Week 2 NFL Betting Lines

Week 2 NFL Betting Lines

Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season was brutal for home chalk, or phenomenal for road dogs depending on which way you look at it. Vegas installed 13 home teams as favorites and only four of them managed to cover: Seattle, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit. Some walked away SU winners like Denver and Pittsburgh, while others like Chicago and Kansas City slunk away in shame as upset victims. Week 2 is still leaning heavily toward home cookin’ with ten of sixteen games backing house money. Here’s an early look at the Week 2 NFL lines.

Detroit at Carolina -2.5 – Cam Newton will be back under center for the ‘Cats after sitting out Week 1 with bad ribs. Derek Anderson was solid in relief, tossing for 230 yards and a pair of scores. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson worked their magic on Monday night hooking up seven times for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Needless to say, the Panthers defense will be a much tougher test than the G-Men. Lions are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road tilts.

Jacksonville at Washington -6 – The Jags fell apart in the second half against Philly, but they were leading by 3 early in the fourth quarter. The Redskins don’t appear to know what they are doing on offense. RG III masquerading as a ‘game manager’ just won’t cut it. Jay Gruden needs to let him be himself or trade him to the Rams.

Dallas at Tennessee -3.5 – Tony Romo was abysmal against the Niners. The Titans defense looked sharp against the Chiefs, but the ‘Boys have a lot more weapons to contain. Jake Locker isn’t a bad quarterback when he plays under control and isn’t under duress. It’s highly unlikely the clown car Cowboys defense will be able to apply much pressure.

New England at Minnesota +3 – No need to panic just yet, but the Pats collapse in South Florida was alarming. They still struggle to run the ball and a the alleged improved defense got steamrolled by Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller. Yikes. Vikings weren’t as dominant as the 34-6 final score would indicate, however, Mike Zimmer has his charges playing with confidence.

Atlanta at Cincinnati -5 – Did oddmakers actually watch Atlanta on Sunday? Matt Ryan carved up a decent Saints defense and looked good doing it. Sure, the Bengals defense is stout, but the Falcons have the skill to pile up points on anyone. That said, Cincinnati is 9-1 ATS in their last ten at home.

Seattle at San Diego +5.5 – Another puzzling line. Seattle is by far the best team in the league and might be better than the incarnation that just won the Super Bowl. The Bolts struggling to move the ball on Arizona doesn’t bode well for their prospects on Sunday. Even without the 12th Man, this one could get ugly.

Kansas City at Denver -13.5 – Remember when the Chiefs were good? Yeah, that was a while ago. The 2014 Broncos won’t be as prolific as they were last year, but they are still potent enough to lay a smackdown on a decimated Kansas City defense.

Chicago at San Francisco -7 – The Bears are staring at an 0-2 start and the schedule doesn’t get very forgiving over the next month. Good and bad Jay Cutler needs to stop showing up or da Bears are in trouble. Niners are 6-0-1 in their last seven versus the NFC North.