NFL Week 2 – Best Bets
The 2011 NFL regular season got off to bang for some teams especially the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins, who both turned in impressive performances, but unfortunately they wreaked havoc on our Week 1 ‘best bets’. New England bailed us out on Monday night, but we still opened with a 1-2 record against the spread.
We went back to the drawing board and sharpened our pencils to squeeze some value out of this week’s lines, so here are Bang the Book’s ‘best bets’ for Week 2 in the NFL brought to you BetDSI one of the top US sportsbooks online today!.
Baltimore Ravens (-6) at Tennessee Titans
The Ravens left little doubt as to which team is the top dog in the AFC North right now with a 35-7 old-fashioned beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers as one-point home favorites. They even rubbed a little extra salt in the wound by purposely running up the score. Tennessee stumbled its way to an ugly 16-14 loss to Jacksonville as a one-point road underdog. These are definitely two teams headed in opposite directions.
Baltimore is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games as a favorite and a perfect 4-0 ATS as a favorite at home. Tennessee is 3-2 straight-up and 4-1 ATS in its last five games against the Ravens, but Baltimore has the clear edge on the road, going 7-2 ATS in its last nine trips to Tennessee. Stick with the Ravens to keep the fast start going by covering the six-points.
The Pick: Baltimore 16 Tennessee 6
San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots (-7)
San Diego took a major step at avoiding another infamous slow start with a 24-17 win over Minnesota as a nine-point home favorite. More importantly, the Chargers’ defense held the Vikings to just 187 yards of total offense. It will need a Herculean effort to do that against a New England offense that ran up 622 total yards against Miami on Monday night, but San Diego has the offensive guns to run with the Patriots all day long if it has to.
The Chargers are 12-3-1 in their last 16 games as an underdog of three or more points and 22-6-3 ATS in their last 31 games as an underdog overall. New England is 6-2 ATS as a favorite in its last eight games, but the underdog in this series is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
The Pick: New England 31 San Diego 27
Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) at Atlanta Falcons
Michael Vick returns to the Georgia Dome as a starter for the first time since his playing days in Atlanta, but do not expect the fans to roll out the red carpet. Vick’s numbers in the Eagles 31-13 win over St. Louis as a 4.5-point favorite were not spectacular, but once again he made enough plays with his arm and his legs to carry this team. Atlanta’s offense was declared MIA in an ugly 30-12 loss to Chicago as a one-point road favorite. It is too early to tell if this is a hangover from last season’s 48-21 collapse to Green Bay in the playoffs or just a slow start for Matt Ryan and Co.
The Eagles are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the NFC, but 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of three-points or less. The Falcons are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a SU loss, but just 1-1-4 against Philadelphia in their last six meetings at home. The Eagles are actually 9-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games against Atlanta overall.
The Pick: Philadelphia 34 Atlanta 21