NFL picks Week 2: Pick 3 against the spread
As we head into Week 2 of the NFL season there are a number of teams that were embarrassed or did much worse than public opinion thought they would. Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals were manhandled by the Ravens and should kick things into gear against a Cleveland Browns team and rookie Brandon Weeden.
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Here are the NFL picks Week 2: Pick 3 against the spread
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Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)
It was ugly, yes it was Bengals’ fans. But, no fear the Cleveland Browns are near! Coming off a four interception performance, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is well over his head in the NFL as he only compiled a horrendous 5.1 quarterback rating in the opener.
The interstate rivals usually play a close contest as six match-ups have been decided by 10 points or less. The Bengals have won 12 of the last 15 match-ups and have only managed to go 8-7 against the spread.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles, rookie running back, Trent Richardson was only able to average 3.4 yards per carry. Wait, sorry… Brandon Weeden was only able to average 3.4 yards per pass. Just a pathetic outing by the Browns offense doesn’t leave much hope for Cleveland this season. Look for the Bengals defense to key in on Trent Richardson and force Weeden to throw. Pick: Bengals (-6.5)
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)
In what is hyped as more of a coaching battle due a previous confrontation between Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz, the match-up to watch is between Matthew Stafford and the 49ers defense. After shutting down the Green Bay Packers running game they shouldn’t have much problem stopping Kevin Smith either.
Lions players are looking for revenge for last seasons loss where they held Alex Smith to only 125 yards passing, but were unable to stop Frank Gore who led the 49ers to a 25-19 win. More importantly, a Lions team that might not know how to handle themselves in a big game situation like this.
The Lions have lost 10 consecutive during the regular season at Candlestick Park and is just 3-9-2 against the spread in the last 14 games.
Calvin Johnson was held out of practice on Wednesday, most likely as a precautionary measure, but this must weigh on the mind of the bettors. Without Johnson, Stafford would need to rely even more on running back Kevin Smith who should be in for a rough day. Pick: 49ers (-6.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (+1.5)
The Indianapolis fans will get their first chance to see their new franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday against the Vikings. Luck managed to throw for over 300 yards but also threw three costly interceptions as the Colts were blown out by the Chicago Bears.
I’ll say it again, Andrew Luck will be a solid quarterback, but he is a rookie and will struggle at times.
The Vikings pass defense isn’t stellar and Luck should put up somewhat similar numbers. Look for the Vikings to key in on veteran receiver Reggie Wayne who was targeted a team-high 18 times.
One must remember this is a Colts team that only last season lost 14 games. They set an NFL record on pass defense by allowing 71.2% completed passes by opposing passers. The Vikings might not be an upper level team, but with the loss of Dwight Freeny you can expect Adrian Peterson to have a big day when Jerry Hughes takes the starting role. Pick: Vikings (-1.5)
Lines current as of 9/11/12 - SportsBook.com