In this space, we’ve got you covered for Week 2 NFL picks against the spread, focusing on four games specifically as well as serving up quick-fire picks for the rest of the week’s slate of NFL games.
Week 2 ATS Foreword
Early NFL betting markets tip eleven of 16 teams at home as the chalk, with the Titans marking the lone team to open in double-digits. Since open doors, though, the NFL line has moved, shrinking to Titans -9 with most top-rated sports betting websites.
The Titans aren’t the only big faves for Week 2, the Buccaneers and Chiefs are both -9 favorites against the Panthers and Chargers, respectively. Meanwhile, the Ravens, who won by the biggest margin in the NFL on Week 1 over the Browns, are tipped merely as touchdown faves against the Texans.
Speaking of the Browns, they’re somehow laying almost a touchdown to the Bengals in the NFL Odds Board, which is a bit of a headscratcher given the way they folded against Baltimore last week. Others that are favored around -7 for Week 2 include the Niners vs. Jets, the Broncos vs. Steelers, and the Washington Football Team vs. Cardinals.
So, with that preamble out of the way, here are this weeks’ ATS picks.
Los Angeles Rams (1-0-0) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM EST at Lincoln Financial Field
The Los Angeles Rams roughed up the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi stadium in Week 1, spoiling Mike McCarthy and the highly-touted Dallas Cowboys’ coming out party. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey were flying all over the field, harassing Dak Prescott no end, It was that hard-nosed defensive play that they brought to the field that led the Rams to a pivotal win at home against the odds. Indeed, the Rams were the underdogs to the Cowboys.
Next up for the Rams is a second-straight NFC East opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. Shockingly, Carson Wentz and the Eagles allowed a 17-0 lead over Washington to slip through their fingers. It was singularly one of the strangest games of the week and a total clunker by the Eagles.
Doug Pederson must be concerned on several fronts, from the mounting injuries on the roster to the fact that his quarterback was sacked 8 times last Sunday. The latter looks very likely to happen again in Week 2, with Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald on Wentz’s case.
As far as the merit of the Rams in the broad spectrum of the season is concerned, the jury is out. Jared Goff did prove to be a liability at times last season and it remains to be seen whether he’s sorted himself out this year. That said, the Rams defense was most impressive against the Cowboys. If Goff keeps up, the Rams should pull off the road win at Lincoln Financial Field; thereby dealing the defending NFC East champions a second-straight setback.
Bookmakers have rolled out a nominal point-spread for this matchup with the Rams laying merely a point. Considering the level of difficulty against the Rams defense goes up this week compared to last week’s clash with a stout Washington defense, shading the Rams as the -1 road faves for NFL picks is awfully tempting.
Carolina Panthers (0-1-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST Raymond James Stadium
To say Tom Brady’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t go to plan is an understatement. It’s the understatement to end all understatements. The so-called dream team was anything but dreamy. They were sloppy, inconsistent, out of sorts, and utterly careless, prompting head coach Bruce Arians to call out the lot.
Brady didn’t play up to his lofty standards and Rob Gronkowski was a non-factor. There were flashes of potential, but to their detriment – what was their undoing beyond the fact that they weren’t on the same page – there was a lack of discipline. The Bucs ended Week 1 as the most penalized team in the league.
Some allowances should be made for playing a tough opponent in Week 1 though. The New Orleans Saints are always going to be a tough ask at the Superdome, and Sean Payton made sure that was the case as he put together a stellar game-plan in motion. There’s a reason why the Saints have won three divisional titles in a row.
As for the ex-Saint, Teddy Bridgewater’s debut with the divisional rivals Carolina Panthers also fell short of the mark, as the Panthers lost to the Raiders 34-30. However, the Panthers were very much invested in a back-and-forth thriller, with every opportunity before them to pull off the win for first-year NFL head coach Matt Rhule.
Going into Week 2, one has to consider the Bucs – if they live up to the hype—will present a much tougher contest than the Raiders did on both sides of the ball. If the Panthers defense couldn’t keep a Derek Carr-inspired offense out of the endzone what hope does it have against the GOAT? Then there’s the experience that both Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles have over that of Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady, which could be deciding.
Top sportsbooks are rolling with a massive spread for the clash between the Panthers and Bucs, one that isn’t for the fainthearted. As far as NFL picks go, it’s a tossup with that many points on the table. Push comes to shove, the balance leans towards the hosts for the fact that Tom Brady and the Bucs will be motivated to clinch the win in their home-opener. While simultaneously, avoiding the dreaded 0-2 SU start.
Brady has been here before with a week 1 loss to his credit, only to turn things around and put together a stellar season. One has to believe he can do it here as well, and convincingly so.
