Buccaneers at Saints (-10, 47) – 1:00 PM EST
Tampa Bay put together the ugliest performance of Week 1, getting trampled by Tennessee in a 42-14 home defeat as three-point favorites. Jameis Winston’s NFL debut was extremely forgettable, tossing an interception on his first pass that was returned for a touchdown, as the Bucs fell behind, 21-0 after one quarter. Tampa Bay is flipped to a double-digit underdog at the Superdome, looking to redeem themselves after squandering an 11-point fourth quarter lead last season in a 37-31 overtime loss as an 11-point underdogs.
The Saints put up plenty of yards in last week’s 31-19 setback at Arizona, posting 408 yards, but finding the end zone just once. New Orleans didn’t accomplish much on the ground, rushing for 54 yards on 20 carries against a solid Cardinals’ rush defense. Sean Payton’s club struggled as a home favorite in 2014, compiling a 2-6 ATS record, including five straight losses at the Superdome to close the season, the most home defeats since 2007.
49ers at Steelers (-6, 45 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
San Francisco travels cross-country following Monday night’s dominating effort over Minnesota, as the Niners won Jim Tomsula’s debut, 20-3 to cash as 2 ½-point underdogs. The Niners pounded out 230 yards on the ground, including 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns from former Ohio State standout Carlos Hyde. However, San Francisco will be without tailback Reggie Bush, who suffered a thigh injury on Monday. In Colin Kaepernick’s 19 career road starts, he owns a 14-5 record away from the Bay Area, while going 4-4 ATS as a road underdog (all four losses have come at Seattle).
The Steelers scored a late touchdown to hurt New England backers last Thursday in a 28-21 loss, covering as 7 ½-point underdogs in spite of trailing by as many as 18 points. Pittsburgh will still be without several key members on offense as running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant remain suspended, while Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey is sidelined with a leg injury. The Steelers have lost three of their last four interconference games at Heinz Field, while compiling a 2-3 ATS record in early kickoffs at home in 2014.
Falcons at Giants (-2 ½, 51) – 1:00 PM EST
Atlanta heads to Met Life Stadium with plenty of confidence after holding off Philadelphia on Monday night, 26-24 as three-point home underdogs. The Falcons gave away a 20-3 advantage as the Eagles rallied for 21 unanswered points; however, Matt Bryant’s 47-yard field goal halfway through fourth quarter gave Atlanta the lead for good and Dan Quinn his first NFL coaching victory. Atlanta is seeking consecutive wins for only the second time since the start of 2013, while falling to New York at Met Life last season, 30-20 as four-point underdogs.
The Giants managed a cover as seven-point underdogs at Dallas last Sunday night, but New York couldn’t hold onto a late six-point lead in a 27-26 defeat to their division rivals. Eli Manning took plenty of blame for the defeat as the Giants’ quarterback stopped the clock with an incomplete pass on New York’s final drive that resulted in a field goal, instead of falling on the ball to run another 30 seconds off the clock. The Giants will play two home games in a five-day span with the Redskins coming to town on Thursday, as Tom Coughlin’steam has dropped three straight home openers dating back to 2012.
Lions at Vikings (-2 ½, 43 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
Both these NFC North rivals lost on the road to start the season, falling in different fashion. Detroit threw away a 21-3 lead in a 33-28 setback at San Diego, as the Lions have lost four consecutive road season openers. The Lions’ defense was shredded by allowing 483 yards to the Chargers, while the offense didn’t score a point for nearly 38 minutes following the early 21-point second quarter lead. Detroit swept the season series from Minnesota last season, limiting the Vikings to 17 points in both wins, as each game finished ‘under’ the total.
The Vikings were held to a field goal in a 20-3 defeat at San Francisco, as Adrian Petersonrushed for 31 yards on 10 carries in his first game in nearly a year. Minnesota closed out last season with three consecutive wins at TCF Bank Stadium, while posting a 4-1 ATS record in its final five home games. The Vikings didn’t have much success against division foes in 2014, losing five of six contests, while being listed as a home favorite against the Lions for just the second time since 2011.
Cowboys at Eagles (-5, 55) – 4:25 PM EST
Tony Romo led a late Dallas comeback past New York in a 27-26 triumph with a touchdown pass to Jason Witten in the final seconds to give the Cowboys an opening week win. However, it came at a price as standout wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a broken bone in his right foot and will be out for at least four weeks. Dallas won all three road games inside the NFC East last season, including a 38-27 victory at Lincoln Financial Field as three-point underdogs, while each of those contests sailed ‘over’ the total.
The Eagles began the Sam Bradford era with 336 yards through the air, but fell to 1-4 ATS in the last five tries as a road favorite in a 26-24 loss at Atlanta on Monday night. There was plenty of criticism on the lack of touches in the backfield for newly acquired running backDeMarco Murray, who rushed for nine yards on eight carries (Eagles ran the ball 16 times total). Philadelphia looks to beat Dallas at home for the first time since 2011, as the Eagles scored at least 27 points in each of their seven games as a home favorite last season (6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS).