Numbers are climbing for interest in week 2 games, particularly the NFC title rematch in LA.
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (-3)
The Rams narrowly escaped Carolina in a late game push. LA was a 1.5 point favorite but maintained a two score lead most of the game. Goff was unimpressive and Gurley carried a lighter load until he was called upon to close the game in the fourth.
New Orleans managed to evade Houston with some last minute heroics on the wings of a mighty Brees but not without controversy. The Saints ran into another faulty official that nearly ended their last second comeback attempt, perhaps playing to this weekend’s NFC title rematch. The Texans struggled up front allowing 6 sacks on Deshaun Watson. Watson, unfazed, kept the Texans in it but Brees proved too much.
The Rams open (1-0 SU and ATS) at -3 in the Week 2 matchup. With both teams sporting a 1-0 record and carrying the officiating woes from 2018, you can be assured this will be one of the most heavily wagered games of the weekend.
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-3)
In Week 1, Tennessee revealed massive holes in the balloon that was Cleveland’s preseason hype. Cleveland jumped up early but as it goes with that kind of “hype”, they deflated quickly. The Titans, who were 5.5 point underdogs, (routed the Browns 43-13.
With Andrew Luck’s recent unexpected retirement, many wrote the Colts season off. This past Sunday, however, they proved to be a complete football team. Facing a very good Chargers team, Jacoby Brissett led the Colts (0-1 SU, 0-0-1 ATS) to a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the final minute to tie the game at 24, but Indy fell short in overtime 30-24.
The Colts probably should have come away with a win, and with a better kicker they might have gotten it done. Both Tennessee and Indianapolis put together good performances in Week 1. This should be a very physical match-up with two good defensive teams. The Titans started as 3 point favorites but have moved to 2.5 pt home favorites over the Colts after Indy showed they’re serious about football.
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5)
Seattle travels to steel country for one of next Sunday’s early kickoffs. The Seahawks battled a resilient Cincinnati team on Sunday. Going in as big home favorites, they eeked out 21-20 win over the Bengals. The Seahawks (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) will have to prove their fight once again at Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh, looking to reboot from a disappointing 2018, cleared its roster of distractions this off season. Then, opened the 2019-20 campaign against the defending champs. On SNF, the Steelers (-3.5) getting 5.5 points, were gashed with a 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots.
Given the thrashing they received from the Pats, the Steelers open at 3.5 point home favorites to Seattle team that was less than stellar.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-3)
In retro NFC North fashion, Green Bay kicked off 2019 with an impressive defensive performance. The Packers (1-0 SU and ATS) smacked Chicago in a Week 1 defensive slugfest, coming away with a 10-3 victory as 3.5-point dogs.
Minnesota stormed out of the gate in Week 1. After grossly underachieving in 2018, the Vikings (1-0 SU and ATS) cruised to a 28-12 victory over Atlanta giving 3.5 points at home Sunday.
The Vikings have revamped their offense to feature a ground game sorely missed from a year ago. Kirk Cousins, a stat king, only had 10 passing attempts in their win Sunday. This ground game will need to be efficient if they hope to get past this bruising Packer defense.
The line opens -3 but at even money for the Pack.