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NFL Picks Against the Spread 2015: Week 2

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Here are my suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

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Before Week 2 of the 2015 NFL season schedule 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 the odds. You can find all of today's NFL betting lines and more at the SB Nation odds page. My record so far this season: 9-6. Decent start.

2015 NFL WEEK 2

Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) at Chicago Bears: The Bears played a lot better than expected in Week 1. It was easy to think they were going to get killed by Aaron Rodgers. Instead, they kept the score within one possession. Still, I think Carson Palmer and Arizona can get the best of them here. Pick: Cardinals -2.5

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-2): The Giants' defense is bad. They're going to struggling against this Falcons offense. With that said, I typically hate picking the Falcons when they're on the road. I'll make an exception for now: Pick: Falcons +2

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-3): This seems like a crazy line. The Vikings were crushed in San Francisco on Monday Night Football after being way too over-hyped this offseason (sound a little bit familiar). Meanwhile, Detroit showed some good signs before collapsing in San Diego. I like the Lions with the points here. Pick: Lions +3

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (-3): Yuck. The Panthers will be without Luke Kuechly, so that's a big blow to their defense. Luckily for them they'll only have to face Ryan Mallett. This has the makings of a defensive struggle, and could be close, but I have to take the home team. Pick: Panthers -3

New England Patriots (-2) at Buffalo Bills: There's a fun stat that the Bills have only beaten the Patriots in the regular season the last two times New England won Super Bowl rings. I don't have the Patriots winning the Super Bowl this year. So by that logic, the Pats are going to win. That Bills defense is good but I'm taking Tom Brady over Tyrod Taylor every time. Pick: Patriots -2

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5): The Bengals are really good at home. They're the easy pick here. Pick: Bengals -3.5

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5): The line seems out of whack to me. The Steelers are still without some of their key players and their defense looked pretty bad in Week 1. Everyone's been down on the 49ers but San Fran is coming off a quality win. They will at least make this game close. Pick: 49ers +6.5

St. Louis Rams (-3.5) at Washington Redskins: This is probably going to be an ugly game. The Washington team is going to struggle against the St. Louis defense. The Rams are coming off a big Week 1 win but I expect them to slow down here. Still, Washington is just so bad. Pick: Rams -3.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-10): Weird things can happen in rivalry games, so this big line is a little scary. Then again, the Buccaneers are just awful. The Saints are at home and should be able to take care of business. Pick: Saints -10

Tennessee Titans (-2) at Cleveland Browns: How could anyone ever bet against Marcus Mariota? Sorry, Johnny Football. Pick: Titans -2

Baltimore Ravens (-7) at Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr isn't going to be 100% so that's already a concern. The Ravens should be able to win this one. Pick: Ravens -7

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-5): The Eagles NEED to win this game. The Cowboys are missing a lot of key players. Philadelphia is destined to win this one, but it might be a little closer than expected. I'll take the Cowboys to cover and the Eagles to win. Pick: Cowboys +5

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (-3.5): Are the Seahawks really going to drop to 0-2? It's going to be tough to beat Aaron Rodgers at Green Bay so ... probably. Pick: Packers -3.5

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-7): The Colts are coming off a bad showing in Week 1. They should be able to get back on track at home. Andrew Luck's record in games after losing the previous week is pretty ridiculous. The Jets won't be looking so hot on the road. Pick: Colts -7