NFL Picks: Game-by-Game ATS Betting Guide for Week 2

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 11:50 AM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2015 11:50 AM UTC

We go through the entire slate of NFL matchups for week 2 and serve up our choice ATS NFL picks. Check out where we’re putting our money.

Week 1 NFL Betting Recap
We are coming off a strong opening week with our NFL predictions, finishing with a 13-3 mark on our recommended ATS NFL picks

The only games that went against us were the Dolphins vs. Redskins, Lions vs. Chargers and Eagles vs. Falcons –albeit only just. While the Dolphins came through with a 17-10 win over the Redskins, the Lions and Eagles both lost by a handful of points in their respective encounters. Can’t win ‘em all.

In any event, looking ahead to week 2 we endeavour to continue our strong form with another round of solid NFL picks. Let’s get cracking, shall we? (Home team’s spread listed).

Live Week 2 NFL Betting Odds

*Broncos vs. Chiefs -3.0* WINNER
At first glance, it’s somewhat surprising that the Chiefs are installed as the home favourites in this pivotal AFC West divisional game when the Denver Broncos have owned them since Peyton Manning took over the shot-caller role; he is 6-0 against the Chiefs in the last six meetings. Granted the Broncos in week 1 against the Ravens bore little resemblance to the high-powered, offensive-minded Broncos of years past, but some allowance should be made for what new head coach Gary Kubiak brings to the table and time for it to work between Manning and Kubiak. On the flipside, the Chiefs were efficient in their win over the Texans but NFL bettors must be careful here too. Take into consideration the absence of a legitimate No.1 quarterback in Houston, something that made their task a whole lot easier, the win doesn’t look too hot. Put this way, Broncos trading as underdogs is just too good to pass up.
NFL Picks: Broncos +3.0 (+100) at Bet365


Cardinals vs. Bears +2.0
Carson Palmer and the Cardinals were impressive in their season opener against the New Orleans Saints, coming through with a 31-19 win at home and covering handily as 2.5-point home faves. Given how well they took care of a sure Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, they can’t possibly have too much trouble containing Jay Cuter as the 2-point road faves. Palmer threw for three touchdowns over Saints while Cutler went just 18-of-36 for 225 yards and 1 touchdown in week 1’s 31-23 loss to the Packers. Matt Forte did have a good account with 24 carries, 141 yards and a touchdown, but one figures he’ll have a tougher day against a stout Cardinals defense.
NFL Picks: Cardinals -2.0 (-105) at BetOnline


Falcons vs. Giants -1.0
The Giants were left to rue a bonehead decision towards the tail end of their season opener in Dallas, a decision that cost them the game as Tony Romo and the Cowboys rallied back to win with just seconds left on the clock. How the Giants recover is anybody’s guess, but one would think they will be more focused in week 2. The Falcons, meanwhile, were rather fortunate to stop the Eagles’ late surge and win 26-24. Indeed, had the Eagles not missed a field-goal attempt in the dying minutes, the Falcons might have lost the game. As it were, Dan Quinn and the Falcons enjoy a winning debut. Can they extend their winning form into week 2, on the road no less? Falcons are just 1-5 SU against the Giants. Last season, the Giants beat the Falcons 30-20 and covered as the 4-point home faves.
NFL Picks: Giants -1.0 (-120) at 5Dimes


Lions vs. Vikings -2.5
The NFL betting spread on this game surprises us no end. After the Vikings were manhandled by the Niners in Monday Night Football betting, one would assume the shine would come off them a touch ahead of week 2. Definitely, it makes the 2.5 to 3-point spread at home currently trading seem overly optimistic. The 20-3 loss saw Bridgewater wholly off form and out of sorts, colliding into teammates and hitting the ground more often than not (sacked five times), Adrian Peterson was stifled to just 31 yards and the Vikings et al were reduced to just a field-goal over 60 minutes, all while closing as the 2.5-point road favourite mind. Detroit Lions got off to a good start in San Diego in week 1, only to lose 33-28. Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford failed to connect as often as one would assume such a pairing would, so expect them to be sharper in week 2 against a Vikings side that looked rather flat on Monday. Put it this way, Lions are the value NFL pick as the 2.5-point road underdogs.
NFL Picks: Lions +2.5 (+105) at 5Dimes


