NFL Week 2 Line Moves
There have been fewer lines moves on the Week 2 NFL odds list than there were Mark Sanchez completions in Week 1.
Only two games have seen line moves of more than half a point, which is an indication that the oddsmakers at shops like Bovada were pretty sharp on Monday. Look for that to pick up later in the week, though, as five of this week's games received their odds late due to injuries and the Monday night doubleheader. The first game to see more than a half-point change on the line was Philadelphia at Detroit. This game has an interesting quirk to it because both the Lions and the Eagles lost their starting quarterback in Week 1.
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Kevin Kolb hasn't been declared out yet, but there's almost no chance he plays this week after sustaining a concussion. For the Lions, Matt Stafford could be out for weeks if you want to believe some of the rumors. In their place Michael Vick will start for Philadelphia this week, while Shaun Hill gets the call for Detroit. Now that you know the score in Philly and Detroit, let's get back to the lines. This game opened with the visiting Eagles as a 3.5-point road favorite at Bovada. Check out the game now and you'll find the Eagles as a 4.5-point favorite. The obvious reason for the line moving is that it's the Lions playing with their backup QB. Vick playing for Philly may actually be more appealing to bettors when you compare what he did to Kolb's lame start last week. Don't be surprised if this line keeps moving.
The other game that has seen more than a half-point change on the opening line is Pittsburgh at Tennessee. The Titans opened as a 6-point favorite there, but have since fallen to 5-point chalk. Get the most betting options and fastest payouts of any sportsbook. Click here! Now this one's a little trickier to figure out. The Titans and Steelers both opened the season with a win - Tennessee cracking Oakland 38-23 and Pittsburgh slipping past Atlanta 15-9 in overtime. Not only are the Steelers the underdog in Tennessee this week, but they'll be playing their second game without Ben Roethlisberger. Dennis Dixon did anything but impress last week in his place, but bettors are still riding the Steelers as the underdog on the early money. They must not know about the Steelers' 3-7 ATS record in their last 10 on the road.
Those two games may be the only big movers and shakers on the lines early this week, but there is another game bettors should keep an eye on later this week – Kansas City at Cleveland. This game hit the board late because the Chiefs played Monday night, but when it finally showed up the Browns were a 2-point home favorite at Bovada. Even after upsetting the Chargers in Week 1 the Chiefs are still a 2-point underdog to the lowly Browns?
It will be interesting to see what happens to this one when the betting public gets a hold of it, and an injury to Cleveland starting QB Jake Delhomme may also give it a jolt. Although, considering Delhomme's performance in Week 1, the Browns might be in better hands with backup Seneca Wallace.