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NFL Week 2 Picks, Odds: Bills smash Dolphins, Panthers beat Saints, Steelers crush Raiders

Someway, someway, Cowboys-Bucs was simply the pacesetter for Week 1. We closed with a flurry because of Vegas serving up soccer like solely Vegas might. Can Week 2 ship as an encore? I am a little bit uncertain. The slate is not unhealthy. It is also not pre-stacked like a Week 1 gauntlet the NFL needs for rankings functions. 

Nonetheless, there’s greater than sufficient intrigue simply because it is Week 2. We “discovered” a billion issues about 32 NFL teams and 99.9 p.c of them will find yourself being false in a number of weeks. The important thing right here is to determine what’s noise and what’s a sign (talking of indicators, if you need a complement to your award successful CBS Fantasy protection, check out our old pal Ben Gretch’s Stealing Signals SubStack; the annual price is a steal for the content material for those who’re critical about fantasy) after which alter accordingly. 

Should you’re anxious about the right way to alter, R.J. White literally gives out his power ratings at SportsLine (promo code EDGE will get you a month for like a greenback).

Apologies for sounding like an #advert however winging it simply would not work anymore on this house. You want upgraded assets. There are a number of nice choices and completely different stuff I exploit myself, however these two stood out whereas penning this. 

Lastly, earlier than we get to the picks. Norm McDonald died. He was an all-time humorous human, a compulsive gambler (considered one of his last tweets told everyone to bet “8,000 units” on Brooks Koepka top-20 on the British Open; it hit, and Norm would have appreciated that) and somebody who zigged comedically earlier than most individuals had been even desirous about a zag. He would not desire a bunch of appreciation columns as a result of he beloved the comedic pregnant pause an excessive amount of.

Anyway, lots of people have recommended Norm would get cancelled if he was doing comedy as we speak, which is hilarious. Norm bought “cancelled” from SNL because he made too much enjoyable of O.J. Simpson. And 18 months later he was again internet hosting and doing precisely what you would expect him to do

If you haven’t spent the past few days watching nothing but Norm gems, you should start doing that right now. He would in all probability ask why we’ve not gotten to the picks but, so let’s go. 

All NFL odds are through Caesars Sportsbook

NFL Week 1 Picks

Giants at Washington

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: 
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Observe: CBS Sports App

Newest Odds:

Washington Soccer Group
-3.5

I used to be all set to again the weird Daniel Jones pattern of being 4-19 towards the NFL that is not Washington Soccer Group and 4-0 towards WFT in his profession and to take the three.5 factors. However then, courtesy of our CBS Sports activities HQ manufacturing staff and through producer Ryan Stryker, I stumbled upon Taylor Heinicke sporting a Fleetwood Mac t-shirt to a press convention. And I virtually pivoted to Washington. However then somebody alerted me to a pattern of younger individuals (A VERY DEPRESSING THING TO WRITE) going to shops and buying t-shirts of outdated rock bands as an ironic vogue assertion. No thought if that is true, however I am not going to let this potential modern-day Spencer’s Presents transfer shake my confidence in that candy, candy hook. What a rollercoaster for me. Unders are the look right here anyway.

The choose: WFT 17, Giants 14

Props, Finest Bets: 1H underneath 20 or higher, Sterling Shepard underneath receiving yards 55.5 or higher, Logan Thomas underneath receiving yards 45.5 or higher

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
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FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Miami Dolphins
+3.5

I ended up rewatching the Steelers-Payments sport a pair instances (one for work, one other when it ended up on TV one night time this week and I sort of bought sucked in) and I do not assume that sport is indicative of what we get from these respective groups in Week 2. The Payments protection is about to bounce again large and the Steelers are simply going to be good on protection once more. I am not gonna comp anybody to Aaron Donald however Ed Oliver would possibly develop into the following Grady Jarrett/Geno Atkins this yr. I’d guess on this protection ending high 10 in DVOA this season pretty simply assuming no cluster of accidents. Extra importantly for this sport — the Steelers did not blitz in any respect! They sat again and performed a ton of zone towards Josh Allen and nonetheless bought dwelling with their entrance 4. That is not gonna work towards anybody, even an MVP candidate. The Dolphins do not do this — they’re man heavy (54 p.c final yr however solely 47 p.c final week towards Mac Jones, which warrants monitoring) which is why Josh Allen shredded them final yr. Do not rule out a defensive shift, as a result of Brian Flores ain’t no dummy, however the Payments are simply good and we underestimated the Steelers preseason. 

