Sport NFL odds, lines, point spreads: Updated Week 2 betting information for picking every game
One pressing quarterback question for each of the 32 NFL teams entering the 2021 season
With less than a week left until the start of the NFL regular season, each team has some questions behind center that will need to be resolved.However, there are a good deal of unknowns, even for teams with some of the most proven quarterbacks.
Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season was all about the underdog. Bettors that relied on favorites to carry them to victory were disappointed, as a record number of underdogs covered the spread.
Underdogs broke a Week 1 record when the Raiders covered (and won) against the Ravens on "Monday Night Football." That marked the 12th time in the NFL's 16 games that an underdog had covered the spread.
The previous Week 1 high was 11 wins, which happened on three occasions.
Underdogs weren't just covering though. They were winning as well. Nine underdogs emerged victoriously in Week 1, including five teams that won on the road. ESPN's Adam Schefter noted on Sunday that underdogs hadn't had that kind of success in more than 35 years.
Opinion: Bill Belichick irresponsible to mislead about efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines
Bill Belichick pushed back when asked whether Cam Newton being unvaccinated played a role in the Patriots' decision to release the quarterback.In this case, it was downright dangerous.
Despite full crowds being back around the league, eight underdogs won outright today, including five on the road, the most in the opening week of the season in over 35 years, per ESPN research producer— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) .
It's important not to overreact to the success of underdogs going into Week 2. Savvy bettors will continue to analyze trends and avoid jumping on massive line shifts right away. It's best to take a full-scope look at the league and evaluate which teams simply had a bad week and which ones may not be quite as good as people thought coming into the season.
Also, it's important to note that many injuries took place in Week 1 and will impact teams moving forward. Notably, the 49ers lost top running backfor at least eight weeks and their top corner Jason Verrett (torn ACL) for the season. The Saints have also lost a few players going into Week 2. That includes corner Marshon Lattimore, defensive end Marcus Davenport and center Erik McCoy.
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell's initial 53-man roster includes no kickers
Neither Randy Bullock nor Zane Gonzalez were included on Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell's initial 53-man roster on Tuesday.The Lions released kickers Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez on Tuesday, leaving them with no kickers currently under contract.
Those injuries, along with the ones suffered byand , will have a big-time impact on betting odds and line movement ahead of Week 2.
For more expert NFL predictions, check out Sporting News' picksand for Week 2.
NFL WEEK 2 PICKS:|
NFL odds for Week 2
Below are the latest Week 2 NFL odds, including point spreads, money lines and over-under totals for every game, according to.
Last updated: Wednesday, Sept. 15
NFL point spreads Week 2
|New York Giants at Washington Football Team||WAS -3|
|Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -5.5|
|Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears||CHI -3|
|Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns||CLE -12.5|
|Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts||LAR -4|
|Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins||BUF -3.5|
|New England Patriots at New York Jets||NE -5.5|
|San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles||SF -3.5|
|New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers||NO -3.5|
|Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars||DEN -6|
|Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals||ARI -3.5|
|Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TB -11.5|
|Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers||LAC -2.5|
|Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks||SEA -5.5|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens||KC -3.5|
|Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers||GB -11.5|
NFL money lines Week 2
|New York Giants at Washington Football Team||WAS -176|
|Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -240|
|Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears||CHI -152|
|Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns||CLE -650|
|Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts||LAR -200|
|Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins||BUF -188|
|New England Patriots at New York Jets||NE -240|
|San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles||SF -196|
|New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers||NO -198|
|Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars||DEN -270|
|Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals||ARI -210|
|Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TB -720|
|Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers||LAC -158|
|Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks||SEA -240|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens||KC -210|
|Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers||GB -590|
NFL over-unders Week 2
|New York Giants at Washington Football Team||41.5|
|Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers||48.5|
|Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears||45.5|
|Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns||48.5|
|Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts||47.5|
|Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins||47.5|
|New England Patriots at New York Jets||42.5|
|San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles||50.5|
|New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers||44.5|
|Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars||45.5|
|Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals||51|
|Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||51.5|
|Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers||55.5|
|Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks||53.5|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens||55.5|
|Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers||48.5|
Cowboys rookie DT Osa Odighizuwa says Tom Brady is 'not very mobile'
Cowboys rookie Osa Odighizuwa said Dallas' defense will be keyed in on moving Tom Brady off his spot when the two teams meet in the NFL season opener.But the Cowboys rookie delving into his first professional game plan didn’t cower when asked what weakness most plagues the quarterback he will battle during the Cowboys-Bucs regular-season opener next Thursday.
