SEATTLE — 18 years ago, the second week of the NFL season was delayed due to the horrific September 11th terrorist attacks. Those games would eventually be played the final week of the regular season, with the playoffs delayed by one week. This year, September 11th again brought sadness and remembrance. However, there will be no cancellations this week. September 12th allows us to return to normalcy. From the depths of mourning on Wednesday, Thursday brings the joy of football. We’re back to normalcy. In 2001, football played a small roll in helping a nation heal. Now, it is a welcome distraction from everything else. So with that, here is CDN’s NFL 2019 Week 2 Preview and Bettor’s Guide. Point spread provided by FootballLocks.com and all times Eastern.
For reference, also read: NFL 2019-2020 Season: Week 1 Preview and Bettor’s Guide
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8:20 p.m.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-6.5).
The Panthers gave the Rams a tough battle while the Buccaneers were horrendous at home against San Francisco. Bruce Arians will turn the Bucs around, but he may have to move on from Jameis Winston. Carolina is the more talented team. Panthers cover in this first game of NFL 2019 Week 2.
Sunday, September 15, 1:00 p.m.
Another big Sunday is on tap for NFL 2019 Week 2. Let’s get started.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-3).
Tennessee won on the road by 30 points while the Colts gave the Chargers all they could handle in an overtime loss. Time will tell if the Titans are that good or Cleveland decided to return to normalcy and prove the team is just as bad as ever. Give the Titans the benefit of the doubt for now. Titans cover.
Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Detroit Lions.
The Chargers blew a 15 point fourth quarter lead at home but survived in overtime. The Lions blew an 18 point fourth quarter lead and settled for a tie. In a shootout between Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford, it could come down to the last play. Weather will not be a factor in the dome, and the Chargers have the better defense. Chargers cover.
Buffalo Bills (-1.5) at New York Giants.
In a rare turn of events, the Bills will play in the same stadium two straight weeks even though both games are road games. They beat the Jets and now face the Giants. The Bills overcame a 16 point second half deficit, showing character and grit. The Giants were blasted by Dallas. 29 years after a thrilling Super Bowl, these teams will play a far more boring game. The Bills have the better defense. Bills cover.
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (-13.5).
Baltimore went on the road and put up 59 points in a 49 point win. They had 42 points by halftime. Kyler Murray showed character in bringing Arizona back from an 18 point fourth quarter deficit last week. However, Baltimore’s defense is far more formidable. Lamar Jackson is growing. The spread is very high, but on paper this is major mismatch. Go with experience crushing inexperience. Ravens cover.
New England Patriots (-19) at Miami Dolphins.
Yes, the spread is 19 points. The Patriots won their opener by 30 while the Dolphins lost their opener by 49 points. The problem is that for some reason, Tom Brady always seems to have his worst games at Miami, where the Dolphins have taken five of the past six meetings. Even if New England is coasting, Miami could get a garbage touchdown. Or, Miami could get hot early before collapsing. Patriots win but fail to cover.
Dallas Cowboys (-5) at Washington Redskins.
Jerry Jones thinks he has a Super Bowl team. Beating the woeful Giants proves little, but the Cowboys did blow them out easily. The Redskins stormed to a 17-0 lead and led 20-7 at halftime against Philadelphia before surrendering 25 straight points. Another return to normalcy by the ‘Skins. But the records mean nothing in this rivalry. Dallas is the far better team, but at home this game could be closer than anticipated. Cowboys win but fail to cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-9).
The Texans nearly pulled off a stunning road upset over New Orleans before losing on a 58 yard field goal on the final play. Jacksonville is in trouble now that Nick Foles is out for at least half the season with a broken collarbone. Deshaun Watson looked fantastic last week. At home, expect the Texans to roll. Texans cover.
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4).
14 years ago these teams played a relatively close Super Bowl. This year the Steelers were humiliated at New England by 30 points. Seattle barely escaped at home over Cincinnati. The Steelers are desperate, and will respond. This could come down to the final play, giving the edge to the home team kicker in the swirling winds of Heinz Field. Steelers win but fail to cover.
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5).
These teams played a pair of solid Super Bowls 38 and 31 years ago. Jimmy Garoppolo made his mistakes last week, but played well overall. The 49ers have the better defense. 49ers cover.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-3).
Aaron Rodgers was beaming despite only putting up 10 points of offense at Chicago. He now has a defense. However, Minnesota does as well. This is one of those series where the home team has a big advantage. Return to normalcy and go with the Cheeseheads at home. Packers cover.
Sunday, September 15, 4:00 p.m.
Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) at Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders showed a ton of heart in putting aside their offseason distraction and solidly beating Denver. However, the Broncos are a bad team. The Chiefs are a great team. Derek Carr has his worst games against the Chiefs. Also, rookie John Abram’s first game as a Raider was his last for this year as he was put on injured reserve. The Oakland offense is vastly improved, but expect Patrick Mahomes to torch the Oakland secondary. The Raiders cannot keep up in a shootout and they cannot stop Mahomes, but a late score could beat the spread. Chiefs win but fail to cover.
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (-2.5).
The NFC Title Game rematch is finally here. The Saints barely survived at home last week when Drew Brees pulled out another miracle. The Rams got a tough road win at Carolina. Home field means little in this game. The Saints are burning for revenge, and they will get it. Upset special, Saints win outright.
Chicago Bears (-2.5) at Denver Broncos.
Both teams looked horrendous last week, with anemic offenses. Both teams are supposed to have a good defense, but only Chicago saw theirs show up. Rookie Denver coach Vic Fangio was Chicago’s defensive coordinator last year. Joe Flacco is a better quarterback than Mitchell Trubisky, but the real fun will be seeing Khalil Mack and Von Miller try to bury them. Betting against Denver in Mile High is a tough call, but a loss at Green Bay does not devalue Chicago being 12-4 last year. Give Chicago one chance to show they have not seriously regressed. Bears cover.
Sunday, September 15, 8:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) at Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta looked awful in falling behind by 28 points in a listless loss while Philadelphia overcame a 17 point deficit to rattle off 25 straight points in a road win. Carson Wentz looks good. The Falcons were supposed to have a good offense, but that is starting to seem more repetitional than in actuality. In other words, a return to normalcy, Falcon style. The Eagles believe they are a legitimate contender to win it all again. Going on the road and beating a wounded team is the way to start that quest. Eagles cover.
Monday, September 16, 8:00 p.m.
The final game of NFL 2019 Week 2.
Cleveland Browns (-2.5) at New York Jets.
The Jets blew a 16 point second half lead at home, but the Browns lost by 30 points at home. The fact that the Browns are even favored on the road is mystifying. Forget hype. The Browns certainly mad their return to normalcy last week. We saw how they looked on the field. Baker Mayfield can play, but so can Sam Darnold. The Jets defenders would love to tackle O’Dell Beckham and break his $350,000 watch. Upset special, Jets win outright.
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