Now that it’s Tuesday, we can start digging in on the Week 2 schedule of NFL games. This is usually a challenging week, considering some of these teams can pull a complete 180 and look nothing like they did the week beforehand.
However, I think this week is going to be spectacular, with so many matchups to watch out for.
It all gets kicked off on Thursday night, as the rookie Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals head up north in their own state to face the Cleveland Browns. Other high-profile matchups include the Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football,and the New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the early week 2 betting lines to exploit.
Note: All lines shown in bold are where the line opened. All lines, are brought to you via DraftKings.
NFL Week 2 Betting Lines We Like
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-6.5) – Total: 44
On FanDuel, you can actually get this line at -5.5 – so I took it. You’re going to need to shop around in different places in order to take advantage of the Browns playing at home. This will be the first short-week NFL game for Bengals QB Joe Burrow. That, coupled with the fact that Cincy’s offense looked quite paltry, leads me to believe that it’ll be a tough night for the road team – it usually is on a Thursday night.
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (-3.5) – Total: 47.5
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EST | Watch: FOX
MIN | Spread: +3 (-110) | Moneyline: +135 IND | Spread: -3 (-110) | Moneyline: -165
The spread in the Colts-Vikings matchup will undoubtedly shift gears a few times this week; if you’re taking the Vikings, you certainly want to get them somewhere at +3.5. In my opinion, I don’t believe the Colts are such a slam dunk in this matchup. After all, the Vikings tend to play much better indoors, which is exactly where this game will be played.
Baltimore Ravens (-7) at Houston Texans – Total: 52.5
Something smells fishy here, and I can see things going surprisingly well in the Texans’ favor. After all, Houston had an extra three days off to prepare for Sunday’s game against Baltimore and is sitting comfortably at home. In order to feel comfortable taking this line in the Texans’ favor, I will need to see it at +7 better.
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (-4) – Total: 45
Hats off to NBC for making this the Sunday Night Football game of the week. Although many of the faces have changed from the last time these two met in the Super Bowl, the head coaches are still there doing extraordinary things. Bill Belichick just lost his mother on Tuesday, and that’s probably going to be a soft spot for some bettors this week. Not to be an asshole, but I really liked the Seahawks in this spot before the unfortunate news. Cam Newton is still very new to the Patriots and this week of preparation will likely be an awkward one. I’d love to see Seattle move all the way down to -3 before eagerly pulling the trigger.
New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at Las Vegas Raiders – Total: 50.5
Monday Night Football gives us our first chance to see the Silver and Black in Sin City. Both of these teams are coming off Week 1 victories, making this a fun battle to see who gets that second victory of the season. The big news out of Saints camp is that star WR Michael Thomas is set to miss a few weeks with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, the Raiders are still sitting at +6? I will take that all day and twice on Monday.
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