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Week 1 is in the books, and there are already several surprises across the league (the Dolphins, not so much). We’ve asked our writers for their favorite parlays (three bets) of the week. You can find all the odds for Week 2, including our consensus odds, here.
What is your favorite parlay for NFL Week 2?
Bears -1.5 / Ravens vs Cardinals OVER 46.5 / Titans vs Colts UNDER 44
I have more confidence in the Bears traveling to Denver and winning the game given how poorly Denver played on Monday night. Throw in the fact that Denver is on short rest while the Bears are on extra rest (having played last Thursday), and this has a recipe for a low-scoring Bears’ win. I am also buying both the Ravens and Cardinals offenses in what should be a higher-scoring game than the total suggests. The Cardinals are still without their top two cornerbacks, and Kyler Murray will do enough on his end to keep this total high. If the Ravens jump out to a big lead early, this makes the over more likely to hit as the Cardinals will throw a lot to catch up. Even though the Titans had an offensive barrage against the Browns in Week 1, the familiarity between these division opponents should make for a lower-scoring game. Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel is a great defensive coach that should be able to limit the Colts’ big weapons. As long as the game is close, which it projects to be, I expect this to be a smash-mouth type of game with Marlon Mack and Derrick Henry seeing a lot of touches.
– Mike Spector (@MikeSpector01)
Colts +3 (+100) / Chiefs ML -450 / Cowboys ML -190
This parlay provides decent value and it feels pretty safe. All three teams are on the road, but the Chiefs (at Raiders) and Cowboys (at Redskins) are far superior to their opponents, and I find it hard to see either team losing, giving the potency of each offense. The Colts are 13-2 in the last 15 against the Titans, and I think this line would’ve been closer to a pick ’em had the Titans lost their opener. I think Tennessee’s win was a bit flukish and there’s a decent chance they come back to earth against a smarter team. Either way, as long as Adam Vinatieri can make some field goals, I feel good about the Colts staying within three points.
– Adam Zdroik (@RotoZdroik)
Cowboys -4.5 (-210) / Panthers -6.5 (-300) / Chargers -2.5 (-136)
Dak Prescott looked great against the Giants last Sunday and showed strong chemistry with Cooper and Gallup. He should be able to throw the ball on this Redskins’ secondary with ease. The Redskins are getting too much respect with the spread here because of the way they kept it close with the Eagles. Jameis Winston will struggle against the Panthers’ defense. Winston threw three interceptions against the 49ers on Sunday, and his turnover issues continue. The Lions squandered a 17-0 lead to the Cardinals on Sunday and ended up with a tie. Getting the Chargers to cover by less than a field goal is nice value as they are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games vs Detroit and 7-1 in their last eight games straight up.
– Nic Turner (@sportzbandit)
Panthers -6.5 / Giants +2 / Bengals -1
Thursday night games usually carry a bit of mystery, but I’ll lay just under a touchdown with the Panthers in a bounceback spot at home. Carolina was only outgained by six yards in last week’s loss to Los Angeles, but two turnovers did them in. Jameis Winston has thrown more interceptions to Carolina (9) than any other opponent in the NFL, and he’s also been sacked the most times (22) by Carolina in his career. As someone who took the Giants +7 against the Cowboys last week, I was hardly impressed by their defense. However, there’s no reason the Giants should be getting points at home against the Bills, who turned the ball over four times in the same building last week. I also expect the Giants to get the ball in the hands of their best player, Saquon Barkley, far more often. This week also features three West Coast teams traveling east for 1 PM EST kickoffs. I’m taking the Bengals to cover in this spot against the 49ers. San Francisco will be traveling east for a second straight week but this time will be playing an early kickoff (they played at 4:25 PM EST last week). The 49ers required two defensive touchdowns to fend off the Buccaneers and face a more formidable Bengals’ defense that impressed last week against Seattle as a heavy underdog. A healthy Joe Mixon will help the cause, but I’ll take the Bengals as a short home favorite. This parlay would pay $56.73 on a $10 wager.
