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Guys & Bets (Episode 273): Football Friday! Six Week 2 NFL Picks

Joe Osborne and Iain MacMillan are prepped for a full slate of NFL games in Week 2. The guys have six of their best bets picked out and a lot of great stats and info to back up their picks.

Joe is looking at the line in Dallas as the Cowboys host the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons had three wide receivers go over 100 yards receiving in Week 1 and still lost to the Seahawks. The questions with Atlanta have been on the defensive side of the ball for the last couple of seasons, and they still remain. That doesn’t work in their favor with the Cowboys’ offensive weapons. Ezekiel Elliott had two touchdowns in the opening week and could very well top that this week. Dak Prescott and the aerial attack could be in line to have a big week considering the Falcons secondary gave up four touchdowns and 322 yards to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks last week.

The San Francisco 49ers are in the Big Apple to take on the lowly New York Jets, and Joe is looking at the total in that game. The Jets put Le’Veon Bell on IR this week, and considering how their offense has struggled, his health was as important as anyone’s for Gang Green. The 49ers didn’t look as sharp as some had expected in Week 1, falling to the Arizona Cardinals 24-20. The 49ers defense should have their way with the Jets offense and allow Raheem Mostert and the running game to carry the load for San Fran.

As he likes to do for Football Friday, Joe has a teaser bet as well. This one is for two of the most explosive offenses in the league. And considering the numbers that he got them at, it’s almost too good to be true!

For Iain’s first bet, he’s looking at the Sunday Night Football matchup. The underdog New England Patriots go to Seattle and take on the Seahawks. Talk about two quarterbacks who put the league on notice in opening week! Russell Wilson was outstanding, going 31-for-35 with 322 yards and four touchdowns to lead Seattle to a 38-25 win. Cam Newton, not to be outdone, reminded everyone who he is and what he can do with his legs as he ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots cruised to a 21-11 win. This could be the year the Seahawks unleash Wilson and let his arm carry them as many have clamored for. Both defenses in this game will have to be wary of the opposing quarterback’s ability to escape and make a play. That could be what decides this game.

Next up, Iain is looking at the total in a potential shootout as the Detroit Lions are at Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers and company were simply unstoppable in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, gaining over 500 yards of offense and putting up 43 points. The Lions did what the Lions do and found a way to lose to the Chicago Bears 27-23. Rookie D’Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning touchdown in the dying seconds to seal the deal. But the Lions did prove that they can score, AND they give up points with the best of them.

Speaking of the aforementioned Chicago Bears, they host the New York Giants on Sunday at Soldier Field. If the Giants want to improve their chances in this one, they need to get Saquon Barkley going. His 15 carries for six yards on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers just won’t cut it. The plus for the Giants was that Daniel Jones and Darius Slayton hooked up for two touchdowns, including an impressive 41-yard play early in the second quarter. The Bears on the other hand had to fight and claw to steal a win in Detroit. But, they did win. Which Chicago Bears team shows up Sunday? The one that was down 23-6 to the Lions, or the one that outscored Detroit 21-0 in the fourth quarter? Iain is looking at a bet on the moneyline in this game.