We take an early look at the opening betting odds for the NFL's Week 2 schedule and offer up our early thoughts. Are there any games on the odds board that might hold any early value for your NFL picks?
Week 1 of the season was a crazy one, and after opening weekend, there are still some very nice NFL odds for the upcoming Week 2 schedule.
Steelers +3 vs. Ravens -3, O/U 44
The two AFC North contenders have a short week for Week 2, as they’ll play one another on Thursday night. The Ravens looked out of whack against the Bengals at home this past week, while the Steelers barely hung on against the Browns. The key to this game will be the Ravens’ offense, but with no running game to speak of, the Steelers’ defense might be good enough to stay in this game.
Cowboys +4 vs. Titans -4, O/U 49
These two teams under and outperformed expectations in Week 1, and now the Titans are favored pretty heavily over the Cowboys. Dallas should bounce back after a bad showing against the 49ers, but with very little defense, it might not be enough against a tougher than expected Titans team.
Dolphins PK vs. Bills O/U 43
This battle should be pretty close and the online sportsbooks agree on an even spread. Both came away with big upset wins over projected playoff teams in Week 1, but now with the Dolphins on the road, it remains to be seen if they’ll have as good of a game in Buffalo.
Patriots -3 ½ vs. Vikings +3 ½ O/U 49
After losing to the Dolphins down in Miami, the Patriots now have to go into Minnesota. The Vikings looked better than expected in Week 1, but the Patriots should bounce back against a much weaker defense. Minnesota is one of four home underdogs this week.
Saints -6 vs. Browns +6, O/U 47 ½
New Orleans lost a heartbreaker in Atlanta, and after having the game in control early on, they will want to take out their frustrations on the Browns in Week 2. However on the road, the Saints have played so badly that it might be hard to trust them.
Falcons +4 vs. Bengals -4, O/U 45
After an amazing comeback win over the Saints, the Falcons head into a tough game against the Bengals. Cincinnati took care of business on the road last week, but Atlanta will produce the first big test for the Bengals’ defense.
Jaguars +7 vs. Redskins -7, O/U 43 ½
Both teams got beat pretty badly, but only one team actually looked good for a few moments during their game. Jacksonville had some nice highlights on offense, and they had a good defensive game through the first half. If they can put it together for an entire game, they pose an entirely different threat to a team that right now probably isn’t seven points better than Jacksonville.
Rams +4 vs. Bucs -4, O/U 37
The Rams looked atrocious and they played two different quarterbacks in Week 1. Yet the NFL Odds have them as only around a field goal underdog going into Tampa this week. The Bucs aren’t that bad of a team, and with the Rams’ offensive issues, this game could have some value for your free picks this week.
Chiefs +13, vs. Broncos -13, O/U 51
The Chiefs just paid Alex Smith, and after last week’s performance against the Titans, I know I am among the people who are still questioning it. After throwing three picks against Tennessee, and now having to go into Denver, the Chiefs may be heading back to the 2012 team more than last year’s.
Texans -3, vs. Raiders +3, O/U 39
The Raiders are another one of the home underdogs this week, and if they could actually get some offense going with their rookie quarterback, this might be an interesting game. The Texans will be without their star rookie defensive end, but their defense on the road will likely still be tough.
Jets +8 vs. Packers -8, O/U 46
This spread is all over the place, and it probably won’t settle any time soon. After taking a beating against a good defense in Seattle, the Packers look to bounce back against the Jets. Although New York’s defense is still good, their pass defense is suspect, and that may be all the Packers need at home.
Bears +7, vs. 49ers -7, O/U 48 ½
The Bears had an embarrassing loss to the Bills this past week, and now they are faced with having to go into San Francisco on a Sunday night. The Niners were impressive against the Cowboys, and the Bears don’t pose much more of a defensive threat than Dallas did. Plus this game is at home for the Niners.
Eagles +3, vs. Colts -3, O/U 52 ½
If you like offense, this may be your game, but it’s not until Monday night. The Eagles looked sluggish in the first half but took care of business against Jacksonville, while the Colts almost came back and forced overtime against the Broncos on Sunday night. These two playing one another is bound to make for another great game.