Football fans from around the world waited all summer long for the start of the 2014 NFL betting season. Now after an exciting week of football, the focus quickly shifts to the NFL week 2 predictions, odds and picks.
NFL week 2 headliner matchups include Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore, New England vs. Minnesota and Philadelphia vs. Indianapolis, but because these matchups are too volitile to pick I am giving you my winning predictions for a week 2 four-team NFL parly.
My NFL Week 2 Four-Team Paraly Pick:
- Detroit Lions +1 Point
- Tennessee Titans -3.5 Points
- New Orleans Saints -5 Points
- San Francisco 49ers -7.5 Points
Matchup: Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
Spread: Panthers -1
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Preview: I know the Carolina Panthers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) eked out a narrow 20-14 Week 1 win over NFC South division rival Tampa Bay to cover the spread as a 5-point road favorite – without starting quarterback Cam Newton no less, but I’m ‘not feeling’ the Panthers as they head into this Week 2 showdown against Detroit.
Newton told reporters after the game that he has full confidence in his teammates. "I said earlier in the week it doesn’t matter if I’m back there, if D.A. (veteran, Derek Anderson) is back there," "We can both get the job done. I was just happy to see him, especially with everything he’s been through. It’s kind of like, I learned so much from him. I admire the guy so much."
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 10, 2014
First and foremost, I’ve gone on record several times to say that I believe first-year head coach Jim Caldwell is going to help the talented Lions get rid of all the dysfunction that existed under former head coach Jim Caldwell. As a matter of fact, it looks like Caldwell is well on his way to doing just that if Detroit ‘s regular season opener is any indication.
The Lions (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) looked fantastic in embarrassing veteran quarterback Eli Manning and the New York Giants in their convincing 35-14 beat-down on Monday night.
Detroit easily covered the spread as a 6.5-point home favorite and I believe they’re going to do the same to an offensively-challenged Carolina team in this Week 2 matchup.
The Lions have the far more explosive offense in this pairing – and their defense – which has always had plenty of talent – played pretty much mistake-free football against the Giants.
I know the Carolina Panthers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight home games and that Detroit is just 5-15-1 ATS in its last 21 road games, but I think this is as ‘safe’ a pick as any on the Week 2 docket.
My Pick: Detroit Lions +1 Point
Matchup: Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans
Spread: Titans -3.5
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
The Dallas Cowboys – and starting quarterback Tony Romo – looked absolutely clueless in their humbling 28-17 Week 1 loss to San Francisco and never, ever had a chance to cover the NFL betting line as a 3.5-point home underdog.
Not only do the Cowboys have serious problems along their offensive line, but America’s Team also has some significant issues to deal with defensively after losing their three best players from a year ago.
Romo: Need To Be Sharper Before Ball Is Even Snapped http://t.co/l42kmnbLK4
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 10, 2014
Dallas (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 0-1 O/U) has compiled a discouraging 1-5 ATS mark in its last half-dozen games while also going 3-6 SU in its last nine road games and 1-4 ATS in its last five games following an SU or ATS loss.
Tennessee (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 0-1 O/U) and starting quarterback Jake Locker both looked very good in their 26-10 Week 1 win over Kansas City as a 3-point road dog. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt talked to reporters about his team’s confidence going into their regular season opener.
"We had an opinion that was a little bit different than everybody else," Whisenhunt said. "And thankfully in this case, we were right. It would be hard to find anybody that gave us a chance of going in there and winning that game.
Tennessee may be just 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games, but the Titans are also 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games in the month of September, making them the easy pick to win and cash in here if you ask me.
My Pick: Titans -3.5 Points
Matchup: New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns
Spread: Saints -6.5
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
The Cleveland Browns suffered a heartbreaking 30-27 Week 1 loss to Pittsburgh as a 5.5-point road dog but they walked away with their heads held high after nearly coming back from a huge, 27-3 halftime deficit.
The New Orleans Saints also suffered its own heartbreaking defeat in their 37-34, Week 1, overtime loss to Atlanta.
Now, while I believe that Cleveland may be actually heading in the right direction after floundering around for the better part of the last 15 years, I just can’t see Cleveland beating a semi-desperate New Orleans team that knows it can’t afford to lose games against winnable opponents like the Browns.
Still, this game won’t be a cakewalk for Drew Brees and company even though the gifted veteran signal-caller completed 29 of 42 passes against the Falcons for 33 yards with one TD and one interception.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 10, 2014
New Orleans is just 2-4 SU in its last 6 games and 2-7 ATS in its last nine road games but Cleveland is just 2-6 ATS in its last eight games. While the Browns erupted on Pittsburgh late in their Week 1 contest, I don’t think Cleveland really possesses the kind of offense that can keep up with Brees and company in this one.
My Pick: New Orleans Saints -5
Matchup: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Spread: 49ers -7½ +125
Kickoff: Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:25 PM ET
Only one question surrounds this contest if you ask me. How many points are the Niners going to win by? Ironically, that’s the same thing I wrote about Frisco’s Week 1 matchup against Dallas .
The Chicago Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 10, 2014
The San Francisco 49ersa have gone 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight Week 2 games while also going 5-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games against teams with a losing record.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Frisco have also one 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall, making the Niners the easy pick to take down cry0baby signal-caller Jay Cutler and the Bears.
My Pick: San Francisco -7.5