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After delivering you 12 winners out of his 17 favorite picks from his Thursday Night NFL and Friday Night Lights Previews, our football guru, JG, is ready to keep the streak going in Week 2!

5 Best Bets for Sunday’s NFL Week 2 Slate

Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens

Spread: Ravens -3.5 (-105) | Dolphins +3.5 (-115)

Moneyline: Ravens -180 | Dolphins +155

Total: Over 44.5 (-110) | Under 44.5 (-110)

Game Preview & Pick:

As an unfortunate lifelong Dolphins fan, it was great to see new head coach Mike McDaniel kick off his hopefully extremely successful tenure with a win against the Sith Lord from New England.

Fun Fact: Since 2013 Bill Belichick is 15-3 in road divisional games against the Bills & Jets, but only 2-8 against the Dolphins – boy do I love that!

I included that little tidbit to illustrate how sure I was that the Dolphins were going to smack the Patriots last week, but I don’t feel nearly as confident in Mike McDaniel getting his second win against the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday. I am not a believer in Tua, and cry myself to sleep most nights over the Dolphins drafting him instead of Justin Herbert back in 2020. The Dolphins will be without right tackle Austin Jackson for this game (he’s not actually that good, so it probably doesn’t matter), and prized free agent left tackle signing Terron Armstead is also questionable (he actually is important). The Ravens offense didn’t look to be firing on all cylinders week 1 against the Jets, but I think the weather had a lot to do with that, on top of Lamar Jackson shaking off the rust from not having played during the preseason. If J.K. Dobbins plays, that will be another advantage for Baltimore. While I think there’s a decent chance that the Ravens cover the spread, I’d rather not mess around and take them on the moneyline.

Ravens ML (-180) 1.5 unit

Bonus Pick:

Mark Andrews anytime touchdown scorer (+130) 1 unit

Caroline Panthers @ New York Giants

Spread: Giants -2 (-110) | Panthers +2 (-110)

Moneyline: Giants -125 | Panthers +105

Total: Over 43.5 (-115) | Under 43.5 (-105)

Game Preview & Pick:

New Giants head coach Brian Daboll’s debut couldn’t have gone any better, rallying from 13 points down to upset the Tennessee Titans, and knocking out a bunch of people in my survival pool in the process. Saquon Barkley looked like the Saquon of old, and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing him in the second round in a number of my fantasy football leagues. Daboll showed how ginormous his balls are by electing to go for the two-point conversion and the win after the Giants scored with a minute remaining, and Saquon delivered. While it was an amazing moment for Giants fans, who have had a rough go of late, the win didn’t do anything to convince me that Daniel Jones is anything more than a future backup NFL quarterback. I think the Panthers are the better team here, and we’ll see more touches for CMC this week, which won’t bode well for the G-men.

Panthers +2 (-110) 1 unit

New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Spread: Patriots -2.5 (-110) | Steelers +2.5 (-110)

Moneyline: Patriots -140 | Panthers +120

Total: Over 40.5 (-110) | Under 40.5 (-110)

Game Preview & Pick:

Bill Belicheck is 8-3 all-time against Mike Tomlin, and I don’t think the home field advantage at whatever Pittsburgh is calling their stadium now instead of Heinz Field will be enough in this one after losing TJ Watt to IR week 1. Najee Harris is banged up, but will play, and you can be sure that nobody has spent more time thinking about that than ole Billy Boy. I expect the Patriots defense to focus on taking away the run, and forcing Mitch Trubisky to beat them with his arm, which he won’t. Hopefully this is one step closer to the start of the Kenny Pickett era in Pittsburgh.

Patriots -2.5 (-110) 1 unit

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

Spread: Packers -10 (-105) | Bears +10 (-115)

Moneyline: Packers -450 | Bears +360

Total: Over 41.5 (-110) | Under 41.5 (-110)

Game Preview & Pick:

If we learned anything from last year, it’s that the Packers don’t actually start the NFL season until week 2. After getting embarrassed by the Saints in New Orleans week 1 in 2021, Green Bay started rolling from there. While I don’t think the Packers will be as good in 2022, due to the loss of DaVante Adams, I think this is the perfect get right spot at home against a Bears team that got a surprising week 1 win playing in a monsoon. That win didn’t do anything to change my opinion of how bad the Bears will be this year, and I like Green Bay to cover this number.

Green Bay -10 (-105) 1 unit

Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos

Spread: Broncos -10 (-115) | Texans +10 (-105)

Moneyline: Packers -520 | Bears +410

Total: Over 45 (-110) | Under 45 (-110)

Game Preview & Pick:

I still don’t understand what in the world new Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett was thinking, electing to go for a 64 yard field goal rather than trying to “Let Russ Cook” against the Seahawks on Monday night, but I had Seattle in that game, and don’t like Russell Wilson, so it made me giggle. I believe the outcome of this game will be different, though, and Denver’s running backs won’t fumble away multiple touchdowns at the goal line. I am bullish on the Broncos defense this year, and think Davis Mills is in for a long day.

Denver Broncos -10 (-115) 1 unit