The choose: Payments 35, Dolphins 17

Props, Finest Bets: Payments -3.5 (obvs choose -3 however would not matter), hoping for low Diggs catches/yards numbers however not out but

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Sunday,1 p.m. ET
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Newest Odds:

Chicago Bears
-2.5

At some point you can inform your grandkids you noticed back-to-back NFL seasons with Andy Dalton Revenge Video games ™. This line has MOVED — the Bears had been a one-point favourite as of Wednesday night. The matchup works in idea as a result of Chicago’s secondary and offensive line are much more suspect than individuals are speaking about. Primarily as a result of everyone seems to be speaking about Justin Fields. If Cincy’s defensive position is legitimately improved this yr and Dalton is pressured this might get ugly. However at dwelling, with everybody backing Zac Taylor and the single lowest pass rate vs expectancy towards Bears entrance whereas making an attempt to ease Joe Burrow in? Plus non-primetime Dalton in revenge mode (he gained 30-7 towards the Bengals final yr with Dallas) and getting a house NFL staff as a choose ’em? Should go Bears right here. If these two groups putz round within the first half, search for a second half over.

The Choose: Bears 27, Bengals 24

Bets: Bears -1 is a lean, Ja’Marr Chase over something lower than 60 receiving yards is a guess

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Jacksonville Jaguars
+6

So this City Meyer factor goes nice, proper? Anytime you possibly can sign a multi-year deal to essentially take over control of an NFL franchise solely to reply “respectable” (did you hear that query, lol) inquiries about leaving the staff for a once-was college football program eight months later, issues are in all probability going nice. Typically this sort of turmoil rallies a locker room, however the dynamics of the Jags roster make it laborious to imagine it occurs. It is annoying as a result of that is an apparent bounceback spot to take the Jags as large dwelling canines. However they don’t seem to be good. Trevor Lawrence piled up rubbish time numbers and Denver’s protection is a bit north of Houston’s. I initially leaned Jacksonville as a market correction spot and now I feel Denver will roll them however I will keep on with my intestine and pray for a backdoor from Lawrence because the second half scoring picks up. Fangio loves an unnecessarily shut September soccer sport.

The Choose: Broncos 28, Jaguars 24

Bets: Move

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV:
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Newest Odds:

Indianapolis Colts
+3.5

One other Week 1 overcorrection sport right here. Matthew Stafford and the Rams lit up the Bears in prime time. The Colts bought smoked by the Seahawks at dwelling. The general public goes to hammer the Rams right here I’d guess. I will take them, however the stat regarding me probably the most is Frank Reich going 0-4 in Week 1 video games and 3-0 in Week 2 video games. It is senseless once you have a look at them both. Lose to Jacksonville! Kill the Vikings! Lose to the Bengals! Crush WFT! Accidents are too large an issue for Indy right here although — if Darius Leonard and Xavier Rhodes do not play, I am unable to see the Colts stopping Stafford and the Rams. Sean McVay’s offense had two 50-yard performs (one on busted protection fwiw) final week, tied for many within the NFL … and equaling the Rams complete from final yr. This offense goes vertical. If Quenton Nelson is one way or the other out and Aaron Donald is spearing by means of the center towards Carson Wentz, the Rams would instantly develop into a greatest guess. 

The Choose: Rams 31, Colts 17

Bets: Rams -4 (wait on accidents tho)

Houston at Cleveland

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
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Newest Odds:

Cleveland Browns
-12.5

Nothing like laying double figures towards an undefeated division chief. Yeah, certain, it is Week 2, however the Texans qualify. Once more, the “playing numbers” scream to take the Texans, however the matchup is simply unhealthy for Houston. David Culley needs to run the ball and Cleveland’s rush protection seemed a lot improved towards Kansas Metropolis. The Texans might press towards a nasty Jaguars offense final week in a gotcha second, however the Browns have a monster OL and run sport. They need to have the ability to get downhill on Houston, take play-action photographs, construct a lead and preserve chunking. It is also the house opener for the Dawg Pound after seeing the most effective Browns staff — not less than by way of preseason expectations — since 1999 go toe-to-toe with the Chiefs. Possibly it is a let-down spot, however I noticed Cleveland staff. Houston fought laborious too and I do not wish to guess this, however I’ve to, so give me Cleveland.

