Every week I will provide you with my favorite to least favorite games according to how confident I am in the outcome straight up. Remember, all picks will be picked without using the spread. I look forward to giving you the best chance to win your NFL Confidence pool each week and throughout the entirety of the season.
As the years have gone on, Confidence Pools have become very popular. Each week you will pick every game and the team you believe will win that game straight up. Take the Packers. Chiefs Chargers: The Chargers barely had much offense against the Bengals. Good luck against an improved Chiefs defense and an offense that is looking stellar. Take the Chiefs. The defense will improve like it did last season. Take the 49ers. Jaguars Titans: The Jaguars had the upset of the week with their win over the Colts.
In come-from-behind fashion, they stunned the Colts, who were favored by more than a touchdown. Take the Titans. Broncos Steelers: The Steelers defense looked incredible against the Giants.
They had plenty of tackles behind the line, stopped the run game and pressured the QB all night. Lock will see the same thing. Take the Steelers. The oddsmakers like the Cowboys for a reason. Watch the Cowboys take the early lead and hold on late. Take the Cowboys.
Bills Dolphins: The Bills took it to the Jets in their opening game. Allen will need to protect the football better as the Patriots turned the ball over a couple times in the Red Zone vs the Dolphins. If he takes care of business, the Bills win easily. Take the Bills. Ravens Texans: The Texans defense was swiss cheese against the Chiefs offense.
The Ravens dropped the Browns quickly on offense and defense. Take the Ravens. Vikings Colts: The Vikings and Colts had some poor showings in their opening games.If you read this piece last week and decided it would be a good idea to use my advice for your survivor pools, my apologies. Those two games cost a lot of people their entry fee into Survivor pools across the globe. If you are in a re-entry pool, we got you covered this week. If not, hopefully you can use this insight and put it to use in other betting ventures for Week 2 of the National Football League.
Here are my survivor plays ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 2 of the National Football League Season. The team I list first is my selection. Pittsburgh Steelers over Denver Broncos: In reality, both teams are not as good or as bad as they looked on Monday, but there is something to be said about the Pittsburgh defense that completely shut down the Giants attack. Not sure Drew Lock is the guy you want trying to put up points against the Steelers.
Steelers should win their home opener to improve to Buffalo Bills over Miami Dolphins: The Bills took advantage of a bad Jets team, and they should be able to do the same against a bad Dolphins team. The Bills defense held the Jets to just yards, while the Dolphins managed against the Patriots.
I expect a similar defensive result from the Bills, and I expect Josh Allen to have himself another solid outing. Rodgers torched a Minnesota defense that is 10x better than the Lions unit. Expect a similar result on Sunday as the Packers go to on the season. San Francisco 49ers over New York Jets: The Jets are going to be near the bottom of the standings this season, and we believe the Niners are going to be pissed off following a disappointing effort in Week 1 vs the Cardinals. The Niners should steamroll this Jets team and keep them to under 17 points.
They are on the road for this one, but we expect them to still take care of business. The Chargers should have lost to the Bengals if not for a missed field goal try with no time left on the clock. The Eagles are once again in mid-season form in terms of the injury report and simply forgot how to play football in the second half.
Horizontal - Colbalt Share this story Twitter Facebook.The Week 1 picks got off to a rough start, but a strong finish salvaged the opening slate of games. Spreads will be provided by BetMGM as always. I forgot to tweet my pick, but I go with the honor system.
I had the Bengals because the Browns with a new coach on a short week scared me a bit. Needless to say I was wrong on how Cleveland would show, but Cincinnati snuck in with the backdoor cover at the end.
Do you want to know how bad the Jets are? This line was the 49ers -7 points. The line did not move. The Lions got lit up by Mitchell Trubisky last week. That sounds insane on the surface, but consider a couple things here. He completed Second, he could guide the Bills to their first AFC East title since and keep the Patriots from winning it again.
Can we just get something out in the open real quick? Yes — it looks odd seeing Tom Brady in a jersey that is not a Patriots jersey. It will probably always look weird. Pointing that out every time an image of Brady pops up in a Bucs uniform is no longer required.
We all know. Move on. Minnesota got waxed at home by their division rival Packers, while the Colts got beat by a Jags team that is not going to be very good. Not great! Jared Goff went No. Carson Wentz went No. That is an incredible group of players and that is worth recognizing. Shoutout to the draft. Fun with mascots! Bears vs. Giants sounds like an incredible Sci-Fi movie. It can even feature cameos from like, Mike Singletary and Phil Simms or something.
Maybe LT is the guy. Additionally, the Giants and Bears is perhaps the scariest mascot mashup of the week. Giant bears? Jaguars and Titans might take the crown.
A Jaguar alebrije was scary enough in Coco. A Jaguar Titan? Unrelated to anything but it needs to be mentioned here: Ron Rivera is awesome. Shoutout to Ron Rivera. So the Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins this offseason and then opened their schedule at the Chiefs and home vs.
