Analyzing The Highlights Trio Of Top NFL ATS Picks For Week 2
Tennessee at Detroit -5.5When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
The Tennessee Titans will look to bounce back from their humbling 25-16 Week 1 loss against Minnesota in which they failed to cover the spread as a 2.5-point underdog, but I don’t see it happening against Matthew Stafford and a Detroit Lions team that looked as explosive as ever in beating Indianapolis 39-35 to cash in as a 2.5-point road underdog.
Stafford looked fantastic in directing Detroit’s thrilling comeback while Titans’ second-year signal-caller Marcus Mariota often looked dazed and confused, although I will admit that Minnesota’s voracious defense did put consistent pressure in his face. With the Titans going 5-21-3 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up loss and the Lions going 4-0 ATS in their last four games and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win, I say the Lions win and cover with room to spare.
My Pick: Detroit 31 Tennessee 24
Green Bay -2.5 at MinnesotaWhen: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Minnesota Vikings may have taken down the lowly Tennessee Titans in their 25-16 Week 1 win as a 2.5-point road favorite, but I just don’t see the Vikes beating the Green Bay Packers in their Week 2 NFC North divisional showdown. The Vikings got some pretty poor play out of veteran quarterback Shaun Hill and I don’t think things will be much better, even if Sam Bradford gets the start this coming weekend.
Green Bay didn’t exactly set the league on fire in their narrow 27-23 Week 1 win over Jacksonville, but with this being a divisional showdown and the Packers having the huge edge at quarterback, I like the Packers to win and narrowly cover the NFL betting line. I know Minnesota is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 home games, but Green Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games and the Vikings just won’t be as good as they were expected to be this season without young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater under center.
My Pick: Green Bay 24 Minnesota 21
Tampa Bay at Arizona -6.5When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and more importantly, second-year signal-caller Jameis Winston looked mostly fantastic in upsetting Atlanta 31-24 in their Week 1 NFC South divisional showdown as a 2.5-point road underdog no less.
The Arizona Cardinals looked nothing like the Super Bowl title contender they were supposed to be in their humbling 23-21 Week 1 loss to the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots. Now, I’m expecting the Bucs and Winston to make another statement by easily covering the spread against Arizona. I know Tampa Bay has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, but Arizona has also gone 1-4 ATS in its last five games.
For me, the growth of Winston is clearly evident while Arizona and Carson Palmer keep on underachieving, generally at the worst time possible. With the Cards playing at home, I like them to get the narrow SU win, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are my pick to cover the NFL betting line!
My Pick: Arizona 31 Tampa Bay 28