The New York Jets almost pulled off an improbable upset against the New England Patriots on Thursday night, setting the stage for a risky Week 2.
NFL betting should always be approached with caution, and the opening weeks are particularly dangerous. The best decision is probably to just play it safe and save your cash for the second half of the season.
However, sometimes shaking that early-season craving is easier said than done. If you're feeling bold, look to ride the following underdogs in Week 2.
BUFFALO BILLS (+3) over Carolina Panthers
Like the Jets, the Buffalo Bills came within a few plays of upsetting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots early this season.
E.J. Manuel will face another tough defense in Week 2, as the Carolina Panthers are coming to town. However, the rookie showed good poise in his debut, and he should be able to bank on solid performances from running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
The duo combined for 230 total yards on 39 touches in Week 1.
DALLAS COWBOYS (+3) over Kansas City Chiefs
These are two of the most unpredictable teams in the league, but I like the Cowboys to improve to 2-0 this season.
The Cowboys survived a wild game against the New York Giants in Week 1, prevailing 36-31. Despite taking a vicious shot to the ribs just before halftime, Tony Romo delivered a good effort.
The polarizing quarterback completed 36 of 49 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. With a week to rest his midsection, I’m expecting a similar output from him on Sunday.
The Chiefs played well in Andy Reid’s debut, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are essentially a college team right now. Look for Dallas to win this one on the road.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+6) over Chicago Bears
The Vikings lost to the Detroit Lions last week, but I’m expecting Adrian Peterson and Co. to rebound in the Windy City.
Peterson was fantastic in the season opener, rushing for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Considering he averaged 131 yards per game against the Bears last season, look for him to build on his season debut.
The Bears have a strong offense and Charles Tillman will likely have a field day against Christian Ponder. However, I like Minnesota to pull off the narrow upset.
All odds courtesy of www.footballlocks.com