NFL Week 2 odds, picks, predictions: Advanced computer model loves Panthers – CBSSports.com

The NFL’s second weekend, and first full slate of games, will attract bets from the average Joe to professional bettors.

The
New England Patriots
are touchdown favorites in the Superdome against the
New Orleans Saints
after getting stunned by the
Kansas City Chiefs
in last Thursday’s opener. The
Atlanta Falcons
are 2.5-point favorites at home against the
Green Bay Packers
on Sunday night, and the
New York Giants
are 2.5-point favorites against the
Detroit Lions
on Monday night in a game that already has had plenty of line movement.

With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you will want to know to what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.

SportsLine’s Projection Model went an amazing 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season — better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.

Every single one.

SportsLine computer picks also would have won more than 96 percent of CBS Sports Office Pools that made straight-up picks last season.

With Week 2 here, the computer simulated every matchup 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.

One team the model loves in Week 2: the
Carolina Panthers
, who are 7-point favorites at home against the
Buffalo Bills
. SportsLine’s model has the Panthers winning 72 percent of simulations with a projected final score of 28-17. It has QB
Cam Newton
throwing for 247 yards and rushing for another 23 yards.

A shocker: SportsLine’s computers say the
Tennessee Titans
lose outright as 1.5-point favorites on the road against the
Jacksonville Jaguars
. SportsLine calls for the Jags to win 25-23, with Titans QB
Marcus Mariota
struggling mightily for the second straight week. The Jaguars have won the past three meetings at EverBank Field.

The model is also calling for another road favorite to get absolutely stunned in Week 2, meaning a big payday for anyone who bets on the big-time home underdog.

What NFL picks can you make with confidence in Week 1? Check out the NFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which NFL teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, plus see which side of Packers-Falcons is a virtual lock, all from the model that would have won 96 percent of football pools last season, as well as picks from 16 experts.

Week 2


  • Houston Texans
    at
    Cincinnati Bengals
    (-5.5, 38) 

  • Cleveland Browns
    at
    Baltimore Ravens
    (-7.5, 40) 

  • Chicago Bears
    at
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    (-7, 43) 
  • Patriots at Saints (+7, 55) 

  • Arizona Cardinals
    at
    Indianapolis Colts
    (+7.5, 44.5) 

  • Philadelphia Eagles
    at Chiefs (-4.5, 47.5) 

  • Minnesota Vikings
    at
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    (-6, 45.5) 
  • Titans at Jaguars (+1.5, 43.5) 
  • Bills at Panthers (-7, 42.5) 

  • New York Jets
    at
    Oakland Raiders
    (-14, 43.5) 

  • Miami Dolphins
    at
    Los Angeles Chargers
    (-4.5, 45) 

  • Washington Redskins
    at
    Los Angeles Rams
    (-2.5, 46) 

  • Dallas Cowboys
    at
    Denver Broncos
    (+2, 42.5) 
  • 49ers at
    Seattle Seahawks
    (-13.5, 43) 
  • Packers at Falcons (-2.5, 53.5) 
  • Lions at Giants (-3.5, 43.5)

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