NFL best bets for Week 2
Chiefs (-3.5) at Ravens
The Chiefs and Ravens both hit speed bumps in their season openers, but only the Chiefs emerged with a win. Patrick Mahomes helped the Chiefs overcome a 12-point deficit during a second-half rally against the Browns. Meanwhile, the Ravens blew a 14-point lead against the Raiders. It marked the first time they had lost a game in which they had a 14-point lead since 2014.
Up until Monday night’s overtime loss to the Raiders, the Ravens had won 98 straight games dating back to 2004 when they had a 14+ point-lead.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Those performances aside, the Chiefs hold a significant advantage over the Ravens in recent meetings. John Harbaugh has struggled to beat Andy Reid during his career. He has just a 1-5 record against him in six meetings. That includes four consecutive losses to Reid's Chiefs, and in the three games featuring Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, the Chiefs have won by an average of 7.3 points per game.
|2020||Chiefs win 34-20|
|2019||Chiefs win 33-28|
|2018||Chiefs win 27-24|
|2015||Chiefs win 34-14|
Jackson has largely struggled in those contests. He has averaged just 170.3 passing yards in three games against Kansas City, all losses. He has done better with his legs — running for 196 yards — but he has only accounted for four total TDs while committing two turnovers and being sacked nine times. Only the Browns (12) have sacked Jackson more during his career.
Simone Biles' boyfriend Jonathan Owens among the players cut as Houston Texans got down to 53-man roster
Safety Jonathan Owens had played in seven games over two seasons for the Houston Texans, seeing most of his time on special teams. © Matt Patterson, AP Jonathan Owens plays in the Texans' preseason finale against the Buccaneers on Saturday. He also played in one game during the 2019 season. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and Owens have been dating for a little over a year.
The Ravens are also banged up in the secondary, and couldn't hold up late against the Raiders. If Jimmy Smith can't play, that could make Patrick Mahomes' job a bit easier. Even if he does play, Marcus Peters' absence will continue to loom large and Mahomes should be able to pick apart the Ravens' defense.
The trends say that betting on the Chiefs is a good value at -3.5, so we'll be trusting them even in a tough Baltimore road environment.
Seahawks (-5.5) vs. Titans
This pick is all about trusting the Seattle crowd to rattle Ryan Tannehill's Titans.
The Seahawks have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL. The 12th man tends to show up in full force, and that's part of why Russell Wilson has posted a 55-17 record at home during his career.
Seattle has gone 44-32-2 against the spread at home since Wilson took over at quarterback in 2012. That's good for a cover percentage of 57.9, which is tied for the third-best in the NFL over the last nine seasons.
Needless to say, the "twelves" will want to welcome back their hometown team with a win. The Seahawks can be trusted to win by a touchdown after the Titans struggled to contain Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. Tennessee allowed Arizona to score 38 points. Wilson is the NFL quarterback that is most similar to Murray, so the Tennessee defense could continue to struggle in coverage.
Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players
There’s a decent chance that the COVID-19 pandemic will play more of a role during the 2021 NFL season than last year. We’re seeing relaxed protocols from the league as it relates to fully vaccinated players with Week 1 of the campaign slated to get going Thursday evening. It has already led to some COVID-related issues for teams. That includes star guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys with their opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mere days away. Despite being fully vaccinated, Martin tested positive for the virus and will miss the game.NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns touched on this recently.
NFL POWER RANKINGS:
Broncos (-6) at Jaguars
A week after underdogs went 12-4, our best bets for the week are three favorites. Go figure, but hopefully, the principle of "regression to the mean" comes into play here.
Here's something you probably don't know about Teddy Bridgewater: during his career, the Broncos quarterback has posted aas a starter. He has been as steady as they come in terms of delivering covers, and he should have a chance to do that easily against the Jaguars.
Jacksonville is a dumpster fire right now, to put it kindly. Urban Meyer's time in Jacksonville is, and his team just lost to the Texans by 16 despite being favored by three points.
The Broncos just manhandled the Giants and allowed only seven points before a last-second TD scramble by Daniel Jones cut the lead to 14. The Broncos have a strong roster and should be able to keep Trevor Lawrence and Co. in check. They have a good chance to win this game by double digits, though playing in hot, humid Jacksonville could be a challenge for Denver.
Bills' Dion Dawkins 'not close' to full strength after COVID-19 hospitalization .
Dion Dawkins was hospitalized for four days after developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Dawkins lost 16 pounds and might have an uphill battle to be ready by the time the Bills begin their season. “He’s not close to where he needs to be to play and help us,” McDermott said. “So he’s got a long road here. … He’s going to control what he can control, and so are we. He’s got to continue to work hard to get himself back to where he’s — I mean, this is what, going on Week 4 of training camp at this point, so he’s missed a lot of time.