NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for Week 2


Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2012 NFL betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 2!

Chicago Bears (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Green Bay Packers (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Green Bay -6, Total: 51.5

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI – Thursday, September 5th, 8:30 ET

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The Packers know that they are in a heck of a lot of trouble in this one if they end up losing. They have all of the pressure in the world on their shoulders, as they are already 0-1 at home and could be in a heck of a lot of trouble. Remember that not only would a team that went 15-1 last year be 0-2 with three straight losses dating back to last year’s playoffs, but it would be a club that also is two back in the NFC North with a game still to play at Soldier Field later this year. This is where we are going to how legit the Bears are. The combination of QB Jay Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall combined for a TD against the Colts last week, but even that impressive victory has the potential to not look all that great if Chicago goes into Title Town and gets spanked by the Pack.

Oakland Raiders (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Miami Dolphins (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Oakland -2.5, Total: 37.5

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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This one definitely isn’t going to be for the faint of heart. However, we suppose that when you’ve got several great games on the schedule that you’re going to have a heck of a lot of duds as well like this one. Points could be at a premium, especially if the Raiders can’t work the ball down the field like they failed to do against the Chargers on Monday Night Football. QB Ryan Tannehill had an epic fail of a performance against the Texans in his first game last week, though if you take out the disastrous second quarter in which he and the Fins turned the ball over four times, he wasn’t all that awful, especially if you consider the fact that Houston has one of the best defenses in the league. Still, most think that these two teams are going to be at the bottom of the AFC this year, and this could be a game that is for draft pick positioning as well.

Houston Texans (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Houston -7.5, Total: 41

Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, FL – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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The AFC South had just one winner last week, and that was Houston. There is a real possibility that the team could be two games up on the field if it can win this game just two weeks into the season. There was never a doubt that the Texans were the better team against the Dolphins, especially once the defense starting getting into the act. Jacksonville is the far more interesting team, though. The club was atrocious last season offensively, but QB Blaine Gabbert looked a heck of a lot better than he did last year and arguably should have beaten the Vikings on the road. RB Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t look like his holdout has hurt the team in the regular season, as he was one of the better backs in the league in Week 1. The Texans haven’t had a lot of success against a lot of teams in the AFC South, but this is a Jacksonville team that they have done quite well against. Houston is 14-6 ATS in the 20 lifetime meetings of these two teams, including winning and covering three in a row dating back two seasons.

Cleveland Browns (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Cincinnati -7, Total: 38.5

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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The two teams in the state of Ohio both had tremendously frustrating games in Week 1. For Cleveland, the theme was the idea of letting a game get away. The Browns will have better days in the future, but they need to figure out how to win games like the one against the Eagles last week that was in the bag and was let away. The Bengals were just nowhere to be found on either side of the ball against the Ravens, marking yet another game against a likely playoff team that they couldn’t beat. Dating back to the beginning of last season, Cincinnati is 0-9 against playoff teams and 9-0 against teams that weren’t in the postseason. QB Brandon Weeden put up one of the worst games for a quarterback in NFL history in Week 1, and the offense for the Browns is the only one in the league that is still in search of its first touchdown. Cleveland has nothing to lose in this one, but Cincinnati definitely has to be concerned. A loss in this one, and the Bengals are going to be in a whole heck of a lot of trouble.

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Buffalo Bills (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Buffalo -3 (-120), Total: 44.5

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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Last year, the Bills were able to come to Arrowhead Stadium in blew away the Chiefs. This year, both teams are coming in at 0-1 in spite of the fact that both were expected to at least have a chance to pull off the upset. The truth of the matter is that it wasn’t the losing in Week 1 that has NFL bettors concerned. It was just how badly both got beat. Buffalo spent a heck of a lot of money on the defensive side of the field in the offseason, but the team still allowed 48 to a New York team that scored a grand total of one offensive touchdown in the preseason. Yikes. Kansas City never really had much of a chance in the second half against the Falcons, and now, it has to come on the road to get the job done to get back to .500. Both teams figured to be at least Wild Card contenders at the outset of the year, but the loser of this one is going to be in a boatload of misery. QB Matt Cassel and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick might both be on the hook in the long run, as both are amongst the few somewhat veteran quarterbacks that could be replaced by youngsters in the future.

