NFL WEEK 2: Steelers, Broncos, Niners best bets on a day that will see some lopsided scoresme




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LINE: New England by 2

CHEWABLE: Something’s not right here, and we’re not just talking about a Pittsburgh Steelers home game being played in a building named something other than Heinz Field. Oddsmakers must be intimidated by Bill Belichick’s past. How else do you explain the Patriots, who performed miserably last week in Miami, getting the nod as the favourite in Pittsburgh against a Steelers team that upset the Super Bowl finalist Bengals? Even without T.J. Watt, the Steelers defended Joe Burrow well. In the first game at the newly-christened Acrisure Stadium, especially after such a big win in Cincy, they should be able to keep Mac Jones under control … Questions for Steelers to answer – Can Mitch Trubisky go another game without making a stupid, very costly mistake? Can Najee Harris carry the load on a sore foot? I think yes on both counts, at least enough to beat the Pats.

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SCORE (O/U 40.0): Steelers 21, Patriots 17


LINE: Denver by 10

CHEWABLE: At the best of times this would be a daunting challenge for a Texans team that surpassed expectations in Week 1. But this is the home debut of Russell Wilson, who especially wants to show Denver fans he was better than he looked in Seattle last week. And then there’s this hard stat: since 2000 the Broncos are 14-4-4 ATS and 19-3 SU in home openers … Davis Mills threw for 240 yards and two TDs in Houston’s tie with Indy but the Texans ground game was virtually non-existent, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt … Denver held a huge advantage against Seattle in total yards (433-253) and would have won if not for two drives that ended in fumbles on the Seahawks and one and a boneheaded decision by rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett to try a 64-yard last minute field goal rather than leave the game in Wilson’s hands. 

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SCORE (O/U 45.0): Broncos 37, Texans 17


LINE: San Francisco by 8.5

CHEWABLE: Give Trey Lance a break. His horrendous debut as Niners starter was at least partially to blame on the steady downpour at Soldier Field. Also, there must be some ghosts of great Bears defenders past still haunting visiting QBs … Minus injured RB Elijah Mitchell, Niners will utilize Deebo Samuel out of the backfield more. That’s bad news for Seahawks … If still not practising (groin) on Wednesday means George Kittle will miss a second straight game, Seattle is catching a big break … Before we get too excited about Geno Smith outdueling Russell Wilson in the latter’s homecoming, let’s not forget that after completing his first 13 passes, Smith only connected with his targets six times in the second half. After eight years in the league, you’re pretty much who we think you are … Seahawks suffered a big blow Thursday when they learned S Jamal Adams (knee) will need surgery and be lost for the season … Kyle Shanahan is 8-3 ATS after losing as a favourite … Seahawks have won 15 of the past 17 meetings, but with Wilson at quarterback. Niners extract a bit of revenge here.

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SCORE (O/U 41.5): Niners 30, Seahawks 16



LINE: Baltimore by 3.5

CHEWABLE: The defences of these teams had what amounted to a bye in Week 1, as Patriots managed just seven points against  Dolphins and Jets scored only nine on the Ravens. Each will be in for a tougher test this Sunday … When Miami defeated the Ravens 22-10 last season in South Florida it snapped a string of brutal beatings Baltimore had given the Fish. The combined score in those three games (two of which were in Maryland): 137-16 … Dolphins are 26-13 ATS as a road ‘dog of less than five points since 2008 … Ravens could be without two starting CBs. They’ve lost Kyle Fuller for the season to a torn ACL, and Marcus Peters is struggling to return from a similar injury … Was Lamar trying to make sure he didn’t get hurt before he gets his new mega million contract when he rushed just six times for 17 yards last week?

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SCORE (O/U 44.5): Dolphins 27, Ravens 24


LINE: Cleveland by 6.5

CHEWABLE:  Jacoby Brissett was almost replaced by a Joshua Dobbs before he pulled himself together in the Browns two-point win over the Panthers that spoiled Baker Mayfield’s revenge plans. Thing is, Cleveland doesn’t even need a quarterback to win this one. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt rushed for more than 200 yards against Carolina and they could get exceed that total against the Jets … Good news for New York: Joe Flacco, who is 17-3 vs. the Browns as a starter, completed 37 passes in Week 1. Bad news – that record was when he was with the Ravens, and last week he missed his targets 23 times. That’s a lot … Myles Garrett and his crew limited Christian McCaffrey to 57 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches. Browns defence should have less of a problem with the Jets … Cleveland has won two of the last three meetings.

