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Detroit is winless in 10 trips to San Francisco over the past three decades and they are underdogs this time too. But are the Lions a good bet as 7-point road dogs? Some say yes.
The Steelers were surprise losers in Week 1 and the Jets were surprise winners. With the home spread at 4.5 points, many bettors are taking Pitt and the points at home to avoid an 0-2 season start.
Get ready for NFL Week 2 with lines and picks for all the games this weekend, including the encore for RGIII, a Raiders-Dolphins blockbuster, and a couple of heavyweight matchups in prime time to cap off the weekend.
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The old Redskins seldom covered the spread as favorites. Are these new Redskins any different? And are these Rams any different from the crew that has failed to cover in 11 of their past 13 September home games?
Oakland was a road favorite back in Week 14 of the 2005 season and never again before this week. They lay 2.5 points in Miami, but their record as a favorite and their record against the Dolphins is making bettors nervous.
If you bet UNDER the total in every Bucs-Giants game since 1981, you would have never lost and you would have won 11 times. Why are more bettors focused on the 8-point spread than the 44.5 total?
Kansas City has failed to cover the spread in 10 of 12 meetings against the Bills since 1994. Why do so many Week 2 bettors like them as road underdogs in Buffalo?
Carolina has lost 18 of its last 19 games as an underdog, a role they find themselves in at home to the Saints in Week 2. But is the total the best play of the day?
Houston faces its second straight whopping point spread and bettors have faith that they can cover this week at Jacksonville just like they did against Miami last week.
The Peyton Manning era in Denver began with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and now Manning and the Broncos will face another tough test when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Both teams are coming off impressive wins with the Broncos defeating the Steelers 31-19 and the Falcons beating the Chiefs 40-24. The Falcons are three point betting favorites, but that hasn't stopped a number of NFL analysts from picking the Broncos.
Of the seven ESPN NFL analysts making picks, five picked the Falcons but Eric Allen and Merril Hoge picked the Broncos. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports likes the Falcons while the eight CBS NFL analysts were split. Pete Prisco, Clark Judge Dave Ricard and Will Brinson picked the Falcons while Mike Freeman, Jason La Canfora, Josh Katzowitz and Ryan Wilson all went with the underdog Broncos.
If Denver is going to pull the upset, they are going to have to overcome a big home field advantage. Since 2008, Atlanta is 26-6 at home during the regular season.
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Despite losing their opening matchup of the season and their opponent winning theirs, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are predicted by many NFL experts to take down Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets. One of the marquee matchups of the second week of the NFL regular season, Steelers-Jets is remarkably one-sided toward Pittsburgh being the victorious team.
Pittsburgh lost to Denver the opening week of the season, although it's probably not that big a deal to lose to Peyton Manning when he's managing the game like that. The Jets did beat the Bills the first week of the season, but who knows how good Buffalo is after their vaunted defensive line managed almost no push at all on New York's offensive line.
Regardless of the impressiveness of the victory, the experts are riding with Big Ben. Seven of nine ESPN experts, both the Yahoo expert and the Yahoo users, and eight of nine CBS experts are taking the Steelers in this contest.
After their impressive 30-22 upset victory in Green Bay, the San Francisco 49ers return home to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football. Both teams made the playoffs last season and started this year 1-0, but most NFL analysts are picking the 49ers.
All seven ESPN NFL analysts picked the 49ers, only two of which picked San Francisco last week. Jason Cole, of Yahoo! Sports, also went with San Francisco after he picked against the 49ers last week. Of the eight CBS Sports NFL analysts, seven picked the 49ers to win. Only NFL blogger Ryan Wilson is picking the Lions this week.
Detroit opened its season with a 27-3 win against the St. Louis Rams and had success on the road last season, going 5-3. The two teams played last year, with San Francisco coming away with a 25-19 win in Detroit. The Lions had the ball last with a chance to win, but were unable to score and the 49ers held on for the road victory.
