Week 2 NFL Vegas Game Lines: Point Spreads & Betting Totals
Tom Brady completed a season-high Rob Gronkowski saw both his production three catches, 36 yards and snaps 53 take a hit last week, with fellow tight end Martellus Bennett getting back up to speed in his second stint with the Patriots. Dion Lewis has assumed the reins in the crowded backfield by averaging 15 touches and Oddsmakers opened the Patriots as The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins will be traveling in similar circles over the next few weeks despite squarely heading in opposite directions in the standings.
The one-game-at-a-time approach has been a familiar refrain for Belichick and the Patriots, who breezed to their sixth straight win last week after dismantling Oakland in Mexico City. The reeling Dolphins are in need of a few more tricks up their sleeve as their once-sturdy defense has sprung a significant leak, with the team being outscored during its four-game losing skid.
The Patriots were a winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Raiders. They covered the point spread as favorites, while the total score 41 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Dolphins were a loser in their most recent outing at home against the Buccaneers. One big gambler leaned back comfortably in a leather chair Sunday, eyeing several big-screen televisions from one of eight VIP booths inside the Superbook. Alex Weinberg, an accountant from Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kornegay considered the Jaguars a comfortable favorite because of how their defense grades in his personal power-rankings program that considers voluminous information. Another important factor is quarterback play, and it would seem that Atlanta's Matt Ryan, with his Super Bowl experience, might give his team a boost over the Rams and second-year quarterback Jared Goff, who will be participating in his first playoff game. But once they start playing the premier teams, the adage of 'defense wins championships,' is a little concerning if I was a Rams fan.
Not that their defense is horrible. But while everyone likes to look at the dynamic offense, those dynamic offenses … when they go on the road, it's a little different. Young team, young quarterback. It's certainly something to be concerned about because it's an unknown what you're going to get out of a player like [Goff].
It's not easy to predict. Parity's our best friend. In seeking to split the betting, his team considers a vast variety of factors. For example, since Kansas City plays at an especially raucous stadium, Kornegay said the spread was inflated to eight points because "it takes a lot for the average fan to bet Tennessee on the road in the playoffs.
Carolina's unpredictable showings made them the underdog in New Orleans, even if quarterback Cam Newton directed the Panthers to the Super Bowl two years ago. Solving the gambling riddle, Weinberg said, requires "discipline, focus, seeing all the nuances" — even the weather.
Rams running back Lance Dunbar 25 scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the second half on Sunday. And sent the sportsbooks here into a tizzy. The Rams are one of the teams that can jumble that standard. NFL Sorry, Rams, but you just got beaten out for most amazing end of a playoff drought.