Packers Redskins Betting Preview Week 2

Two teams looking to bounce back from opening losses collide in Green Bay on Sunday, when the Packers host the Redskins.

Washington second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled in the first half in a Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but rebounded to lead a second-half rally that put the Redskins back in the game. Griffin ended up with 329 yards passing, but wasn’t much of a threat on the ground. Washington finished with only 74 yards rushing.

The banged-up Packers battled with the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, but couldn’t come up with a key stop or clutch drive when they needed it in a Week 1 loss.

Green Bay lost multiple offensive starters in training camp, including starting running back DeJuan Harris and starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. It showed in the loss to San Francisco. Aaron Rodgers was sacked twice, and the Packers’ ground game finished with just 63 yards.

Green Bay has won eight straight home games, covering the spread in five of them. The Redskins went 6-2 against the spread on the road last season.


NFL Betting: Key Week 2 Injuries

Realistically, the Green Bay Packers were supposed to get thumped by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, while the Washington Redskins were supposed to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both come into their showdown this Sunday with losses still stinging, and looking to avoid a disappointing 0-2 start to the 2013 season.

And though their showdown is in Green Bay, and the Packers are laying 7 at Bovada, they may be vulnerable to a live underdog due to a key injury.


NFL Betting: Book rooting for Bucs, Giants

Last week, sportsbooks were cheering against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with everything they had. This week, the books are the Bucs’ biggest fans out there.

Tampa Bay hosts the New Orleans Saints, who are 3.5-point favorites.

“The book needs Tampa Bay +3.5 HUGE,” Bovada oddsmaker Kevin Bradley wrote in an email. “Last week they were also involved in our biggest Sunday decision, but we needed them not to cover; the life of a bookmaker.”


NFL Computer Picks: Week 2

The trusty OddsShark computer came out of the gates a little rusty in Week 1.
It’s been known to bounce back and improve throughout the season; as the data and sample size grows and becomes more accurate, so does the computer. 
Week 1 was difficult for a lot of bettors, with surprising covers from the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Oakland Raiders. The computer went 6-10 against the spread in Week 1, but also was an impressive 10-5-1 on over/unders, with the push coming in the Cincinnati Bengals-Chicago Bears game.

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.


NFL Betting: Week 2 Line Moves

There’s plenty of betting love for Andy Reid’s Kansas Chiefs as we head into the second weekend of the NFL season.


After opening as a pick ‘em, the Chiefs have grown to 3-point favorites over the visiting Dallas Cowboys in one of largest line movements of the week.


Reid, who is in his first season in Kansas City, covered the spread in four of his last five meetings with the Cowboys during the end of his tenure in Philadelphia. Now, the big fella is coaching with a chip on his shoulder with the Chiefs.



Eagles have edge on Week 2 NFL slate

According to the OddsShark power rankings, the four biggest mismatches for Week 2 in the NFL find three home teams at an advantage, and one visitor as the dominant team.


NFL Betting Trends: Week 2

The Patriots (-14) look like a potential blowout winner against the Jets on Thursday night, but make note chalk-eaters: Bill Belichick's boys are mired in a 6-16 ATS run as a double-digit home favorite.


However, the Fly Boys haven't covered as a double-digit pup since 2006, coincidentally against the Pats. Confused? Ignore the side and play the over, as the last seven meetings have gone high.


Some of the other top trends that stand out this week (lines courtesy of 5Dimes):


Week 1 NFL Betting Recap

Oddsmakers successfully turned Week 1 of the NFL season into a coin flip, with seven favorites and eight underdogs covering the spread and the Bengals-Bears game ending in a push.

Eight games went OVER the total, and eight games stayed UNDER. Eight home teams and seven road teams covered the spread.

On average, the 16 opening games were decided by 6.9 points of the closing spread. The Kansas City Chiefs’ 28-2 blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars featured the biggest spread differential. Favored by 3.5 points, the Chiefs covered by 22.5 points.


NFL Betting: Week 2 Lines & Totals

With the first week of NFL betting in the books the spreads and totals for Week 2 began popping up at sportsbooks late on Sunday night and Monday. Several of the lines moved quickly; none more than the Thursday night showdown between the New York Jets and host New England Patriots.


The Patriots opened as low as 10-point favorites, but that number didn’t last long. The line surged to as high as Patriots -14 on Monday, but had settled back down at minus -12.5 as of Tuesday afternoon.


Where it’ll end up is anyone’s guess.




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