Texans vs. Panthers -3.0
The quarterback controversy in Houston is heating up as it appears Brian Hoyer has reached his sell-by-date sooner than most would have expected. He was pulled from the game against the Chiefs to give way to Ryan Mallet as the Texans went on to lose 27-20. It’s yet uncertain which quarterback is going to start on Sunday against the Panthers but whoever does he’ll be playing for his life surely. The Panthers are coming off a convincing 20-9 win over Jacksonville, all while covering as the 3.5-point road faves. Beating and covering against the developing Jaguars is one thing, beating and covering against the Texans another. In spite of Houston’s unidentifiable offense, their defense is nothing to scoff at, and one expects them to have a much better game in week 2 against the Panthers. This is a close one to call on your NFL picks.
NFL Picks: Texans +3.0 (+100) at Bet365


Patriots vs. Bills 0.0
The Buffalo Bills are coming off an inspired 27-14 win over the Colts as the 2.5-point home underdogs, marking a sensational debut for new head coach Rex Ryan. In their second home game of the week they’ll look to extend that run of form, but overcoming the Patriots is going to take some guile. Patriots have had a lot of time to prepare for this game. Tom Brady was brilliant in his 28-21 win over the Steelers, connecting with Gronkowski for 3 of his 4 touchdown passes and the added time is only going to give them the edge in our opinion. Patriots had opened as the 1.5-point road faves but the NFL betting line has come down to a pick’em, mainly on the strength of the Bills’ performance over the Colts. If you get Tom Brady and the Patriots on a pick’em, rule of thumb is to pounce on it.
NFL Picks: Patriots Pick’em (-110) at 5Dimes


Chargers vs. Bengals -3.0
The Chargers looked rather good in their win over the Lions, coming back from behind to clinch the 33-28 win and come through as the 3-point home faves. Bengals are coming off a winning account in week 1, but how much stock should NFL bettors put into a road win over an Oakland Raiders side that is still searching for its new identity is debatable. In more ways than one, this is a tough game to call in week 2 NFL betting. The Chargers beat Cincy 27-10 in their last meeting in January, 2014. Cincy are 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 games at home, but they went just 2-3-1 ATS as home favourites last season.
NFL Picks: Chargers +3.0 (+105) at Bet365


Niners vs. Steelers -5.5
The Steelers have been simply abysmal since the preseason, which begs the question why are they so overrated in week 2? The NFL betting line opened at 6.5-points before coming down to 5.5-points, but it still seems a touch generous. The Niners quelled some of their doubters in an impressive 20-3 win over the Vikings. Defense ruled at Levi Stadium and Colin Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde combined offensively to showcase some of the new and improved play on that side of the ball. Big Ben and the Steelers are sure to be a much tougher ask than second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was in week 1, but if the Steelers defense is in as much shambles as it was against the Patriots on Thursday Night, Big Ben might find himself flat on his back almost as often as Bridgewater.
NFL Picks: Niners +5.5 (-110) at BetOnline


Rams vs. Redskins +3.5
The Rams are coming off one of the big upsets of week 1 NFL betting, upending the Seattle Seahawks in a 34-31 OT win all while coming through as the 3.5-point home underdogs. The upshot of which is that they are trading anywhere from 2.5-points to 3.5-point road faves (depending on your choice sportsbook) in week 2 against a Redskins side that left much to be desired against the Dolphins. Just like Miami, St. Louis’ defense is formidable and if they have nearly as good a showing as they did against the Seahawks, Kirk Cousins and Company might be in a whole lot of trouble.
NFL Picks: Rams -3.5 (+100) at BetOnline


