Free NFL Week 2 Betting Picks: Eagles at Falcons, Saints at Rams, Chargers at Lions (FanDuel Sportsbook Lines)
For a quick recap of the Week 1 bets, it was a 2-2 weekend, finishing with -0.13 units. The winners were the Rams covering against the Panthers at -2.5, and the Texans at +6.5 on Monday Night Football. The losses were a pick’em game with the Buccaneers, and the under didn’t hit in Cleveland. FanDuel Sportsbook has odds up for Week 2, which fall in line with about the same odds posted around the industry. The Patriots come in as massive favorites against Miami, and the Chiefs are also sizable favorites against the Raiders. We have some big games like the Saints-Rams, as a rematch of last year’s playoff game. Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson will square off as former Heisman winners as well.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
1 Unit – Colts ML (+162)
Some might have been surprised by the Colts hanging around on the road last week against Los Angeles. This is a completely different team from when Jacoby Brissett was under center. The offensive line is one of the best in the league, and the offensive play calling is a lot better as well. We get pretty strong value on the Colts this week. They are 8-2 in their last ten road trips to Tennessee. I have trouble trusting the Titans this week after their Week 1 victory. Cleveland was an undisciplined team that was also turnover happy. I don’t expect 40+ points from Tennessee this week, and this wasn’t a particularly great home team going 4-4. This is a pretty stout Colts defense, and we should see regression from both running backs this week. Tennessee didn’t give much of a threat through the air. The Colts will be without Devin Funchess, and will need the tight ends to produce more so compared to last week.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Detroit Lions
1 Unit – Under 47.5 (-110)
The under was 6-2 in Detroit home games last season, and hit 63% of the time in all games. The Chargers were an even 50%. Detroit through a bit more because of the nature of the game last week, and they also struggled on the ground. Los Angeles allowed a ton of rushing production, and Detroit should get back to a heavier ground attack with more success. Detroit ranked 29th in pace last season, while the Chargers ranked 16th. I am concerned about the Chargers missing so many players on their line and through the passing attack. No Mike Williams or Hunter Henry for what seems to be a long time will hurt them. Detroit’s offense isn’t geared to put up points in bunches. This game projects to be a close grind it out style of game, and I will grab the under here.
New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams
1 Unit – Over 51.5 (-105)
With two teams in the top half in pace from last season, this game just projects to be a shootout. Two of the best offenses over the last few seasons square off, and they have been notable for putting up points in bunches. The Rams over was 7-2 at home last season, where Jared Goff played a lot better compared to being on the road. Los Angeles might be a bit limited with injuries on the defensive side. New Orleans ranked 22nd against the pass last season, and the Rams through the ball 39 times and ran the ball 32. They were productive on the ground with 166 yards between Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown. This defense also gave up 27, most of it in the second half. New Orleans also didn’t have a great Week 1 performance on the defensive side. I’d expect both defenses to give way to these elite offenses in Week 2.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
1 Unit – Falcons ML (+112)
1 Unit – Over 52.5 (-110)
Philadelphia looked flat in Week 1 for about a half, where Atlanta just took the week off in general. The Sunday night game is going to be a fun one to watch between two teams that are trying to assert themselves in the NFC. The Eagles went 4-6 after a win last season, and were 4-5 on the road. Atlanta struggled last season and defensive injuries hurt them. I am looking for a bounce back week with Atlanta, especially returning at home. Since 2016, Atlanta has won 62% of their home games. This is a great spot for the Falcons passing attack to get back on track as well. Philly’s secondary still has a lot of holes. This is where I also like the over in this game. Philly’s offense is strong, and I expect both passing offenses to move the ball fairly well.
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