NFL Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

NFL Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Patriots -1.5 | Total: 40

Pittsburgh is a home underdog, though the line opened at some books as a pick ’em. The total is the lowest of the week, which all points to this game ending up a battle between defenses. The Steelers (1-0) defense looked stellar against the A.F.C. champion Bengals in Week 1, but T.J. Watt tore his pectoral muscle in the fourth quarter of that win and will be out for this game against the Patriots (0-1). Pick: Steelers +1.5

Jets at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Browns -6 | Total: 40.5

The Jets (0-1) were handled by the Ravens last week but still managed to put up nearly 400 yards of offense. The Browns (1-0) pulled off a win in Charlotte, thanks to a big rushing game and a 58-yard last-minute field goal. Cleveland should win this one at home, but the Jets will put up a good fight. The market so far favors the Jets, with the line having moved a half point toward the Browns. Pick: Jets +6

Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Lions -1.5 | Total: 49.5

This game’s line opened as Lions +1, and it has moved all the way to Lions -2.5 at some shops. It may keep moving: Over 90 percent of the money wagered so far is on the Lions (0-1) and not the Commanders (1-0). It’s not clear, however, what line most of those bets landed on, nor where the line will settle. (You can find 2.5, 2, 1.5 and 1 at various places.) One important consideration when line shopping: -2.5 at -110 and -1 at -126 are mathematically the same bet. Pick: Lions -1.5

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Rams -10.5 | Total: 47

Both teams will look to get past embarrassing Week 1 miscues: The Rams (0-1) are hoping to avenge their home loss in the season opener, and the Falcons (0-1) are still smarting after blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter to the Saints. The Rams have all the advantages in this matchup, and should win, but 10.5 seems like a half point too many. Pick: Falcons +10.5

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