Our Staff's Top NFL Bets for Week 2
Our Staff's Top NFL Bets for Week 2
Week 1 was not a kind week to most bettors, and those who made picks in this column were no exception.
As a whole, our staff went 2-4 with their top picks -- Mike Spector (Raiders +5.5) and Matt O'Leary (Bengals versus Vikings Over 47.5) were the only ones to hit on their picks. Yours truly picked the Jets, and that ended just how one would expect a Jets bet to end.
Anyway -- we've brushed it off and we're on to Week 2.
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For this piece, our staff will be covering whatever bets they feel strongest about -- no limitations. Let’s get to it!
Patrick Mahomes is 3-0 against Baltimore in his three career starts against them and has thrown for 377 yards, 374 yards, and 385 yards against them in the process. With Baltimore banged up, this looks like another one of those all-time classic Mahomes performances coming up on Sunday. The Ravens will be asking Lamar Jackson to keep up in a shootout with Kansas City, and I don’t see that ending well for Baltimore.
-- Matt O’Leary (@MattOLearyNY)
Indianapolis has the benefit of not traveling for this game, and their second consecutive home game should give them a huge advantage. Most bettors will have recency bias being enamored with the Rams after their 34-14 rout of the Bears on national television last week. However, we are likely to realize soon that the Bears are not a very good football team. While Los Angeles' offense should take off and reach new heights with Matthew Stafford at quarterback, this is still a tough spot against a well-coached Colts team that does not want to start 0-2 with two home losses.
-- Mike Spector (@MikeSpector01)
Aaron Jones Over 87.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards (-115) - DraftKings
Last season, the Detroit Lions ceded 2,625 total yards to opposing backs, which was good for second-most in the league. That's an average of 164.1 scrimmage yards per game, for those doing math with your fingers. Week 1 wasn't exactly kind to the Lions either, as they surrendered 149 yards to 49ers' backs, including 104 to sixth-round rookie and waiver wire darling, Eli Mitchell. Meanwhile, Aaron Jones was a monster last year, but that was particularly the case at home. In seven games at Lambeau, the Pro Bowler averaged 133.7 total yards and never racked up fewer than 88 yards -- and that includes a 236-yard performance against the Lions. On that note, the over on 68.5 rushing yards (-110) is also an excellent play.
-- Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)
I don't think we realize how good the Seahawks offense might be, and I don't think we realize how horrific the Titans defense is and should continue to be. The Titans looked all out of sorts on Sunday against the Cardinals and just lost cornerback Caleb Farley for the week. Mike Vrabel no longer having Dean Pees to lean on also gives me concern about this Tennessee defense turning things around, especially this week on the road in Seattle.
-- Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)
I know this is a bit chalky, but after losing our Week 1 best bet on James Robinson to score, I'm going with something a bit greasier. There's a chance this line falls as we get closer to Sunday, though. By the way, thank you to Urban Meyer for barely utilizing Robinson against the second-worst rush defense in the league. I'm glad the Jaguars lost in Week 1 now. Rant over.
The Steelers' first-round rookie was the only running back to play in 100 percent of his team's snaps in Week 1. He finished with a disappointing individual stat line despite the Steelers nailing the upset win on the road in Buffalo. Harris totaled 16 rushes for 45 yards while adding 1 catch for 4 yards. Luckily for him, the Steelers head home to Pittsburgh and welcome the Raiders to Steel Town. Las Vegas tied with the Texans for the second-most touchdowns allowed to opposing running backs in 2020. They continued this trend to start this season, allowing two touchdowns to Ravens running backs Latavius Murray and Ty'Son Williams on Monday night. I'm expecting huge numbers from the rookie this Sunday, and he should find his way into the endzone.
-- Tom Viera (@Tom_Viera)
The Senior Editor at OddsChecker, Elisha is an experienced fantasy and betting analyst. According to BettingPros, he was was one of the most accurate betting experts in 2019, ranking second in moneyline picks and 13th against the spread. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his best skill is his ability to spell "Antetokounmpo" without looking. You can follow Elisha on Twitter at @ElishaTwerski.