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Week 2 kicks off and there are loads of betting opportunities to be had. Week 1 resulted in some unexpected outcomes which are sure to mess with the heads of a few bettors. Week 1 definitely raised some questions. Is Tampa really that good? Is the Saints defense that bad? Is Cleveland going to be a .500 team? How improved is Chicago and how bad are the Seahawks going to be? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s only been a week and a lot of weird things happen every year in Week 1.
It’s not as if we will be able to completely figure out where each team is at in Week 2 but we should have learned a few things already like the fact that Buffalo’s quarterback situation is troubling and Ryan Fitzpatrick can still be effective...sometimes. The Chargers could sure use Joey Bosa in the lineup and the Cowboys offense needs a lot of work. Let’s take a look at the best bets for Week 2.
Minnesota Vikings (+1) at Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers returned in the second half of the Packers’ season opener to lead a very memorable 4th quarter comeback which resulted in a big win. However, Rodgers’ status is uncertain for their match against the Minnesota Vikings this weekend in which the Pack is favored by a point. Even if Rodgers gets the start, it is pretty obvious that he won’t be 100% and that doesn’t bode well for Green Bay backers. The thought of a hobbled Rodgers getting chased around by an aggressive Minnesota defense is nightmarish. The fact that Davante Adams is questionable also creates concern for Green Bay’s offense.
Minnesota is 4-1 SU and ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and they have been very successful in frustrating Aaron Rodgers and his offense. While an injured Aaron Rodgers might still be better than a healthy DeShone Kizer, whoever is taking the snaps will have headaches all game long. Minnesota’s offense has a favorable matchup against Green Bay’s defenders and should be able to get this one under control fairly early.
Week 2 Best Bet: Minnesota +1 (-110)
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets -2.5 (-105)
The Dolphins looked rather impressive in their 27-20 win over the Titans last week. The Tannehill to Kenny Stills combination was quite effective and Devante Parker might be in the mix this week too. However, Miami was terrible in the red zone which has become a trend and they really didn’t get a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks although they did register 3 interceptions.
Meanwhile, the Jets went into Detroit and absolutely destroyed the Lions. It wasn’t so much that the Jets were world beaters as much as Matt Stafford and the Lions imploded. Matt Stafford tossed 4 picks and Matt Cassel added one of his own. Detroit was plagued by costly breakdowns on special teams and they let New York run wild.
The Jets won’t have such an easy time when they host Miami but they should be able to squeak out a field-goal win. Miami is 1-3 in their last 4 road games against New York and just 2-6-1 in their last 8 meetings overall. Miami is a completely different team on the road and the Jets are a much better team at home with a 7-2 ATS record in their last 9.
Week 2 Best Bet: New York Jets -2.5 (-105)
Carolina Panthers +6 (-110) at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons were able to hang in there against the defending champions in their season opener but they just couldn’t get much going offensively. Matt Ryan completed just 21 of his 43 passes for 251. He didn’t connect for a TD pass but he threw a costly pick. The running game accounted for their only major score but they were also largely stifled. On the flip side, their defense was relatively solid and they will need to be just as good against Carolina.
Either the Panthers defense was great or Dallas’ offense was pathetic in Week 1 in which Dak Prescott was sacked 6 times. Or, maybe a combination of both. The Panthers were in full control all day but they squandered a few red zone opportunities. With Atlanta’s offensive line looking like it hasn’t quite gelled, don’t be surprised if Carolina is able to pressure Matt Ryan. With that said, Carolina’s offensive line is lacking a couple of key components in this one which could lead to a lot of scrambling for Cam Newton. This might actually work out as he can buy himself enough time to pick on a depleted Falcons secondary.
Week 2 Best Bet: Carolina Panthers +6 (-110)