Fans and the betting public tend to overreact to Week 1, and that dynamic will be on display Sunday in Week 2. Will the Cowboys, coming off their blowout of the division-rival Giants, cover nearly a touchdown at Washington? Will the Chiefs (-7) continue scoring at will when they visit resurgent Oakland? Will the Ravens (-13.5) explode offensively once again against the young Cardinals? And can the Patriots (-18.5) cover one of the largest NFL spreads in history when they visit the Dolphins? Fans across the country will be making NFL picks on the entire NFL Week 2 schedule. But before you get down on any of these games, you need to see the Week 2 NFL best bets from legendary handicapper Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg.
Hammer enjoyed a scorching finish to last season, nailing three-way parlays during Week 17 and Conference Championship Weekend and ending the season on a sick 12-3 heater with his best bets. Last week, he picked up right where he left off. His three best bets (Titans, Chiefs, Vikings) cashed so easily that he covered by a combined 58 points. Anyone who parlayed those was rewarded with a strong 6-1 payout.
Hammer competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 in against the spread picks. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hammer is getting down hard on three Week 2 NFL picks. We can tell you he says the Steelers bounce back from their humiliating 33-3 loss at New England in prime time and cover a four-point spread against visiting Seattle.
The Steelers are still loaded with offensive talent, led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back James Conner and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Hammer says Pittsburgh will “get its act together” this week. Seattle looked shaky in its 21-20 win over Cincinnati as Andy Dalton shredded the once-vaunted Seahawks defense for 418 yards and two touchdowns.
The home team has covered five straight in this series. And Pittsburgh still held the Patriots to under 100 yards rushing and just 3.4 yards per carry, which bodes poorly for Seahawks running back Chris Carson.
Goldberg also is backing an ugly duckling in a game whose line is way off.