NFL Week 2 – Betting recap

NFLShieldAll about the road favorites

— The second weekend of the NFL regular season was rather topsy-turvy. The defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks are 0-2, and the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins each have a better record than the champs after all winning in Week 2. Is it snowing in hell? Well, no, not quite. The Seahawks had a very difficult, perhaps unfair, start to the season with trips to St. Louis and Green Bay.

Suicide Kings

— If you’re in a suicide pool, you’ll likely notice that you have a lot less company if you made it through. With the nine-point underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning outright, the six-point underdog Oakland Raiders taking care of business and the five-point Jacksonville Jaguars jumping into the win column, it wasn’t a good week to be a road favorite. Just ask the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams, who not only did not cover, but they head home with losses. In fact, road favorites were just 1-3 SU/ATS, with only the Arizona Cardinals taking care of business in their road trip against the Chicago Bears.

Total Recall

— Vegas did a poor job of predicting the track meets in Week 2. The Dallas-Philadelphia (53.5) game was expected to be a shootout, but it turned into a defensive battle, especially once Tony Romo (collarbone) left the game for good. The Atlanta-N.Y. Giants (49.5) and Seattle-Green Bay (49.5) games were also supposed to be high-scoring battles, but each went ‘under’, too.

— The six games with the lowest totals, Baltimore-Oakland (42.5 – over), Denver-Kansas City (42 – over), Houston-Carolina (41 – push), Miami-Jacksonville (42.5 – over), Tennessee-Cleveland (41 – over) and St. Louis-Washington (41 – under), went 4-1-1.

— In the four primetime games in Week 1, the under went 3-1, and so far in Week 2 the under is 1-1. It’s a complete role reversal from last season when the over went 33-17 (66%) primetime games, and the over was 28-22 (56%) in 2013.

Injury Report

— There were plenty of key players to go down with injuries in Week 2, changing the face of a few of the games.

— Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) was injured near the end of the first half, suffering a hamstring injury while attempting a tackle on a pick-six against Arizona. WR Alshon Jeffery(hamstring) was inactive for the loss.

— Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) left the game at Philadelphia, and X-rays revealed a fractured left clavicle which will sideline him for at least eight to 10 weeks. With Romo on the mend it is QB Brandon Weeden who takes the reins of the Dez Bryant-less offense in Big D. Ouch.

— Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) checked out of the Week 2 game in Jacksonville due to an ankle injury. TE Jordan Cameron (groin) also left with a groin injury and will be re-evaluated.

— Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs) left in the first half with an injury to his ribs and he was unable to return.

— 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (head) was lifted from the game in Pittsburgh in the second half due to a head injury. Reports say he could have returned, but due to the lopsided score of the game Hyde was held out as a precaution.

— Lions QB Matthew Stafford (chest, ribs) was banged up in the loss in Minnesota and needed X-rays after the game.

— Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) was carted off in the first quarter against the Seahawks and he was unable to return. X-rays were negative. Teammate WR Davante Adams (ankle) also had ankle issues, missing approximately one quarter before returning to finish up.

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