Best Picks for NFL’s Week #2
From Fitzmagic to the Browns “almost” winning to Aaron Rodgers having his Willis Reed moment, it’s safe to say the NFL regular season started with a bang. Week 2 has a tough act to follow, but the game slate is dotted with intriguing matchups. Here’s three games you should considering plopping money down for and why!
NFL Week 2 Odds
Before we get into our best bets of the week, big thanks to BetOnline for the below odds. They’ll have your best odds for all 16 matchups this weekend!
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-6)
At first glance, the six-point spread might seem unwarranted for two even-kneeled division rivals. However, its clear Atlanta (0-1) has Carolina’s (1-0) number in recent memory. They’ve won four of the past meetings and the Panthers haven’t beat them on the road since 2014.
Making matters worse for Carolina, they’ll be without tight end Greg Olsen and right tackle Daryl Williams on Sunday. Injuries to both starters weakens an already shaky offense that was held to 16 points in a week 1 victory versus Dallas.
Here’s another reason why we’re picking Atlanta to cover six points: Hurricane Florence is currently barreling toward the Carolinas. In a league notorious for hating distractions, a category-4 storm is exactly that and more. Besides potentially canceling practice time, Panthers players will be occupied all week-long with the looming danger of Florence.
Pick: Atlanta (-6)
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Over/under 50 points: Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints
What does Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 417-yard and four-touchdown whopper on New Orleans (0-1) last week really mean? That Fitzmagic is real or the Saints defense is terrible again? We lean toward the latter. Fitzpatrick is who he is — a journeyman quarterback with a career passer rating of 80.6. There’s no explanation for this man coming into your home and lighting up the score besides you’re genuinely bad.
While Cleveland lacks Tampa’s firepower, especially throwing vertical, the Browns (0-0-1) should be able to hang points on the Saints’ leaky defense with ease. New Orleans’ nonexistent pass rush and broken coverages will take longer than a week to fix.
The Saints defensive woes will put more pressure on Drew Brees to keep scoring pace. An all-time great in Brees should answer that call on Sunday in what will likely turn into a shootout fast.
Pick: Over 50 points
New England Patriots (-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars
An AFC Championship rematch will be must-watch television on Sunday. Jacksonville is out to avenge their heartbreaking loss, and this time around they’ll have one major advantage: the game takes place in the comfort of their home on a humid Septemeber day as opposed to Foxboro in the Winter.
Nonetheless, no way we’re going to pick Blake Bortles to outduel Tom Brady in Week 2. Not surprisingly, Bortles was unimpressive in a 20-15 road win against the Giants last week. He finished 18-of-33 for 176 yards with a touchdown and an interception. No matter how good this Jaguars defense is, Bortles will forever handcuff the team, whether they admit it or not.
Head coach Bill Belichick has made a career out of negating an opponent’s best offensive threat. In this case, that’ll be Leonard Fournette. Belichick will force Jacksonville to beat them with Bortles, and we’re not convinced he can. The Patriots should win comfortably.
Pick: New England (-2)
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