Bucs vs. Saints -9.5
This is the largest NFL betting spread in week 2 NFL betting at 9.5-points, but appropriate all things being considered. In fact, some sportsbooks are already trading as high as 11.5-points on this game. Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers didn’t make the grade against Marcus Mariota and the Titans. They were spanked 42-14, all while entering week 1 as the 3-point home faves. Chances are they’ll be blown out of the Superdome in similar style when Jameis Winston comes up against Drew Brees and the Saints.
NFL Picks: Saints -9.5 (-110) at Bet365


Titans vs. Browns +1.0
In the battle of rookie quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota came up trumps with a 42-14 win over the No.1 draft pick and his counterpart Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay. In fact, it was the highest scoring account by a single team in week 1, not to mention a record setting performance by the rookie. Manziel, meanwhile, was mostly subpar in his performance against the Jets and the Browns’ 31-10 loss. Somebody give Johnny Manziel a clipboard so he can take notes! It’s not surprising that the Titans descend on the Browns as the nominal 1-point road faves. Question is whether they are being overrated based on a win against a team that really isn’t that good. Most likely they are, but give us Mariota over Manziel anytime.
NFL Picks: Titans -1.0 (-105) at Bet365


Ravens vs. Raiders +6.0
Baltimore Ravens descend on the Oakland Raiders for what has to be deemed a winnable game. Question is whether they can cover the hefty 6-point spread? In a word, yes. Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco vs. Derek Carr (assuming he can play after suffering a slight injury in week 1) has to be a no-brainer. If it comes down to a backup, then it might be even more lopsided.
NFL Picks: Ravens -6.0 at BetOnline


Dolphins vs. Jaguars +6.0
Dolphins came through as the 3-point road favourites in a 17-10 win over the Redskins. With a second road game against a home underdog, the Dolphins appear to be in good shape for yet another solid win and cover. Dolphins’ defense should prove too much for second-year quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jaguars that showed they still had a ways to go in week 1. Six-points does seem a touch generous, but we’re still going with the Dolphins on our NFL picks. Just don’t go betting the farm on it.
NFL Picks: Dolphins -6 (-1111) at Bet365


Cowboys vs. Eagles -5.0
The Cowboys were really lucky to come through with the win in week 1 over the Giants, although they failed to cover as the 6-point home favourites. Eagles on the other hand were incredibly unlucky not to take the win in Atlanta after a botched field goal in the dying minutes saw them settle on a 26-24 loss. In any event, the Eagles were the better team in the second half and that bodes well for their upcoming date with the Cowboys, who’ll be sans Dez Bryant and staring down DeMarco Murray in his new Eagles kit.
NFL Picks: Eagles -5.0 (-110) at BetOnline


Seahawks vs. Packers -3.5
The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks reprise the NFC Championship game in week 2 NFL betting, a loss that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers must still feel keenly. This time they meet at Lambeau Field, Home edge that has earned the Packers the 3.5-point advantage against the spread, which is underscored by a 5-0 SU record over the Seahawks. The Packers have lost three straight to the Seahawks in Seattle though. This is their first home date and chance to exact some revenge on Russell Wilson and Co. on Sunday Night Football.
NFL Picks: Packers -3.5 (-110) at 5Dimes


Jets vs. Colts -7.0
Indianpolis Colts look to avoid a 0-2 SU start on the season when they take on the NY Jets in week 2 NFL betting, marking their second straight AFC East opponent. The Colts lost to the Bills on the road, despite having the nod across NFL betting markets as the 2.5-point road favourites. The Bills manhandled Andrew Luck and the Colts and Tyrod Taylor looked the better of the two quarterbacks. The most significant observation about the Colts offense is that they looked out of sync. As such, a 7--point spread seems a lot to be giving the Colts until they find their groove.
NFL Picks: Jets +7.0 (-115) at BetOnline

Live Week 2 NFL Odds

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