The San Diego Chargers will play their first home game of the 2012 season Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans. The Chargers opened their season with a road win against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football and that performance was apparently good enough to impress NFL analysts.
All of the analysts from ESPN, CBS Sports and Yahoo! Sports picked the Chargers to beat the Titans. Combined, that is 16 analysts picking San Diego. Unfortunately, for Tennessee, being unanimously picked against is nothing new. Every analyst from the three sites also predicted the Titans to lose in Week 1 against the Patriots.
While winning on the road is always a challenge in the NFL, the Titans were a decent road team last season, going 4-4. They will also get a boost this week as Jake Locker returned to practice and is likely to start against the Chargers after he left the season opener with an injured shoulder.
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The Cowboys are coming off a strong Week 1 performance against the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants. It looks as if Tony Romo and the Cowboys defense turned a corner with solid performances on both sides of the football.
Meanwhile, while the Seahawks just came off a tough loss to the Arizona Cardinals on the road, Russell Wilson performed fairly well and the Seattle defense also managed to do their best in keeping the team in the contest. Now they head home to one of the most intimidating homefield advantages in the country and have a decent shot at pulling out the upset.
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Baltimore dominated in Week 1 and Philadelphia was pathetic. Small wonder sportsbooks are seeing one-sided action on the Ravens as road underdogs Sunday.
Among experts at Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN, only Yahoo!'s writers favor the visiting Vikings, while six of nine CBS experts and seven of nine ESPN predictors have picked the Colts. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck will likely have an easier time managing the offense with the Lucas Oil Field crowd behind him after being thrust into a hostile environment at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears in Indy's Week 1 loss.
But the Colts will have to deal with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who looked like the AP of old against the Jacksonville Jaguars, carrying the ball 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Minnesota's 26-23 win. If he's as healthy as he looked in Week 1, the Colts' suspect defense will have its hands full and could be in for a long day.
OddsShark.com has the game currently at even money.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco foresees a stiff test for the Saints on the road, giving Carolina the edge in a shootout that he sees finishing in a 37-31 final. Prisco believes that being at home will give Newton just enough of a boost for the Panthers to avoid starting the season 0-2.
The experts at ESPN are a bit torn between these two teams as five of their NFL analysts have picked the Saints, while another four have taken the Panthers.
Walter Football predicts a Panthers win by the score of 30-24, though their experts claim that 91 percent of Vegas bets thus far have been placed on New Orleans.
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The Washington Redskins began the Robert Griffin III era with a bang last Sunday, while the St. Louis Rams fell just short of upsetting the Detroit Lions. Now these two squads square off in Week 2, with many NFL experts predicting a rather evenly-matched game this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
The majority of experts at ESPN are selecting the Redskins this week, with only one NFL analyst taking St. Louis as their pick.
Pete Prisco over at CBS Sports is predicting that the Rams will fend off the Redskins at home by the score of 20-14. He believes back-to-back road games will hinder Washington's chances in this game.
The folks over at Walter Football see the Redskins taking control, winning by the score of 31-17.
It should be no surprise to anyone who follows the NFL that the matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots is being thought of as a lopsided affair with New England highly favored among the game's experts.
Among NFL insiders at Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports, and ESPN, not one individual chose the Cardinals to prevail at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on Sunday. Arizona is coming off a narrow and controversial win against the upstart Seattle Seahawks at home, and will enter the contest 1-0.
New England defeated the Tennessee Titans on the road during Week 1, 34-13, and will be ready to go in their home opener. Not only do the pundits agree, but so do the oddsmakers, who have New England favored by 15 points according to OddsShark.
The Ravens won easily on Monday night, defeating the Bengals, 44-13. Baltimore was one of the most impressive teams in the league in Week 1, looking fantastic on both sides of the ball.
The Eagles were involved with a tighter affair, getting by the Browns, 17-16, despite Michael Vick throwing four interceptions in the contest. Philly's offense amassed plenty of yards if it can manage to cut back on the turnovers.
