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Week 1 of the NFL season has come and gone and we started off on the right foot with a 9-5-1 record. We correctly picked the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, and Carolina Panthers to pull off upsets as underdogs with our prediction on the St. Louis Rams really being the only bad bet of the week. Week 2 has some very intriguing matchups on the NFL schedule and we'll go over every game while making predictions on the squads that will cover the betting odds in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday.
NFL Record Year-to-Date: 9-5-1
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens -2.5
The Steelers and Ravens don't play defense like we remember them doing for years so this one comes down to which offense is stronger. Despite Pittsburgh looking stronger in week 1 and Ray Rice being gone I still believe the Ravens are better offensively and will call for them to pull out a narrow home win by 3 or 4 points.
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers -3
Carolina managed to hold on in week 1 for a win thanks to their defense but it's going to be much tougher stopping Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush in week 2. The Lions also have an excellent defense and the vastly superior offense so I'll call for them to get the outright upset win here.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills pick
Buffalo was able to run on the Chicago Bears in week 1 but will likely find that much more difficult to do in week 2 against a superior Miami "D". Go with the Dolphins to grab the road win since E.J. Manuel isn't good enough to lead his team when the run isn't there.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins -6
The Jaguars came out of the gate on fire in week 1 but collapsed in the 2nd half. Jacksonville is improved but still not a playoff contender. Washington has a poor defense and their offense is going through some scheme changes. I think the Jaguars are good enough to lose a close game on Sunday while covering the odds.
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans -3.5
There were few NFL teams more impressive than the Titans in week 1 and I will state once again this team could easily make the playoffs this year. Dallas has potentially the worst defense in NFL history and on the road in a hostile environment I don't think they can score enough points to keep up. Go with Tennessee here.
Arizona Cardinals -2.5 at New York Giants
The Giants can't pass protect and their defense is only average. The Cardinals are a tick better on defense and their offense is also superior to that of New York's. I'm usually weary about betting on Arizona on the road but feel they are the right side in week 2.
New England Patriots -3 at Minnesota Vikings
The Patriots were overwhelmed by the Dolphins in week 1 but could finally more room to operate against the Vikings' below average defense in week 2. Minnesota and quarterback Matt Cassel looked great in their Norv Turner-led offense and I think both teams score here. Ultimately Tom Brady and company have more experience putting up big points and they should win by about 7.
New Orleans Saints -6.5 at Cleveland Browns
The Saints should bounce back in a big way against a Cleveland defense that doesn't look nearly as fierce as last season. The Browns are without running back Ben Tate and tight end Jordan Cameron is injured. They just don't have the weapons to keep up with New Orleans on the scoreboard. Take the Saints.
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals -5
The powerful Atlanta offense is back but they might not find as much success on the road against Cincinnati in week 2. The Bengals have the firepower to move the ball on the Falcons' poor defense and the home team should win by at least a touchdown.
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6
Tampa Bay looked below average on both sides of the all in week 1 and although many are calling for improvement, I just didn't see it. St. Louis still has a very good defense despite their week 1 woes and I think they can do enough to turn this into a low-scoring game that favors the underdog. Go with St. Louis.
Seattle Seahawks -5.5 at San Diego Chargers
The Chargers were surprisingly capable defensively in week 1 but I still don't think they are great on that side of the ball. The offense isn't strong enough to score big points against the Seahawks so go with Seattle on the road to cover the point spread.
Houston Texans -3 at Oakland Raiders
The Texans' defense is back and I don't think Oakland has a chance to score points here. The Raiders are not good offensively and even with Jadeveon Clowney out for a few weeks I think Houston will win easily in this road game. Go with the Texans as one of my favorite plays of the week.
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers -8
Geno Smith was nearly flawless in week 1 minus the few turnovers he made that almost handed the Raiders the win. On the road against a blitzing team I think he's going to make even more mistakes as the Packers win this one easily.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos -12
The Chiefs looked listless in week 1 but should find more room in week 2 against a solid but overrated Denver defense. Peyton Manning and company will put points up on the board as the Chiefs are quite injured on defense but 12 seems like too many for a divisional rivalry. Take Kansas City.
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers -7
The 49ers looked great in week 1 but I still have serious questions about their defense. Chicago has too many weapons to be kept off the scoreboard so I'm expecting a shootout that San Francsico wins by a field goal or so. The Bears are the bet here.
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts -3
The Colts are in a nice bounceback spot after their week 1 road loss to the Broncos but the Eagles are going to be too much for them. Indianapolis has no running game and their defense is not going to be capable of slowing down Philadelphia. I think the Eagles win by 6 or 7 on Monday Night Football.