NFL Week 2 Preview

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How good is it to have NFL back??? Sure, makes getting up on Monday’s that little bit easier! Week 1 however wasn’t just highlighted by the games, more about the ongoing Antonio Brown saga. He has somehow landed in New England in a very fishy smelling move (unlike the Patriots to bend the rules) and is now living with the Brady Bunch. However, there were some cracking games, none more amazing than the Monday Night game, with Will Lutz draining a 58-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Texans – even after they scored a TD with 37 seconds to go to take the lead. It was the first time in Monday Night history that the lead changed hands twice in the last 60 seconds.

Let’s have a quick look through some of week 2’s key match-ups.

Week 2 kicks off on Friday morning with an NFC South match-up. The Panthers ($1.31) host the Buccaneers ($3.35). Both teams are coming off losses, but not all losses are created equal and the Panthers going down to the Rams last week looked a lot better than the Buccaneers who fell to the 49ers. Led by 209 yards from superstar Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers fell just short of beating the reigning NFC champs. The Bucs however looked awful as Jameis Winston threw 3 picks and was sacked 3 times. I love the Panthers at home here and am more than happy to take them -6.5 points @$1.9.

A Massive 10 games make up the 3am session Monday morning. A couple of inter division scraps get my attention. The new look Packers ($1.56) take on NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings ($2.27) at Lambeau. The Packers defence looked fantastic in the opener and pulled off an upset win over the more fancied Bears. The Vikings also looked impressive as they smashed the Falcons. This game should be a good old-fashioned defensive war. This is also the only game out of the 10 that has 2 teams that won week 1 facing off. The under 45.5 points at $1.73 looks good value and as already had some support.

The other divisional match-up that caught my eye was in the AFC South. The Colts ($2.34) travel to Tennessee ($1.53). I tipped the Colts last week and despite the loss, it is not all doom and gloom for them like a lot of people predicted after the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. Led by Marlon Mack they were unlucky to go down in OT to the Chargers. The Titans looked great against the Browns last week and absolutely demolished them, although most of the talk is about how poor the Browns were and not how good the Titans played. This game will be a lot of fun to watch, with play-makers all over the field, the over 45.5 points at $1.95 gets me excited.

The later potion of Monday morning has three fascinating match-ups. A repeat of the NFC Championship leads the way as the Rams ($1.68) host the Saints ($2.06). After the controversial ending of their previous meeting look for the Saints to be fired-up. I like the Saints here to get the job done, Brees and Payton will be able to motivate their troops and get revenge for last year’s loss. The Bears ($1.63) head to Denver ($2.14) looking to get their season kick started after it stalled week 1. I fear for Joe Flacco’s safety here, the Raiders were able to sack him 3 times last week and I can only imagine what a pumped-up Bears defence and Khalil Mack might do. Bears for me get the job done, happy to take the -2.5 @ $1.87. The other game sees the Raiders ($3.5) host the Chiefs ($1.26). Now that all the AB drama has ended (for Oakland at least), the Raiders let their on field actions do the talking with a good win against the Broncos. A big loss for them however will be 1st Round Safety Johnathan Abram who is done for the season. The Chiefs are coming off a scary performance where they decimated one of the top defences in the NFL. More of the same for me with the Chiefs offence, I like them to score over 30.5 points at $1.83.

Sunday Night Football (Monday) is between the Atlanta Falcons ($1.99) and the Philadelphia Eagles ($1.73). The Falcons offensive starters played very little in preseason and it showed in week 1 as they were pathetic. The Eagles struggled for a half, but than did what good teams do and put there foot down in the 2nd half to come away comfortable winners against Washington. It’s a tough game to line-up, will the Falcons be better for the run? Which Eagles team from last week will show up, the 1st half or the 2nd half? It’s a game I won’t be having action on.

Monday Night Football come to us from Metlife, as my Jets ($2.13) host the Browns ($1.64). Last week I am not going to lie, I was very salty, getting up at 3am to watch the Jets throw away a win, up 16-0 after Le’veon Bell’s TD, disaster struck when big free agent signing CJ Mosely injured his groin. The Bills than rattled off 17 points to hold on to win by 1 point. A missed FG and extra point proved costly, especially considering they let pro bowl kicker Jason Myers walk in the off-season. The Browns came crashing back down to earth in week 1 being thumped by the Titans, they haven’t won in week one now for 12 years. It was an horrific performance, but they still have star players everywhere and should look to bounce back this week. Another tough game to pick, but a team that lost by 1 point being an outsider to a team that lost by 30 seems strange to me. I feel like the Jets are good value at @$2.13.  

My week 2 tips:

Panthers over Buccaneers

Ravens over Cardinals   

49ers over Bengals

Chargers over Lions

Packers over Vikings

Texans over Jaguars

Patriots over Dolphins

Bills over Giants

Seahawks over Steelers

Cowboys over Washington

Chiefs over Raiders

Bears over Broncos

Saints over Rams

Eagles over Falcons

Jets over Browns

My week 2 multis

Don’t forget any 4+ leg multi gets and extra 20% boost on top.