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SCORE (O/U 40.0): Browns 24, Jets 10


LINE: Detroit by 1.5

CHEWABLE: Carson Wentz threw four TD passes to win in his Commanders debut, while the Lions gave the Eagles all they could handle in a Week 1 loss … Washington leads the all-time series 31-15 and has emerged victorious from five of the last six meetings as well as its last four trips to Motown … D’Andre Swift rambled for 144 yards on 15 carries against the Eagles and should get more touches this week … Lions had to wait until Week 13 for their first win last season. They won’t drag Dan Campbell through that kind of agony this year, as pick up their ‘W’ before Week 3. 

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SCORE (O/U 48.5): Lions 27, Commanders 24

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LINE: Indianapolis by 4

CHEWABLE: Colts traditionally come up lame in Jacksonville. They have lost the last seven times they’ve visited the Jaguars, including a 26-11 setback in the final week of the 2021 season – when they were 9-7 and Jacksonville was 2-14 – that cost them a playoff spot. They’re also playing their second road game in a row while for the Jags, it’s the home opener. Is it possible they go winless through two weeks against teams that combined for seven wins last season? … Colts lacked finished in Week 1’s 20-20 tie against the Texans. They moved the ball well – finishing with more than 500 yards of offence – even if it was far from Matt Ryan’s finest moment … A sub-par Colts pass rush will allow Trevor Lawrence oodles of time. He and his new playmate, Christian Kirk, hooked up six times for 117 yards in a season opening, 28-22 road loss to Washington … Expect Jonathan Taylor to build off last week’s 31 carry, 161 yard ground grind, but also expect the Jags to cover, which they’ve done in eight of the last 10 meetings with Indy.

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SCORE (O/U 44.5): Colts 30, Jags 27


LINE: Tampa by 2.5

CHEWABLE: Tom Brady has a career losing record against just two teams: Seahawks (1-2) and Saints (4-5). It’s worse than it sounds. Brady has lost all four games he’s played against New Orleans since moving to Tampa. In Week 15 last year, Brady’s Bucs lost 9-0 to the Saints. It was the GOAT’s first shutout loss in 15 years … It’s not just Brady – Saints have won 17 of their last 22 games against Tampa … While Tampa was opening with a 19-3 win over a Dallas team that lost its quarterback, former Bucs QB Jameis Winston recovered from a slow start to help the Saints overcome a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter in a Week 1 win over Atlanta … Bucs receiving corps is banged up, and the always loud Mercedes-Benz Superdome is going to be vibrating.

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SCORE (O/U 44.0): Saints 24, Bucs 21


LINE: New York by 2

CHEWABLE: Saquon Barkley proved he’s back to his pre-knee injury form with a league-high 164 yards rushing (on just 18 carries) and 30 yards on six catches as the Giants stunned the Titans last week in Tennessee in Week 1. Now it’s Christian McCaffrey’s turn. Curiously, McCaffrey only had three touches in the first 25 minutes of last week’s loss to Cleveland, and after that had an ordinary afternoon. If the Panthers coaching staff smartens up, it’s easy to imagine this one coming down to a battle between No. 22 on the visitors’ side and No. 26 for the home team … Panthers have a strong pass rush, which could spell a long day for Daniel “Danny Dimes” Jones. He threw for less than 200 yards but did complete 17 of 21 in against Cleveland. Baker Mayfield, who completed 16 of 27 for 235 yards in his Panthers debut, should have more time to work against a Giants team that last week was without its two top edge rushers. G-Men win on a last second field goal.

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SCORE (O/U 43.5): Giants 24, Panthers 21


LINE: Los Angeles by 10.5

CHEWABLE: Falcons face the unfortunate task of visiting a rested Rams team that was embarrassed in a steamrolling by the Bills 10 days earlier. Sean McVay will have his team ready to redeem itself in a big way … WR-turned-RB Cordarrelle Patterson, a Steven Jackson type at 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, surely caught the attention of the Rams DC Raheem Morris with a 22 carry, 120-yard performance against a good Saints defence last week in a gutty loss … Rams also should count on more from Kyle Pitts (two catches, 19 yards) and realize rookie Drake London managed five catches for 74 yards against a very good CB in Marshon Lattimore … Matthew Stafford won’t miss Von Miller and the Bills defence. Falcons don’t put a lot of pressure on QBs … The teams haven’t faced each other since 2019, when Rams ended a five-game losing streak to Atlanta with a 37-10 victory. L.A. leads the all-time series 48-30-2 … The defending champs will make a statement in this one.

