NFL Week 2 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

After faltering in their opener on the road last week the Dallas Cowboys will be looking for a better outcome on Sunday afternoon as they return home to take on the Atlanta Falcons as 4.5-point favorites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Cowboys came up short in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, falling 20-17 as a 1-point road favorite at online sports betting sites in that Sunday night matchup. Dak Prescott completed 25 of his 39 pass attempts for 266 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in that losing cause, with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 96 yards and a score on his 22 carries.

The Falcons, meanwhile, didn’t fare any better in their opener, losing 38-25 at home against the Seattle Seahawks as 1-point favorites. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan went 37 of 54 for 450 yards through the air in the game, with Calvin Ridley hauling in a pair of TD catches to go along with his 130 yards. Julio Jones had nine catches for 157 yards of his own on the day.

Week 2 of the NFL season gets underway on Thursday night with the Cleveland Browns set as 6-point favorites at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns are just 3-7 straight up and 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games against the rival Bengals dating back to 2015, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The last five games between the two teams has seen the OVER pay out four times with one PUSH result on the betting totals.

Along with Falcons/Cowboys, the other games on the early-afternoon slate for Sunday are Lions at Packers (-6), Giants at Bears (-6), Jaguars at Titans (-11), Niners (-7) at Jets, Rams (-1.5) at Eagles, Broncos at Steelers (-7.5), Vikings at Colts (-3), Bills (-5.5) at Dolphins, and Panthers at Buccaneers (-9). Tom Brady and company lost their first game of the season 34-23 at New Orleans, with Tampa Bay having been listed as a 4-point underdog in that contest.

Later on Sunday afternoon it’s then Washington at Arizona (-7), Baltimore (-7) at Houston, and Kansas City (-9) at the Chargers. The Patriots then hit the field on Sunday Night Football as 4-point underdogs at Seattle, with New England starting the post-Brady era with a 21-11 win at home over Miami as a 7-point betting favorite. The Saints are then 6.5-point road favorites for Monday Night Football as they take on the relocated Raiders out in Las Vegas.

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