2012 NFL Picks Against The Spread, Week 2: Look To The Champs, But Not The Pats To Cover

After a 9-7 week against the spread a week ago, now it is time to handicap the early games for Sunday, Week 2 of the NFL. The world champion Giants take on a possibly improved Buccaneers team. The headliner? That probably would be the battle of the birds between the Baltimore Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles. What do the experts at Vegas think about the betting lines? Hit the jump to find out and see what I pick going against the spread.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants (-7): Tampa showed up with solid defensive play against Cam Newton, and the Giants did not look great against the Cowboys in the season opener. Since I am not completely confident in a repeat performance by Tampa, you have to think the Giants will bounce back after losing to Dallas. Pick: Giants, -7.

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots (-14): Arizona's defense showed up against Seattle, much as it did the entire second half of 2011. New England is at home with a lot of weapons against a team that is historically bad in the East Coast. However, don't sleep on this Arizona defense. I don't expect the Cardinals to win, but they will cover. Pick: Cardinals, +14.

Minnesota Vikings (-1.5) at Indianapolis Colts: Minny came away with a gift win over the Jags and Andrew Luck did not look like a savior in his debut. Even still, rookies always play better at home. Pick: Colts, +1.5.

New Orleans Saints (-3) at Carolina Panthers: Robert Griffin, III torched the Saints defense last weekend. You can expect the same thing with Cam Newton, who was RGIII before RGIII. Saints are looking at an 0-2 start. Pick: Panthers, +3.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills (-3): Buffalo was disappointing against the Jets, but found a bright spot in C.J. Spiller. who rushed for a league-high 169 yards. Expect a Bills rebound. Pick: Bills, -3.

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles (-3): Philly sneaked away with a 17-16 win over the Browns despite four Michael Vick picks. Of course, Brandon Weeden also gave the ball back four times. Baltimore, at least after one week, looks like the real deal. Pick: Ravens, +3.

Oakland Raiders (-3) at Miami Dolphins: Miami played a little tougher than expected in Week 1, despite the score. Oakland was a mess with the injury to their long snapper. However, I expect the Raiders to bounce back. Pick: Raiders, -3.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-7): Cleveland should have won in Week 1. Cincinnati was overmatched against Baltimore. I expect to see Cleveland struggle the rest of 2012, but their games will be close. Especially in a black and blue division like the AFC North, these games are going to be hotly contested. Pick: Browns, +7.

Houston Texans (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars: Houston expects to be dominant this year and the Jags almost pulled off a Week 1 win. Blaine Gabbert might not be as bad as everyone thought he was. However, after Houston was not able to look as dominant as it could have, expect Week 2 to go better. Pick: Texans, -7.5.

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