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SCORE (O/U 47.5): Rams 34, Falcons 14


LINE: Cincinnati by 7.5

CHEWABLE: Since making his debut in 2017, Cooper Rush has never lost a game as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Okay, so he’s 1-0-0, but that’s better than being 0-1-0, right? … Cowboys can win with Rush replacing the injured Dak Prescott, but I don’t like their chances against a Bengals team that simply blew its home opener against the Steelers and with Joe Burrow bouncing back from a four-interception day … Burrow is 10-2 ATS after a loss … Bengals will make life difficult on Rush with their exceptional pass rush going against a Dallas O-line troubled by injury … Cincinnati hasn’t beaten the Cowboys since 2004, a stretch of four losses that get snapped with force here.

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SCORE (O/U 41.5): Bengals 31, Cowboys 17


LINE: Las Vegas by 5.5

CHEWABLE: Cardinals could be bolstered by the return from injury of J.J. Watt, WR Rondale Moore and Justin Pugh, but even if those three need another week they’re better than they showed in their 44-21 home loss to the Chiefs. Getting James Conner untracked after he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry last week will be key … Raiders are 14-31 ATS as home favourites since 2005 … Derek Carr will be better than the guy who threw three picks as the Raiders QB in Week 1. That was Carr’s alter ego … Kyler Murray will turn to his old college teammate, Marquise Brown, more than he did in their first pro game together, which saw the pair hook up for four completions, 43 yards and a TD. 

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SCORE (O/U 51.5): Raiders 28, Cardinals 24


LINE: Green Bay by 10

CHEWABLE: As someone who is painfully aware that Aaron Rodgers does indeed own the Bears, I still rub my eyes in disbelief when looking at this line. Packers were horrible in last week’s 23-7 road loss to the Vikings. Bears were decent in upsetting the Niners 19-10 at home with heavy rain all around them … Rodgers has six straight victories and a 22-5 career record versus Chicago … Packers have won 15 of the past 17 meetings … Rodgers was clearly missing Davante Adams when he passed for just 195 yards, no TDs and one pick against Minnesota … Bears will have to be much better offensively this week. Justin Fields completed just EIGHT passes (17 completions, two TDs, one interception) against the Niners. Even worse, David Montgomery averaged 1.5 yards per carry on 17 attempts. 

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SCORE (O/U 42.5): Packers 23, Bears 17



LINE: Buffalo by 10

CHEWABLE: Closing in on 1500 career carries, Derrick Henry has averaged 4.8 yards every time he’s taken the ball from the quarterback. In last week’s stunning home loss to the Giants, he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry. Is one of the greatest running backs of our time wearing down a couple of months from his 29th birthday? Maybe a bit, but he’ll still be one of the league’s top rushers this season. He’ll have to be for this game. Bills held the Rams to just 52 rushing yards and an average of 2.9 yards per carry … Buffalo will have one of the top two offences in the NFL this season, but the Titans have to be better than they showed against the Giants … Here’s a stat to chew on: Titans coach Mike Vrabel is 18-6 as an underdog of 3+ points … Titans beat the Bills 34-31 last season with Henry rushing for 143 yards and three carries on 20 attempts. They keep things closer than Bills mafia expects today.

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SCORE (O/U 49.0): Bills 23, Titans 17


LINE: Philadelphia by 2

CHEWABLE: The nightcap of a Monday night doubleheader and final game of Week 2 is a dandy of a matchup, with the expectations high for the Eagles (even though they just squeaked by Detroit) and the Vikings looking like an offensive juggernaut (even though Kirk Cousins is still their quarterback) … Eagles beat Lions with their ground game, as Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts led the way with 96 and 90 yards, plus a touchdown each … Vikings held five Packers ball carriers to a total of 111 yards … What’s going to be fun is watching two of the best receivers in the NFC go head to head, with Justin Jefferson coming off a nine catch, 184-yard, two TD performance and, in his Eagles debut, the very tough A.J. Brown catching 10 passes for 155 yards without reaching paydirt … Vikings lead the all-time series 15-14 after taking the last two meetings, in 2019 and 2018 … I can see Minnesota taking this one on a last-play field goal.


SCORE (O/U 50.5): Vikings 30, Eagles 28


Rob Longley: 11-5 Seahawks (BB: 0-1)

Dan Bilicki: 8-8 Broncos (BB: 1-0)

Don Brennan: 6-10 Broncos (BB: 0-3, O/U 8-8)

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