Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 2 PREVIEWS –
EXAMINING ALL THE KEY NUMBERS
Okay, so a whole heckuva lot has been made of the fact that the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are 18.5-point betting favorites for their Week 2 tilt in Miami here on this third Sunday in September …
But did you realize the Patriots – fresh off last Sunday Night’s 33-3 pound-it-out win against the 5.5-point underdog Pittsburgh Steelers – are now a collective 37-17-1 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites since the start of the 2016 campaign?
In other words, if there’s anyone out there in NFL-land that can keep on being “bet up” than it’s these Patriots who opened here as 15-point favs and it’s been climbing ever since.
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NFL WEEK 2
SEATTLE (1-0) at PITTSBURGH (0-1) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
History says the Steelers generally “rebound” from blowout losses: Mike Tomlin’s team is a perfect 6-and-oh spreadwise following losses of 20+ points the past eight years and now we’ll see what’s in the tank for Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger and Co. who last week were limited to single digits on the scoreboard for the first time in some 29 games. Seattle, meanwhile, needs to regain the line of scrimmage after allowing Cincinnati to hold the ball for some 36 minutes in last weekend’s squeaker 21-20 non-cover win.
Spread Note – What home-field advantage for these Steelers? The AFC North crew is just 17-17-1 versus the vig at Heinz Field the past four-plus seasons.
MINNESOTA (1-0) at GREEN BAY (1-0) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
The last time these clubs clashed at historic Lambeau Field (see Week 2 a year ago) folks witnessed a rare 29-29 tie: Now, the key number here is 43 … the totals price has come down (it opened at 46 points) and maybe that’s because both of these defenses were uber-stout in wins a week ago. If Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook (111 yards rushing and two TDs in the 28-12 win /cover versus Atlanta last Sunday) can dart-and-dash his way to another 100-plus yard tilt here against a Green Bay “D” that allowed only 46 yards rushing to Chicago in Week 1, then the roadsters could pull off the mild upset.
Spread Note – The Vikings have covered six of the last nine games played in this NFC North rivalry.
NEW ORLEANS (1-0) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
The “Game of the Day” has a true Hollywood feel to it: After all, the Saints are in a major revenge mode following last year’s much-analyzed 26-23 overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game where the “zebras” ruled the roost in the end. But did you know N’Orleans scored only 10 points following the first quarter in that bash and Saints’ WR Michael Thomas finished with only four catches for 36 yards?
From the gotta-see-it department: The Rams rushed the ball 32 times and QB Jared Goff threw it 39 times in last week’s 30-27 win at 1.5-point dog Carolina but odds are RBs Todd Gurley / Malcolm Brown will get more than their 25 combined carries here as LA attempts to play keep-away from Saints’ slinger Drew Brees.
Spread Note – Since the start of the 2014 season, the Saints are 20-8-1 ATS as underdog sides.
On Sunday Night, it’s …
PHILADELPHIA (1-0) at ATLANTA (0-1) – 8:20p.m. ET, NBC
Here’s the lowdown: The Eagles have secured 6- and 5-point home wins against the Falcons these past two seasons including that high-wire act 15-10 triumph in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Round back in 2017.
Obviously, the oddsmakers have tussled with this prime-timer – the game opened at Pick ‘Em, went up to Philly – 2.5 points at one stage and now’s come down to Eagles minus a point. Speaking of numbers here’s something to watch for: The Eagles last year ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass and last week Washington journeyman QB Case Keenum threw for 380 yards. Have a feeling Atlanta QB Matt Ryan – who threw 46 passes in that blowout loss in Minnesota in Week 1 – could be chuckin’ it 50+ times here.
Spread Note – Gotta hand it to the Eagles who’ve covered 12 of their last 20 road games dating back to late 2016.
NOTE: Catch our Monday Night Football preview – that’s the Cleveland Browns at the New York Jets -- plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.