What we Learned as NFL Bettors in Week 2

Derek Carr has been the best player in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season.
Derek Carr has been the best player in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books, and we all got a little bit smarter than we were a week ago.

Only two teams in the AFC are undefeated through two weeks, and if you guessed that it’d be the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders, then you’re either a liar or a time traveler.

It’s shaping up to be an NFL season for the ages, but let’s take things one week at a time.

Here are three things we learned as NFL bettors in Week 2.

It’s Not as Easy as Betting on Good Teams

If you were brand new to sports betting, you’d think that the Kansas City Chiefs could win you a lot of money. Well, in recent history, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Chiefs lost outright to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night and are now 1-11-1 against the spread in their last 13 games.

If sports betting was as easy as betting on good teams, we’d all be rich and casinos wouldn’t be castles made of gold. Sure, you could just bet on the Chiefs moneyline every week, but they’re such large favorites that your profits would be small and the occasional loss would destroy any bankroll you made on it up until that point.

Don’t Overreact to Week 1 Results

Seasoned sports bettors know this, but if you’re new to gambling on the NFL this year, you quickly learned this rule after this weekend. The Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and the Los Angeles Rams were among to most popular teams to bet on due to their Week 1 results, and not a single one covered the spread in Week 2.

The Cardinals beat the Vikings due to a last second field goal but failed to cover the 3.5-point spread, the Saints lost outright to the Panthers, and the Rams beat the Colts but just like the Cardinals, didn’t cover the spread.

If an outcome seems obvious, especially in Week 2, it usually isn’t,

The Raiders are Better Than You Think

Who would’ve thought the Las Vegas Raiders would look like one of the best teams in the NFL through the first two weeks. They are one of only two teams who are undefeated through the first two weeks, and they did it as sizable underdogs. They defeated the Baltimore Ravens as 4.5-point underdogs in Week 1 and then beat the Pittsburgh Steelers as 5.5-point underdogs in Week 2.

Not only are they 2-0, but the Raiders offense is leading the NFL in yards per game, averaging 458. Also, if there was an NFL MVP after the first two weeks award, the winner would be Derek Carr.

There’s a lot of football left to be played, but the Raiders are much better than you think.

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