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Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles plays against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 11, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus Getty Images via AFP.
Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles plays against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 11, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus Getty Images via AFP.

Here’s a peek behind the curtain at the betting trends from BetMGM for the 15 games remaining in Week 2. Spreads and Totals as of Friday, September 16 at 4:30 pm EST.

Week 2 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs winning their home opener for a seventh consecutive season by topping the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24. This week’s action wraps up with a Monday Night Football double-header featuring the Buffalo Bills hosting the Tennessee Titans, and the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Minnesota Vikings.

This is a look at the betting landscape with insights from BetMGM, including line movement, ticket and handle percentages, and additional tidbits to help you prepare for an enjoyable betting weekend.

BetMGM NFL Week 2 Betting Trends

NFL Week 2 Betting Trends from BetMGM

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Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5, 44.5)

  • The total has dropped a point in this matchup despite the Over receiving 71 percent of the betting handle. 
  • Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s passing-touchdown total is 1.5 with the Over priced at +120. He threw three touchdowns last week, and Miami graded eighth worst in coverage per Pro Football Focus against the New England Patriots in Week 1. 
  • Baltimore running back J.K. Dobbins has been a full participant in the first two practices of the week, so he appears set to return to action against the Dolphins. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a rookie in 2020, but there isn’t a betting market for his rushing-yards total yet.
  • Baltimore surrendered 83 yards on 16 carries and 78 yards on 13 receptions to New York Jets running backs Michael Carter and Breece Hall last week, so Miami back Chase Edmonds could be positioned to have a solid showing. Edmonds’ rushing-yards total is 41.5, and his receiving-yards total is 23.5.  

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New York Jets at Cleveland Browns (-6.5, 39.5)

  • No total has moved more than this one, and while the Under has taken more betting tickets, 64 percent of the handle has been on the Over.  
  • It’s also notable that the Jets have received 58 percent of the moneyline betting tickets.
  • Expect the Cleveland pass rush to create a lot of problems for Jets QB Joe Flacco. New York ranked fourth-worst in pass blocking last week, and the Browns were the highest graded pass rush per PFF. Flacco also completed just five of 19 passes for 2.3 yards per attempt when under pressure against the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (toe) and safety Jordan Whitehead (ankle) are key starters to watch, if they miss Sunday’s game or are limited, it would be a blow to an already weak defense.
  • The Browns project to remain committed to the ground attack after QB Jacoby Brissett threw for just 147 yards with a 52.9 completion percentage and pedestrian 4.3 yards per attempt.
  • Cleveland rushed 39 times at 5.6 yards per tote and recorded the third-highest rushing grade last week per PFF. Browns running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have respective rushing-yards totals of 81.5 and 37.5.
  • It could be worth monitoring whether this spread climbs to Cleveland -7.

Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions (-1.5, 48.5)

  • No game has taken more betting tickets than the Commanders-Lions tilt at BetMGM this week. The Detroit spread has also received the most tickets of any side.
  • The Over in this game has received the second-highest percentage of betting handle, and the total has moved from 46.5 to 48.5.
  • Detroit allowed 38 points, 216 rushing yards and finished with the third-worst defense grade in Week 1 per PFF. Washington wasn’t notably better, finishing with the ninth-worst defense grade. 
  • This is a game total that could continue to climb over the weekend.
  • Lions running back D’Andre Swift missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury. He’s officially listed as questionable
  • Lions running back Jamaal Williams could be positioned for an increased workload. Williams handled 11 carries for just 28 yards in Week 1, but he also found the end zone twice. He’s a short -105 to score against Washington in Week 2.
HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 11: Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts carries the ball during the first half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFPCarmen Mandato / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP  

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5, 45)

  • The Jacksonville spread has taken the third highest betting handle of any side at the sportsbook, and as a result, the Jaguars have moved from +4.5 to +3.5.
  • Colts running back Jonathan Taylor rushed a whopping 31 times for 161 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans in Week 1. His rushing-yards total of 96.5 is the highest in Week 2. 
  • Indianapolis wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. caught nine of 13 targets for 121 yards and a score last week against Houston. However, he’s missed practice time this week with a quadriceps injury and is considered questionable for Sunday. His receiving-yards number is just 64.5.
  • Jaguars running backs Travis Etienne and James Robinson split time with 36 and 34 offensive snaps, respectively. However, Robinson received 11 carries to Etienne’s four. Robinson is listed with a rushing-yards total of 47.5, which could be an uphill climb if Etienne handles closer to half the Jacksonville carries against the Colts.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (+2.5, 44.5)

  • This game has received the second most betting tickets at BetMGM, and the Buccaneers spread has also taken the highest betting handle of any side.
  • The total has also dropped a point despite the Over receiving 82 percent of the betting handle. It’s the third-highest handle percentage on an Over this week.
  • A major narrative leading into this game has been Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady’s struggles and 0-4 record as a Buc against the Saints. Brady has thrown eight interceptions and taken 13 sacks across the four defeats.
  • Tampa Bay could also be without starting left tackle Donovan Smith after he failed to practice Wednesday and Thursday due to an elbow injury. After the Buccaneers finished with the third-worst pass-blocking grade last week per PFF, Brady just might be under siege again in the Superdome.
  • Buccaneers wide receivers Mike Evans (calf), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Julio Jones (knee) and Russell Gage (hamstring) are all nursing injuries, too.
  • Saints running back Alvin Kamara is also dealing with a rib injury he sustained during Week 1, so add his name to your checklist this weekend. He didn’t practice Thursday.

