Schedule, Odds And Expert Predictions Against The Spread
Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season is coming up quick, starting off with the first true Thursday Night Football game of the year presented by NFL Network. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to take on the Carolina Panthers in an all NFC South showdown for the opening game on the Week 2 schedule, giving fans just a small glimpse at some professional football before an action-packed Sunday. There are 14 contests on tap to cap off the weekend, beginning with a frenzied 10-game flurry of early kickoffs at 1 p.m. ET and settling down in the late afternoon with a trio of matchups that will be headlined by an NFC Championship Game rematch between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. The Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns are the two final primetime games of Week 2, taking place on Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, respectively, to close out the slate.
Last week, bettors finally got a taste last week of some meaningful professional football to wager on for the first time in a long while. Whether you won or lost during the 2019 NFL season openers in Week 1, it’s time to get back on the horse and make your plays for Week 2. There is still a ton of value to be found on the board as both the public and bookmakers race to identify how each team will perform this year. Wise gamblers will take advantage of the discrepancies in how clubs are performing out of the gate versus the perception of how they should play—much of which relies heavily on last year’s showings—that heavily impacts how shops set their betting lines in these early weeks. If you need some advice on where to look for this value, you have come to the right spot.
Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com is on fire to start the 2019 NFL season. Last week he hit on 75% of his Sunday picks for readers, including an easy cover for his “NFL Week 1 Best Bet” of the Dallas Cowboys over the New York Giants. The Vegas expert is once again back with another round of predictions for you to enjoy, but before getting to his top plays for the second week of the new campaign, have a look at the full schedule, start times, TV channels, live stream sites, opening odds and more for each Week 2 game of the 2019 NFL season.
NFL Week 2 TV Schedule And Odds
|Time (ET)||Matchup (TV)||Odds||Total|
|Thursday, Sept. 12|
|8:20 p.m.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (NFLN)||CAR -6.5||49|
|Sunday, Sept. 15|
|1 p.m.||Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (CBS)||TEN -3||45|
|1 p.m.||Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions (CBS)||LAC -2.5||48|
|1 p.m.||Buffalo Bills at New York Giants (CBS)||BUF -2||44|
|1 p.m.||Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (FOX)||BAL -13.5||47|
|1 p.m.||New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)||NE -19.5||48|
|1 p.m.||Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FOX)||DAL -5||47|
|1 p.m.||Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS)||HOU -8.5||44|
|1 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)||PIT -4||47|
|1 p.m.||San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)||CIN -1.5||45|
|1 p.m.||Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (FOX)||GB -3||44|
|4:05 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (CBS)||KC -7.5||53|
|4:25 p.m.||New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (FOX)||LAR -3||53|
|4:25 p.m.||Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (FOX)||CHI -2.5||41|
|8:20 p.m.||Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (NBC)||PHI -1.5||51|
|Monday, Sept. 16|
|8:15 p.m.||Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (ESPN)||CLE -2.5||45|
NFL Week 2 Betting Trends
- The Carolina Panthers have outright won five of their last six games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The total has also gone under in five of the last six meetings between these NFC South rivals. The Panthers are 6.5-point home favorites for their Thursday Night Football clash with the Bucs, a game that currently has a total set at 49 points.
- The New York Giants are 5-1 straight-up over their last six matchups with the Buffalo Bills. The total has gone UNDER in six of the last nine games involving these franchises. The G-Men will try to avoid losing two games in a row to start a season for the sixth time in the last seven years by beating the Bills, who came from a 16-0 deficit to best the New York Jets in Week 1 in a game also played at MetLife Stadium. Buffalo is a two-point road favorite for this contest, which has an over/under of 44 points.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five of their last six home games against the Seattle Seahawks. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five bouts between these clubs at Heinz Field. The Steelers were decimated by the New England Patriots on national television this past Sunday evening and need to get back on track with a “W” over the 1-0 Seahawks. The Steelers are favored by four, while the total for this game is going off at 47 points.
- The Los Angeles Rams are 5-0 against the spread over their last five home games against the New Orleans Saints. These teams are gearing up for a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship tilt, a game that swung on the now infamous non-pass interference call that sent the Rams to the Super Bowl. LA is favored to once again win in the rematch, opening as three-point home chalk.
