We’re back for Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season. The first week went about as well as could be expected amidst the pandemic, and thus far the league has done a good job with Covid-19 testing. There’s a lot of football still to come, but so far so good.
Week 2 got underway on Thursday with the Browns beating the Bengals 35-30 in a game that was a lot more fun than most of us probably expected. It turned into a shootout, and while the Browns won relatively handily late, they stumbled enough so that Joe Burrow got the Bengals the back-door cover as six-point underdogs.
I had the Browns -6, and much like last week’s pick of the Texans, it was not an ideal way to start my picks week. However, we’ve got 15 more games to go this week! I don’t bet on every game every week, but I will offer picks against the spread for the full slate each week and some of my best bets for the week.
Last week, I went 9-6-1 with my picks, but managed 4-1 with my five best bets of the weekend. Not a bad start to the 2020 season, but we’ll see if I can carry any momentum forward. A year ago, I went 131-117-4, finishing with a 52.78 win percentage. That’s barely turning a profit, but for a season’s worth of picks, that’s not too bad. I did not track my best bet percentage over the course of the season, but will make sure to do that this year.
I’m going to pick my five “best bets” each week, similar to what you might use in the DraftKings Pro Football Pick ‘Em National Championship. Lines are moving so some of the lines below will be different from what you see on game day. Look for value where you can!
Here’s my full list of picks for Week 2.
Bengals @ Browns (-6): Browns — LOSS
Falcons @ Cowboys (-4.5): Cowboys
Lions @ Packers (-6): Lions
Vikings @ Colts (-3): Colts
Bills @ Dolphins (+5.5): Bills
49ers @ Jets (+6.5): 49ers
Rams @ Eagles (PK): Eagles
Broncos @ Steelers (-7): Steelers
Panthers @ Buccaneers (-8.5): Bucs
Jaguars @ Titans (-8.5): Titans
Giants @ Bears (-5.5): Giants
Washington @ Cardinals (-6.5): Cardinals
Ravens @ Texans (+7): Texans
Chiefs @ Chargers (+8.5): Chiefs
Patriots @ Seahawks (-4): Seahawkas
Saints @ Raiders (+5.5): Raiders
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