Against The Spread Pool: Week 2

Footballguys.com Staff Pick NFL Games Against the Las Vegas Point Spread

Over the past few years, we have given the subscribers of Footballguys.com the Staff Confidence Pool Challenge, where numerous staffers try and pick the winners each week with a confidence ranking, and Dave Larkin’s “For The Win” column where Jeff attempts to pick each and every NFL game against the Las Vegas spread. Both of these have been very popular features, so once again this year Footballguys is proud to bring you the combination of the two - the Footballguys' staff "Against the Spread Pool Challenge". Multiple staff members (19) will pick the winner of each NFL game against the Las Vegas line. As a tie-breaker, the person who is closest to the total points scored on the last Monday Night game will be the winner. Winners will be announced from week to week and the best overall record will be crowned Against the Spread Champion. Picks and ranks are due on Wednesday, so any late-breaking news may not be reflected in the choices.

Please note, that this contest should NOT be viewed as direct sports wagering advice, especially later in the season. Since the staff is trying to beat one another, picks may be made to go against the grain in an attempt to try and catch up in the standings. This example of game theory is more in tune towards playing a contest such as this - so again, do not use these picks as direct advice towards which games to pick each and every week. Rather, use these picks to see the top choices each week, especially by the staff members towards the top of the standings.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Here are the results from last week:

Road Team:
GB
BAL
ATL
KC
WAS
TEN
BUF
LAR
CIN
IND
DET
NYG
SF
PIT
HOU
DEN
Home Team:
CHI
MIA
MIN
JAC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
CAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
NE
NO
OAK
Favorite:
CHI
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
LAR
SEA
LAC
DET
DAL
TB
NE
NO
OAK
Point Spread:
-3.5
-5.5
-4.5
-4.5
-8.5
-5.5
-3.5
-3.5
-9.5
-6.5
-2.5
-7.5
-0.5
-6.5
-7.5
-1.5
Staffer
The Picks
MNF
Total
Dave Larkin
GB
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
TEN
BUF
CAR
CIN
LAC
DET
NYG
SF
NE
HOU
DEN
44
11
Danny Tuccitto
GB
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
CLE
BUF
CAR
CIN
IND
ARI
DAL
SF
PIT
HOU
DEN
49
11
Aaron Rudnicki
GB
MIA
ATL
KC
WAS
TEN
BUF
LAR
CIN
LAC
DET
DAL
SF
NE
HOU
DEN
40
10
Jeff Haseley
GB
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
TEN
BUF
CAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
NYG
TB
NE
HOU
DEN
41
10
Andy Hicks
GB
BAL
ATL
JAC
WAS
TEN
BUF
CAR
CIN
IND
ARI
NYG
TB
PIT
HOU
DEN
44
10
Justin Howe
GB
BAL
MIN
JAC
WAS
CLE
BUF
CAR
CIN
LAC
ARI
NYG
TB
PIT
HOU
OAK
44
10
Alessandro Miglio
CHI
BAL
ATL
KC
WAS
TEN
NYJ
LAR
CIN
IND
ARI
DAL
TB
PIT
HOU
OAK
51
10
Andrew Garda
GB
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
TEN
BUF
LAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
NE
NO
OAK
45
9
Mark Wimer
GB
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
CAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
NE
NO
OAK
49
9
Phil Alexander
CHI
BAL
MIN
JAC
WAS
TEN
BUF
LAR
CIN
LAC
DET
NYG
SF
PIT
NO
OAK
40
8
Devin Knotts
GB
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
TEN
BUF
LAR
CIN
LAC
DET
NYG
TB
NE
HOU
DEN
45
8
Sean Settle
GB
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
LAR
CIN
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
PIT
NO
DEN
38
7
James Brimacombe
CHI
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
LAR
CIN
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
PIT
HOU
OAK
41
7
Keith Roberts
CHI
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
CLE
BUF
CAR
SEA
LAC
DET
NYG
SF
NE
HOU
DEN
42
7
Matt Bitonti
GB
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
CLE
BUF
CAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
PIT
NO
DEN
48
7
William Grant
GB
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
LAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
DAL
TB
PIT
NO
DEN
44
6
Jeff Pasquino
CHI
BAL
MIN
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
LAR
SEA
LAC
DET
DAL
SF
NE
NO
DEN
47
6
Jason Wood
CHI
BAL
MIN
JAC
PHI
CLE
BUF
LAR
CIN
LAC
DET
NYG
TB
PIT
NO
DEN
45
4
Clayton Gray
CHI
BAL
ATL
KC
PHI
CLE
NYJ
LAR
SEA
LAC
ARI
NYG
TB
PIT
NO
DEN
37
3

The first week of the year is typically a challenge, with so many unknowns entering NFL Week 1. The staff had a very strong performance overall with seven of our writers reaching double-digits for correct picks out of the gate, led by Dave Larkin and Danny Tuccitto who both scored 11 correct picks. Dave won the tiebreaker with a total of 44 points for Denver-Oakland, which was only four points too many (Raiders won, 24-16). Both Dave and Danny were followed closely by Jeff Haseley, Aaron Rudnicki, Andy Hicks, Justin Howe and Alex Miglio who all scored 10 correct picks. The overtime win by the Chargers (16 of the 19 staff picks were on Los Angeles) was not enough to cover the point spread, which severely hurt the staff's overall record. Wins by Baltimore (18 correct), Kansas City (15) and Philadelphia (14) helped to elevate the staff record to 153-151 (50.3%) in Week 1, which is a reasonable start to the season. That number is respectable for what typically is a tough week, but keep in mind that this slight winning record is still not good enough to beat the Las Vegas house advantage, which requires a "winning record" to be profitable to be over 52.3%.

THIS WEEK'S PICKS

Here are the picks for this week.

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