– Matt Barbato (@RealMattBarbato)
Cardinals +13 / Steelers -4 / Falcons ML
This trio of bets is more about fading what the public thinks they know. Are the Ravens as good as Miami made them look? Are the Steelers and Falcons really as bad as they looked? Home cooking helps Pittsburgh and Atlanta get back on track while the Ravens win but look more like the ball-control team we saw in 2018. A $100 bet wins $643.50.
– Kyle Robert (@Notoriouskro)
Cardinals +13 / Buccaneers +6.5 / Bengals -1
Handicapping Week 2 is all about capitalizing on the overreactions stemming from Week 1. There are several matchups fitting that description. First off, Cardinals on the road against the Ravens. Baltimore was originally supposed to be -7.5/8 against Arizona in this matchup, but after Week 1, the line shot up to -13. Am I supposed to believe the Ravens are suddenly five points better than expected because they beat a Dolphins’ squad that barely resembles a professional NFL team? The line seems to be wildly inflated. I like Tampa Bay on the road on Thursday night against Carolina because I think Bruce Arians is just as good of a coach, if not better, when compared to Carolina’s Ron Rivera and there is a greater emphasis on game-planning when approaching a shorter week. And honestly, I’m just not sold on Cam Newton. He still has trouble deciphering coverages and his accuracy has only seemed to get worse over the past couple of years. I think Tampa Bay’s revamped defense, led by Todd Bowles who is very good at disguising coverages, can slow down Newton and Christian McCaffery enough to the point where Jameis Winston can keep it within the spread. Cincinnati’s offense was impressive and I like them at home against a 49ers team that will have to travel to Cincinnati after playing in Tampa last week. Parlays are far from a guarantee, but these are three individual games I feel strongly about.
– Shane Davies (@sbdavies7)
Panthers -6.5 / Bills -2 / Titans -3
The Carolina Panthers almost came back to beat the Super Bowl contenders (Rams) in Week 1. So, covering a seven-point spread, at home, against the Bucs shouldn’t prove difficult. The Buffalo Bills held the Jets’ offense in check all game, and as soon as their offense found their footing, they took the lead and won the game. I expect the Bills will spank the Giants on both sides of the ball in front of their home crowd and easily cover the two-point spread. There will be a lot of weeping fans driving out of Metlife stadium. The Tennessee Titans are coming off a big road win against a Browns’ team that was crowned king of football in the offseason. The Titans, at home in Week 2 and playing with fury against a Luck-less Colts’ team should be able to cover the three points needed to win.
– Tal Malachovsky (@fantasyscouter)
Chiefs -7.5 (+100) / Buccaneers @ Panthers OVER 49.5 (-105) / Cardinals +13 (-110)
When looking at the lines, these three bets stood out right away. Since 2015 the Chiefs are 13-6 ATS as road favorites. During that time, they are also a league-best 16-8 ATS in divisional matchups. The Chiefs and Raiders have faced off 12 times since 2013 and Kansas City has won eight of those games by at least eight points. The line is a reaction to Oakland’s performance against a putrid offense and the Tyreek injury. I like the Chiefs at -7.5. Fourteen of the last 21 TNF games in September or October have gone over the 49.5 total. In this matchup last season, the Bucs and Panthers combined for a whopping 70 points. Neither team looked particularly sharp defensively in Week 1. The over is a good bet here. Finally, the line that stood out most to me was Arizona at +13. In Week 1 the Cardinals started out and looked … let’s just say … rusty in the first half. They came out in the second half and outscored the Lions 21-7. It truly was a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – though they played the game they wanted to play after halftime. The Ravens are coming off an inflated performance against 2019’s ‘2017 Cleveland Browns.’ If you watched Arizona’s second half, chances are that you won’t see the Ravens as 10-point favorites on a neutral field – which is what they are right now. A $100 bet on this parlay would net you $645.
– Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)