The opening week of the NFL season was exciting not only for the on-field action, but for the sports betting opportunities as well. If you are looking to get in on the action for Week 2 of the season then check our recommendations for the best Week 2 NFL bets:
Raise your hand if you saw the San Francisco 49ers losing at home to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 of the 2020 season. I certainly didn’t see that happening. And, I’m sure all of the fans and pundits that don’t root for the Arizona Cardinals felt the same way as I did.
With that said, I expect the 49ers to bounce back this weekend as they take on the New York Jets. Yes, the same Jets that looked pathetic at Buffalo last weekend. Also the very same Jets that lost their best player in running back Le’Veon Bell to a hamstring injury.
The 49ers are clearly the better team in this matchup and should be able to dominate this game. San Francisco is 7-2 SU in its last nine road games, 6-1 SU in the last seven games against the Jets and 6-3 ATS in last nine contests against New York.
The Jets are 2-6 ATS in their last eight September games and were thoroughly beaten by Buffalo and their top notch defense. The 49ers have a defense that is just as good and will swarm Jets QB Sam Darnold all game long.
Additionally, without Le’Veon Bell running the ball, the Jets will rely on 37 year old RB Frank Gore to lead the team on the ground. As nice of a story this is, four yards and a cloud of dust won’t get it done against the 49ers this weekend.
I really like San Francisco to win this game by more than a touchdown and to cover the seven point spread which is listed at -105 odds. For more details on this matchup including additional support as to why the 49ers will win this game by at least a TD then check out our 49ers vs Jets betting preview.
The Buccaneers and Tom Brady looked off in their opening week matchup against the New Orleans Saints. I had picked New Orleans to win that game, but I didn’t think that Tampa Bay and Tom Brady would look so bad.
Brady was missing throws all game long and even head coach Bruce Arians said the next day that he was surprised at how Brady played.
Well, Tampa fans, I’m here to tell you not to worry as this week’s matchup against the Panthers is what we call a “get right” game.
The Panthers gave up 34 points to the Raiders in Week 1 and made Las Vegas look like a Super Bowl contender. What do you think is going to happen when Carolina actually plays a real contender?
I see Tampa Bay scoring early and often. I see a motivated Tom Brady torching the young Carolina defense and I see the Buccaneers putting up at least 30 points in this contest.
The wager I really like is for the Bucs to go up big in the 1st half of the game and lead by at least a touchdown at half time.
The Raiders racked 372 yards including 133 yards on the ground in their 34 to 30 win. Look for the Bucs to exceed those numbers, go up big and cruise to an easy win against an outmatched Panthers team.
Buffalo came out on fire last weekend when they pounded the New York Jets on both sides of the ball. The Bills were up 21 to 3 on the Jets at half time and were never in trouble of losing this game.
Quarterback Josh Allen had a career performance with 312 passing yards, 2 TD throws, 57 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD. I don’t think he will eclipse 300 yards again this week, but I see the Bills coming out fast and going up by at least a touchdown at half time.
The Dolphins played New England tough last weekend as they were only down 7 to 3 at half time. Yet, even if that were to happen this week against Buffalo, it would still cover the three point first half spread.
One big reason why I like Buffalo to have a lot of success this weekend is because of their run game. Allen showed he was dangerous scrambling from the pocket and on designed runs.
Although the Bills running backs had an abysmal Week 1 performance against one of the best run defenses in the league, Miami showed against the Patriots that they can’t stop the run.
The Dolphins gave up 217 yards on the ground. Buffalo is going to stampede this Miami defense. For more on this game, check out our Bills vs Dolphins betting preview.
The Colts offense was rocking last weekend against Jacksonville as they put up 20 points and over 450 yards. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a big day with 363 yards passing, but his two interceptions allowed the Jaguars to get back into the game and eventually steal the win.
The Vikings gave up 522 total yards and 43 points to Green Bay in Week 1 including 364 passing yards. In our NFC North betting preview, I detailed how the Vikings lost a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and I believed it would prevent them from winning the division and possibly miss the Playoffs.
Week 1’s performance made me look like a genius as this defense was atrocious. And, I don’t see them getting much better this week either. I believe the Colts will unleash a high output on offense that sees Indy score 30 points and Rivers throwing for over 300 yards again.
With that said, I do believe this game will be closer than the 43 to 34 battle between the Vikings and the Packers. I believe the Colts will make the Playoffs this year and I expect this team to bounce back at home on Sunday.
The defending Super Bowl champs kicked off the 2020 NFL regular season by kicking the Houston Texans collective backside. They easily won 34 to 20 and the score wasn’t even that close. Houston’s late game scores closed the gap.
The Kansas City Chiefs have the most explosive offense in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes looks like he will be in the running for another NFL MVP trophy. Furthermore, the Chiefs look like they will win another AFC Championship and play in the Super Bowl for the second straight year.
KC’s domination was so thorough against Houston that Mahomes didn’t even need to do much. He threw for just 211 yards, but did toss three TD passes. The running game featuring Clyde Edwards-Helaire put up 166 yards and this offense looks scarier in 2020 than even last year.
The Chargers were in a tough battle against the Bengals last Sunday and gave up 13 points, 315 total yards and 122 rushing yards. They should’ve lost the game, but Cincy’s late game TD was overturned due to offensive pass interference.
The Chargers appear to be less potent on offense this year without Rivers as QB. Tyrod Taylor isn’t known for being a gun slinger. And, that’s trouble for Los Angeles as they face the Chiefs this weekend.
I believe KC will blow out the chargers by two touchdowns or more. The Chiefs are 10-0 ATS in their last 10 games, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Chargers and 6-0 ATS in their last six road games at the Chargers.
KC is also 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against divisional opponents and 7-1 ATS in their last eight September games.
The Chargers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight overall games, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 4-8 ATS in their last 12 AFC West matchups.
If Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow can put up nearly 200 yards on this Chargers defense then I expect Mahomes to put up at least 250 passing yards.
And, if the Chargers can give up 122 rushing yards against Cincy, then watch out for Edwards-Helaire and Williams to put up 150 yards on the ground this Sunday.
Any way you slice this, the Chiefs are going to blow out the Chargers!
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