Baltimore Ravens (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Philadelphia -1, Total: 45.5

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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QB Michael Vick had an atrocious game last week against the Browns, throwing four picks. He was still able to win the game, but even still, scoring just 17 points against a Cleveland team that is probably amongst the worst five in the game has to be concerning. It is clear that the so called “Dream Team” is once again perhaps proving to be nothing more than an average club. One team that isn’t average is Baltimore, which came out and dominated on both sides of the ball against the Bengals. This is going to be a severely different challenge for both teams though, and the winner of this one is going to have to feel awfully good about what it has accomplished at 2-0. The Ravens/Browns organization is 4-1-1 ATS in the six meetings against the Eagles, and the most recent meeting was a 36-7 romp, the most lopsided in the history of this rivalry, at M&T Bank Stadium in favor of Baltimore.

Minnesota Vikings (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Minnesota -1.5, Total: 44.5

Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, IN – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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No one really expects to see either the Vikings or the Colts in the playoffs this year, but this at least becomes an interesting game to see some of the young guns in the league on display. QB Andrew Luck clearly showed his skill last week against the Bears, but he has a heck of a lot of work to do in his rookie year to make this team a winner. QB Christian Ponder really had one of the biggest moments of his career last week when he drove down the field to lead the Vikes to the game-tying field goal with just a handful of seconds left in the game, and he did the same in overtime to take what seemed to be a sure loss and make it a victory. RB Adrian Peterson looks sharp in his return, and we tend to forget that he still could have a heck of a lot of tread in his professional tires. Both of these defenses have some real holes though, and that could make this a shootout. Minnesota has failed to cover five games in a row as favorites of a field goal or less, and this could be no exception at Lucas Oil Field.

Arizona Cardinals (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ New England Patriots (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: New England -13.5, Total: 48

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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Arizona knows that it is going to be in a heck of a lot of trouble in this one. It is the biggest underdog of the season to date, and it really doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot of chance to go on the road and pull off the upset. QB Kevin Kolb is going to be under center in place of the injured QB John Skelton, and he is going to have to play a lot more like the man that led the Cards on their game-winning drive last week and a lot less like the one that was just atrocious in the preseason. QB Tom Brady had awfully pedestrian numbers last week, and the star of the show was RB Stevan Ridley. Still, in the end, this is Brady’s team, and with the holes that appear to be existing in the Arizona secondary, that should be the case once again. It’ll be an ugly game from the start in all likelihood, but we do have to at least remember that the Cards were a .500 team last year. Still, New England has won five straight SU and ATS in this series dating back to 1993.

New Orleans Saints (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: New Orleans -2.5 (-115), Total: 51

Bank of America Field, Charlotte, NC – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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Both Carolina and New Orleans were favorites in Week 1, and both were really in bad shape. The big surprise with the Panthers wasn’t that they lost to the Bucs, but that they just weren’t able to run the football either with RB DeAngelo Williams or QB Cam Newton. And what we’ve figured out over the course of the last year, if you stop the Carolina ground game, you’re going to have a heck of a lot of success. New Orleans really feels like it is in shambles, though. The Saints never led against the Redskins and their rookie quarterback last week, and they never really had a realistic chance of winning the game. The defense was a wreck from start to the finish, and the offense didn’t finally kick it into gear until the fourth quarter when it was far too late. New Orleans went three and out three times in its first four drives after doing it 16 times all of the 2011 season. The loser of this one is going to be in a lot of trouble at 0-2 in the NFC South, which is expected to be one of the most competitive divisions in football this year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ New York Giants (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: New York -7.5, Total: 44

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Sunday, September 16th, 1:00 ET

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One of these teams is 1-0 SU and ATS, and the other is 0-1 SU and ATS, and it’s tough to believe that the defending Super Bowl champs are the one trying to avoid the 0-2 start. You have to go back to 1999 to find the last time before this year that a defending Super Bowl champ lost its first game of the season. The Giants really just didn’t play well against Dallas, and now, they are going to be facing a Tampa Bay team that looks awfully similar defensively. Hats off to the Bucs for taking down their first game under Head Coach Greg Schiano in a total difference from last year’s team that ended the year on almost a three-month losing streak. If the G-Men can rest easily on one front, it is that they have just crippled Tampa Bay over the course of the last decade and change, going 4-1 SU and 4-0-1 ATS. Not only would a second win be out of this world for Tampa Bay, but a second loss would really be debilitating in the NFC East for the Lombardi Trophy holders.

Washington Redskins (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ St. Louis Rams (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Washington -3, Total: 44.5

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO – Sunday, September 16th, 4:05 ET

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The Rams and the Redskins already had one great get together this year of note, as St. Louis dealt the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft to Washington, which was then used to take QB Robert Griffin III. RG3 is going to be playing his second straight road game, and he is going to have a great chance to do some great things for the Skins. Of course, Griffin stole the show last week against the Saints, but what tends to be forgotten is that the Rams really had the Lions beaten on the road. This is going to be the home debut for so many of the new players in St. Louis, and you can bet that Head Coach Jeff Fisher would love nothing more than to beat Griffin, get his first win with the Rams, and prove that he and the brass of the team made the right decision by taking all of the draft picks instead of taking the Heisman Trophy winner.

