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Bet on 2019 NFL Week 2
We’re only in the second week of the 2019 NFL regular season, but no team wants to start the campaign 0-2, making this an important week for half the clubs. Statistics show that the chances of qualifying for the postseason decrease the longer it takes to win a game. And with only 16 chances, teams can’t afford to wait too long. It’s not like other sports leagues where teams play 82 or 162 games, so you can’t afford to take a week off in the NFL.
There’s a lot going on before the Monday night encounter arrives, but the final game of the week just might be the most interesting. Two teams that have been dormant for some time are expected to have an upswing in 2019, and we also get a battle between the No. 1 and No. 3 drafted players from the 2018 class. It was in Week 3 last year that the Browns found their quarterback and ended a string of 19 consecutive losses with a win over the Jets.
On that day, Baker Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and the rest is history. Mayfield started the rest of the way leading the Browns to a .500 record over the final 14 games. He also raised the bar higher than it’s ever been since the Browns rejoined the league. Getting a primetime game is a sign that you’ve arrived, and both teams are hoping to get and stay there.
On top of six divisional matchups in Week 2, there are several games with interesting subplots and storylines. The week starts on Thursday with an NFC South tilt between the Buccaneers and Panthers. Cam Newton underwent surgery on his shoulder during the offseason and Jameis Winston should have had some work done to his head. This might be the last chance for the former No. 1 overall pick unless he gets his team to the postseason. Beating a division rival is a step in the right direction.
New Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians saw the beginning to the end of his career in Arizona start in Carolina with a loss in the NFC Championship after the 2015 season. The Cards went 15-16-1 over the next two seasons and Arians went into hibernation until the Bucs came calling.
Two first-time head coaches will face off against their former teams this week. The Miami Dolphins went right to the source when hiring Brian Flores away from the defending champs. Flores gets his first crack against Bill Belichick and the Patriots in one of 10 early Sunday games.
Vic Fangio’s reunion tour continues when the Broncos host the Bears in the late window. The long-time defensive coordinator opened in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, a team he helped mold into a Super Bowl contender under Jim Harbaugh. After a few years helping to turn the Bears around, Fangio took his first gig with the big headset. Does his inside knowledge give Denver an advantage? Or is it the other way around?
The most intriguing game of the week takes place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. You remember that one, right. The Saints were robbed of a chance to compete for the Lombardi Trophy due to a blatant pass interference penalty that wasn’t called.
Is it a penalty if the officials don’t throw a flag? The Rams eventually won the game in overtime before getting trounced by the Patriots in the Super Bowl. It’s an early-season matchup between two NFC heavyweights, but it’s so much more. The teams will be playing each other for the third time in the last 10 months.
NFL Week 2 Betting Schedule - September 12-16
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