NFL Week 2 Betting Lines
Last year on the national stage of Monday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens were utterly humiliated 34-20 by the Kansas City Chiefs in week three. At that time, the game was touted as the matchup that would prove ultimate superiority in the AFC. Kansas City totally dominated the Ravens on their home field, staking out a 27-10 halftime lead. Further, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes showed up 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player Lamar Jackson. Mahomes threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns and ran for one more. Jackson was held to 97 yards passing. Of course, the Ravens were the top seed of the 2019 AFC Playoffs. But they were upset in a home shocker by the upstart Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Things have never been the same since. But a win over the two-time defending AFC Champion Chiefs on NBC Sunday Night Football could serve as a springboard to a major comeback.
Amazingly enough, the New Orleans Saints opened as one of the top favorites to win the 2021 NFC Championship. That is despite the fact that future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees is retired. Not only that, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers interception machine quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to be under center for the Saints. Winston spent last season learning the Saints system. Head coach Sean Payton is a renowned quarterback guru, and much of the betting is in respect to that. But whether Payton can turn around Winston remains to be seen. And whether Winston has grown up enough to have the necessary study habits will also have to be proven. The Saints will be at the Carolina Panthers for week two, where quarterback Sam Darnold is trying to rebuild his career out of the ashes after being ruined by the New York Jets.
One of the biggest games of the day will be from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, where the Los Angeles Chargers will host the Dallas Cowboys. In a season in which almost everything is a tale of quarterbacks, that tale will likely be the case for this one. Dak Prescott should be under center for Big D after missing almost all of the 2020 season with an injury. Dallas invested heavily in defensive personnel in the 2021 NFL Draft after enemy offenses rendered the unit utterly defenseless. Thus, new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn takes over a unit with nowhere to go but up for 2021. The Chargers boast 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, quarterback Justin Herbert. Rookie head coach Brandon Staley and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, grandson of the late great legendary coach Vince Lombardi, is the new offensive coordinator after working under Sean Payton with the Saints for five seasons as the quarterback coach. Herbert was so good as a rookie that the Chargers are seen as the top challenger to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
Monday Night Football has an NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The big question for the Lions is can Jared Goff reclaim his old magic that made the Los Angeles Rams 2018 NFC champions. Since then, Goff has suffered a decline in production, though much of the problem was the surrounding cast in Los Angeles.
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