With sports betting recently becoming legal in the United States, we’ve partnered with the experts from Total Sports Picks to share their best NFL bets each week this season.
Here’s the Total Sports Picks team’s Week 2 preview.
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (1:00pm ET)
The Cowboys got their season off to a fantastic start with a dominant win over the Giants in Week 1. With an invested Ezekiel Elliot and what looks to be an in0form Dak Prescott, many have catapulted the Cowboys right into the mix in the NFC. However, with what looks to be three relatively easy games in their first three weeks, we likely won’t get a true barometer on the Cowboys until they travel to New Orleans in Week 4.
The Redskins looked impressive in the first half of their opening game against the Eagles, putting up 20 points before a fightback from Philadelphia saw them lose by five on the road. We picked them to cover what was a large 9.5 spread. They come into this week as underdogs once again, this time at home.
The Redskins have earned some respect with the bookmakers. However, with the line opening at 4 points and drifting out to 4.5 in the last few days, it’s tough to make a call on that spread. What we do like is the total. The Redskins allowed 25 points in the second half alone last week and their offense was hardly deterred by a good Philly defense. (Or at least a good defense on paper.) We think this could easily be a 30-24 type game and are taking the OVER.
Pick: Total Points OVER 46.5 (-110 at FanDuel)
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (4:25pm ET)
The Rams and Saints both captured nail-biting wins in Week 1. With all of the hype surrounding both teams leading into the season, this could be an extremely early NFC Championship preview.
The Saints led for the majority of the game against Houston on Monday night before a Texans TD with just 50 second on the clock put them in front. Drew Brees proceeded to go 45 yards in just five plays before kicker Will Lutz bombed a massive 58-yard field goal to win the game for the Saints.
In similar fashion, the Rams led for the majority of the game and withstood a fightback from the Christian McCaffrey-led offense in the final quarter to win by three on the road in Charlotte. Jared Goff had a fairly quiet game considering the Rams put up 30 points, passing for just 186 yards and a touchdown in the win.
While both teams picked up Week 1 wins, they both failed to cover the spread. Los Angeles started as 2.5 point favorites here, which we think is a little low. With the Rams back at home and New Orleans travelling cross-country on a short turnaround from a physical game on Monday night, we love the value of Los Angeles here.
Pick: Los Angeles Rams -2.5 (-110 at FanDuel)
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (8:20pm ET)
As we mentioned above, the Eagles got off to a bit of a shaky start in Week 1, allowing the Redskins to get out to an early lead. On the back of a quietly brilliant game from Carson Wentz, the Eagles scored 25 points in the second half to move to 1-0. Their run game was spread amongst Darren Sproles, Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, none of which really got off the chain. They’ll likely have more influence this week against a Falcons side that was decimated by the Vikings run game last week.
Atlanta gave up 172 yards and three touchdowns on the ground against Minnesota, as they were stifled by 16 points on the road. They’ll be back at home this week, but find themselves up against another tough defense on paper. Matt Ryan threw for 300+ yards in last weekend’s loss, but will need to be safer with the ball this week after throwing two picks in the opener.
All said, we have another matchup between two teams who failed to cover in Week 1. However, if there was a 2nd-half spread in the Eagles-Redskins game, then Philly would have certainly covered that. They seem to work things out in the second half against Washington, and we expect them to carry that over into Week. They’ll come into Atlanta with their tails up. We like the Eagles on the road.
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles -1.5 (-110 at FanDuel)
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