Dallas Cowboys (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Seattle Seahawks (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Dallas-3 (-120), Total: 41.5

Century Link Field, Seattle, WA – Sunday, September 16th, 4:05 ET

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Are the oddsmakers overreacting to what they saw with the Cowboys last week? Dallas won a big game last week against the Super Bowl champs, but does that make it worthy enough to be a favorite flying across the country against a team that, just a few days ago, was considered a potential upstart to with the Super Bowl? QB Tony Romo and the gang have had great success here against the Hawks, winning four out of six and covering five of the last six meetings of these clubs, but we just aren’t buying it at this point. QB Russell Wilson didn’t really look all that great in the end against Arizona last week, but he still had his team in a position to win the game, and he made the throw that truthfully should have won the game had WR Braylon Edwards actually been able to hang onto the football instead of letting it fly through his hands. This could quietly be one of the better games on the Week 2 slate.

Tennessee Titans (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ San Diego Chargers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: San Diego -6, Total: 42.5

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA – Sunday, September 16th, 4:25 ET

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The Titans are getting a rough draw here against the Chargers, and they really aren’t getting a lot of respect or being given all that much of a chance to actually win the game. Tennessee really never got anything out of RB Chris Johnson last week, and WR Kenny Britt should be back in the fold for this one as well. If those two players become effective, it’s hard to argue that San Diego is even the better of these two teams. Yes, RB Ryan Mathews is going to be back in the lineup in all likelihood after suffering an injured clavicle that cost him the preseason and Week 1, but the Bolts just don’t feel like a cohesive team to us. It doesn’t seem like a mistake that they ended up with five field goals and just one touchdown against Oakland to end last week on Monday Night Football. The Chargers have dominated this series, winning and covering seven in a row dating back almost two decades.

New York Jets (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)
Spread: Pittsburgh -6, Total: 41.5

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Sunday, September 16th, 4:25 ET

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Will the real New York Jets please stand up? New York just doesn’t feel like a team that has the cohesiveness to be able to put 48 points on the board every week as it did last week against the Bills, especially here on the road against what is notoriously one of the most frustrating defenses to play against in the league. S Ryan Clark will be back for Pittsburgh, as might LB James Harrison, and that would make a huge difference. These two offensive lines are in shambles though, and neither one should be able to keep their quarterback clean in the face of two defensive fronts that love to bring pressure. This is where we’ll really see whether QB Mark Sanchez is going to last in New York or not, as these are the types of games that he is going to have to win to keep the media and the fans off of his back. Remember, the last time we saw Sanchez against the Steelers, the Jets were getting knocked out of the playoffs. The last time we saw QB Tim Tebow against them, it was the Steelers that were being sent packing.

Detroit Lions (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -6.5 (-115), Total: 46.5

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA – Sunday, September 16th, 8:20 ET

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Okay, everybody play nice when we go to shake hands at the end of the game. The last time these two teams met last year at Ford Field, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and Head Coach Jim Schwartz didn’t exactly exchange pleasantries at midfield, as the two had an icy handshake and then confronted one another again before getting into the locker room. There is a heck of a lot on the line here for the 49ers, who are basically playing on house money at this point after taking down the Packers at Lambeau Field last week. Detroit was lucky to escape the Rams at home, and now, it is going to have to come on the road to one of the more difficult places to play a football game in the league. The difference is going to be the play of these two defensive lines. The Lions were terrorized last year by the Niners up front on both sides of the ball, and that just can’t happen again if they are going to hope to pull off this upset.

Denver Broncos (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
Spread: Atlanta -3 (-120), Total: 51

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – Monday, September 10th, 8:30 ET

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Atlanta and Denver were two of the more impressive winners in Week 1, but both know that this is going to be a good measuring stick for the rest of their respective seasons this week. QB Peyton Manning really looks as though he never left after he carved up the Pittsburgh secondary last week, and now that he is playing against a lesser defense here in a dome, his only game played inside all season long, Manning might be even more comfortable. Speaking of comfortable though, that’s what has become the case with QB Matt Ryan. He hooked up with WR Julio Jones twice for touchdowns last week, and he was able to lead the team to a relatively easy win at Arrowhead Stadium in what could have been a tricky game versus the Chiefs. This is one of the toughest games on the board to handicap in Week 1, as the argument could be made for both of these teams being good enough to blow the other one out.

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