Bookies Battle Week 1 Recap, NFL Week 2 Contest Lines: Field Off to Middling Start

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Kenny Martin (Caesars Sportsbook, Horseshoe Tunica) and Brad Carpenter (DraftKings, Scarlet Pearl Casino) rose above the fray to take an early lead in Bookies Battle 2022, each picking 11 winners against the spread in the opening week of the NFL season. Their performances are in contrast to a losing overall effort by contest participants.

While contestants leaned heavily toward the favorites – the majority of the field laid the points in 10 of the 16 games – nine underdogs covered the contest line.

Consensus picks went just 7-9, and six of the most popular eight plays were losers.

Ravens (-7 at Jets), the top Week 1 pick in Bookies Battle, did come through for 78% of the field, as did Dolphins (-3 vs. Patriots), the fourth most popular play.

NFL Week 1 Consensus Picks Results, Bookies Battle 2022

GameConsensus Pick% of PoolConsensus W/L
Ravens at JetsRavens -778%Win
Giants at TitansTitans -5.575%Loss
Browns at Panthers Panthers -272%Loss
Patriots at DolphinsDolphins -372%Win
Broncos at SeahawksBroncos -6.568%Loss
Raiders at ChargersRaiders +3.563%Loss
Jaguars at CommandersJags +363%Loss
Eagles at LionsEagles -457%Loss
Packers at VikingsVikings +1.557%Win
Saints at FalconsSaints -557%Loss
Bucs at CowboysCowboys +1.556%Loss
49ers at BearsBears +756%Win
Chiefs at CardinalsChiefs -3.554%Win
Steelers at BengalsBengals -6.553%Loss
Bills at Rams Bills -2.551%Win
Colts at TexansTexans +8.550%Win

Outright losses by the Titans (-5.5 vs. Giants) and Broncos (-6.5 at Seahawks) also helped bring down large percentages of survivor pool entrants across the country.

nfl week 2 contest lines
Brian Daboll and the Giants were bad news for most Bookies Battle contestants in Week 1 (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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Bookie Battle NFL Week 2 Odds

Contestants are looking at a betting card featuring four double-digit point spreads, the Rams, Broncos, Packers, and Bills all laying big numbers at home against perceived inferior competition.

Our board also shows five games priced within a field goal.

NFL Week 2 Lines
LA Chargers (+3.5) @ KC Chiefs (-3.5)
TB Buccaneers (-3.0) @ NO Saints (+3.0)
NE Patriots (-1.0) @ PIT Steelers (+1.0)
IND Colts (-4.0) @ JAX Jaguars (+4.0)
WAS Commanders (+2.5) @ DET Lions (-2.5)
NY Jets (+6.0) @ CLE Browns (-6.0)
CAR Panthers (+2.5) @ NY Giants (-2.5)
MIA Dolphins (+3.5) @ BAL Ravens (-3.5)
SEA Seahawks (+9.0) @ SF 49ers (-9.0)
ATL Falcons (+10.5) @ LA Rams (-10.5)
HOU Texans (+10.0) @ DEN Broncos (-10.0)
CIN Bengals (-7.0) @ DAL Cowboys (+7.0)
ARI Cardinals (+5.5) @ LV Raiders (-5.5)
CHI Bears (+10.0) @ GB Packers (-10.0)
TEN Titans (+10.0) @ BUF Bills (-10.0)
MIN Vikings (+1.5) @ PHI Eagles (-1.5)

With the injury to Dak Prescott, we’ve seen a massive line swing for Bengals at Cowboys. After opening Dallas -2.5, our contest oddsboard shows Cincy -7. Dak’s thumb injury is a tough break for Dallas; it’s also a tough break for CBS Sports, whose game of the week has lost plenty of luster.

Also read: Cowboys odds on the move after Prescott injury

Keep up with Bookies Battle 2022

Ten of our competing bookmakers went 10-6 in Week 1 and trail Martin and Carpenter by just a game. Among that second-place group are some of the more prominent names in the business: Jason Scott (BetMGM), Jay Kornegay (SuperBook USA), and Robert Kowalski (Baldin’s Casino). Mike Lewis, who hovered near the top of the standings throughout last season, and 2020 Bookies Battle champ Randy Madayag are also among those 10.

About 70 sportsbook VPs, directors, and managers from around the sports betting community – including some of the most expert oddsmakers in the business – entered this season’s contest. Follow along with their picks and performances right here.

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