NFL Week 2 Betting Trends: Opening Week Losers Draw Early Action at Sportsbooks

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Four teams who suffered heartbreaking defeats in the opening week need to have a short memory. They also have gained the most betting love out of the gate for Week 2. That’s according to early DraftKings’ NFL betting trends.

The Cincinnati Bengals, overtime losers to the Pittsburgh Steelers, obtained overwhelming early support with 92% of the spread handle as a 7-point road favorite against the Dak Prescott-less Dallas Cowboys. This is the second straight week the Bengals are favored in the neighborhood of a touchdown. The line moved to Cincinnati -8.5 on some oddsboards, and the Bengals still had 86% support Tuesday.

The Las Vegas Raiders, who dropped a gritty 24-19 affair against the Los Angeles Chargers, are expected to right the ship against the Arizona Cardinals. Host Las Vegas is -5.5 and carries 69% of the money.

nfl week 2 betting trends, derek carr, raiders
Early NFL Week 2 betting trends show Derek Carr and the Raiders attracting some wagering dollars vs. the Cardinals (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Detroit Lions, who covered +5.5 in a 38-35 losing effort to the Philadelphia Eagles, have 72%.

The Atlanta Falcons, who squandered a 26-10 fourth-quarter lead in losing 27-26 to the New Orleans Saints, are back on the betting horse. They obtained 61% of the money by Tuesday as a fat 10.5-point road underdog against the Los Angeles Rams. The Falcons covered as 5.5-point underdogs in the loss to the Saints.

Only the New York Giants, who nudged the Tennessee Titans 21-20 at +5.5, have a Week 1 win and a perch in the top five group for betting support. At -2.5, they carried 76% of the early money against the visiting Carolina Panthers

Most of the wagering comes in on Sunday, of course, but it’s always interesting to see where the betting looks at “halftime”, midweek, and how it changes before kickoff.

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How They’re Betting NFL Week 2 Totals

The Lions-Commanders game leads the Over parade with 93% of gamblers expecting the number to exceed 48.5. Both teams shattered the Over totals in their opener.

A strong 80% believes the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos will go Over 46.5.

On the Under side, the Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots encounter leads the way with 95% of the players going under 41 points.

Under bettors cashed on both teams last week. The Steelers-Bengals went Under 44.5 and the Patriots lost 20-7 to the Miami Dolphins. Both teams have good defenses, and the health of Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has betting interest.

Jones sustained a back injury against the Dolphins. If he can’t go, the Steelers, +1, could become favored and the Under could even go lower.

The Rams and Falcons have 91% expectation to go Under 47.5.

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Some of these matchups and NFL Week 2 betting trenhave additional panache, with circumstances surrounding them. Let’s examine them.

The Betting Line: Philadelphia Eagles -2.5 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Between the Lines: Draft Night Delusion

This is not a geographic rivalry, but one in which the teams unwittingly find themselves joined at the hip for the Monday night finale to the schedule.

In 2018, the Eagles pummeled the Vikings 38-7, advancing to the Super Bowl in, of all places, Minnesota. The Vikings were punitively denied the privilege of playing the big game on their own turf.

But they got even. Man, did they get even.

No, it wasn’t the two subsequent regular-season victories for Minnesota.

It was the 2020 draft.

With the 21st pick, the Eagles selected Jalen Reagor.

With the 22nd, the Vikings selected, uh, Justin Jefferson.

Eagles fans have been apoplectic ever since.

Jefferson is one of the true great talents, the Randy Moss of our time. He in fact broke Moss’ team rookie record for receptions and set an NFL rookie record of 1,400 receiving yards two years ago.

Last year, he notched 1,616 yards.

In two seasons, he delivered more than 3,000 receiving yards and two Pro Bowl selections as one of only three Viking receivers to do that (joining Moss and Sammy White).

Reagor? Well, he had 676 yards in his first two seasons. He had the dropsies. Eagles fans did not embrace him. He tallied three touchdowns, including two last year.

Jefferson got two in the first game this season, in Minnesota’s 23-7 triumph over the Green Bay Packers.

Eagles fans received one more knife twist in the off-season. Reagor is not with the Eagles any more. He’s with the Vikings…as a punt returner.

