The second week of the NFL season is in the books and it’s time to look back and see what we’ve learned and use that knowledge to cash our Week 3 NFL picks. Let’s go!
The rumors of New England’s demise was proven premature as Tom Brady set a career record for touchdowns tossed in the first quarter with three on a beleaguered Saints’ secondary. Hindsight is always 20/20 but you had to think that the NFL odds were off just a tad in installing an angry Patriots team as just six-point favorites against a defense that has been amongst the worst in recent years.
The only question was whether the New England defense we saw in Week 1 would be of the same cheesecloth variety down on the Bayou. They were certainly better, although the bar was set low after their stunning 42-27 loss to Alex Smith and the Chiefs, but far from stellar. It was a bend-but-don’t-break game plan against the legendary Drew Brees as the future Hall-of-Famer put up 447 yards through the air but whose offense amassed just 20 points in the 36-20 New England victory. The Pats’ defense should have it much easier this week against the pedestrian offense of the Houston Texans but their offense will not - because they are facing anyone but New Orleans.
Next Opponent: Texans at New England
Favorites 8-7-1 ATS in Week 2
If you lean heavily towards favorites or underdogs in your NFL picks, you probably had a mediocre week either way. A quick glance of the scoreboard shows that the chalk eked out one more win than the dogs. However, a few underdogs worth noting as we proceed into Week 2 would be the following:
Texans – They didn’t do much offensively but they didn’t have to as the Cincinnati Bengals are conjuring images of seasons’ past when they were ignominiously known as the Bungles. Houston’s defense looked stout in their 13-9 road win but Cincinnati may just be a very lousy club this season and a team to fade as the weeks progress.
Colts – Indianapolis may have found a viable replacement until Andrew Luck returns. Or more aptly, they traded for one as Jacoby Brissette didn’t particularly light up the stat sheet but the offense seemed far more invigorated than they did under the command of Scott Tolzien. The Colts blew an early lead to drop a 16-13 decision but the cover was never in doubt after being spotted seven points and leading most of the way until they bowed in overtime. Next week the Colts host the Browns.
Dolphins – Miami played their first game of the season in Week 2 after getting washed out of their meeting with Tampa Bay in the opening week. It wasn’t a seismic victory by any means as they faced a lackluster LA Chargers squad but their kicker, Cody Parker, did most of the heavy lifting in booting four field goals, including the game-winner from 54 yards out with just 1:05 remaining. Running back Jay Ajayi was impressive in amassing 122 yards rushing on 28 carries and Jay Cutler was serviceable with one touchdown strike and 230 yards through the air. A bit of a ho-hum beginning but a win is a win and they should notch another next week against the woeful New York Jets.
49’ers – If you are in a suicide pool then you had to be rooting hard for the Niners to capture a stunning upset last week – unless of course, you picked Seattle. That’s right; the San Francisco 49’ers defense held Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson in check throughout but ultimately ended up on the short end of a 12-9 stick. However, if you’re a dog lover you had to be pleased with the easy cover when given an almost two touchdown head start. San Francisco, hosting the LA Rams on Thursday night, is currently two to three-point home dogs depending on where you shop. Might be a nice time to get down on the Niners.
Lions – Before we get too carried away with Detroit’s 24-10 road win as three-point dogs on Monday night, let’s not forget they faced the New York Giants. Nevertheless, Detroit is 2-0 to start the season and could be that Cinderella story of the 2017 NFL season. The Cats will face a real test this week when they host the Super Bowl runner-ups, the Atlanta Falcons. As of this writing, they have installed as three-point dogs again but could be a very real live home pup this weekend.
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