NFLbets has already decided that this week’s line of Arizona Cardinals -3½ vs the Minnesota Vikings is about as good an offering as bettors are likely to see this NFL season and so we’re wagering accordingly. Additionally, a good number of games seem designed for playing in a 6-point teaser bet. Below are listed three goodies for week 2 in NFL betting – take ’em on point spread bets are lump ’em together in a tease with Cardinals +2½ and we figure you’re set for one profitable weekend of betting…
Seattle Seahawks -6½ vs Tennessee Titans
For this game, NFLbets’ll dispense a few stats; the theme will become rapidly apparent. Since Pete Carroll took over as Seahawks head coach in 2010,
• Seattle is a ridiculous 19-2 SU/16-5 ATS at home in weeks 1-4;
• in the first home game of the season, Seattle is 11-0 SU/8-3 ATS;
• as favorites at home in weeks 1-4, they’re 14-1 SU/10-5 ATS; and
• as favorites of 5½ points or more in these games, they’re 10-0 SU/6-4 ATS.
Last week, the Titans defense continued in the downward trajectory fallen into since Mike Vrabel became HC and got 38 points run up on them by the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks are meanwhile still running with Russell Wilson and a top-5 receiving corps.
NFLbets can frankly not imagine a realistic scenario in which the Titans win this game – among the unrealistic scenarios might be Derrick Henry of 2019 time-traveling forward a couple of years to sub in for Derrick Henry 2021 version. However, if you’re not necessarily confident of Wilson & Co. covering a touchdown, take the Seattle Seahawks -½ in a 6-point teaser bet!
Los Angeles Rams -3½ at Indianapolis Colts
The Rams are dealing with the minus of a noon CT start time, but all other advantages point in the Rams direction. Sure, Carson Wentz looked pretty good after coming off an injury to go 25-of-38 for 251 yards with 2 TD passes against zero interceptions … against a middling pass defense. Los Angeles was the no. 1 overall defense and the no. 1 passing defense in the league last season with no indication that anything is different there.
And while the Rams offense may not be the league’s best, Sean McVay will certainly be enjoying his newfound freedom to open the playbook for his new QB Matt Stafford for a good couple of months at least. Stafford didn’t need to do too much against the Bears, throwing just 26 times and hitting on TDs three times to three different receivers. We’d guess that Stafford’ll attempt more passes yet should achieve similar results.
NFLbets loves the Rams minus the points here – but if you believe the Colts can pull off the home upset, take the Los Angeles Rams +2½ in a 6-point teaser bet or even take the Indianapolis Colts +9½ in the tease…
Kansas City Chiefs -3½ at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens turned what will probably go down as a net negative in the 2021 offseason; in game 1, the biggest name acquisition still standing, WR Sammy Watkins did well enough with 96 receiving yards on four catches – though out of eight targets. Marcus Peters is of course on IR, with the results obvious in the Baltimore opener, i.e. Derek Carr throwing 56 times for 435 yards engineering three scoring drives in the fourth quarter.
This is the defense expected to stop Pat Mahomes, Travis Kelce (Las Vegas TE Darren Waller, a badass to be sure but no Kelce, caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a TD against Baltimore last week) et al – even before we get to the historical aspect.
Which is this: Lamar Jackson has played these Kansas City Chiefs three times since entering the league in 2018; the Ravens are 0-3 SU/1-2 ATS in those games. As head coach of Baltimore, John Harbaurgh is just 1-5 SU/3-3 ATS against Andy Reid-coached teams, with the sole win coming against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.
Finally, the beat the mainstream sports media’s dead horse a bit more, consider that Reid’s Chiefs have gone an impressive 20-13 SU/19-14 ATS in regular-season primetime games whereas, as you may have heard, the Ravens are on a 2-3 SU/ATS run in primetime since 2020.
NFLbets believes the Chiefs will cover easily here but again, if you take the Kansas City Chiefs in a 6-point teaser bet, you get them at +2½, what amounts to an alternative point spread…
–written by Os Davis