We saw some history on Sunday in Week 1 as four rookies — Tennessee wide receiver A.J. Brown (100 receiving yards), Baltimore wide receiver Marquise Brown (147), Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson (131) and Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin (125) – each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their NFL debuts on Kickoff Weekend. It marked the first week in which three-or-more rookies have each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their debuts in NFL history. Here are two interesting games this week to parlay together on the NFL Betting action.
2019 NFL Week 2 Parlay Picks
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (+5.5)
The Cowboys looked like legit Super Bowl contenders in Week 1, beating the New York Giants 35-17. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who is still looking for a contract extension, completed 25 of 32 attempts for 405 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 rating.
Prescott is the fourth quarterback to register a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, on 30-or-more pass attempts in NFL history, joining Jared Goff (33 attempts on September 27, 2018), Ken O’Brien (32 attempts on November 2, 1986) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (30 attempts on October 1, 2000).
After the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called Prescott’s contract extension “imminent.” With Ezekiel Elliott, La’El Collins, DeMarcus Lawrence and Jaylen Smith all locked into long-term contracts and Prescott likely to follow suit in the coming days, the Cowboys have a bright future ahead of them. Elliott rushed 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ Week 1 win. He missed all the preseason and training camp holding out for his new deal. Amari Cooper caught 6-of-9 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown. He’s also looking for a new deal.
Washington blew a 20-7 halftime lead Week 1 and lost 32-27 to the Eagles. Case Keenum completed 30-of-45 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Keenum got off to a blistering start in this one, putting the Redskins out to an early 17-0 lead only to blow it in the second half. Keenum had 267 yards and two scores at halftime. In the second half, the Redskins had just 30 yards of offense before a final meaningless drive that ended with a Trey Quinn touchdown grab.
Making his NFL debut, Derrius Guice rushed 10 times for 18 yards. Guice got the start with Adrian Peterson benched as a healthy inactive. He had a long run of five yards and caught all three of his targets for 20 yards.
Washington players weren’t happy about Peterson being inactive: “Any time you’ve got a Hall of Fame guy that doesn’t dress, man, it’s a slap in the face,” Washington tackle Morgan Moses said. “And obviously, we’ve gotta figure out what the reason is. And it’s my job as one of the older guys on the offensive line to speak up and say, ‘Hey, we need him.’ Obviously, you don’t put a Hall of Fame guy like that on the sideline. When he’s healthy, as well.”
Washington could have used him on Sunday, especially when trying to hold that lead. The team rushed for 28 yards on 13 carries, averaging only 2.2 yards per carry.
The Cowboys and Redskins split last year, each winning at home.
NFL Week 2 Betting Trends
- Cowboys are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the NFC conference.
- Cowboys are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the NFC East division.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas’ last 6 games played in September.
- Redskins are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas
- Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the NFC conference
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington’s last 17 games played on a Sunday
Cleveland Browns at NY Jets (+2.5)
The story line here is Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returning to the New York area. Of course, he was traded by the Giants to Cleveland in an offseason blockbuster.
Both these teams really looked bad in Week 1. Cleveland was awful in a 43-13 home loss to the Titans. Baker Mayfield was 4-of-5 for 65 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive, and 21-of-33 for 225 yards with a touchdown and three picks. The former No. 1 pick appeared shaken up after Cameron Wake pummeled him on a second-quarter safety, though he still played every snap.
The Titans could have had another three picks but dropped them. Overall, the Browns were very undisciplined in their debut performance under Freddie Kitchens, who was promoted to coach during the offseason despite the fact that he was never even a coordinator at any level before last season. The Browns committed 18 for 182 yards, many of which were unforced and unnecessary. Left tackle Greg Robinson was after kicking a Titans player.
Beckham supplied seven catches for 71 yards on 11 targets in the loss. Beckham would have added another 22 yards to his tally if he hadn’t been flagged for offensive pass interference on a play where he pushed off Malcolm Butler late in the first half. OBJ admitted to being slowed by a hip pointer at practice last week. OBJ cooled off in the second half (one catch for 12 yards on four targets) and so did the Browns, who were outscored 31-7 over the final two periods.
The Jets were up 16-0 late in the third quarter Sunday vs. Buffalo but lost 17-16. Jets running back Le’Veon Bell totaled 92 scrimmage yards (60 rushing, 32 receiving) and a touchdown reception in the Jets’ Week 1 loss and his debut with the team after sitting out all last year with Pittsburgh. Bell, who has 8,088 scrimmage yards in 63 career games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (64 games) to become the fastest player to reach 8,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.
The Jets would have won if Kaare Vedvik hadn’t been awful. Vedvik missed an extra point after C.J. Mosley’s interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter and he was wide right on a 45-yard field goal try at the end of the first half. The Jets will bring in kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. They took a look at Cody Parkey and Younghoe Koo before claiming Vedvik off waivers late in the preseason.
NFL Week 2 Betting Trends
- Browns are 2-18 SU in their last 20 games on the road
- Browns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the AFC East division
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Cleveland’s last 17 games played in September
- Jets are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games at home
- Jets are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Jets’ last 6 games played on a Monday