It was an interesting Week 1 in the National Football League, as a number of offenses struggled at times, including the Cowboys, Falcons, Jets, Ravens, Saints and Vikings – among others.
I too struggled a bit during Week 1, posting a “just miss the playoffs” record of 8-8.
Time to get back on the horse. Here are my picks against the spread for Week 2 (spreads as they appear through CBSSports.com).
NFL Week 2 Picks Against the Spread
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
The Cards almost allowed the Rams to come back twice, while the Falcons couldn’t get in the end zone against the Steelers. This time, Atlanta is at home and I expect the offense to be clicking, and the Falcons to be covering.
KP’s Pick: Atlanta
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-2.5)
The Bucs had a nice comeback win against the Browns while the Panthers were sloppy, committing five turnovers. This week, Carolina’s running game gets a boost, and the Panthers get at least a three-point win at home.
KP’s Pick: Carolina
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5)
The Bengals will play better than last week’s subpar performance in New England, but it won’t be enough against a very balanced Ravens team.
KP’s Pick: Baltimore
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns (-1.5)
The Chiefs played well on defense and special teams against the Chargers last week. While the offense struggled, there should be enough to knock off Cleveland and move to 2-0
KP’s Pick: Kansas City
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (-7.5)
The Cowboys struggled on offense all night against the ‘Skins – and most of the preseason too. Martz’s offense vs. a solid Dallas defense should be an interesting battle, and with Dallas’ struggles on offense, I predict this one to finish as a one-score game.
KP’s Pick: Chicago
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions (+4.5)
Michael Vick will likely start due to Kevin Kolb’s concussion – and if he plays like he did last week against Green Bay, the Lions are in for a long day.
KP’s Pick: Philadelphia
Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers (-13.5)
It’s tough to call a spread of nearly two touchdowns in the second week of the season. The Packers offense is potent – and even with the loss of Ryan Grant for the year, I think Green Bay wijll cover playing at home in Lambeau.
KP’s Pick: Green Bay
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)
Tough call – especially since the Vikings played much better at home last year. But the Dolphinshave a solid defense, and the likes of Brandon Marshall could cause headaches for the Minnesota secondary – keeping this game close throughout.
KP’s Pick: Miami
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (-5.5)
Pittsburgh’s defense was stellar last week against Atlanta, and Dennis Dixon was efficient replacing the suspended Ben Roethlisberger. The Titans were dominant against the Raiders, but this is a much better defense that Tennessee is facing.
KP’s Pick: Pittsburgh
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos (-3.5)
Seattle shocked many by blowing out the Niners last week. Now Pete Carroll travels to Mile High, facing a Broncos team that allowed Jacksonville’s passing game to throw for 3 TD’s.
KP’s Pick: Seattle
St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders (-3.5)
Sam Bradford had a solid first career game, and the Rams showed significant improvement in almost beating the Cardinals. The Raiders, on the other hand… well, nevermind.
KP’s Pick: St. Louis
New England Patriots at New York Jets (+1.5)
Revis may be able to handle Randy Moss, but Cromartie was far from impressive in Week 1. The Jets offense struggled, too. Meanwhile, the Pats played great – and Wes Welker is back.
KP’s Pick: New England
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers (-7.5)
David Garrard had 3 TD’s against Denver last week, but the Chargers are angry after losing in Week 1. Philip Rivers and the offense will likely see better weather and put up better numbers.
KP’s Pick: San Diego
Houston Texans at Washington Redskins (+3.5)
The Texans may have been the most impressive in Week 1, dominating the Colts in the trenches. Washington’s defense played great against the Cowboys. This should be a good one, but Houston’s offense is clicking, while Dallas’ was not.
KP’s Pick: Houston
New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts (-5.5)
The battle of the brothers Manning is here, but the real question is how the Colts’ offensive line will play this week. Usually, it’s a track meet for Indy at home, but there were enough warning signs in Week 1 that make me believe this will be a close game.
KP’s Pick: New York Giants
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers (+4.5)
This one comes down to Alex Smith. If he struggles like he did against the Seahawks, the Saints could run away with this one. If not, it’s a different story. My bet is on Brees and the boys.
KP’s Pick: New Orleans