Talk about some close games, Week 1 was a nail-biting one for many fans and bettors. Six games were decided by two or fewer points, including last Thursday’s season opening Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Panthers and Broncos. The 2016 NFL Schedule Week 2 should feature a bit more separation if Bovada’s opening NFL betting odds provides any indication.
The offshore bookmaker has seven clubs are favored at -4 or more points. Among them are the Patriots, Panthers, Lions, Cardinals and Broncos.
New England, an upset winner at Arizona on Sunday night, is drawing a -5.5 line against visiting AFC East rival Miami while Carolina, Detroit, Arizona and Denver are laying 12, 6, 7.5 and 6 points opposite San Francisco, Tennessee, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis, respectively.
Also on tap this weekend are matchups between the Bengals and Steelers, Chiefs and Texans, and Packers and Vikings. Of course, divisional rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh last met in the 2015-2016 NFL Playoffs, as did Kansas City in Houston.
The Steelers scored an 18-16 win at Cincinnati, giving them their fifth win in their last six meetings with the Bengals. Pittsburgh has also covered the number five times in the last seven matchups between the two longtime adversaries. They are favored by three in Sunday’s contest.
The Chiefs faced the Texans twice last season, opening the year with a 27-20 win in Houston. They also embarrassed J.J. Watt and company 30-0 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. In spite of those results, the Texans are favored by 2.5 points this weekend.
Minnesota stopped a three-game losing streak to Green Bay in early January, defeating their long time nemesis 20-13 at Lambeau Field. The Vikings are not expected to start a win streak of their own in this series, though; the Packers are presently lined as a three point road favorite in the Sunday Night Football clash.
Notable NFL Schedule Week 2 Trends:
The Vikings are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games playing as a divisional underdog coming off a road game.
The Bengals are 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games playing as road dog coming off a road win.
The Over is 4-1 in the Panthers last five games playing as a home favorite coming off a road loss.
2016 NFL Schedule Week 2 & Betting Odds: NFL Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
Thursday, September 15 –
New York Jets +1.5, Over 40.5
Buffalo Bills -1.5, Under 40.5
Sunday, September 18 –
New Orleans Saints +3.5, Over 54
New York Giants -3.5, Under 54
Miami Dolphins +5.5, Over 42
New England Patriots -5.5, Under 42
Cincinnati Bengals +3, Over 48
Pittsburgh Steelers -3, Under 48
San Francisco 49ers +12, Over 44.5
Carolina Panthers -12, Under 44.5
Tennessee Titans +6, Over 48
Detroit Lions -6, Under 48
Kansas City Chiefs +2, Over 41.5
Houston Texans -2, Under 41.5
Baltimore Ravens -4, Over 42
Cleveland Browns +4, Under 42
Dallas Cowboys +3.5, Over 47
Washington Redskins -3.5, Under 47
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7.5, Over 49.5
Arizona Cardinals -7.5, Under 49.5
Seattle Seahawks -5.5, Over 38
Los Angeles Rams +5.5, Under 38
Indianapolis Colts +6, Over 47
Denver Broncos -6, Under 47
Jacksonville Jaguars +3, Over 47.5
San Diego Chargers -3, Under 47.5
Atlanta Falcons +4, Over 47.5
Oakland Raiders -4, Under 47.5
NBC Sunday Night Football –
Green Bay Packers -3, Over 43
Minnesota Vikings +3, Under 42.5
ESPN Monday Night Football – Monday, September 19
Philadelphia Eagles +3, Over 42.5
Chicago Bears -3, Under 42.5