NFL Week 2 Predictions: Game-by-Game Picks Against the Spread

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018 11:00 PM UTC

Here's an NFL Week 2 betting cheat sheet. Each week of the season, you will find the entire slate with picks ATS and each capper's quick-hitting reasoning. SBR also will have full previews of each week's prime-time and marquee games. 

Opening NFL Spread: Pick'emBest Line Offered: Pinnacle


Rainman: Marvin Lewis is 8-30 in primetime games and QB Andy Dalton struggles historically in this spot. The Ravens defense will dominate again, the offense looks well-rounded with Flacco, Collins, Crabtree.

Kevin Stott: The Ravens are 9-3 ATS L2 seasons vs. AFC North and won in this spot in Cincy last year, 20-0. Baltimore has covered L3 Road games while the Bengals had the NFL’s worst Offense in 2017 (280.5 ypg).

Doug Upstone: Baltimore has played with purpose since the start of preseason in playing exceptional football. Look for this to continue in Cincinnati, seeking payback for missing the playoffs.


Matthew Jordan: Cincinnati lost at home to Baltimore last year in an offensively gruesome game, but the Bengals had won the previous five in the series at Paul Brown Stadium and covered in four.

Swinging Johnson: Joe Flacco has tossed 6 TDs vs. 13 picks in his 9 career games in Cincinnati (61.8 passer rating). Baltimore is 4-6 ATS over their last 10 games and won’t have Buffalo to beat up this week.

Opening NFL Spread: Atlanta -6Best Line Offered: 5Dimes


Rainman: Atlanta’s offense looked like the same inept one from last season. Granted, the Eagles have a top-tiered defense. Carolina showed that it does as well after shutting down Dallas.


Matthew Jordan: Falcons on extra rest after losing last Thursday in Philly, and Panthers lost top tight end Greg Olsen to injury in win over Dallas. Cats 1-7 SU in past eight NFC South road games.

Doug Upstone: Atlanta should have buried Philadelphia early but did not do the job and lost. Back home, the Falcons will not let that chance slip away and move to 18-6 and 16-7-1 ATS against Carolina.

Swinging Johnson: Atlanta is 3-0 SU and ATS vs. Carolina over their last 3 and will make it 4-0 after Sunday. The Cats will face a legit QB this week as opposed to a fading star last week.

Kevin Stott: This NFC South showdown’s been all Atlanta (4-1 ATS L5, 3-0 ATS L3 Home, avg 11 ppg Win) and coming off the weird Eagles loss means the Dirty Birds will be on best behavior for Home opener.

Opening NFL Spread: L.A. -7.5Best Line Offered: BookMaker


Doug Upstone: The L.A. Chargers gave up too many big plays to Kansas City and lost to them again. The Bolts have to regroup quickly or could be in trouble. Buffalo has QB issue that's not going away soon.

Kevin Stott: The Bills (3-1 ATS L4 at BUF vs LAC) gave up 6 TDs and 2 FGs and scored only a FG in their opener, and with the Bolts (3-0 ATS L3 vs BUF) trying to avoid 0-2, I’m backing the much better QB (Rivers).


Rainman: Don’t dismiss Buffalo because they faced an aggressive Baltimore defense. They have enough weapons on both offense and defense to hang around at home, where Bills started 3-0-1 ATS last year.

Matthew Jordan: Tough one. Bills looked atrocious in blowout loss to Baltimore, but Chargers’ defense wasn’t great vs. Chiefs (no Joey Bosa again here) and they have to travel across country.

Swinging Johnson: Squares will pound the road chalk here but a team is never as good or bad as their best or worst game. We’ve seen the worst in Buffalo and a TD head start should be enough to cover.

Opening NFL Spread: Green Bay -1.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline


Matthew Jordan: How healthy is Aaron Rodgers’ knee off leading that epic comeback vs. Chicago? If he can’t move around much, the Vikes (4-1 ATS in past five vs. GB) will be all over him.

Doug Upstone: Sunday night was magical for Green Bay, but Minnesota's defense is not going to make the same mistakes Chicago did and they have more playmakers and options. The Vikings win by a touchdown.

Swinging Johnson: Rodgers won the game but might have lost the war last week, and although he may start will he finish? Vikings are a defense you don’t want to meet when you’re hobbled.

Kevin Stott: Scoring should be at a premium, and with the Vikes 4-1 ATS L5 in this series and the Cheeseheads 1-5 ATS L6 at Home, thinking purple. Minnesota’s D has allowed 18-19-17 ppg L3 seasons.