NFL Week 2 Best Bet
Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints
This is the biggest game of Week 2 for the average football fan, pitting together two of the league’s top teams that both have Super Bowl aspirations to conclude the 2019 NFL season. They both come into this matchup undefeated, but neither had any breathing room in their opening victories. The Rams escaped with a 30-27 road “W” over the Panthers, staving off a fourth quarter comeback attempt to avoid the dreaded Super Bowl loser’s hangover. The Saints were even more fortunate, going down a point with less than a minute to go against the Texans. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees was able to lead the offense into field goal range, however, before kicker Will Lutz nailed a game-winning 58-yarder that won both the game and the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week award. These outcomes have set up an epic clash early in the season that will serve as a measuring stick to see where each of these budding rivals stands.
J.B. Long highlighted how elite both offenses involved in this game have been during the last few seasons:
Since 2017, as McVay turned #LARams around & New Orleans resurfaced, look how close they’ve been (postseason included):@Rams: 27-10 | 29.9 ppg | +283 differential@Saints: 27-10 | 29.2 ppg | +278 differential
>> All figures are top 2 in the NFC (ESPN Stats & Info) pic.twitter.com/tD2rx7rSlz
— J.B. Long (@JB_Long) September 11, 2019
Oddsmakers like the Rams to move to 2-0 with a win at the Coliseum, installing the squad as a three-point favorite. That line should come as no surprise, as these teams were as evenly matched as you could get during their last bout in the playoffs, with the Rams getting just a slight edge for having homefield advantage for this Week 2 matchup. The Saints were similarly three-point chalk back in January, but were not able to cover at the Superdome in the heartbreaking, 26-23 defeat. The total for that game fell under the total of 49 points, while the over/under for this one is set at 53, the highest total on the board during the Week 2 schedule.
You can be sure both coaches will be watching the tape from their opponent’s respective opener closely, something Rams HC Sean McVay said he needed to give a better assessment of how the Saints look this year compared to last, but still praised how consistent the organization has been in recent years (via TurfShowTimes.com):
They’ve had an incredible amount of success over time. I thought their defense was outstanding down the stretch. They played as good as anybody when you go from, I want to say the halfway point through the end of last year. They’re going to be a great challenge. Their offense has consistently been one of the best units in the league over the last handful of years since (Saints Head Coach) Sean (Payton) and (Saints QB) Drew (Brees) have been there. It’s a great challenge, they did a great job on special teams. They’ve got some different variations and some specialty-type players that make it problematic for you. They’re a great football team. You see why they were the No. 1 seed in the NFC last year. We’re looking forward to a great challenge and hopefully a great week of preparation.
This will be the fourth time since the start of the 2016 season that the Rams and Saints have faced off. The teams have split those contests two games apiece, with LA winning the only postseason showdown in that span. The Saints picked up a critical double-digit victory in Week 9 of the regular season last year, becoming the first team to best the Rams in 2018, paving the way for the club to win the NFC’s regular season crown and earn homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. This clash doesn’t have the same sort of stakes due to its early positioning on the 2019 NFL season schedule, but the winner absolutely will have a leg up on earning a bye in January.
Because of how meaningful of a game this is, and the stature of both parties involved, it’s shaping up to be one of the hardest matchups to predict for not only Week 2, but for the entire 2019 NFL season. Jon Price believes that the wise play is to go with the Saints, who will be hungry for vengeance after coming up just short last year. The league went as far as changing the pass interference rules during the offseason due to the controversial no-call in the NFC Championship, allowing coaches to challenge plays like the one that cost New Orleans a shot at another Super Bowl berth.
SB Nation pointed out that fans in the Big Easy haven’t forgotten how their team was wronged by the referees in the playoffs:
hey you think the Saints forgot about that game vs the Rams? pic.twitter.com/g8WOwPlbDh
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 9, 2019
The kind of losses that the Saints suffered back in January tend to linger on players and chances for vengeance like the one that New Orleans will have on Sunday don’t come around often, so expect the players to take full advantage of it. New Orleans has also been the better team in regular season meetings between these foes, having won two of the last three and covering in both. Snatch the points here for safety and watch as the Saints come away with a narrow victory in Week 2’s biggest game.
Pick: Saints +3
Prediction: Saints 28 – Rams 27
Bonus Week 2 Predictions
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
Pick: Dolphins +19.5
Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Cardinals +13.5
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Steelers -4