Carolina Panthers (+195)
The Carolina Panthers struggled a bit against the Dallas Cowboys, but they flashed a solid defense in that game. They’ll get an offense against the Atlanta Falcons, who struggled quite a bit in their first game. Devonta Freeman only saw nine total touches, while Matt Ryan completed less than 50% of his passes. Overall, Atlanta struggled to produce anything against the Eagles, outside of Julio Jones, who also struggled in the red zone. Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper are both dealing with injuries, although both are expected to play this Sunday. The main matchup in this game will be the Carolina offense against the Atlanta defense. Carolina will be without Greg Olsen, while Atlanta recently placed Keanu Neal and Deion Jones on injured reserve. Neal and Jones are two of Atlanta’s top defensive players, and they could struggle to slow down Carolina’s offense without them. It could be tough for Carolina in Atlanta this week, but these odds are a bit wide at this point.
Bet 2 units on Carolina ML to win 3.9 units (+195)
Los Angeles Chargers (-320)
This is a bit of an obvious pick after last weekend, but there are a few worries with this game. Los Angeles will be traveling across the country to Buffalo, and historically, west coast teams will struggle when traveling to the east coast. With that being said, the talent gap between these two teams is far too wide. Josh Allen will draw the start for the Bills, and he may struggle to find success against arguably the best secondary in the NFL. The Chargers have proven that they have plenty of offensive firepower to score against anyone, and Baltimore scored 47 points against Buffalo the first week. Los Angeles struggled mostly against Tyreek Hill last week, and Buffalo simply does not have anyone even similar to Hill. They don’t have the offensive talent to score more than a few points against the Chargers, and Los Angeles makes a relatively safe bet, even with the travel.
Bet 4 units on Los Angeles -7.5 spread to win 3.5 units (-115)
New York Giants (+120)
The New York Giants struggled quite a bit in their first matchup. They faced the Jacksonville Jaguars, who feature one of the best defenses in the NFL. Odell Beckham Jr. enjoyed a breakout return, while Saquon Barkley was the only other impressive player. Barkley did most of his damage on a long touchdown run, though. Still, New York figures to feature one of the better offenses in the NFL, and their matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is a significantly easier test this week. Dallas struggled in nearly all areas against the Carolina Panthers. The Cowboys passing attack failed to gain any respect, while Ezekiel Elliott only totaled 15 rushing attempts. It’s tough to assume Dallas’ offense will get better throughout the season with their talent, while New York is loaded with talent everywhere besides their offensive line. I’m a bit worried about Dallas playing at home, but similarly to the Panthers, I feel this line should be closer.
Bet 2 units on New York ML to win 2.4 units (+120)
Parlay 2 units on Kansas City/Pittsburgh 53o, San Francisco ML, Los Angeles Chargers ML, and Washington ML to win 7.6 units (+378)
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