Off The Cuff: Early NFL Week 2 Betting Looks

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Week 1 was weird, thrilling and unexpected. It was the whole NFL experience that we’ve been craving for months.

There’ll be a lot of overreacting by the fans and media but you know who won’t be overreacting? The sportsbooks.

Every week, I’ll be going through the opening lines of the upcoming NFL slate and stop to focus on lines that look off. Sometimes I’ll make a bet and other times it’ll just be analysis.

NFL Week 2

Thursday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium

  • Against the Spread (ATS): Chargers +3.5 (-110), Chiefs -3.5 (-110) 
  • Moneyline (ML): Chargers +145, Chiefs -170 
  • Total (O/U) — 54 — O: -110, U: -110


My line was Chiefs -3. But, the half-point bump doesn’t incentivize me to run to the window and bet Chargers +3.5.

Pat Mahomes and Co. looked awesome without Tyreek Hill and bulldozed the Cardinals 44-21. Justin Herbert was sensational in L.A.’s 24-19 victory over the Raiders but the Chargers tried to give that game away.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET Window (seven games) 

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens in M&T Bank Stadium 

(Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
  • ATS: Dolphins +3.5 (-110), Ravens -3.5 (-110) 
  • ML: Dolphins +160, Ravens -190 
  • O/U — 43.5 — O: -110, U: -110

BET the DOLPHINS +3.5 (-110).

I’m a TuAnon member and Miami pummelled the Patriots 20-7 in Week 1.

Also, the Dolphins neutralized Lamar Jackson in a 22-10 victory over the Ravens last season. Miami’s defense personnel remains intact despite the head coaching switch and Baltimore looked like crap vs. the Jets in Week 1.

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns in FirstEnergy Stadium

  • ATS: Jets +6.5 (-110), Browns -6.5 (-110)
  • ML: Jets +220, Browns -260
  • O/U — 40.5 — O: -110, U: -110


Both teams’ quarterback situation makes them a stay-away. My line is Browns -6 so there isn’t much value in this number.

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants in MetLife Stadium 

  • ATS: Panthers +2.5 (-105), Giants -2.5 (-115) 
  • ML: Panthers +115, Giants -135
  • O/U — 43 — O: -105, U: -115


My line is Giants -3.5 but I’m a Giants fan and recuse myself from betting them weekly.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars in TIAA Bank Stadium

  • ATS: Colts -4 (-110), Jaguars +4 (-110) 
  • ML: Colts -195, Jaguars +165 
  • O/U — 46 — O: -110, U: -110


My line is Colts -4.5 so this is a sharp line according to my numbers. If anything, I lean Jaguars ATS because they showed improvement in Week 1 vs. Washington and Indianapolis laid an egg vs. the Texans.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints in Caesars Superdome 

  • ATS: Bucs -3 (+100), Saints +3 (-120) 
  • ML: Bucs -150, Saints +130
  • O/U — 45.5 — O: -110, U: -110

BET the SAINTS +3 (-120).

The Saints have dominated the Bucs since Tom Brady went to Tampa: New Orleans is 4-0 straight up and ATS in four regular-season meetings. Furthermore, Bucs underwhelmed in a 19-3 Week 1 win over the Cowboys and sustained several concerning injuries.

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Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions in Ford Field 

  • ATS: Commanders +2.5 (-110), Lions -2.5 (-110) 
  • ML: Commanders +110, Lions -130
  • O/U — 48.5 — O: -110, U: -110


Detroit is addicted to playing in 1-score games and Washington is a better team than last year with Carson Wentz under center. This is one of the few games the Lions are favored in. But, taking the Commanders up through the key number of 7 is an advantage teaser leg I want in my portfolio.

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers in Acrisure Stadium

  • ATS: Patriots -1.5 (-110), Steelers +1.5 (-110) 
  • ML: Patriots -125, Steelers +105 
  • O/U — 41 — O: -110, U: -110

Lean towards using Steelers in a 6-point teaser leg. However, I’ll need to dig into this handicap a little more before firing off a bet.

