2017 NFL Season: Week 2 Betting Recap
Week 2 of the 2017 NFL Season has now officially come to a close, with a not-so-exciting Monday night game appropriately concluding a not-so-exciting weekend of football. Let’s take a look at how it played out for bettors.
- For the second straight week, favorites and underdogs split the slate, each going 8-8 against the spread. Home and away teams also split the games this week at 8-8 ATS.
- Teams coming off a Week 1 win went 8-7 ATS, while teams off a loss went 6-9. Similarly, teams that covered the spread in Week 1 went 8-6, and those that did not went 5-9.
- Contrarian bettors had a slightly below average weekend. Teams getting less than 50% of bets went 7-9 ATS, less than 40% went 4-5, and less than 30% went 2-2.
- On the moneyline, favorites went 11-5 this week, though they still lost 0.7 units. At 5-11, underdogs lost 3.2 units.
- The under went 9-7 over the weekend, and now has a 19-12 overall record this season (+5.9 units).
- In games with totals of 43 or less, the under went 6-1 this week.
- Interestingly, the AFC went 6-0 against the spread in the six inter-conference games this week.
- The seven biggest moneyline favorites all won this week, making the Texans Thursday night win over the Bengals the biggest Week 2 upset (+205).
- Hopefully you weren’t on the Eagles-Chiefs under 46.5. The teams entered the 4th with 23 combined points, but managed to put up 24 in the final quarter alone. Down 27-13 with eight seconds to go, Carson Wentz connected with Nelson Agholor for a nine yard touchdown, and the extra point ultimately hit the over.
- The Panthers closed at -6.5 at home against Buffalo, and won by an exciting score of 9-3. After a pass interference call, Carolina had 1st and goal from the Bills’ 1 yard line, up 6-3 with four minutes to play. The Bills D wouldn’t break, however, and the Panthers settled for a field goal, allowing Buffalo to cover by a half point.
- Betting the Chargers this season has been a recipe for a few smashed TVs thus far. Both of their first two games have now ended on blocked or missed field goal attempts by rookie Younghoe Koo. Los Angeles (-3.5) would not have covered the spread this week anyway, as they ultimately lost 19-17.
- Matthew Stafford and Trevor Siemian now lead the NFL with 6 TDs apiece. Stafford was listed at +4000 to lead the league prior to the season, and Siemian was not listed.
- Mike Gillislee added another rushing TD on Sunday taking his total to 4. He was +1200 to lead the league before the season.
- With a 3-touchdown performance against the Jets, Michael Crabtree (+2500 prior to the season) now has the most receiving TDs in the league.
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