The NFL season steamrolls ahead to Week 2 with a full slate of games on Sunday and then a capper on Monday night. Many bettors will be picking through the top real money gambling sites for props that will give them a real chance to win and provide some value. We’re here to help you in that quest with a look at the best prop bets for Week 2 of the NFL season.
Prop bets are the favored wagers for NFL bettors who are looking to attack the fringes of a game. You can find dozens upon dozens of them at betting sites for the NFL. Narrowing all of that down can be a tricky bit of business, but it’s not impossible. Having a resources at your side can make it much easier.
With that in mind, we’re here to help you choose the best prop bets to be found for Week 2 of the NFL season. We’ll take one bet from the majority of the games on Sunday and Monday and tell you why we like it so much. This will give you a good idea of where the various NFL games can be attacked when it comes to the prop bet scene.
Best Week 2 Prop Bets
New England Patriots at New York Jets
The New England Patriots go from facing one of the toughest defenses in the league to taking on one of the weakest. Against Miami, the Pats moved the ball effectively against that stout Miami D. But they too often had to settle for field goals, while also hurting themselves with crucial turnovers.
The Jets defense didn’t do a terrible job of stiffening late against the Panthers, although they gave up a lot of yardage. We also like the way that Patriots’ quarterback Mac Jones played in his debut last week, showing very little in the way of rookie jitters. Look for him to improve upon that this week and for the Pats to have a big offensive game to go over.
New England Over 2.5 TDs (-120)
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Broncos got a late-game explosive play last week from veteran running back Melvin Gordon when he ripped off a long touchdown run against a Giant defense desperately trying to create a turnover. But this is not a team that has a ton of big-play options. Teddy Bridgewater is not someone who is going to look for a lot of downfield passes, and the team as a whole prefers a grind-it-out approach.
There are still major problems to be solved on the offensive side of the ball for Jacksonville. But we expect them to be throwing early and often with Trevor Laurence hurling to a bevy of talented wideouts. For that reason, we think this is a value bet with a real good chance of coming true.
Jacksonville to Score Longest TD (+125)
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
This is a bet based on the fact that the Bills are going to be hungry following a frustrating day against Pittsburgh. Granted, Buffalo will be once again facing a Top Ten-type defense in the Dolphins. But the Bills just need to cash in a little better this week, because they moved the ball against the Steelers effectively.
Meanwhile, the Bills defense actually played very well against the Steelers, especially in the first half. Miami’s offense still looks like a work in progress, with a weak running game and Tua Tagavailoa finding his way as started. The Bills should get a quick TD here to right the ship.
First Score of Game to Be Buffalo Touchdown (+165)
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Before they lined up to play last week, this one looked like a road victory for the Niners without a doubt. But Week 1 revealed that the Eagles are a lot better than we thought they would be. Their offensive line is back healthy and Jalen Hurts thrived under the offense installed by new coach Nick Sirianni.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are much shakier on the defensive line that we believed, and they’re going to be without key defensive starters Dre Greenlaw and Jason Verrett against Philly. We think that they’ll go back and forth with the Eagles in somewhat of a shootout. But the home team wins in a tight one for a nice payout.
Margin of Victory Eagles from 1 to 6 points (+425)
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts
The over is a slight favorite over the under for this wager. We don’t expect either defense to be too adept at getting three-and-outs or forcing punts in general. Indy’s defense proved very shaky as Seattle carved them up.
Even the Rams defense struggled a little bit against a Chicago team whose offense isn’t exactly a juggernaut. Offenses moving the ball means many field goal opportunities, which means a better chance of a long one. That’s even more true in the dome, so look for at least one bomb from the kickers here.
Longest Field Goal Over 47.5 yards (-110)
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Raiders offense blew up in the second half of their victory over Baltimore on Monday night. But the Raven defense was all banged up. Pittsburgh’s defense, which just kept Buffalo’s high-powered attack to one touchdown last week, are another story.
Las Vegas will struggle to run against the Pittsburgh D. And the shaky tackle play they possess will be under duress from the pressure of TJ Watt and Melvin Ingram. That’s why only a single score for the one-dimensional Raider offense feels about right.
