2011 Weekly NFL Locks: Week 2

It was a tough week one for us.  While the Philadelphia Eagles barely made us sweat, the same can’t be said about our other two picks, as the Tennessee Titans failed to cover the spread by half a point, while the Jets were able to come away with the win, but they couldn’t cover the 6.5 point spread.  After seeing every team in action, we head into week two with a much better idea of what to expect.  That should help our picks and put some extra money in your pockets with our Weekly NFL Locks for week two.

Here is a look at how we see things shaping up during week two.

Game: Oakland Raiders @ Buffalo Bills
Pick: Bills -3
Reason: The Raiders may have come away with a win in week one, but it came by one three points against a Denver Broncos team that looked terrible both offensively and defensively.  This week they will travel to Buffalo to take on a Bills team that looked incredible in their season opener in Kansas City, winning easily by a score of 41-7.  The Bills have plenty of playmakers on offense, while the Raiders will be missing one of their big playmakers in Jacoby Ford.  Look for Buffalo to be fired up for their home opener and continue to roll as they beat the Raiders by more than a field goal.

Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Bucs +3
Reason: I know the Bucs lost their season opener at home to the Detroit Lions, but that is still no reason for them to be underdogs against a lowly Vikings team.  Tampa Bay entered the season as a dark horse contender, and we expect them to reestablish themselves as one in this game.  The Vikings have a solid running game with Adrian Peterson, but their passing game is non-existent with Donovan McNabb under center.  The Bucs will look to establish the run with LeGarrette Blount early and often, as they should control the tempo of this game and come away with the road victory.

Game: Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins
Pick: Texans -3
Reason: The Houston Texans offense look great against the Colts in their opener and that was without the services of the NFL’s leading rusher from 2010.  Arian Foster is expected to be back in the lineup for week two, and that could be a problem for a Dolphins team that had trouble tackling during their week one game against the New England Patriots.  Wade Phillips and the Texans’ defensive unit should be able to come up with a scheme to slow down Chad Henne and the Miami offense, and while Houston’s offense may not be as good as the Patriots’, it isn’t far off.  Look for the Texans to outscore the Dolphins as they come away with the win, and the cover.

Last Week’s Record: (1-2), 2011 Record: (1-2)

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