Home dogs are barking in the NFL
Home dogs went 3-1 against the spread in Week 2, with the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals winning outright. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers covered the spread in a 16-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The New York Giants were the only home dog to fail to cover.
Home dogs are now 6-3 against the spread on the season. There are three home underdogs this week, all from the AFC North. The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are 2.5-point home dogs to the Houston Texans. The Ravens are 1-3 against the spread in their last four games as home underdogs.
The Cincinnati Bengals are 3-point home dogs to the Green Bay Packers. The Bengals are 11-8 against the spread as home underdogs since 2007.
The struggling Pittsburgh Steelers are home underdogs against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The Steelers are 8-1-1 against the spread as home dogs since 2000.
Double-digit underdogs also have fared well this season, going 3-0 against the spread.
There are three double-digit underdogs this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting 20 points at Seattle. Underdogs of 20 or more points have gone 6-1 against the spread.
The Denver Broncos are 15.5-point favorites over the visiting Oakland Raiders in the Monday night game, and the San Francisco 49ers are 10.5-point favorites over the visiting Indianapolis Colts.
Overall, underdogs have an early edge in the betting standings, covering the spread in 17 of 31 games with one game ending in a push over the first two weeks. Underdogs went 9-7 against the spread last week. Eight underdogs have won straight-up this season.
Despite the higher-scoring start to the season, totals have been split evenly, with 16 games going OVER the total and 16 staying UNDER. Only one game has gone into overtime.