Week 2 of the NFL season is key to February’s conclusion. Oddly, an 0-2 start remains deadly. Since 2007, only 11.2% of teams to start 0-2 have made the playoffs. Game 2, for many, is crucial.
Teams, players, and coaches have heard this stat ad nauseam. Talented 0-1 teams, with Super Bowl aspirations, bounce back after Week 1 losses. Thus, there are three enticing Week 2 spreads.
49ers (-7) at Jets
San Francisco’s roster is the NFL’s best. The defending NFC champs are not falling to 0-2. And the Jets’ putrid roster cannot compete.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on the ground or in the air, New York’s defense has no answers. In addition, the Jets’ joke of a receiving corps stands no chance against the Niners’ defense.
There is a better chance the Jets fail to score a touchdown than lose by only a touchdown.
Prediction: 49ers, 34-9
Rams at Eagles (+1.5)
Carson Wentz’s Sunday was inexplicable. What a disaster that rightfully has Eagles fans asking, “Where is Nick Foles?”
While injuries are, again, mounting up, Philadelphia responds best in desperation. Though, the D-word is not yet applicable, expect Doug Pederson’s squad to play as if.
Eagles-Rams has game of the week potential. In the end, Los Angeles will wish it had drafted the other quarterback.
Eagles win 28-27.
Broncos (+7.5) at Steelers
Pittsburgh isn’t as good as Monday night showed; Denver’s offense isn’t that inept.
The Broncos’ offense flashed signs of what it can be. Drew Lock is promising. Melvin Gordon gets hot and cannot be brought down. And rookie Jerry Jeudy’s speed off the line is eye-opening.
Pittsburgh’s next-level defense will force stops in a low scoring game.
7.5 is asking a lot. A close, down to the wire, one-score game is more likely.
Denver covers easily, wins a close one: 20-17.