NFL Monday Night Football Week 2 Doubleheader
The NFL will be moving more Monday Night Football programming to ABC, in partnership with ESPN, to simulcast 10 more MNF games than originally anticipated between now and the end of the year due to the ongoing Hollywood strikes. The Monday Night Football Week 2 doubleheader and division duels between the Saints-Panthers and Browns-Steelers with be shown on the two networks. High volume watch and wager action is expected after a record-breaking viewership of 22.6 million watched the NFL Week 1 Jets-Bills OT game (a ‘Dog winner for us on Jets).
Read more of my Monday Night Football Week 2 doubleheader coverage in Forbes, along with insight, analysis, picks and props.
- New Orleans at Carolina (+3), Total 39.5
- Cleveland at Pittsburgh (+2.5), Total 38.5
I have no side play as part of my NFL underdog picks, which went just 1-2 in Week 2 and are now 4-3 ATS this season and 58% over the past six seasons posting weekly at Off Shore Gaming Association and Vegas Sports Zone. Hopefully those following along and/or betting added the Colts slight road ‘Dog winner to your bets as I discussed in my NFL Week 2 underdog picks with added analysis by insightful sports betting analyst Dr. Bob.
I did make some totals and prop plays, and have opinions on both games ‘under’ the total, despite the 14 Week 2 games averaging 50.8 points per game and 12 games going ‘over’ the total.
The Steelers ran the ball 10 times for 41 yards in their 30-7 Week 1 home loss to the 49ers. the game. Both were NFL lows in Week 1. That has to improve for a chance to win vs the Browns. Through 2 weeks with these two MNF games pending, teams that run the ball at least 30 times in a game are 17-2 SU and 16-1 ATS. Teams that run the ball less than 23 times in a game are 1-16 SU and 5-12 ATS (where else would you get that information?).
Also, Pittsburgh’s offensive line surrendered a 46% pressure rate in week 1 (4th-worst), and now RT Chukwuma Okorafor is banged up. The Browns, under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, had a 41% blitz rate in week 1 (4th-highest) and a 28% man coverage rate (8th-highest).