Underdogs dominated Week 1 as is usually the case. But we’re banking on two more underdogs, the biggest in fact, to come through for Week 2. We’re looking at these two dogs and pleasing their spreads as we expect them to prove their Week 1 performances were no fluke. Bet online for these underestimated squads to take home a pleaser that pays 3-1.
NFL Week 2: Two-Way 3-Point Pleaser
Houston Texans (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
When: Sun, Sept. 19 (1: p.m. ET)
Point Spread: Texans +13
The Texans destroyed NFL predictions last week by beating up on the Jaguars 37-21. Houston’s offense was on fire and its defense forced three interceptions. That performance did not move the needle at all as it enters Cleveland as the biggest underdog for Week 2.
The Browns lost a close one against the Chiefs and led for most of the game. They put up 457 total yards and a whopping 8.2 yards per play. They return home where they are expected to stay hot and blow out the Texans. But that may not be easy as the NFL betting odds indicate.
Cleveland only went 3-5 against the spread (ATS) at home last season and has not covered against Houston since 2007 (0-6). The Browns have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL so it’s hard to envision this team flunking if one or two parts of their game underachieve.
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Still, the Texans displayed an aggressive style of playmaking last week. Coach David Culley knows about the pessimistic narrative surrounding his team but he has the players playing hard and believing in themselves. There are veterans here who have plenty to prove and assistant coach and defensive coordinator Lovie Smith has helped give the defense some structure.
But the Texans will need to prove their run defense has improved if they look to avoid getting blown out. Zach Cunningham is a stud linebacker but this team finished dead last in the league in stopping the run last season. They limited the Jaguars to just 76 rushing yards thanks to pounding Jacksonville early.
A similar aggressive mentality is needed going against the Browns. But expect a low-scoring and defensive-driven game either way as Houston keeps Cleveland on its toes.
Detroit Lions (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-0)
When: Mon, Sept. 20 (8:15 p.m. ET)
Point Spread: Lions +11½
From underdog to the next. The Lions join the Texans as the only double-digit underdogs for this week. It’s not a surprise considering they’re supposed to be the two worst teams in the league. The Lions may have lost last week, but they roared back against the 49ers and proved they are not a doormat.
Their division rival, the Packers, had an even worse showing in Week 1. The team scored just three points, the fewest in the Aaron Rodgers era. But the online sports betting spread denotes this as an aberration and they should blow out the Lions in Lambeau, right?
Green Bay is only 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings with Detroit. In fact, the Lions have outscored the Packers 265 to 235 in this span. Detroit is 3-1 ATS in their last four trips to Lambeau.
Even if Rodgers and the Packers’ offense bounces back, which they should, the Packers’ defense could still give up points to the Lions. This unit overachieved last season but still finished in the bottom-six in pressure percent and was just 24th in expected points contributed by their rushing defense.
If Lions’ quarterback Jared Goff can light up the Niners, he can light up the Packers if they slip. Detroit may just roll into Lambeau and play the Packers to the last possession.