NFL Week 2 Betting Favorites

NFL Week 2 Betting Favorites

Written by on September 13, 2016

With Week 1 of the NFL betting season under our belts, we started to see that some teams (Jacksonville, Oakland) might be better than a lot of people thought, while others (Dallas, Atlanta) aren’t quite on the level that some expected. Let’s take a look at some Week 2 favorites that you should consider in your sports betting for the coming weekend. Home teams are in all caps.

NFL Week 2 Betting Favorites

NEW ENGLAND (-6.5) over Miami

In Week 1, New England went to Arizona without their starting quarterback (Tom Brady) and without their best receiving options (Rob Gronkowski). Arizona is seen by many as a contender for the Super Bowl LI title and was widely expected to win. Even so, the Patriots pulled off a 23-21 upset on the road. Never mind that the offensive starters for the Patriots in that game combined to earn $23.5 million, or $800,000 less than the salary that Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will pull down this year all by himself. The Patriots knew that the Cardinals would play man-to-man coverages on defense, so they drew up some formations to get Julian Edelman some helpful matchups. One play saw Edelman line up as the inside man on a trips package to the quarterback’s left. The other two receivers ran clear-outs, and Edelman ran a nifty out underneath them. That was just one example of New England adapting to beat a savvy Cards defense. Making things easy for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo paid dividends, as he was able to find his primary reads all night and picked up 264 yards. On defense, the Patriots stayed in nickel coverage throughout most of the game so even though they would be smaller in the box, they could stay all over Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. That limited Palmer to two deep completions all night and kept them from mounting long drives.

But Miami almost beat Seattle!

Miami had a monster of a trip up to Seattle, and even though they were heavy underdogs they almost won, 10-6. However, they saw a hobbled Russell Wilson (ankle) lead his team down the field and complete a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter to take a 12-10 victory. But this game wasn’t about a missed cover at the end. It was about dumb penalties (such as Cameron Wake roughing Wilson). It was about Ryan Tannehill taking sacks that killed drives instead of getting rid of the ball. It was about Kenny Stills dropping an easy touchdown pass. It was about kicker Andrew Franks hitting the ball too low on a chip-shot attempt that got blocked. It was about the offensive line not being able to open a hole on fourth-and-one in the red zone. This is a team with plenty of flaws, and Bill Belichick and the Patriots will take advantage of them all day long. Here are some other favorites I like: WASHINGTON (-3.5) over Dallas DENVER (-6) over Indianapolis BUFFALO (-2) over N.Y. Jets Seattle (-3.5) over LOS ANGELES