NFL Week 2 Against The Spread Picks Battle
We gave you four winners out of six plays in Week 1.
Joe whiffed on the Cowboys -3 while Ryan Fitzpatrick cost me a backdoor cover, throwing an interception in the end zone late in the game.
Hey, but you are not here for complaints. Instead, you are looking for the NFL Week 2 ATS winners.
Let’s do this:
Joe’s NFL Week 2 Picks
New York Giants +5.5 at Chicago
I went with Pittsburgh last week against the Giants, and they easily won the game, pulling away from New York in the second half and covering -6. However, this week I like the G-Men on the road against the Chicago Bears.
This number already moved off the 6 at most sportsbooks, which I liked better, but I still feel like there value on this one, even if it drops to +4.
The Bears are not in a position to be this large of a favorite, even at home, especially with the way their offense has struggled under Trubisky. They were lucky to rally to get a win last week at Detroit, but we can’t ignore this team has major issues offensively.
New York’s defense is nothing special, but we’ve seen the Bears struggle to score even in much easier matchups. Danny Dimes looked good at times against Pittsburgh’s stout defense but made a few poor decisions.
I think this one stays close, or the Giants spring a road upset. Take the points.
Pittsburgh Steelers -7.5 vs. Broncos
I was on the Steelers last week, and I am going right back to the well this week. Pittsburgh was dominant against the Giants, and while I don’t love laying more than more a touchdown, especially on the road – in this spot, I think it makes a ton of sense.
The Broncos did lose a close game against the visiting Titans in Week 1. However, their offense was stagnant throughout that contest. Jerry Jeudy was the only player on the field making plays, but even he was dropping the ball.
I don’t think the Broncos will be able to move the ball against Pittsburgh at all. The Steelers’ defense will shut down their run game, and I don’t see Drew Lock beating them from the air.
I think the Steelers easily win this one by double digits. Lay the points with the road team.
Detroit Lions +6.5 at Green Bay
After a heartbreaking loss against Chicago last week, the Lions go to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers. They’re easily one of the most frustrating teams in the league for fans and bettors.
Still, I think the Packers destroying Minnesota was more about how the Vikings are not a good football team and less about how the Packers are dominant once again. If the Lions had won their game against the Bears, this number might look different, as well.
Detroit’s defense is still not 100% due to injury issues, but they have a potent offense and should put up points against Green Bay without issue. I think this number is just a bit too big, and I will happily take Detroit +6.5.
Alonzo’s NFL Week 2 Picks
Jacksonville Jaguars +9 at Tennessee
We may have underestimated the Jaguars’ defense. Sure, the team has lost plenty of talent over the last couple of years in what is presumably a tank job. Yet, they are also very good at drafting defensive studs.
Jacksonville still has Myles Jack and Josh Allen. Both are first-round picks with unreal speed and awareness. And then there is rookie CB CJ Henderson, who played a significant role against the Colts in week one. He even caught his first interception.
The Titans didn’t show me anything impressive on offense at Denver. Their formula won’t blow out any team. It’s about running with Derrick Henry and then play-action with Ryan Tannehill.
This is a divisional game, one of those ugly hard-fought battles. Tennessee should win, but laying down nine points to a team without an impressive offense is too many. Grab the points.
Baltimore Ravens -7 at Houston
If you saw my picks last week, you know I don’t love laying big numbers. Yet, I love the Ravens as a touchdown favorite in Houston.
Last season the Baltimore Ravens destroyed the Texans 41-7. Lamar Jackson threw four touchdowns in that game. A year later, Baltimore is a better team, and Houston is worse.
Don’t overthink this one. Houston won’t keep up the scoring pace. Bet the Ravens.
Green Bay Packers -6.5 vs Lions
As you can see, I’m going directly against Joe in this game.
The Packers showed me good things on offense on Sunday. Beyond scoring 43 points against Minnesota, and Aaron Rodgers’ four touchdown passes, I liked the commitment in the running game.
If the Green Bay Packers can run the ball, the passing lanes will be wide open for Rodgers, and we know he doesn’t miss those often.
I’ve said over and over how the Lions are one of the top-3 worst coached teams in the NFL. What they showed last week proved it once again.
Also, Detroit has plenty of injuries on both sides of the ball. WR Kenny Golladay and first-round draft pick CB Jeff Okudah missed the game against Chicago due to hamstring injuries. CBs Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman also left the meeting against the Bears with hamstring injuries. Rodgers against a depleted defense? All-day, baby. Swallow the points.
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