After a few surprises in the opening week of the NFL Regular Season, week 2 is already near, as we take a look at several key games over the forthcoming weekend, along with a recommended bet on each.
Last week, just one of the three selections came to fruition, with the Browns surprising many and keeping the Steelers to a three point margin, while the Falcons fell a point short of their -7 point spread against the Bears.
New England Patriots @ New Orleans Saints (6pm Sunday)
The Patriots visit the Saints, looking to bounce back from the surprising defeat to the Chiefs, as New England conceded three fourth quarter touchdowns to lose by 42-27. More worrying for the “Pats” was that last season the longest completed TD throw conceded was just 26 yards, yet on opening night they succumbed to two 75+ yard TD.
The Saints were also beaten in week one, with a 29-19 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. The defence struggled despite new signings, with the Vikings Quarterback, able to hit 27 of 32 attempted passes and no turnovers, while in offense, Drew Brees struggled with the ball.
In straight win/loss betting, the Patriots are massive odds on favourites, despite the first week mishap, but with the Saints defence up against Tom Brady, who will be looking for improvement too, a Patriots victory looks very likely.
Patriots -10 point spread at 6/4
Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Broncos (9:25pm Sunday)
The Cowboys travel to Colorado, to take on the Broncos, with both sides looking to continue their winning starts to the season.
The Cowboys impressed in the 19-3 win over the Giants last week, in a superb defensive performance that shut out their opponents in three of the four quarters and reduced their opponents to just 35 rushing yards, although offensively, there is work to be done.
The Broncos narrowly beat the Chargers, 24-21, after withstanding a final quarter surge, which poses a question of how strong the Bronco’s really are defensively, while going forward, they will need to improve to half a chance of further success.
This could end up being a low scoring game, with both offenses likely to struggle once again. The Cowboys performance last week, gives them an advantage however and I can see them winning for the first time after losing five previous meetings.
Cowboys -4 point spread @7/4
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons (1:30am Monday)
Two sides expected to be in the mix for divisional play-off places meet in the Falcons first match at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, with the Packers expected to offer a tough test for the hosts.
The Packers completed a strong 17-9 win over the Seahawks last week, with the defence limiting their opponents to three kicking scores and 225 yards of total offensive movement.
The Falcons high scoring offense looked at a little ring rusty in the 23-17 victory over an okay Bears side in week one, but it was the stopping power of the defence that won the game on Sunday, with four sacks and a late play that arguably won them the game After last season’s free scoring team, this could be what the Falcons need to go further and win a Super Bowl.
The Falcons brushed aside the Packers in the NFC Championship game last season, 44-21, but a repeat of that looks unlikely, although if the Falcons offense shake off the “rust”, then the Packers will have their first real defensive test of the season. A closer result than expected, looks likely here.
Falcons to WIn by 1 to 6 points @3/1
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