NFL Week 2 Look Ahead Lines and Betting Market Moves

NFL Week 2 Look-Ahead Lines Add Insight From Bookmaker

Here is a weekly article I provide for TheLines with some insight into the betting market moves and advance look-ahead lines for NFL games including Week 2.

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas provides the advance look-ahead lines each week on Tuesday for the following weeks games, and the FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey has joined in to provide their advance look ahead lines on Wednesday.

Review the Week 2 look ahead lines below, and understand the tendency for many bettors is to over-react to previous weeks scores and results. The look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the linemaker, who is unbiased in setting the lines in advance without the information from the current week’s contests.

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Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the current week’s lines are released. They do this based on not only a potential overreaction to the recent week’s results, but by using information they have on teams, including NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with formulating an opinion and whether they are a believer in some teams or not in others. This can be based on personnel, injuries, situations, stats or angles they want to apply as the season progresses.

NFL Week 2 FanDuel Westgate
Tampa Bay at Carolina CAR -5.5 CAR -4.5
Indianapolis at Tennessee TEN -3 TEN -2.5
LA Chargers at Detroit LAC -3.5 LA -2.5
Buffalo at NY Giants NYG -2.5 NY -1.5
Arizona at Baltimore BAL -9.5 BAL -9.5
New England at Miami NE -9.5 NE -11
Dallas at Washington DAL -3.5 DAL -4.5
Jacksonville at Houston HOU -3.5 HOU -3
Seattle at Pittsburgh PIT -4.5 PIT -3.5
San Francisco at Cincinnati SF -2.5 SF -2.5
Minnesota at Green Bay GB -3.5 GB -3
Kansas City at Oakland KC -6.5 KC -7
New Orleans at LA Rams LAR -2.5 LA -3
Chicago at Denver CHI -1 DEN PK
Philadelphia at Atlanta ATL -1 ATL PK
Cleveland at NY Jets CLE -3 CLE -2.5

There are six division games in Week 2. There is also seven projected home underdogs with three of those division ‘Dogs – Miami, Washington and Oakland, who will likely be without Antonio Brown following his expected suspension by the Raiders. That news caused a major line move for Oakland’s Week 1 home game Monday night against Denver. The betting lines at the Las Vegas sportsbooks  now have the Broncos as a -2.5 point favorite after recently being Pick ’em. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened the Raiders a 3-point favorite back in April, so you can see the market moves and influence as the NFL’s 100th anniversary season kicks off.

Four teams will be playing back-to-back road games to start the season in Week 1 and 2 (Indy, Buffalo, SF and KC). Road teams in this situation are on a 5-22 SU run in Week 2. The 49ers may be in the toughest travel spot with back-to-back road games and traveling West to East for an early Sunday kickoff.

You can bet on it.

Author: FairwayJay

FairwayJay is a leading national sports analyst and is recognized as one of the sports industry's most insightful handicappers and professionals. Follow him on Twitter: @FairwayJay