Nfl week 2 predictions against spread

NFL picks Week 2: Latest odds, predictions against the spread for every game

The most talked about betting line entering Week 2 of the NFL season is the New England Patriots being almost three-touchdown favorites on the road against the Miami Dolphins.

The Patriots are 18.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning, and if that line doesn’t hit 19.5 points, it will be the fourth-largest spread of the decade. The Patriots are 7-10 against the Dolphins in Miami with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback, but those past struggles might not be relevant this week. The Dolphins traded away their best offensive lineman last week and then got crushed 59-10 at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener.

Miami is the worst team in the league, and New England’s high-powered offense could be getting a boost with elite wide receiver Antonio Brown. He’s eligible to make his Patriots debut Sunday, but head coach Bill Belichick has been non-committal this week when asked if Brown will suit up versus the Dolphins.

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The other must-see matchup on the Week 2 schedule is an NFC Championship Game rematch featuring the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. The Rams beat the Saints in New Orleans in controversial fashion last season to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LIII. This year’s game will be played in Los Angeles, where the Rams are small favorites.

Let’s take a look at the latest NFL odds (via the Westgate SuperBook) and make picks against the spread for every Week 2 matchup. Each pick is italicized (Week 1 record: 8-8).

Thursday, Sept. 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-6.5)

Sunday, Sept. 15
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-3)
Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Detroit Lions
Buffalo Bills (-1.5) at New York Giants
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (-13)
New England Patriots (-18.5) at Miami Dolphins
Dallas Cowboys (-5.5) at Washington Redskins
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-9)
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4)
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals (-2)
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-3)
Kansas City Chiefs (-7) at Oakland Raiders
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (-2)
Chicago Bears (-2.5) at Denver Broncos
Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) at Atlanta Falcons

Monday, Sept. 16
Cleveland Browns (-6.5) at New York Jets

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How Logan Ryan ‘finessed’ the Patriots ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft

How Logan Ryan ‘finessed’ the Patriots ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft

The New England Patriots were big fans of the Rutgers football program during the 2013 NFL Draft. The team had just seven picks yet spent three of those picks on players that went to Rutgers.

Two of those players were defensive backs, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon. The duo turned into key cogs on the Patriots Super Bowl teams of the mid-late 2010s and found ways to impact the game with their ball skills.

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That said, when preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, they had a little bit of an advantage over the competition. As Ryan detailed on a recent episode of Devin and Jason McCourty’s “Double Coverage” Podcast, Ryan used his connections to the NFL defensive backs to “finesse” the Patriots a bit.

We finessed the Patriots because I called Dev (Devin McCourty) after I saw his Pro Day, me and Du (Duron Harmon) were doing the Pro Day workout in the weight room like two a days. You know me, I’m a worker. So after we would lift in the summer, at six or seven at night, we’d go back to the weight room and do the Pro Day workout all year. So, we were doing them drills all year.

The preparation would pay off for Ryan and Harmon. The Patriots ultimately held a private pre-draft workout with the draft-eligible Rutgers players. And Ryan was able to get the inside scoop from McCourty about what the workouts would entail so he knew how to prepare for them.

I knew the Patriots warm-up drills. So, me and Du were practicing these drills all week, and so when Bill [Belichick] comes, I’m like shirt off, eight-pack, catching the ball one-handed, sprinting back, I’m in great shape. I know all the drills. Like, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, I know that drill.’ ‘You ever do it before.’ ‘No, I’ve never did it.’ Do the drill with my eyes closed.

I was just working. And straight up, Dev would tell me, ‘Oh Dev, what’s it like? What’s this? What’s that? What do they like to see?’ And me and Du both get drafted in the third round, we both go up there, and the rest is history. But we were working those drills for a year and it paid off.

While the finessing paid off for Ryan and Harmon, it did work for the Patriots as well.

Ryan was a key versatile player on the team’s defense and he played in every game over the course of his four years with the Patriots. He intercepted 13 passes and held his own on the back end. He was key during the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons and actually tied for the team lead in tackles with six.

As for Harmon, he spent seven years with the Patriots serving as a key backup safety and logged 17 interceptions for the squad. He was traded to the Detroit Lions this offseason in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Patriots ended up trading that selection to move up and draft tight end Devin Asiasi.

Needless to say, neither side would trade those selections based on how things turned out. Ryan and Harmon may not be with the team now, but they’ve each had very productive NFL careers and did a lot to help the Patriots win a few Super Bowls this decade.

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