Sportsbook Traps for the NFL Betting Public in Week 2

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:10 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 2:10 PM GMT

After a wild and crazy Week 1 of the NFL season, Week 2 should not disappoint. Bet carefully, as the sportsbooks have set up traps which most of the public is falling for.

There are several key games this week, including four home underdogs, and three divisional games. However there will undoubtedly be some teams who the public blindly backs in hopes of a key win. In fact one of those teams might be the New Orleans Saints.

 

Saints Blow it Against the Falcons
After going up 13-0 early on, and later 20-7, the Saints could not hang on in the second half. The Falcons outscored the Saints 24-14 in route to a huge win, while the Saints were left wondering what happened. What happened was the Saints’ secondary played like crap. The Saints were able to get some pressure on Matt Ryan, however the secondary gave up over 440 yards passing to Ryan, something that will have to be solved very soon.

This week the Saints are once again on the road, as they travel into Cleveland to play the Browns. While Cleveland does not pose the same vertical pass attack that the Falcons do, they can run the ball, and that can set up the pass in the right circumstances.

The NFL odds have the Saints as big -6 road favorites against the Browns, and the public seems to be already coming over to the Saints. While New Orleans will likely win this game, it would not surprise me to see them fail to cover once again. The Saints have never been the models for road consistency, and it showed once again last week. If the Browns can string together a good game on both sides of the ball, the public might be in for a rude awakening this Sunday.

 

The Sharp Pick
ESPN’s RJ Bell had a really good tweet before the kick off of Sunday’s games, and if you saw it, it might have been enough for you to back the Falcons in Week 1 at a sportsbook like 5Dimes. Bell said that in games coached by Sean Payton, the road team was only 5-32 ATS. Well now Payton’s teams have 33 losses on the road.

The Saints are now only 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games, and 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road. While the Browns don’t pose that big of a threat, it is somewhat hard to believe that the Saints could cover on the road in Cleveland. The Browns’ defense is much better than the Falcons defense, and while their offense is still in its’ infancy, they can still keep the ball on the ground, and force the Saints to play at their tempo. 

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