Yes, Jefferson and Reagor will both be at Lincoln Financial Field Monday night. But not going mano-a-mano, like two No. 1draft picks would. The Eagles took the Vikings’ punt returner — instead of someone destined to become one of the all-time greats — with their top pick in the draft.

That grates on this franchise all the time. The snub of Jefferson may become its worst draft gaffe, ever

Week 1 Review

The Eagles surrendered a 38-21 fourth-quarter lead and the cover against the Lions but managed to hold on for moneyline bettors.

A.J. Brown had a monster game for his new team with 155 receiving yards. But he did not score. This team had four rushing TDs and a pick-6.

The Vikings at -2.5 looked dominant in crushing the Green Bay Packers 23-7. Against an Eagles defense that relies on coverage, rather than pressure, Jefferson has a chance for some big numbers.

Also read: NFL Week 2 Betting Strategies | NFL Week 2 Power Rankings

The Betting Line: Buffalo Bills -10 vs Tennessee Titans

Between the Lines: Teams Heading Opposite Ways?

This spread makes a huge statement. These were two playoff teams a few months ago. Now this game opens with a double-digit point spread.

This is a possible definitive step forward for the Bills, the Super Bowl chalk at most sportsbooks.

The Titans were the No. 1 AFC playoff seed last year but were upended by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bills lost an epic shootout with the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round.

These teams have been near the top of the AFC in recent years. But now the Titans may be ebbing as the Bills are flowing. No A.J. Brown, now a Philadelphia Eagle. They then lost to the Giants, etc.

What history between these franchises, too.

In 2021, the Titans stopped Bills quarterback Josh Allen at the 3, preserving a 34-31 triumph. Like two heavyweight fighters, the teams offered a classic slugfest featuring seven lead changes and a showcase both for Allen and Tennessee’s Derrick Henry.

Allen had 353 yards and three touchdowns. Henry added 143 yards and three scores.

The Titans should be angry this week, having lost in the final seconds to the Giants in Week 1. But they are in Buffalo to face a team with deep post-season expectations.

Two more things link these teams — monstrous achievements at the other’s expense in the playoffs.

In 1993, Buffalo staged the biggest playoff comeback in history, erasing a 35-3 third-quarter hole to defeat the then Houston Oilers, 41-38. Those Oilers became these Titans.

Tennessee got even with the Music City Miracle, getting a kickoff return via backward pass to stun the Bills in 2000.

The Betting Line Cincinnati Bengals -8.5 at Dallas Cowboys

Between the Lines: Post-Prescott

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is out 6-8 week with a fractured thumb. Time for Cooper Rush.

He sports one nice game, a 325-yard, two touchdown effort in leading the Cowboys past the Minnesota Vikings in 2021. That performance each week would at least bring the Cowboys into the middle of the NFL pack.

But right now they are reeling.

One week ago, they were the +140 chalk to win the NFC East. Now they have to wonder when they will win a game.

Update: NFC East odds | Cowboys’ Super Bowl odds adjusted

Some sportsbooks, usually FanDuel, post weekly props regarding whether every team in the NFL will score a touchdown. Each week, the big concern is the New York Jets.

Well, the only team in the NFL that did not score a TD in Week 1 was the Cowboys — even with Prescott playing most of the way.
This has not been lost on the books.

At Caesars, the Cowboys went from +2000 (20/1) to +2500 ( to 25/1) for Super Bowl odds after falling to the Buccaneers, and skyrocketed upon news Prescott would miss several weeks with a thumb injury hit.

That number shot all the way up to +5000 (50/1) following the news.

More NFL Betting: NFL Week 2 odds | Week 3 Look-ahead Lines

“It’s not like he got hurt in the first quarter, and you can make an excuse for how the Cowboys offense looked the entire game,” said Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading at Caesars Sportsbook. “They did not look good, period. The Cowboys have a tough schedule coming up with the Bengals this weekend, then some division games and the Rams. The Dak injury puts them in a really tough position, we’ll see where they stand once he comes back and whether they’re in a hole that they can’t get out of.”

The Bengals sputtered and lost to the Steelers in Week 1. The defending AFC champs did not look ready to play, yet nearly won.

Is this new point spread too generous?