After watching the two openers, most experts are favoring the Ravens to come out on top in Philly. Everyone that's made their picks at both ESPN and Yahoo! has gone with Ray Lewis and Baltimore. Pete Prisco of CBS is one of the few writers out there that seems to think the Eagles will be the victorious side on Sunday, and he had the following to say:
The Ravens looked great beating the Bengals. The Eagles looked awful in barely beating the Browns. So why do I like the Eagles? They're at home. They can get after Joe Flacco. And there is no way Mike Vick plays like he did against the Browns. This is where not having Terrell Suggs shows up. Eagles get it going.
The game is scheduled to kick off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, and can be seen on CBS.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off one of the major upsets in Week 1 of the 2012 season when they knocked off Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in the debut of new head coach Greg Schiano. On Sunday, they'll pay a visit to the New York Giants, and unsurprisingly, not many experts are giving them a shot to score their second straight victory.
Experts from ESPN, Yahoo! and CBS Sports are all picking the defending Super Bowl champions, who enter the game with an 0-and-1 record after falling to the Dallas Cowboys in the season's opening game. The Giants, at the moment, stand as 7.5-point favorites over Tampa Bay, though that is liable to change.
Tampa's defense held the Panthers to only 10 points in Week 1, but stopping Eli Manning and New York's well-oiled passing attack poses an even bigger challenge than locking down Newton and Carolina's offense.
When the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns meet at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon, both teams will be looking for their first victory of the season. The Bengals were completely blown out in their NFL opener at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, 44-13, while the Browns lost a close game to the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-16.
Despite both team's 0-1 records, most experts are picking the Bengals over the Browns in this one.
Most of ESPN's pundits haven't made their picks as of yet, but of the ones who have, they've picked the Bengals to win. Over at CBSSports.com, all of their NFL experts have picked the Bengals to win as well as those over at Yahoo! Sports.
All-time, the Bengals lead the head-to-head matchup over the Browns, 14-8, and Cincinnati has won the last three games these two teams have played.
The Houston Texans will travel to Jacksonville, where they will take on the Jaguars in an AFC South battle. The Texans are the favorites to win the division this year and looked strong in their 30-10 opening week victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Jaguars showed some fight against the Minnesota Vikings, but ultimately lost 26-23 in overtime. With a win on Sunday, the Texans can put separation between them and the rest of the AFC South.
With the Texans clearly the class of the division, this game seems to be an easy pick for the experts. All eight experts at CBS Sports picked the Texans, as did the two experts at ESPN who have made their selections, and Jason Cole at Yahoo!
This could be a difficult game to forecast, as neither team was particularly impressive in Week 1. The Dolphins lost to the Texans by 20 points (30-10) in a game that wasn't close after the second quarter. And the Raiders lost on Monday night to Chargers, 22-14.
So far, experts are split on ESPN and Yahoo!, with some going for each team. The game's spread, which has fluctuated but will likely end up being less than three (in favor of the Raiders), indicates that we could be in for a close game.
But handicapping games so early in the season is dangerous business, especially in this case, as neither team made much of an impression in Week 1.
Even though it is only Wednesday, a few experts have already weighed in on the upcoming game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. With both teams having dropped their opener in blowout fashion, it is an early season crucial game.
Fred Jackson is out for the Bills, but most experts are still taking Buffalo for the win.
At ESPN, Mike Golic and Ron Jaworski are split, as Jaws is the one choosing the Bills at home.
The Bills are the consensus at CBS Sports, where six of the eight experts are taking the home team to get its first win of the season.
Finally, over at Yahoo!, Jason Cole is yet another expert that believes Buffalo will prevail on Sunday.
The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the Bills are currently favored by 3 points.
Only two teams that started the season 0-2 since 2008 have made the playoffs. If you don't think that adds tremendous motivation to the Green Bay Packers Thursday, think again.
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