Rainman: Aaron Rodgers basically at PK odds at home? Yes, please. The offensive line and defense will keep up their momentum after looking much better in the second half against the Bears.

Opening NFL Spread: Texans -2.5Best Line Offered: Bovada


Matthew Jordan: Titans lost Marcus Mariota’s top target in TE Delanie Walker, and his blindside protector Taylor Lewan is likely out with a concussion. Going to assume Mariota plays (elbow).

Rainman: Titans’ offense already looks like a mess with injuries on the offensive line, at quarterback, and at tight end. The Texans are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against Tennessee.

Doug Upstone: Whether Marcus Mariota plays or not, Houston gets the call. Mariota still looks uncertain and a pedestrian Miami offense carved up what is supposed to be a decent Titans defense.

Swinging Johnson: Despite Deshaun Watson’s pedestrian showing the Texans came within a TD on the road vs. the best team in the league. Watson will be better and his opponent will be worse.

Kevin Stott: Although the Titans have won the L2 SU in Tennessee and were 5-1 ATS vs AFC South, backing series Trends here (HOU 7-2 ATS L9, 5-2 ATS L7 Road) with a motivated Houston coming off Loss at NE.



Opening NFL Spread: New Orleans -8Best Line Offered: Heritage


Matthew Jordan: Cleveland won’t end 21-game road losing streak, but the Browns can hang within a touchdown against a Saints defense that was torched in Week 1 by Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.


Rainman: The Saints' D is much better than what it showed last week. It has a week to adjust and fix its sundry mistakes. On offense, Brees, Kamara and Thomas look like a prolific trio.

Doug Upstone: A stunning defeat for New Orleans, whose defense reverted back to Rob Ryan days. Cleveland did not lose and covered last week, but is 1-11 ATS in nonconference clashes since 2015.

Kevin Stott: The embarrassment of the Bucs’ swashbuckling and need for a Win makes Brees (97-71 ATS vs Non-Division) and NO the choice over Brownies, whose last ATS Road Win vs. the NFC came in 2012.

Swinging Johnson: The Browns can already call this year better than last after a tie so prepare for a letdown while the Saints will be eager to atone for their sins last week against the Bucs.

Opening NFL Spread: Miami -1.5Best Line Offered: Intertops


Rainman: QB Matt Stafford and the Lions’ D made the Jets look way too good. The Dolphins’ retooled O-Line and additions and budding youth on defense make it strongly improved from last season.


Matthew Jordan: Short week for the Jets after impressive win in Sam Darnold’s debut. New York is 7-2 ATS in its past nine at home. Miami has covered only two of past 13 AFC East road games.

Kevin Stott: The Jets have held the upper hand in this series, going 6-1-2 ATS L9 and 4-1 ATS L5 at MetLife with the Fish (1-4 -1 ATS vs AFC East 2017) scoring just 6 points there last year. Do I hate this game?

Doug Upstone: Even though I liked how Miami played last week, the Jets have to be excited about how they performed and they are 6-0 ATS at home when playing on short rest in their most recent outings.

Swinging Johnson: Darnold recovered admirably from a 1st play pick-six and led the Jets to a thrashing of the Lions. Gang Green is on a roll and the Fish should be easy to catch.

Opening NFL Spread: Pittsburgh -5Best Line Offered: YouWager


Swinging Johnson: Steelers tied the Browns and are now expected to lay points to a Chiefs team that looked potent against the Bolts? Continue to overrate the Steelers and sharps will continue to fade.

Kevin Stott: Too much Steel City turmoil with Bell missing in action and Big Ben showing signs of Age in the Browns tie (3 INTs, Fumbles). Although KC 0-3 ATS L3 vs Pittsburgh, 1-5 ATS L5 at Heinz, backing KC.


Matthew Jordan: Confident Steelers won’t turn it over six times again. The Chiefs & young QB Patrick Mahomes looked great in beating Chargers, but K.C. is 1-6 SU in past seven vs. Pittsburgh.

Rainman: Steelers will start to adjust to life without Le’Veon Bell. A prolific pass attack will help them do that. The Chiefs will have trouble stopping that attack without a fit Eric Berry.

Doug Upstone: Dating back to last year, two strangely unfocused Pittsburgh performances, with neither leading to a victory. Mike Tomlin preaches focus and discipline and Steelers slow explosive Chiefs.

