After one week of the 2019 NFL regular season there are more questions than answers. Are the Baltimore Ravens as good as they showed in their 59-10 win over Miami? Is Lamar Jackson another Patrick Mahomes? Are the Dolphins going to get stomped every week? Is New England a better team with Antonio Brown? Are the Steelers wishing they kept AB after a putrid offensive display on Sunday night? Anyway, you get the idea. There are still a bunch of unknowns.
One game isn’t a true indication of how teams are going to be for the entire year so folks in Baltimore should wait before planning the downtown parade route. We’ll see how Jackson and the Ravens fare this week in their home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Baltimore was on my radar as a top pick last week and I foolishly didn’t back them.
I had a good start to the week, though, taking the under on the Packers/Bears and going with the Chiefs to cover against the Jags. Then came the late games. I didn’t lose with the Chargers, but I didn’t win either. The Colts put up a fight taking the game to overtime by overcoming a 24-9 second half deficit for the push. I didn’t see that coming. And the Steelers were an absolute disaster in their 33-3 loss to the Pats.
Another division battle gets the Week 2 betting started when NFC South foes Tampa Bay and Carolina tangle on Thursday, September 12. The schedule concludes with a Monday Night Football matchup between the Browns and Jets. BookMaker.eu will have spreads and point totals for every game on the 2019 NFL schedule.
NFL Week 2 Schedule and Odds
Thursday, September 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers ( -6, 48.5 ), 8:20 p.m. ET (NFLN)
Sunday, September 15
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals ( -2.5, 44.5 ), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers ( -2.5, 48 ) at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers ( -3, 44 ), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans ( -3, 45 ), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
New England Patriots ( -19, 47.5 ) at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Buffalo Bills ( -2, 43.5 ) at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers ( -3.5. 46.5 ), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Dallas Cowboys ( -5, 47 ) at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens ( 13.5, 46 ), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans ( -9.5, 44 ), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs ( -7, 53.5 ) at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Chicago Bears ( -2.5, 40.5 ) at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams ( -2.5, 52.5 ), 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles ( 1.5, 51 ) at Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Monday, September 16
Cleveland Browns ( -2.5, 45 ) at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
NFL Week 2 Picks
Buffalo Bills ( -2, 43.5 ) at New York Giants
I’m not sold on either of these teams but with the Bills making a return trip to MetLife Stadium after a comeback win over the Jets in Week 1, there has to be a letdown on their part. It’s not a great distance, but it’s a road trip nonetheless, and back-to-backs to start the year aren’t easy. The Giants weren’t bad in their opener, though the final score might indicate otherwise. Buffalo’s offense isn’t nearly as explosive as the Cowboys and we saw Eli Manning play a decent game. I’m backing the G-Men to get the outright win and getting points doesn’t hurt.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans ( -3, 45 )
The Titans are a solid club and a likely contender to win the AFC South. However, I was surprised by Indy’s play last week and coming back from a 15-point deficit to tie the Bolts and go to overtime was a good showing. The Colts didn’t win, but the outcome showed they can play with anybody. The Titans won’t admit it but they are breathing a sigh of relief now that Andrew Luck is no longer around. They never beat Indy with Luck playing, and Tennessee just steamrolled the Browns in the opener. The Colts are more disciplined and the points are a plus.
Kansas City Chiefs ( -7, 53.5 ) at Oakland Raiders
With Patrick Mahomes on a tender ankle and no Tyreek Hill I’m counting on the Chiefs not putting up their usual arena football scoring numbers. Oakland invested heavily on the defensive side and it paid off last week in a stingy effort against the Broncos. The total of 53.5 is the highest on the Week 2 board and I don’t see the team’s hitting the over with a pair of improved defenses.
New England Patriots ( -19, 47.5 ) at Miami Dolphins
After letting Lamar Jackson rip them apart can the Dolphins stop Tom Brady? The betting public says no which is why the Pats are getting a majority of the action. The spread is huge and it already increased 4-points since hitting the board. And it could get higher after what transpired in Week 1. But, the Pats have had issues in Miami going 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six visits. And since 2007, the Pats are 0-5 ATS when laying at least 19 points.
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