NFL Week 2 Picks Against the Spread

Against the Spread

We’re back for week 2 trying to give you some against the spread winners (or fades) across the slate of games on Sunday. The Titans let me down at home against the Raiders, but the under evened out the bet for me. I like the Titans again this week, along with a couple of others now that 1 week is in the books. This is a time where betters (and vegas) overcompensates about what happened in the 1st week. Fantasy owners could quickly realize that Tarik Cohen, while extremely talented, may have some bumps in the road on a struggling Bears offense. Alex Smith is not the best quarterback in the league – nor is he even close – but there are some out there that think he is about to break out. The slate of games last week was unusually low scoring outside of the Rams blowout of the Colts. Let’s hope that turns around in week 2 for some more exciting shootouts… *cough* Patriots vs. Saints *cough*. I’m not taking the over in that game because it seems too obvious – I’d recommend either staying away or taking the under to hedge the fun that will ensue watching two of the best QB’s of the last decade years battle it out. Alright, let’s get to the picks already!

These spreads were taken from http://sportsbook.ag as of 9/16/17.

Tennessee Titans -1.5 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

I’m sticking with Mariota and the Titans this week. First of all, the Titans were the favorite in week 1 against a good Oakland team. Jacksonville were 6-point dogs to the struggling Texans. Yet, this line is still within a field goal! I see this as a no brainer bet. Add in the fact that Jacksonville just lost their “star” receiver and the Titans should cruise to victory here. Fournette is a stud, and he will be for a while in the league, but they are going to have to throw the ball to keep up with Mariota as he bounces back and puts the team on his back for the big win on the road.

Philadelphia Eagles +6 at Kansas City Chiefs

Outside of my love for the Titans (not a fan, just think they are underrated) the Eagles are a close 2nd in the same category. I’ve been hyping up Carson Wentz in fantasy circles all summer and he delivered in week 1. That TD after escaping the pocket was a thing of beauty. He had himself a day and barely got to use his new weapon, Alshon Jeffrey. You’re probably thinking that the Chiefs are coming off a victory against one of the best, if not the best, teams in the NFL – why would you go against them right now? That’s the exact reason why I’m going against them. Teams who come off big, emotional wins like that are susceptible to flops. The Eagles have a good enough pass rush coupled with a stout run stopping unit to give the Chiefs some trouble this week. If you watched the game, the Patriots had a couple big lapses that lead to long touchdowns by the Chiefs. Alex Smith was also throwing balls more than 25 yards, which I don’t foresee ever happening again (slight sarcasm). I won’t go as far as saying that the Eagles win this game, but 6 points is a enough for me to take it comfortably.

Pittsburgh Steelers -6 vs. Minnesota Vikings

I’m betting this game immediately upon releasing this article. Again, we have a decent game-managing quarterback who went off in week 1. Additionally, Bradford is questionable for this game. The Vikings promoted Kyle Sloter today off the practice squad – I wonder why. If Bradford is confirmed out for this game, this line is going to skyrocket. Get ahead of it now with a line that I would almost take with Bradford playing. Roethlisberger is known for playing much better at home and Le’Veon Bell is ready to bounce back from a poor showing in week 1. Look for Martavis Bryant to have a big day alongside the studly Antonio Brown and the Steelers to take this game easily.

That’s all I have for this week! It’s going to be a thrilling week of football whether you have money on the line or not. Follow me on Twitter and let me know what you think of the picks! @MoreThanFantasy

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