Week 1 of the NFL is over and bettors must shake of the blues from Sunday and look ahead to Week 2, but remember some important trends from Week 1 to help pick winners in Week 2.
Some will look back at Week 1 and call it the Underdog’s week after all they were 11-5.
However, a solid week for the underdogs does not mean leaving behind the favorites for Week 2.
Three Losers to Give Another Look
In Week 2 three teams that lost should be given another look. The Washington Redskins outgained the Houston Texans by 56 yards in their loss and limited Texans running back Arian Foster to less than 4 yards per carry in their loss Sunday 14-6.
They face Jacksonville this week and it is too early for anyone to give up on Washington with Robert Griffin III under center against the Jaguars who are punch less.
Dallas plays Tennessee and even though Tony Romo threw three interceptions, the offense moved the ball. On defense, the Cowboys allowed only 119 yards over 30 plays during the second half.
Chicago plays San Francisco and the passing game for the Bears could give a big challenge to the 49ers defense that has injury problems in the secondary, with three members of the secondary injured in their win against Dallas.
Three Winners Who Might Not Be That Strong
Atlanta plays Cincinnati this week after gaining close to 600 yards on offense versus the Saints in Week 1.
However, in the process, the Falcons allowed 472 yards along with 34 points.
The defense for the Bengals should make it more difficult for Atlanta than did the New Orleans defense. That means the Falcons defense will also have to step up and the question is can they.
Miami meets Buffalo in Week 2 after defeating the Patriots in Week 1, by outscoring New England in the second half 23-0. Buffalo showed good play in the upset over Chicago 23-20 and could make things difficult for the Dolphins.
Pittsburgh defeated Cleveland but face Baltimore in Week 2. The Browns made it hard on the Steelers by gaining almost 288 yards during the second half.
Five Things Important to Know for Week 2
Chicago is winless in San Francisco since 1985. The Bears are 0-8 over that period.
Defending Super Bowl champions since 2004 are 3-7 ATS in the second week of the season and Seattle faces San Diego who lost by a point to Arizona on Monday Night.
New England is 38-20 ATS and 43-15 SU following a loss in the regular season since Bill Belichick became head coach. The Patriots opened as a favorite of 3.5 points versus Minnesota for Week 2.
Cleveland is 2-8 SU and 1-8-1 ATS versus opponents from the NFC over the past five seasons. The Browns have not defeated a team from the NFC at home since defeating Seattle in October of 2011 6-3.