Week 1 of the NFL season still has one game left as the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets collide in a much-anticipated matchup on Monday Night Football. However, it’s not too early to look ahead to Week 2’s slate. Jumping on early Las Vegas NFL odds can maximize winning bets.
Which NFL lines should we bet on ASAP before they shift? We have a couple of tantalizing picks for this week’s edition of hurry up and bet.
Packers-Falcons Opens as Pick ‘Em
Say a quick prayer for Chicago Bears fans. Some questioned if the Green Bay Packers’ dominance over Chicago would end after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was traded. So much for that. Jordan Love picked up where Rodgers left off, finishing with 245 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 123.2 passer rating.
After totaling 329 yards in the dominant 38-20 win, bettors could be looking to back the Pack. The defense did its part too, holding Chicago to 122 rushing yards. Remember, the Bears featured the league’s top rushing attack last season (177.3 yards per game). Green Bay’s defense also forced two turnovers, including linebacker Quay Walker’s pick-six.
The final score would suggest Atlanta dominated Carolina. Don’t be fooled, though. The Falcons didn’t go up by 14 points until the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. The defense looked much improved, led by safety Jessie Bates III (10 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble).
However, quarterback Desmond Ridder recorded only 115 passing yards. Atlanta’s passing offense must improve if it is to be a serious threat for the postseason.
The Packers, on the other hand, were simply dominant. There are no deceiving stats or big doubts after their dominant win. Most betting could be on Green Bay. Jump on the line before it’s too late.
NFL Pick: Green Bay Packers pk (-110)
By far the play call of the day for the Packers — everybody’s favorite: Leak.
A call so good that even after dropping the snap, Jordan Love had a chunk play no matter where he looked. pic.twitter.com/Gc5OplwrPR
— Daire Carragher (@DaireCarragher) September 11, 2023
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AFC North Headed South?
It was a rough week for the AFC North, which was advertised as one of the NFL’s top divisions ahead of the season. The Cincinnati Bengals, who the sportsbook has as the third choice to win the AFC (+650), was crushed by the Cleveland Browns (24-3).
The Pittsburgh Steelers were demolished by the San Francisco 49ers (30-7). The Baltimore Ravens took a while to find their footing, leading the Houston Texans 7-6 at halftime.
Cleveland looked great, but outside of that, there weren’t many positives in the North. The Ravens visit the Bengals for a crucial Week 2 matchup. Baltimore (+200) and Cincinnati (+200) remain the NFL betting favorites to win the division. Early odds have the Bengals as 3½-point favorites.
The projected total of 46½ caught my eye. Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow did not look sharp in NFL Week 1. Jackson totaled 169 passing yards with a 79.5 passer rating. Burrow had an abysmal 82 passing yards with a 52.2 passer rating.
Burrow is the butt of jokes across the league. Fans are berating the Bengals, claiming Burrow no longer wants to play football after signing his massive five-year, $275 million contract.
While it is a good joke, Burrow is still clearly one of the league’s brightest stars. Week 1 was a rough day at the office, to say the least.
Ultimately, with both offenses stumbling to open the season, the under for the Raven-Bengals looks like a favorable bet.
NFL Pick: Ravens vs Bengals Under 46½ (-107)