Personnel-wise, Tee Higgins is in concussion protocol. Tyler Boyd might be looked at in prop wagering if Higgins can’t go.

NFL Week 2 Betting

Bet TypeSpreads
Open
Thu (9/8) @ 8:22pm ET BUF Bills -110 -1667 -5000 -2000 -127 0 0
LA Rams -110 +800 +1500 +1000 +107 +10000 +10000
Sun (9/11) @ 1:00pm ET NO Saints -185 -2500 -5000 +270 -233 +800 0
ATL Falcons +150 +1000 +1300 -345 +200 -1667 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET PIT Steelers +225 +200 -1111 -400 +114 +105
CIN Bengals -278 -250 +650 +300 -147 -120
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET NE Patriots +130 +1800 +1000 +1100 +10000 +3000
MIA Dolphins -154 -10000 -1667 -2500 0 -10000
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET JAX Jaguars +125 +400 +240 +375 +430 0
WAS Commanders -149 -556 -303 -500 -667 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET PHI Eagles -189 -1667 -5000 -5000 0 0
DET Lions +155 +750 +1300 +1400 +10000 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET IND Colts -370 -164 -345 -263 +144 0
HOU Texans +290 +135 +270 +210 -185 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET CLE Browns -175 +100 -1111 -3333 +230 -5000
CAR Panthers +145 -130 +650 +1200 -313 +1700
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET SF 49ers -278 +1100 +3300 +700 +4000 +7000
CHI Bears +220 -2500 -10000 -1250 0 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:05pm ET BAL Ravens -200 -1667 -5000 -5000 0 0
NY Jets +165 +850 +1400 +2000 +10000 +17500
Sun (9/11) @ 4:24pm ET KC Chiefs -161 -10000 -10000 -5000 -250 0 0
ARI Cardinals +130 +2000 +1700 +1600 +215 +10000 +12500
Sun (9/11) @ 4:25pm ET NY Giants +240 +320 +450 +375 +200 +630 +220
TEN Titans -303 -476 -667 -500 -233 -1250 -278
Sun (9/11) @ 4:25pm ET GB Packers -120 +420 +1400 +525 +106 +10000 +7000
MIN Vikings +100 -714 -10000 -833 -120 0 0
Sun (9/11) @ 4:26pm ET LV Raiders +155 +1600 +1400 +900 +160 +6500 +1800
LA Chargers -189 -10000 -5000 -1667 -182 0 -5000
Sun (9/11) @ 8:23pm ET TB Buccaneers -135 -10000 -10000 -3333 -137 0 -10000
DAL Cowboys +110 +1500 +1600 +1200 +120 +10000 +3500
Mon (9/12) @ 8:15pm ET DEN Broncos -200 +200 +170 -189 +8000 +200
SEA Seahawks +165 -250 -200 +155 0 -250
Thu (9/8) @ 8:22pm ET BUF Bills -10.5 +105 -20.5 -769 -14.5 -145 -20.5 -400 -1.5 -118 -20.5 0 -20.5 -192
LA Rams +10.5 -125 +20.5 +530 +14.5 +120 +20.5 +300 +1.5 -104 +20.5 +7000 +20.5 +160
Sun (9/11) @ 1:00pm ET NO Saints -3.5 -105 +4.5 +100 +1.5 +500 -1.0 -323 -5.5 -109 -0.5 0 +7.5 +100
ATL Falcons +3.5 -115 -4.5 -130 -1.5 -714 +1.0 +250 +5.5 -112 +0.5 +7500 -7.5 -115
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET PIT Steelers +6.5 -110 -0.5 -263 -1.5 +180 -5.5 -714 +0.5 -114 +1.0 -192
CIN Bengals -6.5 -110 +0.5 +210 +1.5 -227 +5.5 +475 -0.5 -114 -1.0 +160
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET NE Patriots +3.0 -110 +13.5 -179 +17.5 -105 +13.0 +1100 +13.5 -182 +13.5 -175