Opening NFL Spread: Philadelphia -3Best Line Offered: JustBet


Doug Upstone: When Ryan Fitzpatrick is on, he can slice and dice any defense like he did last week. When he not, which is why he's a journeyman, he costs his team games. Philadelphia a smart choice here.

Kevin Stott: Suddenly decent game with TB upsetting NO and Foles in saddle. Ageless Sproles and beat-up Philadelphia are 3-1 ATS L4 and 3-1 ATS L4 in Tampa and led the NFL in Time of Possession in 2017.

Swinging Johnson: Ryan Fitzpatrick made everyone in Tampa forget about Jameis Winston, for a game, but now the world champs come to town and it won’t be pretty. Regression is more than likely.


Matthew Jordan: Ryan Fitzpatrick will come back to earth for Tampa Bay (I was only capper right on Bucs Week 1), but don’t trust Nick Foles whatsoever after his preseason and then Week 1 showing.

Rainman: Eagles’ O is still reeling with injuries at QB and WR. Fitzpatrick looked great for Tampa Bay and he has a lot of help at receiver and running back to keep this one close.

Opening NFL Spread: Washington -5.5Best Line Offered: SportsBetting


Rainman: The Skins looked better than they are against Zona, which came out flat with many new pieces to its team. As long as Luck is healthy, i’m happy with Indy as a dog.

Doug Upstone: Redskins looked great last week at Arizona, but can you trust them as favorites? Washington is 14-31 ATS in September home games dating 25 years, making them scary proposition.


Matthew Jordan: Maybe Washington isn’t that bad? Or Arizona sucks. Colts’ defense and running game are still junk but at least Andrew Luck looked good in Week 1 home loss to Cincinnati.

Kevin Stott: Washington is 3-1-1 ATS L5 vs. Colts in DC and with confidence from Week 1 and thoughts of tougher scheduling ahead (GB-NO-CAR), a 2-0 Redskins start with Alex Smith and AP could be.

Swinging Johnson: It takes more than Luck to win in this league and the Colts seem to lose with or without him. The Skins sizzled in the desert last week and should do so again in DC.

Opening NFL Spread: L.A. Rams -10.5Best Line Offered: GT Bets




Rainman: Rams’ stacked defense started slowly with new pieces on the road, but settled in. The offense is stacked as well. Arizona is still figuring things out and now has to travel.

Matthew Jordan: L.A. on short week after winning Monday, but the Cardinals were offensively pathetic in Week 1 home loss to Washington. We may see rookie QB Josh Rosen by halftime of Week 2.

Doug Upstone: Los Angeles methodically took down Oakland and showcased their wide variety of talent and diversification. Look for more of the same as the Rams take it Arizona and cover a big number.

Kevin Stott: The Rams (3-1 ATS L4 vs AZ) are double-digit favorites? I hate this game as the number toys with my brain and with LA winning by 33 and 16 in this series last season, angsty lumber will be laid here.

Swinging Johnson: Rams are huge favorites and they should be as the Cardinals looked woeful in their debut. Arizona made Alex Smith look like Aaron Rodgers, so how do you think Jared Goff will do?

Opening NFL Spread: San Francisco -3Best Line Offered: BetPhoenix




Rainman: San Fran’s offense will lift off against a much easier test. Detroit’s defense looked awful in preseason and looked awful in week 1. An inept, interception-prone Matt Stafford won’t help them.

Kevin Stott: More Fear and Loathing in Frisco with a Stafford-Garoppolo shootout at OK Corral and series Trends pointing to the homeboys — 3-1 ATS L4 at Home at Levi’s Stadium and overall vs. Los Leones.

Matthew Jordan: We told you to slow the hype train on Jimmy Garoppolo – although the Vikings can make any QB look bad. Tough spot for Lions off ugly loss Monday and cross-country travel.

Doug Upstone: Both teams combined to commit nine turnovers last week. Though the Lions are intriguing after a blowout loss, they are 5-20 ATS on the NFC West road, which includes 1-6-1 ATS in Frisco.

Swinging Johnson: Word is that defensive guru Matt Patricia’s complex schemes worked in New England because of Belichick’s input. Now he’s on an island and the Niners’ Jimmy G will expose him again.

Opening NFL Spread: Denver -4.5Best Line Offered: Betmania




Rainman: QB Keenum is an upgrade. The youth at RB looks great with new red zone weapon Freeman. Meanwhile, Oakland’s D looks even weaker than last season. Denver's secondary is trending upwards.

