NFL Betting: Week 2 Potential Upsets

Over the first few weeks of the NFL season it's always a viable option to look for line errors by the oddsmakers, who generally need that long to get accustomed to which teams are true favorites and which ones emerge as being a farce.

 

In Week 1, underdogs went 8-7-1 against the number, with four of the eight pups winning outright. Three underdogs in Week 2 stand out as potential outright winners, based on specific intangibles involving the particular matchups and teams.

The Cleveland Browns travel to play AFC North-rival and defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore this week, and though oddsmakers at 5Dimes have the Ravens favored by 7 points, it's worth looking at the road team here.

 

Though Baltimore has dominated this series over the years, let's not forget this is not the same defense as we've seen in the past, and is one that was just torched by Peyton Manning for 462 yards passing and seven touchdowns in Week 1.

 

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Cleveland lost at home to Miami last week, 23-10, losing its ninth straight opener and falling to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999. But in reality, this was supposed to be an improved team on both sides of the ball. This line could be a bit inflated, and if the Ravens can't come to grips with improvements they need to make, they might find themselves on the wrong end of a shocking upset. As for covering the number, the Browns are on ATS win streaks of 7-2 after failing to cover the week before and 11-4 after a straight-up loss.

The Buffalo Bills are a bit of a surprise underdog this week, after the Carolina Panthers looked lethargic against the Seattle Seahawks, but are still laying 2.5 on the road. True, the Panthers seemingly held the 'Hawks' potentially dangerous offense in check, but the Bills were very close to coming away from Foxborough with an outright win over New England. The Bills are now mired in a 1-19 skid against the Patriots, and are in a 3-24 stupor since Bill Belichick took over as Patriots coach in 2000.

That being said, in almost pulling off the upset, Buffalo could come in a little hungrier than Carolina, which allowed Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to complete 25 of 33 pass attempts for 320 yards and a touchdown. Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel was 18 for 27 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and threw no interceptions. If Manuel gets hot at home, and the Panthers' less-than impressive pass defense fails to show, Buffalo could win this game outright.

In the primetime game Sunday night, NFC West rivals San Francisco and Seattle meet for early-season bragging rights, and 5Dimes have the Seahawks listed as 2.5-point favorites. Yet, the Niners are coming off a dominating and motivational win over the Green Bay Packers, and looked better offensively than their hosts did in Carolina last week. Though both have daunting defensive units, quarterback Colin Kaepernick will come in with plenty of confidence, after going 27 for 39 for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdown passes in his team's 34-28 victory over Green Bay.

Yes, the home team won both games last year, including Seattle's 42-13 shellacking in December. But the only road team to win in this series the past four seasons is the 49ers, and with all due respect, they're still the defending NFC champs. There is too much pride on the line to overlook the Niners' team as a whole, knowing what it's capable of doing on both sides of the ball. Kaepernick and Wilson are entertaining in the recently released Madden NFL 25 commercial, but if the wager involved is to be true, let's face it - there's an eyebrow at stake here. Don't you have to play the dog?

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