MIA Dolphins -3.0 -110 -13.5 +145 -17.5 -115 -13.0 -2500 -13.5 +138 -13.5 +145
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET JAX Jaguars +3.0 -110 -1.5 -125 -1.5 -130 +6.0 -556 +5.5 +365 -1.5 -141
WAS Commanders -3.0 -110 +1.5 -105 +1.5 +105 -6.0 +400 -5.5 -556 +1.5 +120
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET PHI Eagles -3.5 -105 -7.0 -125 -4.5 -110 -7.5 +115 -3.5 +7000 -7.0 -108
DET Lions +3.5 -115 +7.0 -105 +4.5 -110 +7.5 -145 +3.5 0 +7.0 -108
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET IND Colts -7.5 -110 -0.5 +1300 +6.5 +125 -2.5 -250 -0.5 +146 +6.5 +135
HOU Texans +7.5 -110 +0.5 -5000 -6.5 -154 +2.5 +200 +0.5 -196 -6.5 -161
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET CLE Browns -3.5 -110 -6.5 -105 -8.5 -141 -2.0 +270 +0.5 +350 -1.5 0
CAR Panthers +3.5 -110 +6.5 -125 +8.5 +115 +2.0 -345 -0.5 -526 +1.5 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET SF 49ers -6.5 -110 +8.5 +310 +8.5 +105 +9.5 -145 +8.5 +310 +9.0 -108
CHI Bears +6.5 -110 -8.5 -417 -8.5 -130 -9.5 +115 -8.5 -455 -9.0 -108
Sun (9/11) @ 1:05pm ET BAL Ravens -4.5 -110 -18.0 +115 -20.5 -115 -21.5 +340 -14.5 0 -20.5 0
NY Jets +4.5 -110 +18.0 -145 +20.5 -105 +21.5 -455 +14.5 +6000 +20.5 0
Sun (9/11) @ 4:24pm ET KC Chiefs -3.0 -110 -28.0 -135 -22.5 -345 -23.0 +420 -6.0 -114 -22.5 -313 -23.0 +100
ARI Cardinals +3.0 -110 +28.0 +105 +22.5 +260 +23.0 -588 +6.0 -108 +22.5 +225 +23.0 -115
Sun (9/11) @ 4:25pm ET NY Giants +6.5 -110 +7.0 -115 +6.5 +200 +1.5 +170 +5.5 -110 +1.5 +172 +7.0 0
TEN Titans -6.5 -110 -7.0 -115 -6.5 -250 -1.5 -208 -5.5 -110 -1.5 -233 -7.0 0
Sun (9/11) @ 4:25pm ET GB Packers -1.5 -110 +13.0 -110 +16.5 -135 +15.5 +375 +1.5 -109 +15.5 +6000 +16.0 -227
MIN Vikings +1.5 -110 -13.0 -120 -16.5 +110 -15.5 -500 -1.5 -112 -15.5 0 -16.0 +185
Sun (9/11) @ 4:26pm ET LV Raiders +4.0 -110 +7.5 -105 +8.5 -141 +4.5 -145 +3.5 -110 +5.5 -769 +4.5 -115
LA Chargers -4.0 -110 -7.5 -125 -8.5 +115 -4.5 +115 -3.5 -110 -5.5 +450 -4.5 +100
Sun (9/11) @ 8:23pm ET TB Buccaneers -2.5 -110 -15.5 -3333 -15.5 -3333 -16.5 +240 -2.5 -110 -16.5 +1350 -16.0 +115
DAL Cowboys +2.5 -110 +15.5 +1100 +15.5 +1100 +16.5 -303 +2.5 -110 +16.5 -10000 +16.0 -135
Mon (9/12) @ 8:15pm ET DEN Broncos -4.5 -110 -1.0 -110 -1.5 -164 +1.0 +900 +0.5 +7000 -2.0 +135
SEA Seahawks +4.5 -110 +1.0 -120 +1.5 +140 -1.0 -1667 -0.5 0 +2.0 -161
Thu (9/8) @ 8:22pm ET BUF Bills o52.5 -110 o48 -141 o50.5 +135 o52.0 -109 o41.5 +6000 o42.5 +150
LA Rams u52.5 -110 u48 +110 u50.5 -161 u52.0 -112 u41.5 0 u42.5 -179
Sun (9/11) @ 1:00pm ET NO Saints u42.5 -110 u50 -105 u51.5 -345 u43.5 -110 u44.0 -115 u50.5 -1250 u47.5 -108
ATL Falcons o42.5 -110 o50 -125 o51.5 +280 o43.5 -110 o44.0 -106 o50.5 +600 o47.5 -108
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET PIT Steelers u44.5 -110 u44 -110 u43.5 -115 u43.5 -769 u41.5 -161
