Week 2 of the NFL Regular Season kicks off with a bang as AFC West giants Denver and Kansas City play on Thursday night. The Chiefs are a three-point favorite representing the first time KC has been favored over the Broncos since Peyton Manning arrived in Denver.
In all six of those matchups the Broncos not only won outright, but won by at least a touchdown. In fact, Denver has outscored Kansas City by a combined 80 points in those six games. But with the Broncos managing a measly 219 yards of total offense (including 150 yards passing), the betting public is all over the Chiefs in Thursday’s contest.
After a big win against one of the favorites to win the AFC, Buffalo gets another stiff test this Sunday when they host New England. The Patriots won their season opener by a touchdown against Pittsburgh last Thursday, and come into this game with a few days of extra rest. Buffalo opened as a small home underdog, but have been bet up to a pick ‘em as of this writing.
Another big line move has the Tennessee Titans as a small road favorite in Cleveland. Some of that line movement is due to Cleveland likely starting backup quarterback Johnny Manziel, while the main reason is the Titans dismantling of Tampa Bay last week while the Browns were crushed by the Jets.
Offense figures to rule the day when the New York Giants visit the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is coming off a big win vs. the Eagles on Monday night, while the Giants took a tough loss at Dallas. Eli Manning likely won’t tell his players to not score this time around, and the 51-point total is the second-highest of the entire NFL weekend.
According to this online sportsbook, the highest total is 55.5-points, and no surprise it’s on the Eagles game. Philly looks to rebound from that loss when they host Dallas in one of the late afternoon games on Sunday. Cowboys are a 5.5-point underdog and will be without the services of WR Dez Bryant. Tough loss for this matchup as the Eagles offense came to life in the second half against Atlanta and the Cowboys will need to bring their A-game offensively to keep up with the Philly scoring unit.
The Sunday Night Football matchup of Seattle vs. Green Bay is a rematch of the NFC Championship Game last year, won by Seattle in overtime. That sets up a big revenge spot for the Packers here, and the home team has won the last four meetings in this series dating back to 2009. Green Bay is a 3.5-point favorite, up a half-point from the opening number.
We’ll be back next week to highlight the marquee games and line moves for next weekend’s NFL Week 3 card.