Will the Buffalo Bills ‘show up’ for their Week 2 home date against a Los Angeles Chargers team that will be semi-desperate after dropping their own opener?
Can the rebuilding Arizona Cardinals compete with the Super Bowl hopeful Los Angeles Rams in their Week 2 NFC West divisional showdown?
Will Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions get embarrassed in their Week 2 road date against San Francisco after getting punched in the mouth on Monday night?
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LA Chargers -7 at Buffalo
The Chargers looked nothing like the Super Bowl contender they’re expected to be in their humbling 38-28 Week 1 home loss against Kansas City, but that’s one of the main reasons why I think the Bolts are going to beat the Bills senseless.
Buffalo looked completely pathetic in their 47-3 blowout against Baltimore and now, they’ve got some serious question marks at quarterback where young quarterback Nathan Peterman has the perpetual look of a deer in headlights. The second-year veteran went 5 of 18 for 24 yards and two interceptions while compiling a quarterback rating of 0.0 in Buffalo’s embarrassing 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Peterman has been pulled from the lineup because of performance in two of his three career starts.
The other time Peterman was pulled from a start was when he started against the Chargers in Week 10 last season after head coach Sean McDermott foolishly benched starter Tyrod Taylor despite his team sitting at 5-4. Peterman would go on to throw five interceptions in one half of action in Buffalo’s embarrassing 54-24 road loss to the Bolts.
The favorite in this series has gone 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings. Buffalo doesn’t stand a chance of winning this game or covering the spread as a touchdown home underdog.
Pick: Chargers 35 Bills 14
Arizona at LA Rams -12
The Arizona Cardinals looked like a team in the beginning stages of a rebuild in its 24-6 Week 1 home loss to Washington last weekend. Veteran quarterback Sam Bradford looked as mediocre as ever and the Cards looked nothing like the team that played such encouraging football in the preseason. The Los Angeles Rams rolled all over the Oakland Raiders in their 33-13 season-opening win on Monday night as Jared Goff threw two TD passes and the Rams picked off Derek Carr three times.
I wouldn’t go over-thinking this week 2 divisional battle. The Rams are the far better team on both sides of the ball and they should definitely have a sense of urgency seeing as how they’re facing a division rival. The Cardinals are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games while the favorite in this rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Rams win and cover with ease!
Pick: Rams 38 Cardinals 14
Detroit at San Francisco -5.5
If I said it once, I said it a million times, plus I predicted it. The Detroit Lions may not know it, but I believe they made a big mistake by jettisoning former head coach Jim Caldwell in favor of the inexperienced Matt Patricia. I saw their Week 1 loss to the Jets coming from a mile away, although I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t see them getting dominated as badly as they did in their nationally-televised 48-17 blowout at home no less.
San Francisco put up a good effort in their 24-16 Week 1 road loss against Minnesota in a game I didn’t expect them to win. Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners offense will have an easier time after Minnesota picked off Frisco’s franchise quarterback three times in Week 1. This is a game the Niners should and will win over a Detroit team that has some serious question marks they need to answer. San Francisco is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss while Detroit has gone 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings against the Niners.
Pick: 49ers 31 Lions 21
Miami at NY Jets -3
The Miami Dolphins may have managed to get past a Tennessee Titans team with issues in Week 1, but right now, I like the revitalized New York Jets to hold down the fort at home in this week 2 matchup against their longtime AFC East division rivals. These two split last season’s two meetings with the home team winning each time and they’ve also split their last six meetings evenly.
The Jets looked fantastic under strong-armed rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in their stunning 48-17 Week 1 road win over Detroit while Miami looked a lot more modest even in beating Tennessee 27-20 at home. The favorite in this AFC East rivalry is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The Jets win and cover NFL betting enthusiasts!
Pick: Jets 27 Dolphins 21