NFL Week 2 Betting Review
It wasn't a good week to be betting favorites, while those betting underdogs on the moneyline made an absolute killing.
Back in Week 1, the favorites put up an ATS record of 9-7. Not very profitable if you rode favorites all the way, but at least you wouldn't have lost your shirt. If you rode the favorites in Week 2, not only would your shirt be gone, but your pants and shoes might be missing too. The favorites were 8-7 SU in Week 2 and a dreadful 5-9-1 ATS.
Home teams were only 8-7 on Sunday and five of those home losers were favored. It made for handsome profits for handicappers who pegged those dogs as straight up winners however.
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If you had to pick teams that would start 0-2 before the season would you have chosen Dallas and Minnesota? Probably not, but that's exactly how the Cowboys and Vikings have started their seasons. Dallas was favored against the Redskins in Week 1 and the Bears in Week 2, but went on to lose both games straight up. The Cowboys were a 7-point home chalk against Chicago and lost 27-20. This is the team some of the experts chose to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in February? Dallas' offense has been a mess so far this season, and with offensive superpower Houston on the horizon in Week 3 an 0-3 start could be in the Cowboys' future.
The Vikings lost to New Orleans as an underdog in Week 1, but were supposed to bounce back in Week 2 as a 6-point home favorite against the Dolphins. That didn't happen though, and the Vikes lost 14-10. Was Sidney Rice really that important to Brett Favre's success? It looks like it, after Favre tanked again in Week 2 with three interceptions. Things could get even worse next week for Favre if Percy Harvin's scheduled MRI on his hip puts him on the sidelines. Another big money-loser for bettors in Week 2 was New England.
The Patriots were a 3-point road favorite against a Jets squad that looked lifeless on offense in Week 1. The New York offense came to life against New England in a 28-14 win. The Patriots took a 14-10 lead into the half, but didn't score another point as the Jets took complete control in the second half.
New England should be able to bounce back in Week 3 against the horrible Buffalo Bills, while the Jets get another divisional matchup against the undefeated Dolphins. Other favorites who cost bettors money in Week 2 include the Browns, Ravens, Titans, Panthers, Eagles, and Raiders. Cleveland, Baltimore, Tennessee, and Carolina all lost SU as favorites, while Philly and Oakland both won, but failed to cover the spread.
If you want an underdog to make some cash back on next week and beyond keep an eye on the Lions. Detroit journeys to Minnesota next week where right now they're a 10-point underdog. Detroit almost pulled off an upset of Philadelphia over the weekend, and with Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best the Lions have the offensive weapons to compete with what has been an anemic Vikings attack thus far.