NFL Week 2: Best Picks Against the Spread (ATS)


Don’t be fooled by the lies of NFL week 1. Go with strength and take the points. These are your NFL Week 2 best picks Against the Spread (ATS). Dan Salem and Todd Salem debate in today’s NFL Sports Debate. Check out more of the brothers in Seesaw Sports Debate on BuzzChomp. Two brothers from New York yell, scream, and debate sports.


As expected, picking Week 1 games against the spread was a tricky endeavor. Until we actually know what we have in these teams, it will be hard to locate the best values. Nevertheless, we move on, each picking two more games ATS we like for NFL Week 2.

Here are my selections:

Cincinnati Bengals -3 vs. San Diego Chargers
Miami Dolphins -6 at Jacksonville Jaguars

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I got burned last week picking against the Chargers, but I shall try once again, as San Diego continues to not impress me. Meanwhile, Cincinnati dropped the hammer on Oakland, shutting the Raiders out for most of the contest.

I liked the Bengals defense before the season; the only question was whether Andy Dalton and company could generate enough points consistently on offense. This should not be an issue against the Chargers. At home, Cincy should be able to cover the field-goal spread.

As for Miami, the Dolphins underachieved in Week 1 yet still came away with a victory. They should be looking to rebound against a poor Jacksonville squad. Lamar Miller hardly got going against the Redskins. The team should be able to lean on him a bit more this time out.

It is hard to imagine the Jaguars offense generating many points in this one too, making a touchdown road cover not all that unlikely.

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers running back

Danny Woodhead

(39) runs the ball away from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker

Emmanuel Lamur

(59) during third quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


I got burned betting on the Raiders, who looked completely unprepared to begin their season. Yet the Falcons performed well, as I anticipated, so week one wasn’t all bad. I can’t say the same for you. Your Giants should have won. Teaches you to bet against them.

As for week two, I’m thoroughly torn up in regards to how I feel about the league. Week one offered many surprises, and determining truth from fiction is tricky business. So I’m continuing where I left off in week one, taking points once again.

Here are my picks:

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Dallas Cowboys +5.5 at Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets +7 at Indianapolis Colts

The Cowboys certainly looked vulnerable against the Giants in week one, but Philadelphia looked even more so in their loss to the Falcons. Atlanta is on the up and up, but their defense is still a weakness, and the Eagles were unable to fully capitalize.

Dallas is getting points in a game I’d pick them to win straight up. Their offense looked powerful when it mattered most, and the Eagles are still working out the kinks in their offense, meaning another shootout lands in the Cowboys’ favor.

As for the Jets, they too looked strong in their week one blowout of Cleveland. The offense was efficient, methodical, and put up points in the red zone. The defense was brutal, except for one pass play, and getting points against the Colts is too sweet to pass up.

Indianapolis looked slow and average against Buffalo to start the season. The Bills have a stellar defense, but so does New York. Even if the Colts manage to win this game, it won’t be by more than a field goal. The Jets aren’t giving up points like last season, and Indy isn’t putting them up either.

Dan Salem is a Staff Writer for NFL Spinzone. He’s also Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp, and a New York Jets Analyst for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram.

Todd Salem is a Staff Writer for NFL Spinzone. He’s also a Contributing Editor at BuzzChomp, a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, and an Analyst for Tipster Labs, among others. Follow him on Twitter.

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