NFL Week 2 Betting Recap: No Such Thing as a Sure Thing
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 9/21/2010
It looked like a sure win for our players over at Bodog’s online sportsbook. Most of them were all over the Philadelphia Eagles (-7), who were in Detroit to play the lowly Lions, who were playing without their franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford.
With 6:17 remaining in the game, Philly’s LeSean McCoy busted a 46-yard run to make it 35-17 for the visitors. It was an 18-point lead, and it should’ve held up against the spread. But the Lions didn’t give up and tacked on two late touchdowns to make it a 35-32 final.
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Of course, it wasn’t all bad news for the players in Week 2. Not by a long shot. A couple of the big favorites beat the spread, with Green Bay (-14) destroying Buffalo, 34-7, and San Diego (-7) hammering Jacksonville, 38-13.
The players also got a big win on Sunday night when the Indianapolis Colts (-5) laid a beat-down on the New York Giants, 38-14. The total went over 48.5, giving the players another victory.
Looking ahead to Week 3, it will be interesting to see how our players respond to a couple of very desperate teams.
For starters, the winless Dallas Cowboys (+3) are in Houston to play the undefeated Texans. The ‘Boys really can’t afford to start the season 0-3, can they? Granted, they probably couldn’t afford to start 0-2 either, yet managed to do so with a litany of mistakes in their first two games.
We typically get a lot of action on the Cowboys, seeing as they’re one of the most popular teams in the world. But I wonder if a few of their regular backers might take the week off to see what this team’s actually made of.
Another desperate team is San Francisco (0-2). The 49ers put forth an awful Week 1 performance in Seattle, but outplayed the Super Bowl champion Saints on Monday night, despite losing. Like the Cowboys, it’s been a case of too many mistakes for the Niners.
Alex Smith was very good for the most part against New Orleans, but the interceptions have to stop if San Francisco is to climb out of its early hole. The 49ers are in Kansas City this week to play the surprisingly undefeated Chiefs. It’s going to be loud at Arrowhead, so you have to wonder how Smith will respond against a defense that’s been great so far.
Finally, I’m expecting very good betting interest in the Monday night affair between Green Bay (2-0) and Chicago (2-0). Are the Bears for real? Can the Packers find a running game without Ryan Grant? This game has some very compelling storylines.
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