In Depth Look at Week 2 NFL Betting Lines
Thanks to the recently released 2016 odds for each and every game through 16 weeks, you can cash in long before the new regular season ever gets underway. Better yet, thanks to the bettor-friendly management at MyBookie.ag and the handful of NFL betting lines and picks that you’re about to get, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on a handful of Week 2 matchups. Okay, with that said, let’s rock and roll!
An In Depth Look at the Top Betting Odds and Picks for NFL Week 2
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Sunday, September 18
Dallas at Washington (Pk)
Analysis: While I’ve already picked the Cowboys to win the NFC Least in 2016, I’m also going with a simple pick for the Redskins in this annual divisional showdown, mostly because Washington is playing at home.
I now Washington has lost three straight and four of their last five home games against Dallas and that’s one of the reasons I like Washington to get the ‘W’ in this matchup.
Despite failing to cover the spread in two straight home games against the ‘Boys, but Washington has gone 4-2 ATS over their last six home dates against Dallas and 6-4 ATS in heir last 10 home games against Dallas overall.
Washington is 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in their last eight home games and upgraded their passing attack and pass defense in a huge way by drafting gifted wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round and adding Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman via free agency.
Keep it simple and back the Redskins as a home Pick ‘Em in this NFC East divisional matchup.
The Pick: Washington 28 Dallas 27
Indianapolis at Denver (-5)
Analysis: I know the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 this past season, but I’m not real confident in Denver heading into 2016 as long as veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez is scheduled to start.
While both, Peyton Manning and backup Brock Osweiler are no longer suiting up for Denver, Indianapolis has renewed hopes of making a long playoff run with quarterback Andrew Luck healthy after missing seven games last season.
The Colts have won three of their last four road dates against the Broncos, including last season’s commanding 24-13 road win as a 9.5-point underdog.
Denver has won five straight at home, but the Broncos have had trouble covering the NFL betting line as they’ve compiled a modest 2-3- 1 ATS mark over their last half-dozen home games.
While the Broncos will likely be very good again on defense in 2016, I just don’t se them improving their underwhelming offense from a year ago under Mark Sanchez.
Indianapolis has won four of their last seven road games while going 4-2 ATS over their last six road games.
No Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler, plus the return of Andrew Luck, tells me the
Colts get the outright road win!
The Pick: Indianapolis 27 Denver 17
Green Bay at Minnesota (Pk)
The Green Bay Packers would like nothing better than to send a message to the Minnesota Vikings in this NFC North divisional matchup, but I’m going on record right now to say that’s not happening in this contest!
Minnesota has gone 7-3 SU and ATS in their L/10 home games and will definitely look to extract some revenge against Aaron Rodgers and company after getting smacked around in last season’s 30-13 home loss against their longtime division rivals to fall to 0-3 against Green Bay in their last three home games.
The Vikes have gone 3-2 ATS in their lat five home games while Green By has lost two of their last three road games. Make no mistake about it, this matchup looks like a thriller just waiting to happen, but for me, the Vikings get the win en route to their second straight NFC North division crown.
The Pick: Minnesota 27 Green Bay 24
Tennessee at Detroit (-5)
Analysis: I know the Detroit Lions aren’t exactly Super Bowl title contenders, but they’re the easy pick in this contest to take down Marcus Mariota and the Titans in this Week 2 matchup.
I love the way the Lions closed out the 2015 campaign by winning their final three regular season games and six of their last eight overall. Detroit has won three of their last four home games while getting the ATS cover in each SU victory.
The Titans added veteran running back DeMarco Murray and drafted bruising 2015 Heisman Trophy winner in former Alabama back Derrick Henry. Still, the Titans are a team with a bunch of needs that looks t be another year or two away from really competing for anything of significance.
Tennessee is 2-8 SU an ATS in their last 10 road games and 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four road dates. The Lions averaged 22.4 points per game a year ago to rank 17th in scoring. The Titans ranked a dismal 27th in scoring a year ago (18.7 ppg) and simply doesn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the offensively explosive Lions in this affair!
The Pick: Detroit 31 Tennessee 21
Seattle (-4) at Los Angeles
Analysis: Sure, newly relocated Los Angeles is not in the same class of title contenders as Seattle, but the Rams always seem to give the Seahawks a tough way to go no matter where they play.
Case in point…the Rams have won two straight and three of their last four home games against the Seahawks while covering the NFL betting line in four straight games and five of their last six against their NFC West division rivals.
Still, I’m going to urge you to back the Seahawks in this contest, mostly because I don’t think they’re going to take the Rams lightly in this Week 2 pairing.
I fully expect Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson to involve Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham a lot more into the offense in 2016 than they did in his inaugural campaign with Seattle last season and I believe running backs Thomas Rawls, Alex Collins and rookie C.J. Prosise will pick up just fine where star running back Marshawn Lynch left off before retiring.
While I think rookie signal-caller Jared Goff is going to be a really do player for L.A. in the near future, but I also like the way the Seahawks addressed their line needs in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.
Right now, I see a serious Seattle team marching into Los Angeles and coming out with the emphatic win!
The Pick: Seattle 24 Los Angeles 17
Jacksonville at San Diego (-2.5)
Analysis: I really liked the way Jacksonville played late last season and I believe the franchise may finally be headed in the right direction. However, I really like the San Diego Chargers in this contest seeing as how they’re playing at home after suffering what I believe will be a road loss to AFC West division rival Kansas City in Week 1.
The Jags have put together a pitiful 1-9 SU mark in their last 10 road games and even though they’ve gone 5-4- 1 ATS along the way, I think the 2.5-point spread is perfect for Chargers betting backers.
While the Bolts are just 1-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of four points or less, I like them to beat the Jags by at least three points to cap off my odds and picks with an ATS cover for NFL Week 3 action.
The Pick: San Diego 30 Jacksonville 24