Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Washington Football Team. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP
NFL Week 1 was absolutely full of excitement and surprises. The Cowboys almost beat the Super Bowl champions, despite a rookie quarterback. Then there was the Atlanta Falcons team that didn’t look like the Falcons team that their new head coach Arthur Smith had prompt us for. There’s also nothing new about the San Francisco 49ers. They are, despite winning, already plagued with the injury plague. The Packers look like a team of peewees with Aaron Rodgers, MVP, front and center. Does he have a shilling? Possibly….
Anyway, it’s Week 2 which means a clean slate and now that we caught a real glimpse at what to expect this season from these teams, it should be a better week of betting.
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New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team
Thursday, September 16, 2021 – 8:20 PM EDT at FedExField
Will this week’s Thursday night game be as entertaining as Week 1’s? We have to believe. On Sunday, the Washington Football Team lost its season opener against the LA Chargers. The good news is that the New York Giants had a worse performance after losing 27-13 to the Denver Broncos. Not to mention the fact that the score could have been a lot worse for New York if they didn’t score a garbage-time touchdown at 27-7.
Washington’s bad news is that Ryan Fitzpatrick, their starting quarterback, was hurt in the game. Fitzpatrick will be going to the injured reserve on Monday. Taylor Heinicke replaced him, finishing the day with 11-for-15 and 122 yards. Washington remains the favorite team despite not having a quarterback. The Giants managed 314 yards offense and allowed only 420 yards against the Broncos in a 27-13 defeat.
The Washington Football Team’s #14 Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP
They also managed just 60 yards on the ground which came from quarterback Daniel Jones. Meanwhile, running back Saquon Barkley carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards. The Giants will attempt to avoid an 0-2 start for the eighth time in nine year. Can they do it? Chase Young, Washington’s defensive end, will be a formidable opponent.
NFL Pick: Washinton Football Team -3 (-115) with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
Washinton Football Team -3 (-115)
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 1:00 PM EDT at Bank of America Stadium
On Sunday, we learned that the New Orleans Saints don’t need Drew Brees after a 38-3 blowout win against the Green Bay Packers and that quite frankly…the Packers don’t need Aaron Rodgers either.
Jameis Winston, the New Saints’ starting quarterback, threw five touchdowns from the 20 he tried. There were 171 rushing yards in the ground game. However, this is not enough to compensate for the absence from No. New Orleans will need more from Alvin Kamara. Alvin Kamara caught only three passes for eight yards.
Another year, another Carolina Panthers quarterback. Sam Darnold made his franchise debut against the New York Jets. Darnold threw for 279 yard and a touchdown. He also ran one in himself for two-touchdown games.
Winston may have enjoyed a field day in Week 1 but a repeat performance of five touchdowns against a strong Carolina defense featuring Jaycee Horn and Jeremy Chinn seems unlikely. Expect former interception king to throw some interceptions.
NFL Pick: Carolina Panthers +3 ½ (-110) with Bovada
Carolina Panthers +3 ½(-110)
Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns
Sunday, September 19,2021 – 1:00 PM EDT at FirstEnergy Stadium
Could the Cleveland Browns be headed to the Super Bowl? It’s still too early to tell, but even with a 33-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they looked like real contenders at the beginning. Kansas City won despite trailing the Browns by 12 points at halftime.
Houston defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by 37-21. Tyrod Taylor, who was without Deshaun Watson due to personal reasons, took the field and threw 291 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans’ defense energy matched their offense and intercepted No. 1 overall draft pick, Trevor Lawrence, three times.
Taylor looked great and the defense was solid, but it was against a rookie quarterback with a rookie head coach. Houston’s defense might have known how to stop the lackluster Jacksonville Jaguars, but they’re going to have a tough time putting a stop to running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
This spread is huge, but Baker Mayfield will be back and the Browns will learn from their mistakes and play all the way. These Super Bowl contenders can win with a two-touchdown victory.
NFL Pick: Cleveland Browns -12 1/2 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Cleveland Browns -12 1/2 (-110)
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 1:00 PM EDT at Lincoln Financial Field
It wasn’t their best performance, but the San Francisco 49ers managed to hold off a Detroit Lions in Week 1 for a 41-33 victory. The Niners suffered a devastating blow to their secondary when cornerback Jason Verrett was injured in an ACL tear that ended his season. Raheem Mostert, their starting running back, also suffered a knee injury. He will remain out of action for the next eight week. Backup running backs JaMycal hasty, and rookie Eli Mitchell, took over and each scored touchdowns.
The Bay Area team will now face the Philadelphia Eagles, who won a convincing 32-6 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons’ first-year coach was criticized for failing to prepare his team for Week 1 The good news? Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers are a better team than what we saw from the Falcons against the Eagles.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP
The being said, we will find out for sure this week if the Philadelphia Eagles are actually good under new head coach Nick Sirianni and second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, or did they just beat up a bad team?
NFL Pick: San Francisco 49ers -3 ½ (-108) with BetOnline
San Francisco 49ers -3 ½ (-108)
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 4:05 PM EDT at Raymond James Stadium
Speaking of the Atlanta Falcons, their schedule just got even harder this week after a brutal performance vs. Philly. Now, they’re on the road to take on the GOAT Tom Brady and his Super Bowl team. The Bucs were unable to overcome a strong Cowboys team, but managed to win. They will have to make it easier against the Falcons defense and offense.
Hopefully, head coach Arthur Smith can fix the Falcons’ problems, but there are way too many for him to do so in just 5 days. His own play-calling problems are also a problem. The Falcons’ offensive line is very brittle and they still don’t have an answer at left guard, for the fourth straight season. Matt Ryan was sacked three times last weekend and two were by the same defender, Javon Hargrave, whom Falcons rookie left guard Jalen Mayfield was paired up with for most of the game.
Arthur Smith, Atlanta Falcons head coach. Todd Kirkland/Getty Images/AFP
It’s also going to be a long day for Atlanta’s defensive who faces a pick your poison Bucs’ offense. Hopefully 2002 16th pick A.J. Terrell can step up against speedster Mike Evans, but I wouldn’t put my money on it. It’s going to be another long season for Atlanta fans.
NFL Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -12 (-108) with BetOnline
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -12(-108)
Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Chargers
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 4:25 PM EDT at SoFi
Dak Prescott came off a gruesome leg injury and shocked the world last week after nearly beating the reigning Super Bowl champs. When blitzed, Prescott threw for an impressive 188 yards and three touchdowns. Now he’s set to face a much weaker LA defense and should thrive. The rest he’ll get from not playing last Sunday will make it worth the extra nights.
Justin Herbert, the second-year quarter, could be leading the Charges to an MVP nomination this season. He boasts all of the natural talents it takes to be an elite pass and has a better offensive line this season, so there’s hope for him to find the holes in Dallas’ secondary.
Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP
Due to COVID-19, the Cowboys were without their All-Pro guard in Zack Martin which was a deciding factor at first, but Dallas ended up surrendering just one sack on 62 dropbacks vs. Tampa. Against a lesser defense, Prescott should find success running the ball with Ezekiel Elliott and make bigger pass plays to CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper.
NFL Pick: Dallas Cowboys +3 (-108) with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)
Dallas Cowboys +3 (-108)
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