After a wild Week 1, the early action for Week 2 tells us that pro bettors aren't too keen on putting the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos in their NFL picks.
Jason's 2015 record as of Sept. 13: 4-1 ATS; 1-1 Total
You can accuse the NFL of a lot of things, but being dull isn't one of them. Week 1 of the regular season has already given us plenty of drama, including last-minute victories, amazing athletic plays, and of course, key injuries. So many key injuries. And there are still two Monday night games to play as we go to press.
So far, it's been a nightmare for the books. The favorites and the OVER have each gone 9-5, which normally spells bad news for the sharps as well. We've done all right here at the home office, though, so make of that what you will. Which teams do the sharps have in their early Week 2 football picks? Not the Seattle Seahawks, evidently.
Seawaks vs. Packers: Not Seattle's Best
The Seahawks nearly made it 10-5 for the favorites in their season opener against the St. Louis Rams. They had to come from 11 points down to take a 31-24 lead in the last five minutes, but they couldn't stop St. Louis from tying the game and winning 34-31 in overtime as 3.5-point home dogs. Crazy stuff.
It's imperative not to read too much into the results from Week 1, but judging by the way Seattle played the first three quarters, it could be a long season in the Pacific Northwest. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was sacked six times behind an offensive line that no longer features two-time Pro Bowler Max Unger at center. So it's understandable to see the Green Bay Packers pulling in 60 percent support in early betting for their upcoming Sunday Night Football appearance (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC) against the visiting Seahawks (+3.5).
Broncos vs. Chiefs: My Right Arm Don't Throw So Good
The Denver Broncos managed to win their season opener, 19-13 against the Baltimore Ravens, but they barely cashed in as 4.5-point home faves to deny our first BeeVee winners of the 2015 campaign. Peyton Manning appears to be having some issues with his offensive line, too – as we've been warned about all summer. Manning was sacked four times and had zero touchdown passes.
People are also concerned about Manning's arm strength, and if you haven't heard that question being asked yet, you'll be hearing it all week long, and perhaps for the rest of the season. The sharps are looking at the Kansas City Chiefs for their Week 2 matchup at Arrowhead, which also happens to be the next very special episode of Thursday Night Football (8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFLN). Our early consensus reports show 60 percent support for the Chiefs as 3-point favorites. We'll have our NFL picks for this game and many others as the week rolls on; in the meantime, may the prolate spheroid be with you.