The NFL betting world can calm down now. After the typical Week 1 overreactions, Week 2 showed bettors that one week does not make a season. For some teams, Week 2 was the entire season as the theme was injuries. We’ll bring you the NFL Week 2 2019 Week in Review.
There were quite a few that will affect the rest of the 2019 season. We saw some big line changes in the Browns-Jets game due to Jets QB Sam Darnold’s case of mononucleosis. Remember, you can track line changes with the right pay per head software. On to the Week 2 recap…
A number of teams remained 2-0 SU with wins in Week 2. The Patriots, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, Bills, Ravens, Packers, Chiefs, and Cowboys all remain unbeaten. The Patriots were the weekend’s biggest favorite at -18 over the dumpster fire that is the Miami Dolphins. New England assured it would cover with two pick-six touchdown returns within two minutes of each other.
The Chiefs were a 7-point favorite over their rival Oakland. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes threw four second quarter touchdowns to ensure the Chiefs would cover. The Ravens weren’t as fortunate. Baltimore was a 13-point favorite against Arizona and failed to cover. The Ravens actually had the ball at the Cardinals 5-yard line with 1:21 to play but decided to run the clock out.
Pittsburgh was a four-point favorite at home against Seattle, but fell victim to the upset. The Seahawks won 28-26. It was one of five upsets in Week 2. Detroit got a 31-yard Matthew Stafford TD pass with 7:21 to play to beat the Chargers who were 2.5-point favorites.
Julio Jones turned a short pass into a 54-yard touchdown and the Falcons beat Philadelphia, a 1-point favorite. Tampa Bay beat Carolina in Charlotte. The Panthers were 6.5-point favorites. Tennessee was a 3-point favorite but lost to Indianapolis 19-17.
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INJURIES & FANTASY
The big news from Week 2 revolves around injuries, especially those suffered by quarterbacks. Fantasy owners will want to act quickly as Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season. Roethlisberger suffered an elbow injury that will require surgery.
New Orleans will be without Drew Brees who injured the thumb on his throwing hand. While not as serious as Roethlisberger, Brees will have surgery to repair the damage and will miss at least six weeks. Both injuries will surely affect betting lines in the weeks to come. Bookie software can help aspiring bookmakers track those changes.
Five entries in the Westgate SuperContest remain unbeaten at 10-0 – Phat Cat, Dead Last, TUCO, The 801 Crew, and Rabbit Hunting. All five bet on Cleveland and the New York Jets. Another five entries went 5-0 for the week to remain 9-1 on the season.
The most picked game in the Circa Sports Million Pro Football Contest was the Steelers at -4. Mikeybarts 1-1 and Mikeybarts 1-2 remain tied at the top of the leaderboard with 9.5 points. Four other entries are tied for third with 9.0 points.
Two teams remain tied for first in the Golden Nugget Ultimate Football Challenge. Rizzo (11-1-2) and Cuseboy (12-2-0) each have 12 points out of a possible 14. Cousin Sal went a perfect 7-0 in Week 2 choosing the following: Houston Cougars +7, West Virginia +6.5, Temple+7, Oklahoma -22.5, Kansas City -7.5, Denver +2.5, and Atlanta +1.5. Last year’s champion Monsterloc sits in 13th place.