NFL Picks: Bucs -9 (-105) with Heritage
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0-0) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM EST at SoFi Stadium
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a nice long week, the result of raising the curtain on the NFL season in the first Thursday Night Football game of 2020. Importantly, the reigning Super Bowl champions didn’t disappoint their legion of fans across the country. Mahomes was sublime and the Chiefs offense was firing at all cylinders. The Chiefs were so potent that they made a relatively good Texans team look rather pedestrian in a 34-20 win at Arrowhead Stadium.
Next up for the Chiefs is a hot date with AFC West rivals, Los Angeles Chargers, Although the Chargers take a 1-0 SU mark into week 2, there’s no doubt that they were rather lucky to take the win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Had it not been for Randy Bullocks' shanking the game-tying field goal attempt, the Chargers might not have won the game at all. Who’s to say what might or might not have happened in overtime? Who’s to say the Bengals might not have won?
What it amounts to is one big question mark hanging over the Chargers. The defense is good and without question, they’ll try to keep the Chargers in this game. However, the problem is the offense, which was average in Week 1. That raises viable questions about Tyrod Taylor’s ability to go toe-to-toe with the Chiefs should Mahomes start trucking touchdowns into the endzone.
Certainly, not a whole lot of what was on display in Week 1 at Paul Brown Stadium inspires much confidence. That doesn’t bode well for the Chargers at all as they take their first turn around the impressive SoFi Stadium. The Rams got off to a bright start in the shared stadium but, in all likelihood, the Chargers might not be so fortunate. They’re quite rightly the underdogs in their home opener against a Chiefs side that looks unstoppable. The Chiefs are the choice NFL pick here to both wins straight up and cover the hefty spread.
NFL Picks: Chiefs -8 (-105) with Heritage
New England Patriots (1-0-0) vs. Seattle Seahawks (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 8:20 PM EST CenturyLink Field
Seattle Seahawks balled out at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, having their merry way with the Falcons. Although the game ended up 38-25 in Seattle’s favor, it wasn’t even that close of a contest at times. Most of the Falcons’ scoring came later in the game, by which time they were fruitlessly chasing the score.
For the Seahawks, a strong start was necessary for Week 1, given the NFC West is one of the strongest divisions across the board in the league and the reward on winning couldn’t be greater than it is.
Next up for the Seahawks are the Patriots in Week 2 at CenturyLink Field, a Sunday Night Football extravaganza that is going to be a must-see game in terms of measuring the merit of New England in the post-Tom Brady era. Cam Newton and the Patriots are flush off of a win over the Miami Dolphins to take a 1-0 SU lead into Week 2, but the takeaways are ambiguous when Ryan Fitzpatrick let down the Dolphins at the Foxboro.
The Seahawks are at another level and should prove to be a more sobering contest on the road for Cam Newton and the Patriots. That said, Bill Belichick and the Patriots too should prove more of a contest for the Seahawks than the Falcons were in Week 1. In some ways, this game is one of the biggest tossups for betting. It’s easy to see either side winning or covering this contest on sports betting sites.
Push comes to shove, the Seahawks are the more established side, and that chemistry could prove to be deciding. Moreover, Russell Wilson can adjust on the fly like no other quarterback. So, no matter what Belichick and Co. cook up, betting on Wilson at this stage of the season does seem to be the sounder bet.
All the Rest of Week 2 ATS NFL Picks:
Cincinnati Bengals (0-1-0) vs. Cleveland Browns (0-1-0)
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 8:20 PM EST FirstEnergy Stadium
NFL Picks: Bengals +6 (-105) with Heritage
New York Giants (0-1-0) vs. Chicago Bears (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at Soldier Field
NFL Picks: Giants +5.5 (-105) with Heritage
Atlanta Falcons (0-1-0) vs. Dallas Cowboys (0-1-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at AT&T Stadium
NFL Picks: Falcons +4.5 (-116) with BookMaker
Detroit Lions (0-1-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at Lambeau Field
NFL Picks: Packers -6 (-105) with Heritage
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0-0) vs. Tennessee Titans (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at Nissan Stadium
Minnesota Vikings (0-1-0) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-1-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at Lucas Oil Stadium
Buffalo Bills (1-0-0) vs. Miami Dolphins (0-1-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at Hard Rock Stadium
San Francisco 49ers (0-1-0) vs. New York Jets (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST at MetLife Stadium
Denver Broncos (0-1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM EST Heinz Field
NFL Picks: Broncos +7.5 (-110) with Bovada
Washington (1-0-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-0-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM EST State Farm Stadium
NFL Picks: Cardinals -6.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Baltimore Ravens (1-0-0) vs. Houston Texans (0-1-0)
Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM EST at NRG Stadium
NFL Picks: Ravens -7 (-105) at Heritage
New Orleans Saints (1-0-0) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0-0)
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 8:15 PM EST at Allegiant Stadium
NFL Picks: Saints -5.5 (-105) with Heritage