NFL NEED TO KNOW WEEK 2
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Covers.com talked to Jay Rood, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, about some of the biggest moves on the Week 2 board:
Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts – Open: Colts +3, Current: +1
Without Peyton Manning and following a disastrous opener versus Houston, oddsmakers have no choice but to set Indianapolis as a home underdog. However, bettors think there’s more fight left in the Colts.
“If Indy was respectable in that opener and kept it close, this would no doubt be a different game,” says Rood.
The majority of straight bets (ATS) are on the Browns, but there is a ton of parlay action tied to the Colts as home underdogs.
Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions – Open: Lions -7, Move: -8.5, Current: -7.5
After an embarrassing loss to the Bills in Week 1, the Chiefs head to the Motor City to face everyone’s betting darling, the Detroit Lions. Rood says that 90 percent of wagers are on Detroit and that his book has no problem taking all those bets at more than a touchdown.
“It’s a little early to declare (Detroit) a Super Bowl contender,” says Rood.
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos – Open: Broncos -6, Current: -3.5
Just two weeks ago, the Bengals were the most-faded team in football. But after a surprise win in Week 1, bettors are shrinking the spread with action on Cincy. Rood says 80 percent of bets are on the Bengals.
“We’ve taken a few sharp bets on the Bengals, but there are a lot of parlays tied to the Broncos,” he says.
San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots – Open: 50.5, Current: 54.5
Two of the top QBs in the NFL equal plenty of offense, right? Bettors seem to think so, driving this number upwards. The Mirage opened this total at 52.5 and went to 53.5 points after action poured in on the over. However, bettors began to buy back the under once the number went to 54.5.