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants (-2, 43.5)

  • New York is a short home favorite, but Carolina is receiving the higher percentage of handle on both the spread and moneyline. The Giants had the fifth-lowest overall grade per PFF, and narrowly won in Week 1 after Tennessee Titans kicker Randy Bullock missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired.
  • The Panthers graded second worst in run defense in Week 1 per PFF and also ranked ninth worst in rushing success rate.
  • Giants running back Saquon Barkley leads the league in yards from scrimmage to start the season, and his rushing-plus-receiving yards total is 107.5.
  • Interestingly, Panthers back Christian McCaffrey is trading at 109.5 in that market after posting just 57 yards per scrimmage in the opener against the Cleveland Browns. Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has already discussed giving McCaffrey more touches and targets this week.
  • Carolina QB Baker Mayfield is coming off a sneaky showing considering the four-year familiarity the Cleveland Browns had with him. He threw for 8.7 yards per attempt and ranked seventh in the league in expected completion percentage (70.9). Mayfield’s passing-yards total is 217.5 and the Over on his 1.5 passing-touchdown total is paying +135.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots points at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Eric Espada/Getty Images/AFPEric Espada / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP  

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (+2, 40.5)

  • The Steelers are one of the most popular moneyline targets. They’ve taken 89 percent of the tickets and 82 percent of the betting handle. 
  • Pittsburgh has also taken 65 percent of the spread tickets, but the Patriots have received 58 percent of the money wagered, which aligns with the line moving from New England -1.5 to -2.
  • New England was held to just seven points last week by the Miami Dolphins, and the Pats had the third lowest EPA per play in the league. 
  • Quarterback Mac Jones missing Thursday’s practice with a stomach bug isn’t overly concerning, but it’s also clear the offense needs work after totalling just 271 yards against the Dolphins.
  • The Steelers will be without star edge rusher T.J. Watt for the foreseeable future after he sustained a pectoral injury in Week 1. Watt was the Defensive Player of the Year and graded as the sixth-best edge rusher in the league per PFF last season. It’s obviously a significant hit to the Pittsburgh defense.

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-10, 46.5)

  • The Rams have taken the second-highest handle percentage of spread bets at the book.
  • There’s also notable movement to the moneyline odds, as Atlanta has taken 78 percent of bets and 68 percent of the betting handle, which has caused the Falcons’ moneyline to drop from +450 to +375.
  • Atlanta allowed the second highest success rate to the Saints last week, including the highest rushing success rate, so the Rams should have a better fate on the ground in Week 2. Los Angeles was held to just 2.88 yards per carry by the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.
  • Los Angeles running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is listed at 59.5 rushing yards after taking 13 carries for just 47 yards last week against the Bills.
  • Falcons rookie wide receiver Drake London hauled in five of seven targets for 74 yards and finished with the 22nd-best receiving grade per PFF. His seven targets tied for the team high, and he also led all Falcons wideouts in offensive snaps. London’s receiving-yards total is 51.5 at BetMGM.

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Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-8.5, 41.5)

  • Seattle is tied for the most spread betting tickets and has also received the fifth most handle, which explains their line movement from +9.5 to +8.5. Additionally, the Seahawks moneyline has been popular with the second most betting tickets and third highest handle.
  • The Seahawks have won each of their past four meetings with the 49ers. 
  • The Under in this game has received the largest percentage of betting handle in any Over/Under market. However, it’s only dropped a single point.  
  • Seattle safety Jamal Adams is out for the season following a knee surgery. He’s a proven starter who is especially helpful in stopping the run.
  • San Francisco’s Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears was an eyesore, but their win probability was as high as 89.7 in the third quarter. The 49ers also outgained the Bears by 130 yards.
  • 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. projects to start against Seattle, and his rushing-yards total is 51.5. The Seahawks allowed the fifth-highest rushing success rate and second-worst rush EPA in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 13: Cooper Rush #10 of the Dallas Cowboys passes against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Empower Field At Mile High on August 13, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images/AFPJamie Schwaberow / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP  

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys (+7.5, 41.5)

  • The Bengals spread has taken both the second-most tickets and second-highest betting handle at the sportsbook. Cincinnati also has the third-highest handle percentage on all spread bets.
  • Additionally, Cincinnati has the second-highest handle percentage on moneyline bets this week and the odds have climbed from -300 to -350.
  • Clearly, bettors love the Bengals in a bounce-back spot following last week’s home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas is turning to backup quarterback Cooper Rush, after all.
  • Dallas was the favorite in this game in many lookahead lines, so the Bengals trading at over a touchdown in the spread market is a potential overreaction. However, after the Cowboys graded worst in offense per PFF and last in EPA per play last week, it’s probably difficult to muster much confidence in them.
  • There might be patient bettors waiting this out to see if they can grab an even larger number on the Cowboys, but +7.5 is probably as high as the spread will climb.
  • For what it’s worth, the Cowboys pulled off a road victory against the Minnesota Vikings last year in Rush’s lone career start.

