Largest Totals to Look at for Your Week 2 NFL Picks

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, September 19, 2015 4:33 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 19, 2015 4:33 PM UTC

If you bet every game in Week 1 in the NFL and went 'over' in each, you did well. Alas, two I went ' over' on with my NFL picks, Eagles-Falcons (that really should have!) and Ravens-Broncos, didn't hit. Here are the three Pinnacle highest Week 2 totals on NFL odds.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles (55 in NFL betting)
As I noted above, the Eagles bit me last week as they had a total of 55 in Atlanta and lost 26-24. I think that total would have gone 'over' if Philly hadn't missed a 44-yard field goal with about four minutes left. That would have made it 27-26 Eagles but then left Atlanta plenty of time to go drive for a game-winning field goal. Woulda, shoulda! Sam Bradford was pretty solid in his Eagles debut, completing 36-for-52 for 336 yards, a touchdown and two picks. But what's with 52 attempts? Philly has one of the best backfields in the NFL yet DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season with Dallas, had only eight carries for 9 yards and Ryan Mathews just three carries for 4. Come on, Chip Kelly! The Eagles did get out of that game healthy. Dallas won a crazy game 27-26 over the visiting Giants last Sunday night because New York quarterback Eli Manning displayed some of the worst clock management in NFL history -- at one point late in the game, Dallas had only a five percent chance of winning. But the victory was hugely costly as star receiver Dez Bryant was lost for up to three months with a broken foot. So without Bryant and of course Murray, it's Tony Romo and a bunch of nobodies -- except tight end Jason Witten, I guess. No weather concerns for this game.

NFL Pick: 'Under.' I think the Cowboys are going to struggle offensively without Bryant. Plus the Eagles are on a short week. Most trends are leaning 'over' but those obviously don't take injuries into account.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants (51 on NFL odds)
Will Giants coach Tom Coughlin make it to  October? Not if the Giants suffer another bad loss here in their home opener. It wasn't Coughlin's fault that Eli Manning told running back Rashad Jennings not to score late in last week's loss to Dallas or that Manning then threw the ball away and stopped the clock on a key third down instead of just falling down and letting the clock run. But the New York media went crazy this week on how the G-Men blew that game. Manning wasn't very good, really, completing just 20-for-36 for 193 yards with no TDs. The Cowboys didn't let Odell Beckham Jr. beat them and I'm sure the Falcons will blanket him as well. It doesn't look like New York will get No. 2 receiver Victor Cruz back yet. Short week for the Falcons off their 26-24 home win over Philly on Monday. That was the story of two halves: Falcons were very good in first but not in second -- they got lucky the Eagles missed a late 44-yard field goal. How will New York deal with Julio Jones? He crushed the Eagles with nine catches for 141 yards and two scores. Jones suffered a minor injury but will play here. Atlanta lost 30-20 at the Giants in Week 5 last year. No weather worries here.

NFL Pick: 'Over.' It is 6-2 in the Giants' past eight after a loss. It is 6-2 in Atlanta's past eight in September.

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers (49 at Sportsbooks)
This total is very unusual in that Seattle has had the NFL's best defense in each of the past two seasons. The Seahawks didn't have a total last year that was this high. But this year's defense already doesn't look the same without Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, who continues his holdout -- and will have major leverage if Seattle loses here to fall to 0-2. Chancellor's replacement in the starting lineup, Dion Bailey, was burned for the game-tying touchdown in St. Louis last week, a 37-yarder  from Nick Foles to tight end Lance Kendricks with 53 seconds left. The Seahawks lost 34-31 in OT, also thanks to a stupid onside/pooch kick in OT. Seattle shouldn't be allowing the Rams 34 points and 352 yards of offense. Chancellor isn't just a great player but the heart of that defense. His agent is probably hoping Green Bay puts up 50 this week. The Packers beat Chicago 31-23 in Week 1 even though the Packer offense was just OK with 322 yards. But at home last season, Green Bay was an offensive juggernaut in winning every game. Aaron Rodgers is 6-1 in his career in home openers had has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of the past four. No weather concerns here.

NFL Pick: 'Over.' It has hit in four straight Seahawks games. The 'over' is 7-2 in Green Bay's past nine at home. Take 'over' with your NFL picks

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