Raiders Score 1 TD (+250)
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears
“First score” bets are always risky because a lot rides on the coin toss. But you’re also getting extra value out of that for that very reason. This game feels like one where the offense move the ball a bit but shut down late.
The Bengals were the only team to draft a kicker in 2021. That pick, Evan McPherson, immediately proved his worth with a 53-yarder and the game-winner in overtime. His big leg will be unleashed early on Sunday for the first score of the game.
First Score of Game Is Bengals Field Goal (+350)
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns
Let’s put things in perspective. In Week 1, the Texans took advantage of a matchup with the one team more hapless than them. And the Browns battled one of the league’s best on the road only to lose a heartbreaker.
Do you think the Browns are a little anxious to get out there and wipe the bad taste of last week’s loss away?
In front of a raucous home crowd, the Browns should run it up in this one. That makes this one of the better value plays on the board, with luscious odds of 8 to 1.
Margin of Victory Cleveland by 25 to 30 points (+800)
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals rolled up five touchdowns in the opener against Tennessee. Brilliant second-year quarterback Kyler Murray was involved in every single one of those scores. In this one, he gets to play against a Minnesota defense that struggled against the big play in Cincinnati and now are coming in with all sorts of injuries.
In the middle of the week, key performers like linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks missed practice and their status is up in the air. On top of that, the Vikings secondary was under duress any time that the Bengals threw away from the direction of Patrick Peterson. It all leads up to another offensive explosion for Arizona on Sunday afternoon.
Arizona Cardinals 5 Exact Touchdowns (+550)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This certainly looks like the biggest mismatch of the week on paper (although Cleveland and Houston is close.) Although their defense struggled at times last Thursday night, the Bucs were facing a high-powered Dallas attack. Meanwhile, Arthur Smith’s new offense in Atlanta looked like square pegs trying to fit in round holes.
Tampa Bay should be able to control the ball with ease through Tom Brady’s short-passing attack. It’s likely that Tampa’s running game even gets untracked against a defense without a lot of resistance. What it all adds up to is a big first-quarter performance for the Bucs and a sure-thing result that will bring you back a tad more than even-money.
First Quarter Margin Tampa Bay by 7 or More Points (+105)
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks
Sometimes bettors overreact to a single game’s performance when assessing wagers in Week 2. Yes, Tennessee looked horrible last week, especially in the first half when they were single-handedly mangled by Cardinal pass-rusher Chandler Jones. But the track record overall is a team that generally protects the quarterback pretty well.
Seattle doesn’t have a game-changing pass rusher like Jones. We could also see the Titans getting Derrick Henry untracked in this game with much more potency than was seen a week ago. A slight Tennessee lead at halftime at odds of 5 to 1 is a great value for sure.
First Half Margin Tennessee by 1 to 6 Points (+500)
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers
The Cowboys margin for error seems to slim down with every new injury. They’ll head into Sunday’s game without both of their starting defensive ends. That should mean very little resistance against Justin Herbert and the Chargers explosive offense.
But that also means that the potential for garbage touchdowns is strong in this one. Look for the Chargers to be nursing a big lead late and for Dak Prescott and company to take full advantage of that with scores that narrow the gap. You’re obviously not getting superb value here, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Cowboys don’t manage at least three TDs.
Dallas Over 2.5 Touchdowns (-155)
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City’s offense is riding high following their late explosion against Cleveland in Week 1. That should put them in a good spot to come out firing against Baltimore. If they get it first, it’s hard to imagine the ravaged Baltimore defense slowing them down.
If the Ravens get it first, the chance for a grinding, ball-controlling opening drive is lessened by the fact that Baltimore is really hurting on the offensive line. That means less running and more passing. And the likelihood that they give it back quickly to the Chiefs for them to cash in.
Score in the First Minutes – Yes (120)
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
This looks like the ultimate get-right situation for the Green Bay Packers. After getting their doors blown off in a quasi-road game where nothing went right, they should be salivating for a home matchup against lowly Detroit. And Aaron Rodgers should be extremely motivated to shut up all the doubters.
The Lions were pretty defenseless against a San Francisco passing game not half as explosive as Green Bay’s. Look for the Packers to move down the field with ease early on. And expect an early Lambeau Leap to christen this game.
First Score of Game is Green Bay Touchdown (+130)
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