Week 1 of the NFL season was a whirlwind, but one that made some bettors a lot of money. This week, we’re trying to use our newly knowledge to make the right picks in Week 2.
Week 1 was literally insane in the NFL. Super Bowl contenders like the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers lost outright at home. The Green Bay Packers almost lost Aaron Rogers, up until he made a miraculous comeback on national TV. Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to flip flop from really good to awful and back again. The Miami Dolphins took literally all day to upset the Tennessee Titans.
Just because there were some surprises doesn’t mean there wasn’t some things we already knew. Nathan Peterman is an awful, awful football player. We knew that coming into Week 1. Tyreek Hill is faster than all of us put together, and his pairing with Patrick Mahomes is very exciting. Tom Brady wins games. That’s about as easy to take to the bank as anything.
Last week, we didn’t do too bad, but nothing to go home about. Winning nine games, and pushing on another will win you money every week, but won’t get anyone too excited. Now that we know the NFL a little better, it’s time to start winning some real money. Or, maybe we don’t know anything and everything from week one was a smoke screen. Who knows.
There will be some surprises this week and some things that end up being very predictable. That’s what makes football so great. If everything happened as we predicted, there would be no point in watching. We would not like the wins as much, and these picks would be pointless.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get back to making money. Here are the week 1 picks against the spread.
Last Week: 9-6-1
As usual, we will use the Westgate lines for this exercise.
Baltimore Ravens (-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Thursday Night Football starts our week off with a really weird line. The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals both had impressive wins this weekend. The Ravens annihilated the Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, the Bengals ended the happiness behind the return of Andrew Luck for the Indianapolis Colts.
Somehow, the Bengals are underdogs at home. On a Thursday night. Both these teams came into the season with question marks. Some of those questions came with answers last week, and others still remain. Like, will Andy Dalton be able to carry this team into contention? With the Browns and Steelers tying, are the Ravens the new leaders in the AFC North?
The Bengals could be good this year. The Ravens could be good this year. Both these teams may be going for the AFC North title. However, we could just be overreacting to the Steelers’ Week 1 performance. Either way, this matchup seems too close to give the away team points. Go with the Bengals.
Cincinnati 24, Baltimore 21