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Week 2 NFL Picks & Betting Predictions: Cowboys & Raiders Look To Upset The Odds

The dogs came out barking in the opening weekend of NFL action, winning 10 of 16, and proving profitable for those who were smart enough to identify the matchup advantages in advance.

Underdogs & Unders Cash For Bettors In Week 1

It was a good week for the bookies, as the public money tends to side with home favorites and high scoring affairs. Not only did the favored teams suffer, but road teams showed up to play, and the majority of totals fell short of the NFL betting line.

The betting favorites came out slow in their season openers, with underdogs going an astounding 10-6 in Week 1. Dogs also went 12-4 ATS in what was the best opening week record for underdogs since the 2003 NFL season.

Not only did the underdogs come out swinging, but NFL bettors also came out on top when backing road teams. The visiting team covered the spread in 9 of 15 matchups, with the Saints blowout of the Packers being excluded as the matchup was played on a neutral field. Straight up, road teams went 8-7.

Picking Week 2 Betting Upsets

Los Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Both teams sit at 1-0 after defying the odds in Week 1 and pulling off victories in stunning fashion. The two meet Sunday afternoon with odds makers pegging the Steelers as -6.5 point favorites.

Pittsburgh showcased their impressive defensive unit in the victory over a Buffalo Bills team vying for a Super Bowl berth. This unit, led by T.J. Watt, should limit the Raiders ability to find the end zone as frequently as they did against in their Week 1 overtime win.

The Raiders could be held to 3 scores or less, but that might be all they need against an inferior Pittsburgh offense.

Ben Roethlisberger has looked less than convincing against the Bills, and rookie running back Najee Harris only tallied 45 yards in the game.

A strong Pittsburgh defensive effort should help keep this total under the 46.5 currently on the board, and if Las Vegas can transform their momentum into a pair of successful drives, the 6.5 points could prove to be too much.

LA Chargers (-3.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott looked comfortable under center in his return to the field, and he was one Tom Brady 4th quarter drive away from defeating the defending Super Bowl Champions.

Prescott tossed for nearly 400 yards in the loss to the same defensive unit that limited KC and Mahomes to 9 points in last years championship game.

Dallas now looks to pick up their firs win on the road in Los Angeles against the Chargers as small +3 dogs. Dallas is without their pass rushers, with Randy Gregory in COVID protocol and DeMarcus Lawrence likely sidelined for a few weeks. The depleted line will have the task of facing a Chargers’ O-line that looked strong in their opening effort.

To cover the short line, Dallas will need more from Ezekiel Elliott, after the RB only posted 33 yards on 11 carries against the Buccaneers. If Dallas can get their ground game moving, keeping the defense honest with their pressure, and open up opportunities for WRs CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, I will take Dallas plus the points.

This looks like a situation where the Cowboys could keep things relatively close, and should they lose by a late field goal, bettors still win the cover.

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