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NFL Week 2 Trends Analysis

Looking for an obscure underdog bet for Week 2 in the NFL? How about the 49ers to cover against the Saints on Monday night?

The trends are in favor of the 49ers pulling off an ATS upset. San Francisco may have tanked against the Seahawks in Week 1, but that was on the road in Seattle. Back home the 49ers have been tough to beat with a four-game winning streak and a 3-0-1 ATS record. They're also an excellent 9-2 SU and 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 games at Candlestick. With so many historical angles and situational analysis pointing to a big effort for SF, finding a great underdog line (such as those found at Bovada and [custom:sb-sportsinteraction-textlink]) should be top of mind for Week 2 bettors.

[ More NFL trends below courtesy of Bovada ]

The 49ers may be a 4.5-point home underdog against the Saints at Bovada, but that also plays into their favor on the trends. In their last 10 games as the underdog the 49ers are 7-1-2 ATS. The 49ers are definitely worth a couple bucks as an underdog. If you're a totals bettor the trends are giving you what looks like an easy UNDER winner in Week 2. The Buccaneers and Panthers have been filling UNDER bettors' pockets for awhile now and they collide in Week 2 in Carolina.

Get the most betting options and fastest payouts of any sportsbook. Click here! Look at the Bucs' total results. Tampa Bay has gone UNDER the total in their last four road games and they're 5-2 to the UNDER in their last seven away from home. Even more impressive is that they have posted eight straight UNDER results overall. The Panthers have been an UNDER lock for bettors as well. Carolina has gone UNDER the total in their last four home games and they're 6-1 to the UNDER in their last seven in Carolina. They've also posted a 6-2 record to the UNDER in their last eight games.

With Carolina possibly having to start rookie QB Jimmy Clausen for the first time, and Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman still recovering from a broken thumb, offense will likely be at a premium in this one so put your money on the UNDER. Another trendy pick for Week 2 are the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals get the Ravens at home in Week 2 and for some reason they've had Baltimore's number for awhile. Cincinnati has won their last two games against Baltimore and they covered the spread both times. In their last seven versus the Ravens they're 5-2 SU and ATS, and in their last 11 against Baltimore they're 8-3 SU and ATS. Also worth noting is that Cincy is 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five home games versus the Ravens.

Week 2 NFL Trends courtesy of Bovada, home to the industry's most generous signup bonuses! 9/19/2010

    Arizona        Atlanta        OVER is 6-1-1 past 8 meetings
                        Falcons OVER is 10-2 past 12 games in Sept
9/19/2010    Tampa Bay    Carolina    Bucs UNDER is 8-2 past 10 trips to Carolina
                        Panthers 7-2 ATS past 9 home to Tampa
9/19/2010    Baltimore    Cincinnati    Ravens 1-4 SU & ATS past 5 at Cincinnati
                        Bengals 8-3 ATS past 11 vs Ravens overall
9/19/2010    Kansas City    Cleveland    All 4 prior meetings since 2002 played OVER
                        Chiefs 1-8 SU past 9 Sept road games
9/19/2010    Chicago        Dallas        7 of past 9 meetings played UNDER total
                        Cowboys 8-3 SU past 11 vs NFC North foes
9/19/2010    Philadelphia    Detroit        Eagles 12-4 ATS past 16 vs NFC North teams
                        Lions 3-10 SU past 13 vs NFC East teams
9/19/2010    Buffalo        Green Bay    Packers 1-5-1 ATS past 7 vs Bills
                        Bills 5-1 past 6 Bills vs NFC North teams
9/19/2010    Miami        Minnesota    Vikings 3-1 SU past 4 vs Dolphins
                        Dolphins 1-5-2 ATS past 8 Sept road games
9/19/2010    Pittsburgh    Tennessee    Steelers lost 5 in a row ATS on road in Sept
                        Past 4 meetings here played OVER total
9/19/2010    Seattle        Denver        Seahawks 3-11 SU past 14 vs Broncos
                        Broncos 10-3 ATS past 13 vs NFC West teams
9/19/2010    St. Louis    Oakland        UNDER is 8-1 past 9 Sept road games
                        Raiders 2-10 ATS past 12 Sept home games
9/19/2010    New England    NY Jets        Patriots 10-1 ATS past 11 games at Jets
                        OVER 6-2 past 8 NYJ Sept home games