Last week was unique since the Week 1 odds had been up at some sportsbooks for months. Week 2 is where we can begin to see moves that really matter in the NFL betting lines.
Week 2 Line Moves: Kansas City at Cleveland – This line didn’t come out until the middle of the week but bettors are jumping all over the Chiefs. Some places opened up Cleveland as a three-point favorite while others favored them by two. The line move to Cleveland -1 and could hit a pick by game time.
Buffalo at Green Bay – Some places opened this line at -12 while others started at 13. The Packers could end up as a 14 point favorite before kickoff. Really, who is going to take the Bills at Green Bay? Perhaps the professional bettors who are looking for value will take the Bills but the public sure won’t.
Philadelphia at Detroit – The Eagles opened as 3.5 point favorites and the line has gone up to 4.5 at the Sbg sportsbook and could go higher. Bettors don’t seem to mind that Michael Vick might get the start for the Eagles and they don’t like the Lions at all now that Matthew Stafford is out with an injury.
New England at New York Jets – This line opened up with the Patriots a 1.5 point favorite and the number is rising. Some places have even gone to 2.5 in NFL betting lines. It probably won’t get to three since the Jets are at home but there is no question that bettors have cooled off on the Jets after their pathetic offensive performance last week.
New York Giants at Indianapolis – This is the NBC Sunday game and bettors are pounding the over. Who can blame them? The Colts defense is weak but Peyton Manning and the offense are great. It should be a high scoring battle between the Manning brothers.
New Orleans at San Francisco – The Saints opened as a four point favorite in the Monday night game and that number has gone to 5 in football odds and in some places up to 5.5. The 49ers looked terrible last week against the Seahawks and bettors are really leery about taking Alex Smith against the defending Super Bowl champs.