NFL-Week 2-Sunday football-Games preview

Patriots (-6 ½, 55 ½) at Saints – 1:00 PM EST

New England
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 9/2

The defending champion Patriots hung their Super Bowl banner last Thursday but were chased out of their home stadium by the upstart Chiefs. New England fell to Kansas City, 42-27 as eight-point favorites to suffer only their second opening week loss since 2004. The good news for the Patriots is they dominated as a road favorite last season by going 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS, while not losing a game away from Foxboro in nine tries. Since 2013, the Pats have covered in six of eight opportunities against NFC opponents on the road, while visiting New Orleans for the first time since 2009, when New England was blasted, 38-17.

New Orleans
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 80/1

The Saints return home after dropping a 29-19 decision at Minnesota on Monday night. New Orleans has fared well as a home underdog the last two seasons by posting a 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS record, including victories over Carolina and Seattle last season. This will be the only home contest for the Saints until Week 6 against Detroit as New Orleans heads to Carolina next week before facing the Dolphins in London. The Saints have lost their first two games in four of the last five seasons, while owning a 1-5 record in its past six games at the Superdome in interconference play.

Best Bet: Saints +6 ½

Eagles at Chiefs (-5 ½, 47 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Philadelphia
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 33/1

In Carson Wentz’s rookie season, the Eagles won their road opener at Chicago, but failed to record a victory away from Lincoln Financial Field in their final seven attempts. Philadelphia hopes that trend doesn’t continue in 2017 as the Eagles knocked off the Redskins in D.C. in Week 1 by a 30-17 count as one-point favorites. Wentz threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns to avenge a pair of losses to Washington last season, while the Eagles’ defense limited the Redskins to 264 yards of offense. The Eagles dropped four road games in 2016 by five points or less, while making their first trip to Arrowhead Stadium since 2005 when Philadelphia outlasted Kansas City, 37-31.

Kansas City
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 16/1

The Chiefs pulled off the biggest stunner in Week 1 by upsetting the Patriots, 42-27. Alex Smith connected on a pair of 70+ yard touchdown passes, while Kansas City racked up 21 points in the final quarter to pick up their seventh consecutive road cover since last October. The Chiefs suffered a huge blow in the secondary as cornerback Eric Berry tore his Achilles tendon and is out for the season. Kansas City has not fared well for bettors as a home favorite the last two seasons by posting a 5-11 ATS mark, including three non-covers last season in wins of six points or fewer.

Best Bet: Eagles +5 ½

Vikings at Steelers (-5 ½, 45 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Minnesota
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 20/1

The Vikings won their season opener for the third time in Mike Zimmer’s four seasons as head coach by cruising past the Saints on Monday night, 29-19 as three-point favorites. Sam Bradford put together one of the finest games of his career by completing 27-of-32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, while rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards for the Vikings. Minnesota thrived as a road underdog in 2015 by cashing in all six tries, but reverted back to a 1-3 ATS mark in 2016, with the only victory coming in Week 3 at Carolina.

Pittsburgh
Record: 1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 10/1

The Steelers were one of two teams to pick up a victory and fail to cover as a favorite in Week 1 as Pittsburgh edged Cleveland, 21-18 as 10-point chalk. Although Le’Veon Bell was unimpressive in the opener by racking up only 32 yards on the ground, Antonio Brown lit up the Cleveland secondary for 182 yards on 11 receptions to help Pittsburgh beat Cleveland for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings. The Steelers have won nine of 10 home openers under Mike Tomlin, while going 6-3 in its past nine games against NFC opponents.

Best Bet: Steelers -5 ½

Dolphins at Chargers (-4, 45) – 4:05 PM EST

Miami
Record: 0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS
Super Bowl Odds: 66/1

The Dolphins will finally hit the field after Hurricane Irma wiped out their season opener against the Buccaneers. Coming off a successful 10-6 campaign in Adam Gase’s first season as head coach, Miami will try to duplicate that feat and look for consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 2000-01. Jay Cutler gets the start at quarterback following Ryan Tannehill’s ACL injury in training camp as the Dolphins covered all three games on the west coast last season, including as four-point underdogs in a 31-24 victory over the Chargers.

Los Angeles
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 80/1

The Chargers make their home debut in L.A. after dropping a three-point decision at Denver, 24-21 last Monday. New city, same old story for the Lightning Bolts, who suffered their eighth loss of seven points or less since the start of 2016, while falling to 1-12 in their past 13 divisional matchups. Luckily, the Chargers go outside the AFC West on Sunday, as they have won nine of their past 15 home games against non-divisional opponents since 2014. However, the Dolphins’ defense intercepted Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers four times in last November’s seven-point victory, capped off by Kiko Alonso’s pick-six in the final minute.

Best Bet: Dolphins +4

Cowboys (-2 ½, 42 ½) at Broncos – 4:25 PM EST

Dallas
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS
Super Bowl Odds: 10/1

The Cowboys received great news that running back Ezekiel Elliott would play in Week 1 against the Giants. Elliott rushed for 104 yards in a 19-3 triumph as six-point favorites as Dallas avenged a pair of losses to New York from 2016. Dallas won its first six road contests last season before losing the final two to the Giants and Eagles, while scoring 35 points in each of its two road victories against AFC opponents. Dallas and Denver meet for the first time since an epic contest in 2013 as the Broncos outlasted the Cowboys, 51-48, but Dallas cashed as 7 ½-point home underdogs.

Denver
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS
Super Bowl Odds: 25/1

The Broncos missed the playoffs last season following a Super Bowl victory in 2015. However, the Vance Joseph era is off to a good start after Denver squeezed past Los Angeles, 24-21 to win its sixth consecutive season opener. Denver hasn’t been listed as a home underdog many times over the years, but the Broncos have cashed tickets in four of their past five opportunities in this role, including a 21-20 win in last season’s opener over Carolina.

Best Bet: Cowboys -2 ½

49ers at Seahawks (-14, 42 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

San Francisco
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS
Super Bowl Odds: 250/1

The 49ers are in complete rebuilding mode and it showed in a 23-3 home defeat to the Panthers in Week 1. San Francisco could only muster 217 yards of offense, while losing its 18th straight game to a team not named the Rams since 2015. The Niners have dropped seven consecutive meetings with the Seahawks since the 2013 NFC championship, while losing each of its five visits to Seattle by double-digits. San Francisco hasn’t been worth a look as a road underdog since Jim Harbaugh departed the 49ers after the 2014 season as the team owns a 4-10-1 ATS record in this role the last two seasons.

Seattle
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS
Super Bowl Odds: 10/1

The Seahawks’ offense was nowhere to be found at Lambeau Field in Week 1 as Seattle lost at Green Bay, 17-9. Seattle didn’t reach the end zone, while the Seahawks put up 225 yards to fall to 3-9 ATS in its past 12 road games since 2015. The Seahawks should get a boost returning home, where they have won 20 of their past 24 games at CenturyLink Field, while going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 opportunities as a double-digit home favorite. In the last five home victories over the 49ers, Seattle has topped the 29-point four times, including last season’s 37-18 blowout in Week 3.

Best Bet: Seattle -14

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