NFL Week 2 2022: A case for each underdog
After a wild Week 1, it’s time to glance at the NFL Week 2 lines and figure out the path for underdogs to cover the spreads.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-4)
Justin Herbert and that offense getting points? This should be a close one, and taking the points could be the smart play.
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns (-6)
Jacoby Brissett isn’t going to wow anybody, and believing the Jets can stay within five points seems the wise move for what should be a low-scoring game.
Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions (-2.5)
Washington has enough juice in the passing game to score into the 20s, which should be enough against a Lions offense that is facing a ferocious rush.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) at New Orleans Saints
The Saints are 4-0 against Tom Brady since he joined the Buccaneers. Odds are good for New Orleans in the raucous Superdome.
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Carolina Panthers at New York Giants (-2.5)
The Panthers are the more talented team, with the better quarterback. No reason to fade Carolina here.
New England Patriots (-1.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Why are the Steelers underdogs in this game? Take Pittsburgh to win outright. Better roster.
Indianapolis Colts (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are going to be a factor in the AFC South this year, and Trevor Lawrence could very well lead them to 7-8 wins. This should be a close one.
Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)
Can the Ravens put up enough points against Miami’s defense to cover four points? Expect a tight game.
Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-10.5)
Tough case to make here. Atlanta is walking into a furious Rams team, in their building, with extra rest.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-10)
Division games are always battles, and Pete Carroll knows Kyle Shanahan well. Seattle has a real shot to keep this within a touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals (-7.5) at Dallas Cowboys
The pass-rushing duo of Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence will be Dallas’ only hope without Dak Prescott.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos (-10.5)
The Texans have a shot to cover if Davis Mills can protect the ball and make a few throws. If not, yikes.
Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders (-6)
The Cardinals need Rondale Moore to return. If he’s back, Arizona can get into a shootout and either cover or win.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-10)
This is a brutal spot for Chicago, but the Bears can cover by blanketing Aaron Rodgers’ receivers and forcing some difficult throws.
Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (-10)
Derrick Henry will need to control the tempo of the game with his legs, while the Tennessee defensive front does work.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5)
This is a relatively even game. If Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen can get loose, Minnesota is dangerous.