Packers Heavy Week 2 Favorites
Losing Ryan Grant hasn't diminished the Green Bay Packers in the eyes of the oddsmakers this week, as they're the biggest favorite of Week 2 in their matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
The Packers are nearly a two-touchdown favorite at home against Buffalo this week as a 13-point chalk on the Packers Bills odds list. Green Bay's offense fizzled at times last week against Philadelphia, but they could take full flight against a Buffalo squad that will be missing LB Paul Posluszny.
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Green Bay's main concern this week has to be how will they're running game do in the hands of Brandon Jackson. The Packers went into the season with only two halfbacks, Grant and Jackson, so the backup role now shifts to full back John Kuhn. This could mean more passes attempts for Aaron Rodgers this weekend.
The trends on this game don't make Green Bay look like a great bet as a big favorite. The Packers sports a lame 1-5-1 ATS record in their last seven versus the Bills an Buffalo has won four-straight ATS when listed as a dog of 8.5 points or more. Also against the Packers is the Bills 8-3 ATS record in their last 11 on the road. If you're looking for the game of the week try the AFC East clash between the Patriots and Jets.
After a lackluster season debut versus the Ravens last week the Jets could use a big divisional win, while the Pats just hope to continue the offensive momentum they built in last week's impressive 38-24 win over Cincinnati. The Jets' defense was the only real bright spot in against Baltimore last week and they'll have their hands full trying to shutdown Tom Brady and Wes Welker. We didn't include Randy Moss there because he'll have Darrelle Revis all over him all day which could keep him from making an impact.
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Last season against Revis and the Jets, Moss was held to nine catches for 58 yards in two games. Brady already said he doesn't plan on challenging Revis so Moss could be in for another light day. The Patriots have been a road favorite their last seven times at the Jets and this weekend isn't any different, as they're a 3-point chalk. New England lost their last game at the Jets last season, 16-9 as a 3.5-point favorite, but before that defeat they had won eight in a row both SU and ATS on the road versus the Jets.
There are some major injury concerns around the league in Week 2 that bettors need to be aware of before making their final bets. Here are five games that you need to watch for the latest injury reports.
Tampa Bay at Carolina (-3) – Panthers quarterback Matt Moore has been upgraded to probable, but with concussions you never now what can happen leading up to game time. Don't let a possible Jimmy Clausen debut sneak up on you.
Kansas City at Cleveland (-2) – Browns' QB Jake Delhomme is looking more doubtful as Sunday draws nearer. Seneca Wallace might actually be an improvement, but I'd still take the Chiefs as the underdog after the way they handled San Diego in Week 1.
Chicago at Dallas (-7) – The Cowboys dreadful offensive line is hoping to get OT Marc Colombo back this weekend. Dallas not only needs him to rid themselves of Alex Barron, but also to keep Julius Peppers in check.
Philadelphia (-6.5) at Detroit - With both Kevin Kolb and Matt Stafford out it will be Michael Vick and Shaun Hill at quarterback. In that battle I'd take Vick with the weapons at his disposal.
NY Giants at Indianapolis – The battle of the Manning brothers could be trouble for Eli if Hakeem Nicks (who scored three touchdowns in Week 1) can't go because of a bad ankle. [ Manning Brother prop odds, visit Bovada for cool fantasy football style odds ]