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NFL Picks Against the Spread 2014: Week 2

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Here are my suggestions when trying to beat Las Vegas.

Rich Schultz

Before Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season kicks off, I thought we would have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for this week's round of games. (Click here for NFL Week 2 picks without regard to the spread.)

Here are my suggestions when trying to beat Vegas. You can find all of today's NFL betting lines and more at the SB Nation odds page. My record so far this season: 5-10. (Last week's picks.)

Yikes. Week 1 was a rough start. There were some upsets and I was guilty of overrating/underrating too many teams. Moving forward I'd like to think I have a better idea of where teams stand, so let's see if I can rebound.

2014 NFL WEEK 2

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (-3): The Detroit Lions offense really impressed at home to start the season. What was more impressive, however, was how the Carolina Panthers managed to win in Tampa Bay despite missing starting quarterback Cam Newton. Cam is back and the Panthers are at home so give me Carolina. Pick: Panthers -3

Miami Dolphins (-1) at Buffalo Bills: The Dolphins are road favorites after putting the hurt on the Patriots in Miami. I have a hard time seeing Buffalo start the season 2-0. I'm still not really sold on the Bills despite their overtime win over Chicago on the road. Pick: Dolphins -1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins (-6): Perhaps Washington will find a way to rebound at home this week after their incredibly shaky Week 1 performance. Until they prove they can score, however, I'm not comfortable betting on them. I'll take the points with this feisty Jaguars team. Pick: Jaguars +6

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (-3.5): Nice start to the season for the Titans. The same can't be said for Dallas. Let's take Tennessee here. Pick: Titans -3.5

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (+3): The Giants looked terrible against the Lions. New York returns home this week to face a Cardinals team that's definitely better. I don't like Arizona as road favorites here, though. Pick: Giants +3

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings: The odds on Bovada have been shut down for this game due to the Adrian Peterson situation. The Patriots were originally listed at -3. I'm going to treat this like a pick' em and take the Patriots on the road. Pick: Patriots

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (+7): That Saints defense allowed a lot of yards to the Falcons in Atlanta. Betting on the Saints on the road isn't fun but I have to take them here because their offense can still score. Pick: Saints -7

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals (-5): The Bengals were 8-0 last year at home in the regular season. The Falcons were 1-7 on the road in 2013 with the one win coming in overtime against Buffalo. I can't pick Atlanta. Pick: Bengals -5

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: No line is listed for this game. I'll take the Buccaneers straight up. It's going to be another long year for the Rams. Pick: Buccaneers

Seattle Seahawks (-6) at San Diego Chargers: I'll take the Bolts with the points here but it'd be a different story if this game was in Seattle. Pick: Chargers +6

Houston Texans (-3) at Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are bad. But three points home underdogs to the Texans kind of bad? Maybe. J.J. Watt is a monster and he'll make life difficult on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Let's go with Houston. Pick: Texans -3

New York Jets at Green Bay Packers (-8): Seattle's defense erased Green Bay's offense in the season opener. The Packers are back at home and the Jets' defense isn't quite Seattle. I really don't like the Jets, but I find myself taking the points here. Pick: Jets +8

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-13): The Chiefs have had some big injuries are now they're on the road. 13 points is obviously a big line but I think Denver can cover the way they score. Pick: Broncos -13

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (-7): The Bears are banged up at wide receiver. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey are questionable while Josh Morgan is doubtful. Jay Cutler had enough turnover problems with his top receivers in Week 1. I don't imagine things will get better if he's without them. Picks: 49ers -7

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (-3): I don't see Nick Foles managing to struggle as much as he did in Week 1. I can see the Eagles picking up where they left off in the second half against Jacksonville. Philadelphia's defense and special teams look improved from 2013. I'm comfortable with taking the Eagles outright here. The points make it an even easier choice. Pick: Eagles +3