Insider’s Guide to predictions and hot takes for a sport or a game. This edition is from the Tipico Sportsbook Team to share their thoughts from Week 2 and a preview into Week 3.
What we learned from Week 2
Week 2 of the NFL was full of action and excitement. Rivalry matchups, onside kicks, 80-point totals, upsets, and blowouts highlighted this past week’s slate. The Jets, Jags, and Lions all won (to the surprise of many), which hasn’t happened since November of 2017. To put that into perspective, gas was about $2.30 a gallon the last time all three teams won. Though it’s still early, The AFC is looking like a powerhouse with four different teams putting up 60+ points in their first two games!
Week 2 Takeaways
Andre Zammit, VP of Tipico Sportsbook: What was the theme of Week 2? Blowing the lead! We saw three teams squander huge leads ranging from 13-21 points. The Raiders blew a 20-0 lead to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, allowing 16 points in the fourth quarter alone! The Browns watched a 13-point lead turn into nothing as the Jets scored two times in the last 90 seconds! After a hot start, the Ravens blow a 21-point lead in the 4th quarter, allowing 4 touchdowns to the red-hot Miami Dolphins and were handed their first loss of the season.
Vincent Pepe, Quantitative Trading Analyst: The city that never sleeps! All the New York teams (Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants) won on the same day for the first time since 2007! In the midwest, the Denver Broncos are not looking too hot. People and more importantly, the lines have expected them to be better. Though it’s still early, I think we can expect some line changes for the Broncos.
Ryan Taylor, Sportsbook Analyst: Kyler Murray proves that his big contract is worth every penny. He lead the Cardinals to victory, highlighted by an incredible two-point conversion that took 20.8 seconds to score as Murray covered over 85 yards scrambling in one play.We also saw our first shut out of the year as the Colts were blanked in Jacksonville for the third time in the last five seasons.Through the first two weeks, games have been closer than ever as 12 games have been decided by only three points or fewer which is the most through Week 2 in NFL history.
Brian Gilmartin, Sportsbook Analyst: Week 2 was a great week for underdogs in both the moneyline and the spread. Underdogs went 7-9. If you bet $100 on every underdog to win, you would have made a profit of $919! Underdogs had an even better performance against the spread, with a staggering 10-6 record! There’s always a lot of uncertainty at the start of the season, so it’s a great time to take an underdog.
From our book to you, let's take a look at the most interesting plays from the weekend.
Most Bet on Player Props Week 2
Did you take any of our most popular play props?
- Cooper Kupp Anytime TD (-160)
- Saquon Barkely Anytime TD (-140)
- Nick Chubb Anytime TD (-125)
- Davante Adams Anytime TD (-180)
- Deebo Samuel Anytime TD (-130)
Most Bet on Games
Top 5 games with the most bets received.
- Bears at Packers
- Bengals at Cowboys
- Texans at Broncos
- Dolphins at Ravens
- Jets at Browns
Biggest WOWs from Week 2
Money left on the board. Pregame Odds that cashed out.
- Cowboys moneyline +250
- Jets moneyline +210
- Allen Lazard Anytime TD +200
- Josh Palmer Anytime TD +245
- Arizona Cardinals moneyline +190
Biggest Shift in Odds:
Changes in odds after Week 2 performances. Are you taking any of these long shots after opening weekend?
- Jameis Winston MVP: from +5000 to +8000
- Tua Tagovailoa MVP: from +4000 to +1500
- Colts to win the Super Bowl: from +2000 to +4000
- Russell Wilson MVP: from +1500 to +3000
- Dolphins to win the Super Bowl: from +3000 to +2000
Week 3 Game to Watch
Andre Zammit: Bills @ Dolphins. This is going to be a thriller! Firepower offense vs firepower defense! The Dolphins are buzzing, but it seems pretty much close to impossible to stop Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. The Dolphins are ready for another score-fest but will be tested vs one of the best defenses in the league.
Vincent Pepe: Bills @ Dolphins: Can Tua keep it up against the league's best defense? Can the Dolphins stop an electric Bills offense? So many questions to be answered that will set the tone for the rest of the season.
Ryan Taylor: Rams @ Cardinals. Coming off an electric comeback victory on the road in Las Vegas, the Cardinals open as 4.5-point underdogs at home against the Rams in a playoff rematch from last year. With both teams 1-1, this is already an important game to gain ground in the battle for the NFC West.
Brian Gilmartin: Bills @ Dolphins. With the Dolphins coming off their huge fourth quarter comeback win against the Ravens, we get to see them tested again against the AFC’s best. This could easily be a preview of a postseason matchup.
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