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NFL Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread


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

Line: Patriots -1.5 | Total: 40

Pittsburgh is a house underdog, though the road opened at some books as a pick ’em. The full is the bottom 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 within the fourth quarter of that win and will likely 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 place up nearly 400 yards of offense. The Browns (1-0) pulled off a win in Charlotte, due to a giant rushing game and a 58-yard last-minute field goal. Cleveland should win this one at home, however the Jets will put up an excellent fight. The market to date favors the Jets, with the road 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 of the option to Lions -2.5 at some shops. It could keep moving: Over 90 percent of the cash wagered to date is on the Lions (0-1) and never the Commanders (1-0). It’s not clear, nonetheless, what line most of those bets landed on, nor where the road will settle. (You’ll find 2.5, 2, 1.5 and 1 at various places.) One vital consideration when line shopping: -2.5 at -110 and -1 at -126 are mathematically the identical bet. Pick: Lions -1.5

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

Line: Rams -10.5 | Total: 47

Each teams will look to get past embarrassing Week 1 miscues: The Rams (0-1) are hoping to avenge their home loss within the season opener, and the Falcons (0-1) are still smarting after blowing a giant lead within the fourth quarter to the Saints. The Rams have all of the benefits on this matchup, and may win, but 10.5 looks like a half point too many. Pick: Falcons +10.5

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