Sharp NFL Picks for Late Sunday Slate: Breaking Down 3 Games for Week 2, Including Cardinals vs. Raiders

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Alexander SuttonSeptember 18, 2022 at 05:25 PM

We have three NFL predictions for the 4 p.m. ET Sunday slate of Week 2 I’ll be walking you through my picks and predictions for these NFL matchups below. Here are the sharp bets locked in from OddsJam — let’s make some money!

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Cardinals vs. Raiders Pick: Cardinals +5.5 | -115 at DraftKings

The premier matchup of Week 2’s afternoon slate features two teams that would like to forget their performances from last week.

The Raiders made two splash moves this offseason with the additions of Davante Adams and Chandler Jones, yet still lost to the division rival Los Angeles Chargers. Derek Carr threw 3 interceptions on the day against a Chargers secondary that was missing Pro-Bowler J.C. Jackson.

Moneyline

The Cardinals suffered a home blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, highlighted by an absolute masterclass by Patrick Mahomes. The Cards have heavy goals of their own, so they’ll be looking to answer being punched in the mouth.

Arizona’s starting roster last week was a shadow of the full team. Injuries have riddled a squad that is already missing DeAndre Hopkins to suspension. This week, however, they are projected to get J.J. Watt and other key starters back in the fold.

Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals were an impressive 8-1 on the road last season and will be looking to rebound from an embarrassing performance. Their injury and personnel concerns from last week are not enough to risk on the moneyline, however.

The Raiders might be more banged up here, as they suffered a slew of key injuries last week, while the Cardinals are getting healthier. Their already-thin cornerback room will be without Anthony Averett, while other defenders like Tre’von Moehrig and Denzel Perryman are likely to miss this contest.

Bengals vs. Cowboys Pick: Bengals -7 | -110 at Caesars

It was an ugly Week 1 for quarterback Joe Burrow, who threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Bengals offense had a horrific first half last week but still managed to rebound and send the game into overtime. Despite the turnovers, Burrow was able to lead a clutch game-tying drive. Cincinnati should have won the game, but Pittsburgh was given another chance after Evan McPherson missed a game-winning kick.

Moneyline

The Cowboys were already facing disappointment in last week’s home loss to the Buccaneers, but things got significantly worse following an injury to quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott is set to miss a couple of months due to a hand injury suffered on a hit from Shaq Barrett.

Dallas was already unable to put up points, partly due to major offensive line injuries and partly due to the loss of Pro-Bowler Amari Cooper. Tampa’s defense is certainly a force, but 3 points is unacceptable against anyone in the NFL.

This week, Dallas gets an angry Bengals team that still found a way to send last week’s game to overtime despite an abysmal first half.

Falcons vs. Rams Pick: Falcons +10 | -108 at Barstool

The Falcons choked a double-digit lead to their rival New Orleans Saints in perfect Atlanta fashion last week. Despite the choke, they looked much better than anticipated with Marcus Mariota under center.

Atlanta’s skill group of Kyle Pitts, Drake London and Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a nice trio last week. Prior to the dreaded fourth quarter, the Falcons secondary looked solid. Star corner A.J. Terrell gave up two touchdowns to Michael Thomas, but expect a rebound the rest of the way. Terrell didn’t give up one touchdown all year in 2021.

Moneyline

The Rams offense looked ugly last Thursday. They appeared one-dimensional following the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. Marquee free agent acquisition Allen Robinson was a nonfactor and no one not named Cooper Kupp was contributing on offense.

I expect a Rams victory here, but their offensive struggles and Atlanta’s promising young core should be enough to cover the spread.

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