NFL Week 2 odds: Making a case for the underdog
NFL Week 2 kicks off tonight with Thursday Night Football. We take a look at the NFL Week 2 slate and make a case for betting the underdog.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) at Carolina Panthers
The Buccaneers have the players to give Carolina problems. Mike Evans is a mismatch, Jameis Winston has talent when he isn’t throwing picks, and the defense played well against San Francisco.
Seattle Seahawks (+4) at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Seahawks might well be the better team. Frankly, this line is too high. Seattle is a smart play to outright win.
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Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (+5)
Washington is opening its home slate and showed last Sunday it can at least hang with the big boys. Case Keenum have another big day in him?
Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions (+2.5)
The Lions have to be fuming after blowing an 18-point lead against the Cardinals. In their home opener, perhaps there is fight against an injury-ravaged Chargers squad.
Buffalo Bills at New York Giants (+1.5)
New York is at home and despite Eli Manning eroding by the second, might have the better quarterback.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (+19)
There is no case for an outright win. Maybe the Patriots get bored and the Dolphins can cover late.
Indianapolis Colts (+3) at Tennessee Titans
The Colts can absolutely win this game. Hell, they could have been 1-0 if Adam Vinatieri kicks better against the Chargers. Tennessee is a good team, but this is far from a sure thing.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+9) at Houston Texans
Have you seen Houston’s offensive line? The Jaguars are going to hit Deshaun Watson all day with Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue.
San Francisco 49ers (+2) at Cincinnati Bengals
The 49ers have to be confident after earning a Week 1 road win. Now, San Francisco plays against a less-talented Cincinnati squad.
Minnesota Vikings (+3) at Green Bay Packers
This is a very evenly-matched game. If Kirk Cousins plays near Aaron Rodgers’ level, the Vikings probably win.
Arizona Cardinals (+13) at Baltimore Ravens
Arizona will hav a tough time winning, but it can certainly cover. This line is way too large. The Ravens crushed the Dolphins, but Lamar Jackson isn’t suddenly Patrick Mahomes.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (+7)
Speaking of Mahomes, the cover play here for Oakland is scoring at least 30 points. An outright win would be shocking, but the Raiders can score enough to keep it within a seven-point contest.
Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (+2.5)
This is going to be an ugly game. Neither team will score much. Denver can win.
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) at Los Angeles Rams
The Saints are certainly capable of winning. The Rams are at home and perhaps slightly better, but New Orleans will be incredibly motivated for obvious reasons.
Philadephia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (+1.5)
Home opener, loud crowd and needing to win. Atlanta has the ingredients offensively to flat outscore the Eagles.
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (+2.5)
New York has to win, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams knows the Browns and Cleveland hasn’t shown anything to scare anybody yet.