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Patriots, Cardinals and Bears the top picks for NFL Week 2

Sat, Sep 17, 1:17pm by Jake Equid

Well I took the meaning of ‘stiff’ to a whole new level last week. Missing out on the multi bet by half a point on two of the three tips. I had the Packers by 4.5 and they won by 4 then I had the Chiefs to win by 6.5 and they won by 6. The Giants rubbed salt into the wound by winning as I predicted. But I’ve picked myself up and I’m ready to go for Week Two.

The second week of action began on Friday morning (AEST) with the in-state rivalry match-up between the Jets and the Bills which started with a correct pick for the Jets so at least I’ve put last week behind me, sort of.

On Sunday there are 14 games including the LA Rams who play their first home game back in LA since 1994. They were simply deplorable last week, unable to put together one scoring drive against the 49ers but amazingly some pundits are still giving them ($3.33) a chance against the Seahawks ($1.35).

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Steelers will be looking to make it two in a row when the host the Bengals ($2.51). They are a $1.56 favourite to do just that after Big Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns last week. He also made a big play early when he recovered his own fumble at a pivotal moment when the Steelers trailed 6-0.

Sunday Night Football sees Minnesota open up their new stadium when they host the Packers which should be a celebration but given the record of NFL teams opening stadiums since 2008 (1-4) that may not be the case. The Packers are $1.73 to ruin the celebrations with the Vikings at $2.17. The stadium itself looks absolutely stunning, holding 73,000 fans in extreme comfort which is a must for all Minnesotans in winter.

Here’s our best bets for the second week of the NFL:

 Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts – 3:00am Monday 19 September

The Pats return home after getting a huge away in Arizona last Sunday. The eight time reigning AFC East champions continue to be written off and continue to prove everyone wrong. They now have a stretch of three home game until their star quarter-back, Tom Brady returns.

The Dolphins are not given much chance here at $3.39, with the hosts a short-priced favourite at $1.34. The line is 6.5.

Not only were the Pats missing Brady last week but they also beat a real Superbowl contender, the Cardinals, without Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer and Dion Lewis. Four-time pro ball tight end Rob Gronkowski also missed, he is still listed as questionable to play in this one due to a hamstring injury. Rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown.

The Dolphins have a tough schedule to start to the season, they came up just short in Seattle last week and now they must attempt to win at one of the hardest places to win in the league. They were beaten by a last minute touchdown last week when Russell Wilson threw a 2-yard pass to Doug Baldwin that gave the Seahawks the comeback win.

I’m backing the Pats to win and cover the line.

BEST BET: Patriots to win by more than 6: $1.92

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals

­­­­­­­­­University of Arizona Stadium, Glendale – 6:05am Monday 19 September

After being humiliated in their home opener last week against the Pats, the Cardinals will be out to bounce back and bounce back big against the Bucs. The visitors won on the road in Atlanta in week one but will have their work cut out against the highly fancied Cards.

The betting market is fairly lob-sided here with home team into $1.32 and the Buccaneers rank outsiders at $3.50. The line is at a full touchdown.

Tampa Bay are definitely on the way up this year, Jameis Winston began his second year as a pro last week by completing 23 of 33 passes for 281 yards. The former Florida State QB used just about every weapon at his disposal, hooking up with receiver Mike Evans, running back Charles Sims and tight ends Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers in scoring plays.

I’m backing the Cardinals to come out breathing fire in this one after kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 47-yard field goal with 41 seconds left on the clock to hand the Patriots victory in week one. Head coach Bruce Arians would have spent much of the week trying to avoid strangling someone.

36-year old Arizona QB Carsen Palmer is now one of the top throwers in the league after transforming his game in recent years. He threw for 271 yards last week and two touchdowns and I’m backing him to lead the Cards to victory here.

BEST BET: The Cardinals to win by 1-13: $2.01

Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears

Soldier Field, Chicago– 10:30am Tuesday 20 September

Both of these teams entered their respective seasons with not much love from the ‘experts’. Most had them sitting 3rd or 4th in their respective divisions but the good news is its only week two.

The bookies have the Bears as favourites to win their first game of the season at $1.55 with the Eagles at $2.53. The line is 3.5.

The Bears lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter last week but it was all the Texans from there who ran out 23-14 winners in Houston. Chicago were kept scoreless in the second half. QB Jay Cutler didn’t have a great day but should be able to bounce back in this one against a team ranked 28th against the pass last year.

Philly showed some real promise last week in their season opener, defeating the Browns 29-10. Overall number two draft pick, QB Carson Wentz had a solid game throwing for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. That was the Browns though, this will be a different story, in primetime, on the road, as a rookie, in front of a crowd that should be fired up.

I’m backing the more experienced Bears to lift here for Monday Night Football in their home opener.

BEST BET: Bears to win: $1.55

MULTI OF THE WEEK: Combining all of the below for $6.01 at Sportsbet

Patriots to win by more than 6: $1.92

Cardinals to win by 1-13: $2.01

Bears to win: $1.55

NFL Week Two odds:

Dallas Cowboys $2.29 (+2.5) @ Washington Redskins $1.65 (-2.5)

New Orleans Saints $2.92 (+5.0) @ New York Giants $1.43 (-5.0)

San Francisco 49ers $6.80 (+13.5) @ Carolina Panthers $1.12 (-13.5)

Tennessee Titans $3.13 (+6.0) @ Detroit Lions $1.39 (-6.0)

Baltimore Ravens $1.40 (-6.0) @ Cleveland Browns $3.09 (+6.0)

Kansas City Chiefs $2.11 (+2.5) @ Houston Texans $1.76 (-2.5)

Miami Dolphins $3.39 (+6.5) @ New England Patriots $1.34 (-6.5)

Cincinnati Bengals $2.51 (+3.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers $1.56 (-3.5)

Seattle Seahawks $1.35 (-6.5) @ Los Angeles Rams $3.33 (+6.5)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers $3.50 (+7.0) @ Arizona Cardinals $1.32 (-7.0)

Jacksonville Jaguars $2.43 (+3.0) @ San Diego Chargers $1.59 (-3.0)

Indianapolis Colts $3.25 (+6.0) @ Denver Broncos $1.36 (-6.0)

Atlanta Falcons $2.76 (+4.5) @ Oakland Raiders $1.48 (-4.5)

Green Bay Packers $1.73 (-2.5) @ Minnesota Vikings $2.17 (+2.5)

Philadelphia Eagles $2.53 (+3.5) @ Chicago Bears $1.55 (-3.5)


Odds supplied by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing*

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