The Choose: Browns 28, Texans 14

Bets: Move

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV:
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Newest Odds:

Carolina Panthers
+3

The Saints would in all probability qualify because the shock of Week 1, besides they compelled the award on Inexperienced Bay. Jameis Winston seemed legit! The Panthers had been spectacular however laborious to evaluate towards the Jets. Carolina tied for many sacks final week (6) however, once more, Jets. Sadly for the Saints, Erik McCoy is out with an damage and Cesar Ruiz is filling in at middle. Carolina’s entrance will give the Saints extra issues than Inexperienced Bay did. That is an rising unit with Derrick Brown, Brian Burns (good DPOY guess at 50-1 or higher imo) and Yetur Gross-Matos lining up. Week 2 is an effective litmus check of the place they’re by way of a breakout as an general protection, however I am keen to be forward right here. Sam Darnold was nice final week, however I do not anticipate many factors both method. Keep in mind, Sean Payton coached Joe Brady previous to LSU. Some chess right here, however I do not anticipate aggression. 

The Choose: Panthers 21, Saints 17

Bets: Panthers +3.5 (no decrease than +3), underneath 45

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
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Newest Odds:

Pittsburgh Steelers
-5.5

I am kicking myself for not being increased on the Steelers this offseason. I buried them final offseason (whoops) and the numbers bought out of whack heading into 2021. 8.5 wins, 20-1 for AFC, 40-1 for Super Bowl. That is wild, man. The protection pressured Josh Allen 22 instances in Week 1 and solely blitzed twice. That’s going to be an issue for Derek Carr and that Raiders offense. Maxx Crosby beasted out for the house Vegas opener and the Raiders protection was positively a nice shock. However Pittsburgh might have handled protection on their very own and now will get dwelling area towards a staff on quick relaxation with an emotional win. Carr was 5 of 15 with a choose when pressured in that sport. This may very well be a Steelers blowout.

The Choose: Steelers 28, Raiders 9

Bets: Steelers -6, Beneath 47

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
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Newest Odds:

Philadelphia Eagles
+3

What’s Kyle Shanahan doing? Brandon Aiyuk was an insanely gifted/explosive rookie huge receiver who Shanahan traded as much as get within the first spherical and now he has to beat out Trent Sherfield whereas not seeing any targets Week 1? Shanahan additionally traded as much as get Trey Sermon, who crushed it within the preseason, solely to make him a wholesome scratch and declare he was behind Eli Mitchell? Within the phrases of Tone Lōc, something ain’t stirring the Kool-Aid. I am not the kind who buys into random Internet rumors, however for those who had been a rational human being you would be laborious pressed to determine why Shanahan determined these guys weren’t value utilizing in what seemed like a blowout win earlier than the week began and solely narrowly changed into a Dangerous Beat. At any fee, I feel they arrive again this week and play properly. I additionally assume the Eagles are going to be good! Jalen Hurts seemed unbelievable and all of us did the dumb “decide the press convention” factor on Nick Sirianni. He had them transferring, bought probably the most out of Devonta Smith/Jalen Raegor and arrange Hurts to succeed. I feel San Francisco wins however I might again Philly if compelled. Give me the over as a greatest guess although.

The Choose: 49ers 34, Eagles 31

Bets: Over 50.5

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)  

Newest Odds:

New York Jets
+6

Zach Wilson will likely be good within the NFL barring a complete organizational collapse round him, which, weeeeeeell, let’s simply hope it would not occur. This ain’t it although. Invoice Belichick simply bought beat by Brian Flores and may have a rookie quarterback behind a nasty offensive line he can strain aggressively. Watch “The Belestrator” and you can see Belichick’s respect for the younger QB. However it is a mismatch. Plus, the good Tom Curran of NBC Sports activities Boston promised to shave an eyebrow and put on Hawaiian shirts for a number of weeks if the Pats did not roll. Kind of turns betting on the Pats to blowout the Jets right into a win-win.

