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NFL Week 2 Best Bets: Bengals, Steelers and Cowboys our picks

Thu, Sep 13, 11:07am by Staff Writer

The second week of the 2018 NFL season kicks off on Friday morning (AEST) when AFC North rivals meet in Cincinnati when the Baltimore Ravens play the Bengals.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

Friday, 14 September 2018 at 10:20am (AEST) at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Two undefeated teams meet on Thursday Night Football when the Baltimore Ravens take on Cincinnati.

The Ravens are $1.85 favourites to win the match with the Bengals $1.99 outsiders.

Cincinnati earned a tough road win at Indianapolis last weekend. A late strip-fumble and 83 yard return by Clayton Fejedelem sealed the result for the Bengals in the final minute, as they stopped Andrew Luck from giving the Colts a late lead.

Baltimore began its season in driving rain at home and with a 47-3 win against the worst team in the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made 236 yards and scored three touchdowns against the inept Bills.

The all-time series between these two teams is split at 22-all. The Bengals have won seven of the past nine matches against the Ravens, but lost 20-0 in week one of the 2017 at home to the Ravens.

In the final match of the 2017 regular season, it was the Bengals who stunned Baltimore with a long pass on fourth and long to stun the home side and knock them out of a wild card position.

The oddsmakers look to be getting carried away with the Ravens and has priced them as favourites for this road game. Baltimore is not an elite team by any means and don’t deserve favouritism in this one, especially on the road.

The Bengals are two-point underdogs on the handicap at $1.85, with the total match points set at over/under 44 at $1.91.

The Bengals to win by 1-13 points is paying $2.85 in the margin market, with the Ravens to win by 1-13 points priced at $2.78.

Take the Bengals either to win outright or with the two-point start.

Best bet- Cincinnati Bengals to win at $1.99

Kansas City Chiefs versus Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday, 17 September 2018 at 3am (AEST) at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

The Kansas City Chiefs started the new campaign with a stunning 38-28 win against the Los Angeles Chargers.

This is their second consecutive road game as they visit Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Chiefs are $2.69 underdogs for the match, with the Steelers $1.50 favourites.

Pittsburgh drew 21-all with Cleveland in a match affected by rain in Cleveland. Both teams had opportunities to kick match-winning field goals in overtime, but neither would get the ball through the sticks.

Kansas City is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games and starts this match as a five-point underdog at $1.91 at Sportsbet.

Matches between these two teams have gone under the total match points on six of the last seven occasions that they have met. The total match points are set at over/under 52.5 at $1.91 for this game.

The Chiefs’ new quarterback Patrick Mahomes tore up the Chargers defences last weekend, throwing for 256 yards and four touchdowns.

The Chiefs did give up 547 total yards against the Chargers in a concerning stat for coach Andy Reid.

The Steelers struggled offensively last weekend, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing just 23 of his 41 pass attempts, throwing three interceptions.

The Chiefs overachieved last weekend, while the Steelers played poorer than expected. We think the home side will bounce back in this one and should cover the handicap.

Best bet- Pittsburgh Steelers to cover five-point handicap at $1.91

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Monday, 17 September 2018 at 10:20am (AEST) at AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Two winless NFC East teams from week one clash in Arlington on Sunday Night Football when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants.

The Cowboys are $1.60 favourites to win the match, with the Giants $2.40 outsiders.

Dallas swept its season series against New York last season, as the Giants were one of the league’s worst teams in 2017.

Odell Beckham Jr. is back for the Giants after missing last season’s week one match against the Cowboys in Arlington. The Giants struggled offensively that night and were held to only 233 yards.

The total match points have gone over in seven of the past 10 matches between the two teams, with Dallas holding a 5-4-1 edge against the spread.

The Cowboys were 16-8 losers to Carolina last weekend and missed Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, with Dak Prescott throwing for only 170 yards.

The Giants lose 20-15 to the Jacksonville Jaguars at home in a dour affair, as the Giants’ lapses on defence were punished by the Jags.

We are giving the edge to Dallas in this one and taking them to win a close game by under 13 points.

Best bet- Dallas Cowboys Big Win Little Win 1-13 at $2.61

NFL Week 2 Odds 

Baltimore $1.85 v Cincinnati $1.99

Miami $2.27 v New York Jets $1.67

Philadelphia $1.61 v Tampa Bay $2.38

Cleveland $4.25 v New Orleans $1.24

Los Angeles Chargers $1.32 v Buffalo $3.55

Carolina $2.92 v Atlanta $1.43

Kansas City $2.69 v Pittsburgh $1.50

Indianapolis $2.99 v Washington $1.42

Detroit $2.92 v San Francisco $1.43

Arizona $5.60 v Los Angeles Rams $1.16

New England $1.81 v Jacksonville $2.05

Oakland $2.87 v Denver $1.44

New York Giants $2.40 v Dallas $1.60

Seattle $2.38 v Chicago $1.61

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