Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 2
by Dave Schwab - 9/10/2014
Most NFL experts have downgraded the NFC East as a power division in the NFL given the level of play the last few seasons, but it may have dropped a few more notches given what we witnessed from three of the four teams in Week 1. Philadelphia saved face by being the only team to win both straight up or against the spread, and I was right on the money going against Washington as my 'pick of the week'.
Each week of the season I will briefly preview all the games in the NFC Eastusing BetOnline's NFL betting odds as well as release my top play with the use of Doc's Sports Unit Betting System. I will be tracking the results as the season progresses with the goal of returning a $1,000 profit with my picks.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins (Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.)
Jacksonville took full advantage of a few Eagles' miscues to build a 17-0 lead at halftime of last week's game, but reality set in from there by allowing 34 unanswered points to lose both SU and ATS as a 10-point road underdog. The Jaguars now have to go into Washington with the mindset of playing a full 60 minutes to try and get a win on the road.
Everyone expected Washington to have some issues on defense this season after finishing 2013 ranked 30th in the league in points allowed, but with all the weapons surrounding third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins were also expected to outscore a number of teams. Neither of these two things happened on opening day in a listless 17-6 loss to Houston as three-point road underdogs. They have been opened as seven-point home favorites this week, with the total set at 43.
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.)
The rust in Tony Romo's throwing arm was pretty obvious on opening day with three interceptions in the Cowboys 28-17 loss to San Francisco as three-point home underdogs. He still threw for 281 yards while completing 62.1 percent of his 37 attempts, but his completions to the wrong team turned out to be killers. The Dallas defense actually played pretty well in the second half of this game by keeping the 49ers off the scoreboard.
Tennessee got off to a strong start with a 26-10 victory over Kansas City as a three-point road underdog. The Titans benefitted from three Chiefs' turnovers, but quarterback Jake Locker had a solid day with 266 yards and two touchdowns while completing 22-of-33 attempts. This offense actually gained 405 total yards, and Tennessee carved out a 15-minute edge in time of possession. The Titans come into their home opener this Sunday as three-point favorites, with the total set at 49.5.
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants (Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.)
Last season Arizona very quietly won seven of its last nine games to finish the year 10-6. That obviously helped to land the Cardinals on "Monday Night Football" for this season's opener, and they made the most of it with an 18-17 victory over San Diego. Arizona may have not covered the three points at home, but it comes into this game with a 5-2-1 record ATS in its last eight games.
New York could be in serious trouble if its performance against Detroit in the early game this past Monday night is any indication of what to expect in future games. The offense sputtered under the guidance of Eli Manning, and the defense was repeatedly beat by Matthew Stafford and the Lions' passing game. If head coach Tom Coughlin cannot quickly start to circle the wagons with a Giants' win at home this Sunday as one-point underdogs, he may find himself firmly on the early hot seat for his job. The total for this game has been set at 43.
NFC East 'Pick of the Week'
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts (Monday, Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m.)
Second-year head coach Chip Kelly could not have been all that pleased with his team's performance in the first half of last week's game against the Jaguars, but the end result is all that counts, especially when you can score 34 points in just one half of football. All Kelly wants to do is score points. He has gone on record as saying that he does not care about time of possession; the quicker his team can score the better. Philly heads into Lucas Oil Stadium as a three-point underdog with the total set at 53.5.
Indianapolis found itself down by 17 points at the half and by 21 points early in the fourth quarter in last Sunday night's game against Denver, yet it still managed to cover the 8.5 points on the road in a 31-24 loss. This is another team that can quickly put points on the board behind third-year quarterback Andrew Luck. He should be able to light things up on Monday night against an Eagles' secondary that made Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne look like an all-pro in the first half of that game.
The total has gone over in six of Philadelphia's last eight games on Monday night and in seven of its last nine road games. The total has also gone over in nine of the Colts last 13 games overall.
3-Unit Play: Take Philadelphia at Indianapolis OVER 53.5
YTD: 1-0 (+$300)
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