Sunday 4 p.m. ET window (five games) 

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams in SoFi Stadium 

  • ATS: Falcons +10 (-110), Rams -10 (-110) 
  • ML: Off-the-board 
  • O/U — 47 — O: -115, U: -105 


Falcons looked feisty in a 27-26 heart-breaking loss to the Saints Week 1. Whereas the Rams got boat-raced in the NFL Opening Kickoff game. Betting Atlanta ATS is an overreaction but L.A.’s offense, aside from throwing to Cooper Kupp, looked like trash.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers in Levi Stadium 

  • ATS: Seahawks +9 (-110), 49ers -9 (-110) 
  • ML: Seahawks +320, 49ers -390
  • O/U — 42.5 — O: -110, U: -110

Heavy Lean towards the Seahawks plus the points. But, PASS, for now, because we are still “sight unseen” in Seattle.

(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium 

  • ATS: Bengals -6.5 (-120), Cowboys +6.5 (+100) 
  • ML: Bengals -305, Cowboys +255
  • O/U — 44.5 — O: -110, U: -110


Dallas’s offensive line is a shell of what it once was and we remember how the Cowboys looked when Dak Prescott was sidelined with an injury in 2020. Also, Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase should get busy on the AT&T Stadium’s fast track.

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders in Allegiant Stadium 

  • ATS: Cardinals +4.5 (-110), Raiders -4.5 (-110) 
  • ML: Cardinals +185, Raiders -215 
  • O/U — 51.5 — O: -110, U: -110

Lean towards Arizona ATS and as a 6-point teaser leg. The Cardinals aren’t as bad as their 44-21 blowout loss to the Chiefs indicates. The Raiders don’t have a big enough edge to lay 10.5, which would be Arizona’s line after a 6-point teaser increase.

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos in Empower Field at Mile High

  • ATS: Texans +10 (-110), Broncos -10 (-110)
  • ML: Texans +370, Broncos -460
  • O/U — 43.5 — O: -115, U: -105


Like Seattle, we still haven’t seen the new-look Broncos play. Denver has a new head coach and quarterback.

Sunday Night Football

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field 

  • ATS: Bears +9.5 (-110), Packers -9.5 (-110)
  • ML: Bears +330, Packers -410
  • O/U — 43 — O: -110, U: -110


Aaron Rodgers owns the Bears but Chicago played its ass off in a 19-10 rain-soaked home upset of the 49ers in Week 1. More importantly, Green Bay’s offense was awful in a 23-7 Week 1 loss to the Vikings.

Monday Night Football (two games) 

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills in Highmark Stadium

  • ATS: Titans +10 (-110), Bills -10 (-110) 
  • ML: Titans +370, Bills -460
  • O/U — 49.5 — O: -110, U: -110

Heavy lean towards Tennessee ATS. I mentioned on last week’s OutKick Bets podcast that Titans plus the points would be an auto-bet if the Bills beat the Rams in L.A. and Tennessee struggled with the Giants.

However, Buffalo looked amazing, Tennessee lost outright to the Giants and this massive number is the oddsmakers daring bettors to take the Titans ATS.

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field

  • ATS: Vikings +2 (-110), Eagles -2 (-110) 
  • ML: Vikings +110, Eagles -130
  • O/U — 50.5 — O: -110, U: -110

Lean Eagles ATS because Kirk Cousins is notoriously horrible in primetime games.

Minnesota’s victory over Green Bay in Week 1 could say more about the Packers without Davante Adams than the Vikings with their new head coach.

Early NFL Week 2 Bet Slip

  • Dolphins +3.5 (-110) at Baltimore Ravens
  • Saints +3 (-120) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 6-point teaser (-120)
    • Bengals -0.5 at Dallas Cowboys
    • Commanders +8.5 at Detroit Lions

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Written by Geoff Clark

Geoff Clark serves as OutKick’s sports betting guru. As a writer and host of OutKick Bets with Geoff Clark, he dives deep into the sports betting landscape and welcomes an array of sports betting personalities on his show to handicap America’s biggest sporting events.

Previously, Clark was a writer/podcaster for USA TODAY's Sportsbook Wire website, handicapping all the major sports tentpoles with a major focus on the NFL, NBA and MLB.

Clark graduated from St. John University.

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