Week two in the NFL is loaded with potential surprises, but really isn’t every week in the NFL. Dallas and Philadelphia will be a game to watch among 4PM starts. Tony Romo and the Cowboys will have to do it without Dez Bryant who is out 10-12 weeks with a broken foot. Rookie quarterbacks will again be a storyline to good to miss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will try to prove last weeks performance was an aberration and not the normal, while Tennessee Titans rookie Marcus Mariota will try to sustain what he got started last week against the Bucs with a perfect QB rating and an opening day win.
This time he will face Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns in another Heisman Trophy winner match-up.
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NEW YORK JETS (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)
TV: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
Line: Colts by 7
The Jets are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games. The Colts have won seven over their last eight home games. The Jets are 4-14 over their last 18 road games. The Colts are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against the Jets.
DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)
Line: Eagles by 5
As we mentioned the Cowboys will be without Dez Bryant. How Tony Romo and his teammates respond is a real storyline here to watch. In case you have any doubts about how much Bryant means to this team, check out what Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett had to say
“His production on the field speaks for itself. He also has a really positive impact on our team because of how he plays, the spirit that he plays with, the energy, the passion — it’s really contagious. We’ll miss all of those things. Can’t really replace Dez Bryant,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said earlier this week.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (0-1) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS (Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Scott Kaplan)
Line: Ravens by 6
The Ravens beat the Raiders 55-20 in a 2011 matchup. Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game. It wouldn’t be unheard of to see another performance like that.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-0) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS (Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein)
Line: Dolphins by 6½
The Dolphins are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. Miami has won four of their last five against Jacksonville. Jacksonville is 4-2 against the spread in their last six games. The Jaguars are 3-17 over their last 20 games.
ST. LOUIS RAMS (1-0) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink)
Line: Rams by 3½
The Redskins are a team in trouble and not do anything well. The Rams are coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks and look to continue the momentum today, think they will.
ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver)
Line: Giants by 2
The Giants just beat the Falcons 13 NFL weeks ago 30-20, covering as four-point home favorites, but that was a different Atlanta team than the one that beat Philly on Monday night.
TENNESSEE TITANS (1-0) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta)
Line: Titans by 1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-0) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-0)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)
Line: Bengals by 3½
The Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against the Chargers. The Chargers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games on the road in September. The total has gone under in five of the Chargers’ last seven games against the AFC North.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0) AT BUFFALO BILLS (1-0)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon)
Line: Patriots by 1
The Bills won the most recent matchup in New England as Brady sat out most of the game, but haven’t beaten the Patriots in Buffalo since 2011. Essentially a pick em game, we like the Patriots and the fact that Bill Belichick had 10 days to prepare
ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0) AT CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa)
Line: Cardinals by 2½
The Cardinals are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last five road games, and 1-4 in their last five trips to Chicago. The Bears are 4-14-1 against the spread in their last 19 games at home. The Bears are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games.
DETROIT LIONS (0-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Sam Rosen, Kirk Morrison, Peter Schrager)
Line: Vikings by 3
The Lions are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games and are 2-15 against the spread in their last 17 games against the Vikings on the road.
The Vikings are 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games and are 18-7 against the spread in their last 25 games against the Lions.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale)
Line: Saints by 10
The Buccaneers were awful last week and Jameis Winston was pitiful. Yes it was the first game by a rookie quarterback, but Winston was the talk of Tampa Bay talk radio this week, and not in a positive sense. Expect Mike Evans to be back at wide receiver which could help, but the Bucs don’t usually play well in New Orleans. Tampa Bay was burned by Marcus Mariotta and the Titans with slants passes and expect Drew Brees to exploit that weakness even further.
Double digit lines are worrisome in the NFL. An investment in this game could be risky.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin)
Line: Steelers by 6
The 49ers are 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 games andSan Francisco is 5-2 against the spread in it’s last 7 games against Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are 4-1-1 against the spread in its last 6 games and are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games.
HOUSTON TEXANS AT (0-1) CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0)
TV: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl)
Line: Panthers by 3
Houston is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six games on the road
Carolina is 12-5 straight up in its last 17 games at home
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (0-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-0)
TV: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
Line: Packers by 3½
The Packers are 5-3-2 against the Seahawks against the spread (6-4 overall) in the last 10 meetings and have outscored the Seahawks 28.2-21.6 in the last 10 meetings.
The Packers covered last week’s 7-point spread against the Bears.
The Seahawks were 4-point favorites against the Rams and the Seahawks are 15-7 against the spread in its last 22 games on the road.