Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 2

Week 2 of the 2012 NFL betting campaign is about set to kick off on Thursday night, as all 32 teams continue their conquest to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Today, we take a look at our Top 10 Betting Tips, as we point out some of the most important people, teams, and trends that you’ll be hearing all about as the season continues.

There isn’t a man that is going to be under more pressure this week more than Jim Schwartz. Oh sure, Schwartz isn’t in any danger of losing his job, but he really needs to get control of his team. He lost it last year with his Detroit Lions against the San Francisco 49ers and even seemed to threaten Head Coach Jim Harbaugh when the game was said and done with. The Lions aren’t really expected to compete this week with the Niners, as they are 6.5-point underdogs. Still, Detroit was lucky to survive last week against the St. Louis Rams, but because it did, it won’t be the end of the world if it does drop this game. Of course, the team that really might be in a heck of a lot of trouble if it loses this week is the…

New York Giants, the defending Super Bowl champs. Yes, the champs became the first team that lifted the Lombardi Trophy that lost their first game of the next season. It was an atrocious first week of the year for the G-Men, as they were not just beaten at home, but beaten at home by a division rival, the Dallas Cowboys. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming to MetLife Stadium for the second game of the year, and it is the second game in which New York is favored by 7.5-points. QB Eli Manning didn’t do the job, and he had a rough game trying to work the ball up the field. But Manning wasn’t nearly the worst quarterback over the course of the first week of the season. That title clearly goes to…

Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns. Weeden posted a 5.1 quarterback rating last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he had one of the most woeful games that a quarterback has ever had in the history of the league. Going 12-of-35 for 118 yards with no scores and four picks is just that bad, but Cleveland just doesn’t have all that many other options to turn to. Will QB Colt McCoy end up taking over as the team’s quarterback? That might be the case, but the Browns might as well ride or die with Weeden now that he basically has been handed the keys to the penthouse in Cleveland. The sad part though, is that the Browns really should have won in Week 1. It’s not nearly as bad as the debut that…

Ryan Tannehill had for the Miami Dolphins against the Houston Texans last week. Tannehill actually had his Fins ahead in the second quarter, but then four turnovers happened in the second quarter, and the Texans just took over after that. Tannehill just doesn’t look like he stands all that much of a chance, and many think that Miami could be headed for an 0-16 season. That might be a bit premature, but it might not be all that premature to think that the…

New Orleans Saints might be in a heck of a lot of trouble. We’re going to see this week when New Orleans travels to Bank of America Field to take on the Carolina Panthers. Both of these teams are 0-1 this year both from an SU standpoint and an ATS standpoint, but only the Saints lost to a team with a rookie quarterback in Robert Griffin III. QB Drew Brees can only do so much, and it might have been even more brutal to see this Bounty Gate scandal continue over the course of the first two weeks of the season, knowing that LB Jonathan Vilma probably won’t play a down this year one way or the other, and that Head Coach Sean Payton is done with his team, New Orleans might not be able to get up off the mat if it loses this week as a 2.5-point favorite on the road. The biggest favorite on the road this week though, is the team that beat the snot out of Tannehill last week, the…

Houston Texans. Man, the Texans look good at this point. QB Matt Schaub is healthy. RB Arian Foster is healthy. WR Andre Johnson is healthy. And that’s really, really scary for the rest of the league. These three only spent a few games on the field at the same time, and if Houston can keep this up, it will be one of the best clubs in the league. Could the Texans really be the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year? They should be 2-0 after taking out of the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, but the team that should be the easy pick to go to 2-0 should be the…

New England Patriots. The Pats really beat the living snot out of the Tennessee Titans last week, and they are going to be going against a backup quarterback in Kevin Kolb this week at home in the home opener. Even when WR Wes Welker wasn’t really involved that much last week, RB Stevan Ridley stepped up to the table and had a 100+ yard game. QB Tom Brady should be in for a better game, and that might mean more touches for Welker. However, the real question is how the Patriots stuffed up RB Chris Johnson and the Tennessee running game. Head Coach Bill Belichick really dialed up a great game plan to stop Tennessee, but it wasn’t as great as the game plan that was drawn up by…

Greg Schiano against the Carolina Panthers. Yes, Schiano’s first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was one to remember, as he guided his team to a 16-10 win against a Carolina club that many think could contend for the Super Bowl this year. To think that the Panthers, even without RB Jonathan Stewart in the lineup, ended up with just -2 yards when you include in sacks, is just unbelievable. Both RB DeAngelo Williams and QB Cam Newton could be in for 1,000-yard seasons this year, but Williams now has -1 rushing yards for the campaign. Heck, even…

Ryan Mathews has more yards on the ground than that, and he hasn’t suited up yet this year. Mathews is still only just getting back on the field with his broken clavicle, and he is hoping to get back on the field this week against the Tennessee Titans. San Diego has just got to get more yards on the ground than it did in last week’s win against the Oakland Raiders. RB Ronnie Brown and the rest of these running backs just weren’t able to get anything going on the ground, and it might be pertinent this week against Tennessee to do more damage. However, there is no coach that needs to design a ground game this week like…

Jim Schwartz does. Last year, Schwartz’s Lions were absolutely manhandled on the offensive side of the ball by these 49ers because QB Matthew Stafford had to put the pill in the air 50 times. The offensive line just wasn’t able to open up holes for the running game, and the end result was that Stafford was stuck running for his life and forced into some bad decisions. If that turns out to be the case once again this year, Schwartz will once again be running off the field and staring snidely at Harbaugh, wondering why his team just couldn’t do enough to top San Fran.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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