The Choose: Patriots 24, Jets 14

Bets: Pats -6, Beneath something over 40 truthfully

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Seattle Seahawks
-5.5

Backing the Seahawks may very well be thought of an overreaction to Week 1 however there are a pair causes it is sensible right here for my part. One, Taylor Lewan bought ROCKED on Sunday. Not simply by Chandler JonesBudda Baker tossed him. I am truthfully anxious he’ll use all of the chatter as motivation and reduce Derrick Henry free. I simply do not know if it is that correctable this rapidly whereas going right into a RAWKOUS twelfth man state of affairs. Pete Carroll is undefeated in dwelling openers. And Shane Waldron determined to #LetRussSousVide. The Titans offensive line would possibly determine it out, however the Titans protection will not this week. 

The Choose: Seahawks 35, Titans 24

Bets: Seahawks -5.5, lean over 54 (however Tennessee damage me), all the things D.Okay. Metcalf over, DK to attain 2 TDs, and many others.

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
TV: 
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-12.5

The Falcons had been totally humiliated at dwelling final week. Many of the issues stemmed from the protection being unhealthy and the offensive line prone to inside strain. Happily they get to play the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Buccaneers on the street, going up towards a scorch-earth sizzling Tom Brady with an obscene quantity of weapons and a Tampa protection with an obnoxious wealth of quarterback smushing defensive sort out expertise.

The Choose: Buccaneers 41, Falcons 21

Bets: Over, I suppose, if the Falcons will rating greater than 6

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
TV: 
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Arizona Cardinals
-3.5

Polar reverse begins right here: Kyle Murray vaulted himself into the Week 1 MVP dialog, we bought a post-hype breakout from Christian Kirk and the Playing cards protection seemed nasty. In the meantime, the Vikings cannot go shield, bought scorched by a rookie wideout who was struggling to regulate to the scale of an NFL soccer and struggled to go shield. I will zig off the theme of this explicit picks column and truly take the “clearly unpopular underdog with a schematic drawback” as a result of soccer is bizarre.

The Choose: Cardinals 24, Vikings 21

Bets: Nope

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Los Angeles Chargers
-3.5

The DeMarcus Lawrence damage is simply brutal for the Cowboys, who seemed a lot better on protection towards the Bucs than anybody anticipated. He is their greatest defensive participant by far and now they don’t seem to be going to have the ability to cease anybody. They’re positively not stopping Justin Herbert and the Chargers, who might have hung 30+ on the WFTs final week however not for some dumb errors. Derwin James is balling out however I am unsure anybody is slowing down Dak Prescott if the identical offense exhibits up for the opening week. Over is a donkey play, however I do not care. Play it as much as 56. I lean Chargers right here however simply benefit from the fireworks. On CBS! Nantz! Romo! Wolfson!

The Choose: Chargers 35, Cowboys 31

Bets: Over something lower than 60

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: 
NBC | Stream: fuboTV (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Baltimore Ravens
+3.5

I is likely to be a sucker for the Ravens towards the Chiefs — they preserve not successful or protecting and I simply preserve taking them. Kansas Metropolis’s protection seemed susceptible however Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark weren’t on the market. Baltimore’s protection may not be elite both — in the event that they nonetheless had Marcus Peters it is a completely different story. Marlon Humphrey saved Darren Waller in test, but when he does the identical to Travis Kelce it can unlock Tyreek Hill and vice versa. Making John Harbaugh a canine in primetime at dwelling, although? I am taking the Ravens, particularly with the “misplaced to the Raiders” low cost. I will clearly guess this sport as a result of it is Sunday night time however I am not thrilled about it.

The Choose: Chiefs 34, Ravens 31

Bets: Not for now

Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: 
ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (click here)  

Newest Odds:

Inexperienced Bay Packers
-11

Congrats to Dan Campbell on the Comeback Cowl of the 12 months Award. Whereas it isn’t formally acknowledged by the NFL — though possibly now it ought to be on NFL Honors with the swerve the league has taken in the direction of playing — the Lions inconceivable storm again to the again door in all probability will not be beat this yr. Sadly after they open that door an indignant Aaron Rodgers in prime time at dwelling will likely be ready. Wager on the Lions at your individual peril right here. Nonetheless, for those who like cash guess the over on each D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson prop on the planet Monday night time. They’re absorbing utilization from Jared Goff and the Lions will not surrender on a sport if Week 1 is any indication. On second thought, possibly PC Precept and Motown are simply going to be our backdoor cowl darlings all yr. One thing to consider.

The Choose: Packers 35, Lions 21

Bets: Swift/Hock overs, guess them earlier than Monday

Week 1: 9-6-1 ATS

Season: 9-6-1 ATS

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