Week 2, and we access the opening week action of the NFL season. Who’s on top and who needs work. This week already has some adjustments and we should know much more about team challenges.
Let’s take a look at last week’s results.
Against the Spread: 8-5-3
All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com
Thursday, September 13
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 1
Ravens coming off a shellacking of the Bills last week. They take on a Bengals team that hammered the Colts in week 1. The points spread indicates close matchup and a challenge. Look for less of a scoring game.
Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (20-16)
Sunday, September 16
Carolina at Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 6
The dirty birds didn’t fare well against the Eagles to start the season on Thursday night. They get an extra couple of days off to take on a Panthers team who held on to win over the Cowboys, despite some injuries. This is a key divisional race which both teams can ill afford to lose.
Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (24-19)
Cleveland at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 9
The Browns were able to do something they haven’t done in two years, and that’s lose a game. They didn’t win either as they tied the Steelers. They’ll have a tougher time in the Big Easy against a Saints team that lost despite scoring 40 points.
Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (30-17)
Houston at Tennessee
That’s because the Titans played the longest game in NFL history – seven hours and eight minutes, thanks to nearly four hours of lightning delays. They still lost to the Dolphins. They come home to host AFC South rival Houston, who played the Patriots hard but fell in the loss. This should be a good match up.
Smooth’s Pick – Tennessee (21-19)
Indianapolis at Washington
Line: Redskins by 5½
Washington picked apart a clearly unprepared Cardinals team last weekend. They’ll get a chance to go 2-0 against the Colts who came up short against the Bengals last Sunday. It will be Washington’s first 2-0 start since 2011 if they can win.
This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Washington (34-18)
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
Line: Steelers by 4
The Chiefs looked good behind new QB Patrick Mahomes in their win against the Bolts last Sunday. The Steelers on the other hand should be embarrassed by their tie over the Browns last Sunday and it would not be in their best interest to go winless after two games.
Smooth’s Pick – Pittsburgh (30-17)
LA Chargers at Buffalo
Line: Bolts by 7
The Bills got smoked against the Ravens and they’re going to go with their heralded rookie Jake Allen against the Bolts who are coming off a home loss. This could get ugly pretty quick, or it could be a surprise run for Buffalo.
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (27-12)
Miami at NY Jets
Line: Gang Green by 3
Sam Darnold looked great in the win against the Lions on Monday night. He makes his home debut against a Dolphins team who survived a marathon win on Sunday. This will be one of those matchups that will determine what direction both teams will go.
Smooth’s Pick – NY Jets (24-17)
Minnesota at Green Bay
Line: Packers by 1½
Aaron Rodgers made a miracle comeback against the Bears. He has another divisional opponent against the Vikings at Lambeau Field. Minnesota picked apart the Niners for three picks. It might not be as easy against Green Bay, but both teams are always tough in this division rivalry.
Smooth’s Pick – Green Bay (24-16)
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
Line: Eagles by 3
The Super Bowl champs were not convincing in their season opener, but a win is a win. They go on the road to take on the Bucs who are in need of their starting QB Jameis Winston. They won’t have him for another two games because of a suspension and that will make the difference.
Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (27-14)
Arizona at LA Rams
Line: Rams by 13
The Cardinals were flat, only scoring two field goals in their loss to the Redskins on Sunday. They may get a world of trouble with the Rams, who ripped the Raiders on the road. Look for a vicious blow out.
Smooth’s Pick – LA Rams (37-16)
Detroit at San Francisco
Line: Niners by 6½
Both teams looked horrible in their losses. More so Jimmy Garoffalo, who was picked off last week 3 times. They both look to re-group, and I’d say the Niners look better, slightly.
Smooth’s Pick – San Francisco (33-19)
New England at Jacksonville
Line: Patriots by 1
This is a possible playoff matchup for January. The Jags defense were pretty effective in their win verses the Giants and will test Tom Brady all afternoon. But I think Brady will find a way to get the “W”.
Smooth’s Pick – New England (24-21)
Oakland at Denver
Line: Broncos by 6
Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders was spoiled last Monday night. They’ll have to take their game to the “Mile High” city for a divisional match up. The Broncos got the win verses the Seahawks and look to go to 2-0.
Smooth’s Pick – Denver (26-17)
NY Giants at Dallas
Line: Cowboys by 3
Big Blue actually looked better at the end of their loss to a better defensive-minded Jags squad. They go into AT&T Stadium with a good change to spoil the home opener against a Cowboys team that looked horrible in their opener with the Panthers.
This is my upset special
Smooth’s Pick – NY Giants (27-16)
Monday, September 17
Seattle at Chicago
Line: Bears by 3
The Seahawks were on the short end of a loss on the road in Denver, they play another road game verses a surprising Bears team that took the Packers to the edge. I like their new defensive scheme and it should keep Russell Wilson pressured all night long.
Smooth’s Pick – Chicago (17-13)
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