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Online Highlight Favorites You Should Bet On NFL Week 2

Written by on September 14, 2016

If you didn’t know before NFL betting enthusiasts, not all favorites are created equal. Some teams are installed as obligatory favorites because they’re playing at home while other teams should have never been listed as the favorite because they’re simply much better than their opponents.

Thanks to the trio of picks that you’re about to get on three of my top favorites to win and cash in against their NFL betting odds in Week 2, you’re going to maximize your chances of striking pay dirt with a series of winning wagers. Okay, with all of that said, let’s rock and roll people!

Online Highlight Favorites You Should Bet On NFL Week 2


Tennessee at Detroit -5.5

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions looked as explosive as ever in beating Indianapolis 39-35 to cash in as a 2.5-point road underdog in Week 1. The Tennessee Titans and quarter back Marcus Mariota were man-handled in their humbling 25-16 Week 1 loss against Minnesota.

For this Week 2 pairing, I’m going to urge you to back Stafford and the Lions to take down Tennessee as the Titans can neither, keep pace with Detroit’s often explosive offense nor keep the Lions off the scoreboard. With the Titans going 5-21-3 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up loss and the Lions going 4-0 ATS in their last four games and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win, I say the Lions win and cover with room to spare.

My Pick: Detroit 31 Tennessee 24

Green Bay -2.5 at Minnesota

When: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

While the Green Bay Packers didn’t exactly set the league on fire in their narrow 27-23 Week 1 win over Jacksonville, they are my pick to take down Minnesota in their Week 2 NFC North divisional showdown despite the fact that the Vikes recorded a solid 25-16 win over lowly Tennessee on Sunday to cover the spread as a 6.5-point road favorite.

Even if Sam Bradford gets the start this coming weekend over Shaun Hill, I don’t think it will matter much with the Packers having the huge edge at quarterback. Minnesota is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 home games, but Green Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games. The bottom line surrounding this contest is the fact that Minnesota just won’t be as good as they were expected to be this season without young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater under center.

My Pick: Green Bay 24 Minnesota 21

Baltimore -7 at Cleveland

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 18, 2016
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens weren’t overly impressive in their modest 13-7 Week 1 win over Buffalo as a 3.5-point favorite, but they managed to get the job done while keeping the Bills out of the end zone for the vast majority of the game. The Cleveland Browns looked almost completely inept in their 29-10 Week 1 loss to Philadelphia while never coming close to covering the spread as a 4-point underdog.

Ironically enough, with the loss of starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, I actually believe the Browns are going to be better under veteran Josh McCown. Still, Cleveland has problems all over the place and likely won’t be able to protect McCown much more than they did RG3 last weekend when the former Baylor star faced constant pressure from Philly’s front seven.

Baltimore has generally been a perennial playoff participant for the better part of the last 15 years and I think they’re going to have extra motivation all season long after their injury-riddled campaign in 2015. While the underdog in this series has gone 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the road team in this AFC North divisional series has gone 3-0-1 ATS in their last four meetings while Baltimore has compiled a robust 6-1-1 ATS mark in their last eight meetings in Cleveland. Baltimore wins and covers!

My Pick: Baltimore 28 Cleveland 17