September 12, 2017 Staff Writer

NFL News

NFL Betting Lines: Week 2 Odds, Trends, and Top Matchups Preview

Thursday Night Football delivers a pair of Week 1 losers to start Week 2 of the NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals play host to the Houston Texans, with the Bengals listed as a 5.5-point favorite.

Not only did Houston and Cincinnati both lose in Week 1, they both lost as the favorite. Being on the road this week doesn’t bode well for Houston, which is 2-6 straight up and against the spread in their last eight on the road. Cincinnati is a lackluster 5-5 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 home games, and they’re a dismal 1-7 SU in their last eight versus Houston.

Turning to some Week 1 winners, the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 as a 5.5-point road underdog. The Chiefs shocked the New England Patriots as 8-point underdogs last week, but at home they’re only 2-3 SU and ATS in their last five. Philadelphia’s road record might help, as the Eagles are 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight and as a road underdog they’ve lost five in a row SU at 1-4 ATS.

In the AFC South the Jacksonville Jaguars will go for their second straight upset win when they face the Tennessee Titans as a 2-point home underdog. In their last 13 versus Tennessee the Jaguars are a solid 9-2-2 ATS and at home versus the Titans they’re 5-1 SU and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six. Tennessee has had road troubles lately with a 3-9 ATS record in their last 12. The home team has also won the last six SU in this matchup.

The New England Patriots crashed and burned in Week 1 but will look to rebound as a 6.5-point road favorite versus the New Orleans Saints. New England has won eight straight on the road at 7-1 ATS, and as a road favorite they’re 6-1 ATS in their last seven. The Saints sport a 5-1 record ATS in their last six as a home underdog and they’re also 7-2 ATS in their last nine versus New England.

In a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game the Green Bay Packers drop in on the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is a 3-point favorite and including last year’s title game is 3-1 ATS in its last four versus the Packers. Atlanta has also won seven straight at home when favored while going 5-2 ATS. In their last eight games as the underdog the Packers are a money-making 6-2 ATS.

The Minnesota Vikings started the season with an impressive win and cover against the Saints, but in Week 2 they’ll be in tough as a 6.5-point road underdog against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Vikings are not good on the road lately at 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six. Pittsburgh has won their last four at home and boast a strong 11-2 record SU and 7-4-2 mark ATS in their last 13. The Steelers have taken three of their last four against Minnesota SU, but at home they’re 1-3 ATS in their last four against the Vikings.