CIN Bengals o44.5 -110 o44 -120 o43.5 -105 o43.5 +460 o41.5 +135
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET NE Patriots u45.5 -115 u34 +105 u33.5 +125 u27.5 -169 u27.5 -161
MIA Dolphins o45.5 -105 o34 -135 o33.5 -154 o27.5 +130 o27.5 +135
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET JAX Jaguars o43.5 -110 o45 -145 o46.5 -115 o50.5 +280 o45 -120
WAS Commanders u43.5 -110 u45 +115 u46.5 -105 u50.5 -400 u45 +105
Sun (9/11) @ 1:03pm ET PHI Eagles u46.5 -110 u73.5 -125 u75.5 +115 u73.5 0 u73 +110
DET Lions o46.5 -110 o73.5 -105 o75.5 -141 o73.5 +7000 o73 -125
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET IND Colts u44.5 -110 u39.5 -115 u41.5 -130 u42.5 +275 u39.5 +100
HOU Texans o44.5 -110 o39.5 -115 o41.5 +105 o42.5 -400 o39.5 -115
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET CLE Browns u42.5 -110 u43 -120 u41.5 -110 u47.5 -526 u46.5 0
CAR Panthers o42.5 -110 o43 -110 o41.5 -110 o47.5 +340 o46.5 0
Sun (9/11) @ 1:04pm ET SF 49ers u42.5 -110 u32.5 -125 u30.5 -115 u29.5 -147 u30.5 -141
CHI Bears o42.5 -110 o32.5 -105 o30.5 -105 o29.5 +114 o30.5 +120
Sun (9/11) @ 1:05pm ET BAL Ravens o45.5 -110 o33.5 -130 o33.5 -200 o33.5 +4000 o28.5 0
NY Jets u45.5 -110 u33.5 +100 u33.5 +165 u33.5 0 u28.5 0
Sun (9/11) @ 4:24pm ET KC Chiefs u53.5 -110 u61.5 +100 u64.5 +100 u53.5 -108 u65.5 -278 u65.5 0
ARI Cardinals o53.5 -110 o61.5 -130 o64.5 -120 o53.5 -114 o65.5 +205 o65.5 0
Sun (9/11) @ 4:25pm ET NY Giants o44.5 -105 o40 +100 o39.5 -120 o44 -110 o44.0 -110 o43.5 -233 o39.5 0
TEN Titans u44.5 -115 u40 -130 u39.5 +100 u44 -110 u44.0 -110 u43.5 +175 u39.5 0
Sun (9/11) @ 4:25pm ET GB Packers o48.5 -110 o36.5 -110 o37.5 -110 o46.5 -112 o30.5 +2800 o37.5 +100
MIN Vikings u48.5 -110 u36.5 -120 u37.5 -110 u46.5 -109 u30.5 0 u37.5 -115
Sun (9/11) @ 4:26pm ET LV Raiders o51.5 -110 o48.5 -115 o46.5 -115 o52.5 -109 o43.5 +305 o46 -108
LA Chargers u51.5 -110 u48.5 -115 u46.5 -105 u52.5 -112 u43.5 -455 u46 -108
Sun (9/11) @ 8:23pm ET TB Buccaneers u52.5 -110 u28 -110 u29.5 -105 u50.0 -110 u22.5 -5000 u23.5 -208
DAL Cowboys o52.5 -110 o28 -120 o29.5 -115 o50.0 -110 o22.5 +1300 o23.5 +175
Mon (9/12) @ 8:15pm ET DEN Broncos o41.5 -110 o38.5 -130 o37.5 -200 o33.5 +2000 o36 -132
SEA Seahawks u41.5 -110 u38.5 +100 u37.5 +170 u33.5 0 u36 +110
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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo is a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, who has covered the sports industry since the 1970’s. He won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1997, and is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. He has broadcast major fights all over the world. The advent of legalized sports wagering shifted his focus to this exciting new industry in 2018.

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