Matthew Jordan: Short week for Raiders off Monday home loss; yeah, who needs Khalil Mack? The Broncos have won 12 straight home games in September and five of past six at home in series.

Kevin Stott: The Raiders are 1-4-1 L6 in Denver and 3-8-1 ATS L12 in this AFC West series, and with a short week and points likely scarce, backing the hosts vs. Oakland, 2-6-1 ATS on the Road in 2017, is the Rx.

Doug Upstone: I will back Denver because when breaking the teams down, the Broncos have the better defense and ability to rush the passer compared to Oakland. Make it Denver by a touchdown or more.

Swinging Johnson: I’m beginning to think Case Keenum can play. Raiders showed me nothing that would lead me to believe they can do better than Seattle did last week in Mile High and a whole lot worse.

Opening NFL Spread: New England -2Best Line Offered: Skybook


Rainman: The Patriots won’t need the same help from the refs as in the AFC Championship as long as Bortles continues to struggle. Jags’ D is solid, but will wear down over time.

Matthew Jordan: Like total here (‘under’) better than side as I wrote in my game preview, but go with New England because Leonard Fournette isn’t 100 percent. Pats 12-3 ATS in past 15 on road.

Kevin Stott: Brady Bunch are 5-2 ATS L7 vs the Jags, who will want a Defensive battle in Home opener. With Gronkowski — the player and not the horse — ready to shine, backing the Patriots (won 14 of L16).

Doug Upstone: Jacksonville has legitimate shot to win and cover. Nonetheless, New England is 13-3 ATS on the road of late and is 8-0 ATS as a road favorite of a touchdown or less in that span.


Swinging Johnson: Not one that buys into revenge games, but I’ll make an exception. Jeremy Hill is on IR and Pats will be a pass-only team unless rookie Sony Michel can live up to his 1st round billing.

Opening NFL Spread: Dallas -3Best Line Offered: Sports Interaction


Rainman: Prescott misses his favorite targets. He and Elliott won’t be comfortable behind an offensive line looking as weak as it did last season. The Giants' O has weapons at receiver plus Barkley.

Doug Upstone: Dallas is 6-16 ATS at home after a loss and has a real identity crisis on offense. The New York Giants are not perfect, but at least they have playmakers on offense and they engineer upset.

Kevin Stott: The G-Men (5-2 ATS L7 vs DAL) have recently played the Cowpoke tough in Big D, and with Offensive problems apparent in Week 1, backing Eli, Barkley and the visitors in a boring NFC East slog.

Swinging Johnson: Gimme Manning, OBJ, and Barkley vs. Prescott, Elliott and air all day long. Sure Eli’s fading but the Giants backfield boasts a monster and will run roughshod over the Cowboys.


Matthew Jordan: Clubs have split the past 10 overall in Big D, but the Cowboys have won and covered four of the past five at Jerry World in series. Zeke vs. Saquon for NFL’s best young back?

Opening NFL Spread: Chicago -3Best Line Offered: BetCris


Swinging Johnson: Bears are definitely the sexy pick here, but Seattle is far from finished despite no longer possessing their legendary defense. Give me north of a field goal and I’ll be your contrarian.

Kevin Stott: I said the points (+3) may matter in Denver in Week 1 for the Seahawks (3-0 ATS L3, 4-1 ATS L5 on Road) and the 3 (or 3½) on MNF may matter at Soldier Field vs. Trubisky and Da Bears (1-5 HF in 2017).


Matthew Jordan: Russell Wilson is going to get killed behind that Seattle O-Line. Bears showed a pulse at least in crushing Week 1 loss in Green Bay. Chicago has won 12 of its past 17 MNF games.

Rainman: Bears will bounce back after surrendering a huge lead. Trubisky looked strong with his four new weapons and will succeed against a Seahaws defense that is a chimera of its former self.

Doug Upstone: Even though the defeat was flabbergasting, Chicago showed enough at Green Bay and is an improved team. Seattle's O-Line is not going to be able to block Bears D-Line. Grab the Bears at -3.

Season ATS records: MJ (10-5-1), RM (7-7-2), SJ (8-7-1), DU (8-7-1), KS (8-7-1)

Survivor Picks: MJ (SF), RM (CHI), SJ (LAR), DU (LAR), KS (NE)

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