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos (-10, 46)

  • The total in this game has climbed from 43.5 to 46, and it also has a noteworthy split in ticket and handle percentage. The Under has received 96 percent of betting tickets, whereas the Over has taken 71 percent of the betting handle.
  • Denver QB Russell Wilson finished Week 1 ranked third in EPA per play and threw for 340 yards and a respectable 8.1 per attempt. His passing-yards total is just 245.5. 
  • Considering Broncos running backs Melvin Gordon III (53.5) and Javonte Williams (58.5) have a combined rushing-yards total of 112, the BetMGM bookmakers clearly expect Denver to have a solid showing on the ground. These numbers also align with Wilson’s temptingly low passing-yards total.
  • Texans running back Dameon Pierce was a preseason darling but played just 20 offensive snaps and handled only 11 carries in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts. Houston head coach Lovie Smith hinted Pierce’s workload could increase, and the rookie's rushing-yards total is 42.5.

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders (-5.5, 51.5)

  • This is the highest Over/Under total remaining in Week 2, and even with the Over taking 91 percent of the betting handle, the total has remained at 51.5. 
  • Similarly, the spread and moneyline odds have also held despite the Raiders taking 58 percent of the spread handle, and the Cardinals drawing 67 percent of the moneyline handle.
  • It should prove to be a favorable matchup for Raiders QB Derek Carr. The Cards ranked last in dropback success rate, and coverage grade per PFF. His passing-yards total is currently off the board at BetMGM.
  • Las Vegas wide receiver Hunter Renfrow’s receiving-yards total is 47.5, and he topped that mark in 10 of 17 games last season. After registering just three receptions for 21 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, this could be a ripe market to target.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 11: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. David Berding/Getty Images/AFPDavid Berding / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP  

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-10, 41.5)

  • Despite the Bears receiving 73 percent of the betting tickets and 69 percent of the handle, the Green Bay spread has still climbed from -9.5 to -10. Additionally, Chicago is tied for the most spread betting tickets.
  • Chicago is also the most popular moneyline play with the most tickets and highest handle.
  • The Under has received 91 percent of the betting handle, which is the second-highest percentage on an Under this week.  
  • The Bears graded as the worst team in the league per PFF last week, which included league-low marks in passing offense and run defense. Green Bay ranked fourth in rushing success rate and tied for the sixth-highest rushing grade per PFF, so this projects as a mismatch.
  • Green Bay running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillion have respective rushing-yards totals of 56.5 and 50.5. While the duo only handled 15 carries last week, they averaged 6.3 yards per tote and project to see an uptick in volume as large home favorites in Week 2.

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Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (-10, 48.5)

  • There have been a few minor moves in this game. First, the spread climbed to the key number of 10, and the total has dropped a point despite taking 66 percent of tickets and 54 percent of the handle.
  • As the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl, there’s potential this spread becomes even larger leading into the game with the public flocking to back the Bills. Although, bookmakers might not be comfortable with giving the Titans a 10.5-point head start.
  • Tennessee has a home victory over the Bills in consecutive seasons, and the Titans finished Week 1 with the fourth-highest overall grade per PFF. 
  • Titans running back Derrick Henry wasn’t efficient in Week 1 with just 3.9 yards per carry, and the Titans also ranked fourth worst in both rushing EPA and rushing success rate. Slowing the game down with a heavy rushing attack and keeping Buffalo QB Josh Allen on the sidelines is probably Tennessee’s easiest path to victory, too.
  • It is worth noting Titans QB Ryan Tannehill had a strong showing in Week 1. He threw for 8.1 yards per attempt, 9.4 air yards and finished fifth in EPA per play (0.318). For comparison, Josh Allen posted 9.6, 0.465 and 7.3 marks.

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-2, 50.5)

  • This is the second-highest Over/Under total remaining in Week 2, and it climbed a point with the Over taking 78 percent of the betting handle. This total won’t likely drop.
  • Minnesota allowed the fourth highest rushing success rate last week, and the Eagles had the second highest rushing success rate, so it could prove to be a mismatch favoring Philly.
  • Eagles QB Jalen Hurts handled the most carries (17) and rushed for 90 yards in Week 1. Running back Miles Sanders went for 96 yards on 13 totes, whereas rushers Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott also received a combined nine touches. Simply put, there are a lot of mouths to feed.
  • Philadelphia wide receiver A.J. Brown made a statement in his debut with the club. He finished with the third-highest receiving grade per PFF and caught 10 of 11 targets for 155 yards. 
  • Of course, it was Minnesota wideout Justin Jefferson ranked No. 1 in receiving grade.
  • Once BetMGM releases their player-props markets for this game, Brown and Jefferson project to be among the wideouts with the highest receiving-yards totals.

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