NFL nut Kyle Robins (@AhhYeahKyleYeah) shares his expert opinion on the best bets ahead of Sunday's Week 2 action.
San Francisco 49ers @ New York Jets | Sunday 20th September 2020, 18:00
Firstly, as with last week, we’re off to New York as I look to attack the ever-suffering Jets once again. After having the Bills cover the spread against them last Sunday, there’s no reason at all I won’t be taking last year’s NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers, to cover the exact same line this time out.
New York has somehow managed to look ever worse than they did heading into last Sunday. The losses of Jamison Crowder and Le’Veon Bell will massively affect an already uninspiring offense. I can’t imagine Sam Darnold will be looking forward to this game, especially with an aging Breshard Perriman as his primary option now.
Now yes, the 49ers took a surprisingly loss in Week 1 to the Cardinals, and do indeed have some injuries of their own. Just like the Jets, they’re extremely thin at wide receiver, and to make things worse, star tight end George Kittle will be out too.
I’d certainly expect this game to be one of the most uninspiring of the weekend, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made. On the basis of comparing the rosters, the 49ers talent is just far superior to that on the Jets.
The fact the line is set at just 7, fills me with joy. Look for the 49ers to bounce back this week in New York and cover the spread. I just can’t see where the Jets score enough points from. San Francisco 49ers -7 at 10/11 with 888 is the call.
Atalanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys | Sunday 20th September 2020, 18:00
We had success last week with player markets, so we’re diving into that market once again, and this week, looking to take advantage of the pass-heavy Atlanta Falcons offense.
After they got absolutely torched last Sunday by Russel Wilson and the Seahawks to the tune of 322 yards and four touchdowns, I fully expect Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense to make easy work of the Falcons defence once again. Given the Over/Under for this game is currently set at 53 – the highest of the weekend – plenty of points look to be on the agenda.
So, with just how poor the Falcons defence is, Matt Ryan should once again, like last Sunday, be thrusted into a game chasing position. He went off for 450 yards against a better secondary in the Seahawks last weekend than the Cowboys possess themselves.
With Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russel Gage all totalling over 100+ receiving yards on opening weekend, Ryan certainly has plenty of weapons who he’s not afraid to target.
With the game script looking set for another Falcons chase down, I fully expect Ryan to be getting close to 50 passing attempts, and with that, should no doubt cover his rather low line of 309.5 with BetFair at 5/6.
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans | Sunday 20th September 2020, 21:25 | Sky Sports
For the third and final bet of the weekend, we head to the late slate of games as the Houston Texans welcome Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
I mean, as far as opening fixtures go, the Texans couldn’t have it much harder after opening to the defending Superbowl champs Kansas City Chiefs, they now host an extremely talented Ravens team.
Baltimore completely overwhelmed Cleveland last Sunday, dominating them in every aspect of the game on route to a 38-6 win. Now the Browns certainly aren’t the worst team in the league, but the way the Ravens had their way with them, it looked like men against boys out there.
Lamar carried on where he left last season, and I fully expect him to carry that success into this game against a poor Texans defence. Houston has allowed an average of 5.6 yards per-rush to quarterbacks since 2019, so if they carry that on this weekend, it’s fair to say they don’t stand much of a chance.
Normally I would look to attack Lamar Jacksons line in such a favourable match-up, but given the Ravens recent record against the spread, I have to roll with the hot hand.
Baltimore has covered the spread in its last five regular season games, and 10 of the last 11, and I fully expect them to put up enough points on a bad Texans defence to cover the seven points. Take them -7 at 10/11 with BetVictor.