Week one is typically a crapshoot when it comes to betting on football, and this year was no different as last weeks’ record finished at a pitiful 1-4. Not to worry, a new week is here and it’s time to bounce back. Here are the 5 Football Favorites to bet in week two.
ARIZONA CARDINALS -3.5
Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinal offense was clicking on all cylinders in week one as they put up 38 points on the Tennessee Titans defense. Murray finished the day with just under 300 yards passing, with 4 touchdowns. The game was never close, with Arizona dominating from start to finish.
This week the Cardinals will host their home opener against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, who are coming off a disappointing overtime loss to Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals last week. I expect the Vikings to show up and make it a game, but in the end I see the Cardinals winning by at least a touchdown.
DENVER BRONCOS -6
Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of the Denver Broncos impressed me with their week one performance. Not that the New York Giants are some great team or anything, but I did not expect the Broncos to travel to New York and control the entire game in the way that they did. Brigewater is better than he will ever get credit for, and despite not being flashy or outspoken, he’s capable of winning games in the NFL. This week the Broncos travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars.
The Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence experience got off to a slow start as the team struggled to garner any momentum on offense throughout the first half and the half ended with the score 27-7 in favor of the Houston Texans. Given the fact that the Broncos defense is better, I expect the struggles to continue for the Jaguar offense. That combined with the fact that Houston managed to score 38 points makes me believe the Broncos will win by double digits this weekend.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -3.5
The Saints were part of one of the more surprising outcomes in week one, as they beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 38-3. Jameis Winston looked great, completing 14 of 20 pass attempts for 148 yards with 5 touchdowns and 0 turnovers. While the yards may seem low, it’s in line with the attempts. Jameis average over 10+ yards per completion, which is something that has been missing in the Saints offense in recent years as Drew Brees closed out his career.
This week the Saints travel to Carolina to take on their Division rival, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are currently sitting at 1-0 following a 19-14 win against the New York Jets. So the Saints blew out a true contender in week one, and scored 38 points. The Panthers beat arguably the worst team in the league by 5, and only scored 19 points. Saints win by at least a touchdown.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -4
Patrick Mahommes and the Chiefs were able to edge out Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns in week one, winning 33-29 after not having a lead until the final quarter of play. The Chiefs proved they still have the ability to score in the blink of an eye, like when Tyreek Hill took a pass 75 yards for a touchdown with about ten minutes remaining in the game and the Chiefs trailing.
This week they face off against another tough AFC North opponent as they travel to Baltimore to take on Lamar Jackson and the rest of the Ravens. Baltimore has been plagued with the injury bug, especially at the running back position. This is extra detrimental for them because running the ball is the focal point of the offense, which is why I give the Chiefs a comfortable edge in this game. Chiefs by a touchdown or more.
LOS ANGELES RAMS -3.5
One of the more underrated moves of the NFL offseason was the Los Angeles Rams acquisition of former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. It’s not that this move has not been talked about, but despite the conversation is still somehow feels as though his impact has been somewhat undersold. He finished week one completing 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. I expect Stafford to have many Sundays with similar stat lines.
This week the Rams travel to Indianapolis to take on Carson Wentz and the Colts, who are coming off an embarrassing opening week loss to the Seattle Seahawks. At one point the Colts had a stretch of six consecutive drives that ended in a turnover or a punt. I expect more of the same this week as Wentz goes against Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and the rest of the LA Rams defense. Rams win by 10+ points.