Do you think every time Deshaun Watson turns to hand the ball off and David Johnson is there he gets a little sad? With the Chiefs it can start now.That led to a mixed bag of success in our Sporting News picks and predicitons for the first weekend of the season. There's only one thing certain in Week 2: Figuring out who will win and cover games will be just as difficult.
Here's more fearless forecasting to take on those challenges with our latest NFL game picks against the spread. The point spreads come courtesy of Sports Insider :.
Cam Newton had a solid debut running for the Patriots. Russell Wilson had another spectacular start passing for the Seahawks.
Both teams have solid secondaries to keep the downfield shots in check, but Wilson is equipped with a more reliable running game and better, deep wide receivers.
The Seahawks won't have the normal crowd noise behind them, but it's still a long trip for a Patriots team still figuring out things offensively.2020 WEEK 2 NFL GAME PICKS
Pick: Seahawks win but fail to cover the spread. Thursday p. They had to be pleased with their overachieving defense and the added versatlity of their offense. The Browns didn't enjoy any of that in getting blasted by the Ravens, with Baker Mayfield continuing his struggles from That said, Cleveland did rock in the running game with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and got better at stopping the run.
The hosts will save their playoff chances early with Myles Garrett making the difference with a late sack of Burrow. Pick: Browns win but fail to cover the spread. The spacious, modern venue is built for Patrick Mahomes to dazzle with downfield passing, with plenty more help from Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the running game. The Chargers lacked luster with Tyrod Taylor's passing in the opener and will try to grind this one out more with Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley. A's strength at cornerback.
Pick: Chiefs win and cover the spread. The Bears poured all their energy into the fourth quarter in Detroit.The first week of the NFL season presented a nice return to something resembling normalcy, as we all got to choose to sit home and do nothing after months of having to do so. Cincinnati Bengals at -6 Cleveland Browns, p. ET Mike: Bengals.
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I hate myself for picking a rookie QB in a Thursday game on the road, but it looks like Cleveland already has offensive line issues, with both tackles dealing with injuries on a short week.
Ricky: Browns. What better way for Joe Burrow, the No. Andre: Bengals. Mayfield has thrown the second-most interceptions in the NFL since the start of the season, behind turnover machine Jameis Winston. Atlanta Falcons at Mike: Falcons. Ricky: Cowboys.
Matt Ryan had all day to throw last week against the Seahawks. Andre: Cowboys. Dallas averaged 8. Mike: Bills. The Bills might really be for real. Ricky: Dolphins. Josh Allen is good one week, then bad the next, right? If so, the Dolphins will hang around, likely in a low-scored, hard-fought affair decided by a defensive stand or an offensive miscue. Andre: Bills. Buffalo allowed 4.Just like that, the NFL regular season is 6. And our experts are off to a potentially lucrative start.
Check DraftKings for the latest odds info. The Cleveland Browns once again underachieved in a season-opening blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, while the Cincinnati Bengals battled hard in a relatively impressive debut for new franchise quarterback Joe Burrow in a close loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Browns were awful in just about every way imaginable against the Ravens. It wouldn't surprise me if Burrow and the Bengals win this game outright. But a much worse Bengals team outscored the Browns in last year's season series, so it's easy to envision a close game here.
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Or both. Regardless, there's a heavy sentiment that the 49ers can cover a seven-point spread with no fans in the stands for Gang Green's home opener Sunday afternoon.
The 49ers defensive line is one of the best in the league, so this spread would have to be a lot bigger to consider taking the Jets. The Jets hardly showed up in Buffalo.
Their defense has been gutted, and their depleted offense is in shambles. The 49ers have also been hit hard by injuries, but this is a well-coached team coming off a Super Bowl appearance. They'll probably look to make a statement on both sides of the ball following a tough loss to the Cardinals.
It's always tempting to fade a big public favorite like the Bills, especially when they're laying 5. Buffalo can be unpredictable, while the Miami Dolphins will at least have some fans in the crowd for their home opener Sunday. But the Bills beat the Dolphins by double-digit margins in each of their meetings and have defeated them by at least six points in five of their last six matchups. The Bills' secondary is every bit as good as New England's. Buffalo's continued growth should come to the forefront by winning a game it's supposed to win, and decidedly so.
Don't overthink this one. Once again, our NFL analysts are riding with the heavy public favorite in backing the Green Bay Packers minus six points in their home opener against the Detroit Lions. The Lions are coming off a dropped pass that could have won Week 1, and I expect that to haunt them this week.
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Those injuries in the secondary could be especially problematic considering what Rodgers did to Minnesota's weak defensive backfield last Sunday. The Packers have failed to beat the Lions by more than three points in each of their last six meetingsbut those dynamics might be a reason why Green Bay is laying only six points at home in this spot. Our group expects the Packers to blow up that trend Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles, on the other hand, would desperately like a mulligan after blowing a point lead in Washington.
The Eagles are just too banged up on both sides of the ball right now for me to pick them against a good team, even in a backs-against-the wall situation at home. The injuries are indeed daunting for Philadelphia.