual the lines are using the Delaware lines.

Thursday Night Game

Jets PICK OVER @Bills- The Bills offense sputtered against the Ravens last week, scoring only 7 points. Meanwhile the Jets played the Bengals tough in what seemed like a playoff team between two really good team. Oh yeah and Sammy Watkins is hurt again. I think the Jets roll the Bills here and get their first win of the year HIT

Sunday Early Games 1:00 EST

@Lions -5.5 OVER Titans- The Lions offense grilled the Colts last week and they picked up a nice road win. The Titans imploded against the Shaun Hill led Vikings and gave up two TD’s to the Vikings defense. The Vikings didn’t score an offensive TD and the Titans shut down Adrian Peterson and they still lost. I’m rolling with the Lions, even though I think the line is slightly high. MISS

@Browns +6.5 OVER Ravens- If Josh McCown is the starter I’m buying the Browns. He beat the Ravens last year and threw for almost 400 yards against them. If anyone else starts I’m taking the Ravens HIT

Bengals +3.5 OVER @Steelers- Between these two teams, points come at a premium. The Bengals were seriously tested by the Jets last week and pulled off the win, while the Steelers rolled the Redskins. Both teams will get up for this game, with plenty of bad blood between them. I like the Bengals to take the division and that starts with getting a win here. MISS

@Carolina -13.5 OVER 49ers- The 49ers did this last year, crushing the Vikings in the Monday night opener last year, then promptly losing 18-43 to the Steelers the following week. Carolina had a tough loss against Denver(again) and will get back on track at home, where they were undefeated last year. HIT

@Washington -2.5 OVER Dallas- Washington is still winless against .500 teams or better in the “YOU LIKE THAT” era, but Dallas is a sub .500 team. Dak was super game manager in his debut against the Giants and Zeke Elliot was held in check too. The Steelers blew out the Skins in their home opener but Dallas isn’t that level of team. MISS

@Patriots -6.5 OVER Miami- I bet against the Patriots last week and won’t be doing it again. Miami played tough against Seattle last week, but I think that says more about the state of the Seahawks offense than Miami. HIT

Chiefs +2.5 OVER @Houston- Remember last year in the playoffs? Yeah. I don’t think the addition of Brock Osweiler will be the fix all for a team that was thoroughly dominated in all aspects of the game. The Chiefs will also be riding the momentum of winning without some of their players in dramatic fashion against the Chargers. MISS

Sunday Afternoon Games

Jaguars +3.5 OVER @San Diego- Frankly, San Diego shouldn’t be favored in this game. They lost Keenan Allen for the year(again) and are now 1-8 in their last nine home games(where because of the will they won’t they leave thing, it’s almost a home field disadvantage). The Jaguars played the Packers tough last week and this is my lock of the week. MISS

@Oakland -4.5 OVER Atlanta- The Falcons are a mess. They have no idea what they are doing at RB between Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman and their defense is atrocious. The Raiders showed gusto in going for two and getting the win in New Orleans last week in what was the best game of the weekend. I’m taking the Raiders to get to 2-0 against a sputtering Falcons team. MISS

Colts +6.5 OVER @Denver- The Colts seem to have Denver’s number. They have beaten them the last two times they played(last year in the regular season and the playoffs the year before). I think 6.5 points is a lot for Trevor Siemian. I’m not exactly sure how the Colts will do it, but I see them covering. MISS

@Rams +6.5 OVER Seattle- This game is a trap game for Seahawks year after year now and I see it happening again. Their offense looked crappy against a pretty bad Dolphins team, which exposed the problems on the Seattle offensive line. The Rams looked pathetic against the 49ers but they always get up for Seattle. HIT

@Arizona -6.5 OVER Tampa Bay- The Cardinals get back on track in this game. The Patriots threw them stuff they weren’t ready for but I see Tampa Bay having a hard time replicating the success they had against Atlanta in the desert. HIT

Sunday Night Game

Packers -2.5 OVER @Vikings- Aaron Rodgers vs Shaun Hill/Sam Bradford? The Vikings defense is great but if they don’t get anything out of Adrian Peterson this could get ugly quick. MISS

Monday Night Game

Eagles +3.5 OVER @Chicago- The Eagles defense is the best unit in this game and they will make it hard for Jay Cutler and company to get things going. I’m unsure if Carson Wentz will pro it as much as did against hapless Cleveland, but I don’t think he will struggle against the Bears defense that let Brock Osweiler look good last week.  HIT

7-9 FOR THE WEEK 15-19 OVERALL

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