The Buffalo Bills were a popular pick to win the Super Bowl heading into the 2021 NFL season. However, the Bills are in serious jeopardy of starting the season 0-2 after suffering a 23-16 setback at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. The Bills will now travel to face the Miami Dolphins Sunday in a key AFC East showdown on the Week 2 NFL schedule. The Dolphins squeaked out a 17-16 win on the road over the New England Patriots last week and will look to start the season with two consecutive division victories.
The latest Week 2 NFL odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Buffalo as a three-point road favorite on Sunday. There are other divisional rivalries set to unfold that feature larger Week 2 NFL spreads, including Patriots vs. Jets (+6), Falcons vs. Buccaneers (-12.5) and Lions vs. Packers (-11). All of the NFL lines are listed below, and before placing any NFL bets on these games or others, be sure to see the Week 2 NFL predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Top Week 2 NFL predictions
One of the top Week 2 NFL predictions the model recommends: The Falcons (+12.5) stay within the spread against the Buccaneers. The defending champs looked sloppy in their opener, as Tampa had four giveaways while allowing 29 points to the Cowboys. Dallas should have had even more points and possibly a win, but kicker Greg Zuerlein left seven points on the board by missing three attempts.
While Atlanta’s dreadful Week 1 performance is a big reason for the 12.5-point spread, quarterback Matt Ryan usually rises to the occasion in these types of games. He is 6-2 against the spread in his career as a double-digit underdog and has gone 3-0 since 2019. This is the largest spread Ryan and the Falcons have gotten since being 14-point underdogs in 2019 against the Saints, a game Atlanta won outright.
The model has Ryan throwing for 250 yards. It projects Tampa to win straight-up almost 80 percent of the time, but Atlanta covers the 12.5-point spread in over 50 percent of simulations.
Another one of the top Week 2 NFL picks from the model: The Bears (-3) cover the spread at home against the Bengals. Cincinnati is coming off an emotional overtime victory over the Vikings in Week 1. Rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase had a strong showing in his NFL debut, recording five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Chicago, meanwhile, failed to get things going on offense in its 34-14 loss against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. Despite scoring just 14 points, the Bears have to be encouraged after running back David Montgomery rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown against a stingy Rams defense. If Chicago is able to establish the ground game early on Sunday, the Bengals will be forced to put more defenders in the box, which will open up the Bears’ aerial attack.
The Bengals gave up over 350 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air against the Vikings last week, which bodes well for Andy Dalton and the Bears. The model is predicting Dalton throws for 214 yards and 1.6 touchdowns, while Montgomery averages nearly five yards per carry, resulting in Chicago covering the spread in well over 50 percent of simulations.
How to make Week 2 NFL picks
The model has also made the call on who wins and covers in every other game on the Week 2 NFL schedule, and it’s calling for a Super Bowl contender to go down hard. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.
So what NFL picks can you make with confidence? And which Super Bowl contender goes down hard? Check out the latest NFL odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned almost $7,900 since its inception, and find out.
Week 2 NFL odds, spreads, lines
Sunday, Sept. 19
Featured Game | Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
Bengals at Bears (-2.5, 45)
Featured Game | Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Featured Game | Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans
Featured Game | Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Rams
Featured Game | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos
Featured Game | Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Featured Game | New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Featured Game | Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers
Featured Game | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Featured Game | Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings
Falcons at Buccaneers (-12.5, 52)
Featured Game | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Featured Game | Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans
Featured Game | Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Featured Game | Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Monday, Sept. 20
Featured Game | Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions