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NFL Bettor's Guide to Week 2

Well, how do those offseason head coaching changes in the National Football League look so far?

Thought so. New coaches, including five rookie leaders, went 0-7 in their first shot last week. The debuts of Matt Patricia in Detroit and Steve Wilks at Arizona were downright miserable. Their teams lost at home in unimpressive performances.

The NFL gets down to serious business this weekend. Seven of the remaining 15 games on the Week 2 schedule are division matchups, including Minnesota at Green Bay, which could end up as a pivotal game in the NFC North. Another, New England at Jacksonville, is a replay of the last AFC Championship Game.

Barring ties, there's sure to be six first-time winners because of games matching Week 1 losers.

Here is a look at Week 2 games with the view of a bettor in mind:

Game of the week

Patriots (1-0) at Jaguars (1-0)

TV: CBS, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Patriots -2.

ATS (Against the Spread): Patriots 1-0, Jaguars 1-0.

Over/under: 45.

Times over/under: Patriots O/1 , Jaguars 0/1.

The scoop: In last AFC championship, the Jaguars of Doug Marrone (Tom Coughlin?) had the Pats on the ropes and seemingly were on their way to their first Super Bowl leading, 20-10, eight seconds into the fourth quarter. Tom Brady TD passes to Danny Amendola pulled out the victory. ... Tough Jax defense limited New England to 46 rushing yards and sacked Brady three times. ... If Jaguars plan on hammering the Pats with the running game, they might have to do it without RB Leonard Fournette, who missed practice Thursday with hamstring injury, but they have T.J. Yeldon.

Outlook: Rain and wind could be factors in this one. Belichick is 5-0 against Jaguars, New England (7-0) never has lost to Jacksonville and the Patriots are 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 on the road, but Jaguars, 27-23.

How we see it: NFL picks for Week 2

Top attractions

Vikings (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Packers -1 1/2.

ATS: Vikings 1-0, Packers 1-0.

Over/under: 46 1/2.

Times over/under: Vikings 0/1, Packers 0/1/1.

The scoop: After heroic performance in win against the Bears last week (24-23, a score that was forecast here), Aaron Rodgers will be playing on a bad knee. It could limit him against Vikings, who led league in scoring defense and total defense (275.6) but gave up 327 in home win against Niners last week. ... Kirk Cousins passed for two TDs in Minny debut last week. ... Vikings are 4-1 against the spread in last five against Green Bay.

Outlook: Home edge to Minnesota. Vikings, 27-24.

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Dolphins (1-0) at Jets (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Jets -3.

ATS: Dolphins 1-0, Jets 1-0.

Over/under: 44.

Times over/under: Dolphins 1/0, Jets 1/0.

The scoop: Get ready for NYC hype over Sam Darnold after his successful debut in rout at Detroit on Monday. Jets were reportedly stealing Lions' signs, possible reason they were able to intercept Matt Stafford four times. ... Fish encouraged by Ryan Tannehill's 230-yard, two-TD passing game in home win over Titans. ... The Jets are a home favorite for the first time since 2016. Amazing.

Outlook: Winner will be tied at least for first in AFC East. Keep Darnold Mania going. Jets 28-16.

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Chiefs (1-0) at Steelers (0-1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Steelers -5.

ATS: Chiefs 1-0, Steelers 0-1

Over/under: 52 1/2.

Times over/under: Chiefs 1/0, Steelers 0/1.

The scoop: Last time KC visited Heinz Field in 2016, they were humiliated, 43-14, then won next five on the way to 12-4 season. ... We'll see how Patrick Mahomes stands up to Terrible Towel and Heinz atmosphere. ... But we wary. Steelers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.

Outlook: Who needs LeVeon Bell? Steelers, 26-24.

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Eagles (1-0) at Buccaneers (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Eagles -3

ATS: Eagles 1-0, Bucs 1-0

Over/under: 44.

Times over/under: Eagles 0/1, Bucs 1/0

The scoop: Nick Foles gets start again for Eagles at QB. Birds were not impressive in 18-12 win over Atlanta while Ryan Fitzpatrick has career game (156.3 rating, four TDs,, 417 passing yards) for Bucs in shootout New Orleans. ... Tampa and Philly are each 4-1 vs. the spread in their last five.

Outlook: Over/under number tells you that Fitz won't enjoy his day against Fletcher Cox and that Philly defense as much as he did last week against the Saints. Eagles, 33-10.

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Panthers (1-0) at Falcons (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Falcons -5.

ATS: Panthers 1-0, Falcons 0-1

Over/under: 44 1/2.

Times over/under: Panthers 0/1, Falcons 0/1.

The scoop: After losing opener, Atlanta is under pressure to win against division rival in home opener. Falcons have won four of last five against Carolina, including a 22-10 home win in 2017 regular season finale to split season series. ... Panthers are 1-4 straight up and vs. spread in last five against Panthers.

Outlook: Atlanta solves its Red zone problems. Falcons, 27-20.

Best of the rest

Browns (0-0-1) at Saints (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Saints -6.

ATS: Browns 1-0, Saints 0-1

Over/under: 49 1/2.

Times over/under: Browns 0/1, Saints 1/0.

The scoop: Saints lost last week at home despite league-leading performances in passing yards and rushing touchdowns.

Outlook: Line looks likes a tease but oddsmaker must think Tyrod Taylor's less-than-daring passing will keep score down. His career interception percentage (1.45) is lowest in NFL history. On the other hand, Drew Brees of Saints has most 400-yard passing games (16) in league history. Saints 31-27.

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Texans (0-1) at Titans (0-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: No line as of Thursday.

ATS: Texans 0-1, Titans 0-1.

Over/under: None as of Thursday.

Times over/under: Texans 0/1, Titans 1/0.

The scoop: Whether Marcus Mariota (elbow) or backup Blaine Gabbert starts for Titans must be huge factor as far as oddsmakers are concerned. Mariota did practice on Wednesday but the Titans were optimistic that he would play. ... A number of oddsmakers have posted Tennessee as a two-point favorite.
Outlook: Texans routed Tenn. at home, 57-14, last season but that was before Deshon Watson went out with knee injury. Titans won rematch later. Houston, 27-20.

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Colts (0-1) at Redskins (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Redskins -6.

ATS: Colts 0-1, Redskins 1-0.

Over/under: 45 1/2.

Times over/under: Colts 1/0, Redskins 0/1.

The scoop: This game used to be big deal in Baltimore-D.C. corridor before Colts moved to Indy. ... Andrew Luck came back with strong game in home opener last week, but Indy could not hold off Bengals' comeback. ... Redskins won easily, 24-6, at Arizona in Alex Smith's QB debut and are trying to go to 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

Outlook: Redskins allowed only 213 yards to Cards last week and ran for 413. Expect low-scoring game. Washington, 17-13.

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Cardinals (0-1) at Rams (1-0)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: Rams -10.

ATS: Cardinals 0-1, Rams 1-0

Over/under: 46.

Times over/under: Cards 0/1, Rams 0/1.

The scoop: Cards not ready to unleash rookie Josh Rosen yet. Debut of new coach Wilks was a disaster. Now they have to face Rams team that looks loaded. ... The under has been the play in five of Arizona's last seven on the road and four of five overall.

Outlook: Cards and former Ram Sam Bradford have to be better, but L.A. 30-16.

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Lions (0-1) at 49ers (0-1)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: 49ers -3

ATS: Lions 0-1, 49ers 0-1

Over/under: 47 1/2.

Times over/under: Lions 1/0, 49ers 0/1.

The scoop: Jimmy Garoppolo's passer rating (45.1) was below Josh Allen's (56.0) last week, yet he nearly pulled out win at Minnesota. ... Lions got a pick-6 to start and still managed only 17 points against Jets at home. ... The Niners are 4-11 in last 15 at home.

Outlook: Lions change signs, but 49ers 34-24.

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Raiders (0-1) at Broncos (1-0)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: Broncos -4 1/2.

ATS: Raiders 0-1, Broncos 0-0-1

Over/under: 45 1/2.

Times over/under: Raiders 0/1, Broncos 1/0.

The scoop: Teams split home and home last two seasons after eight wins in a row by Broncos. ... New Denver QB Case Keenum is no John Elway, but he passed for three TDs, 326 yards in home win over Seattle last week. Missed 46 yards by ex-Raider Sebastian Janikowski and two INTS by Russell Wilson helped hold of Seahawks. ... The Raiders are 1-5-1 in last seven on the road.

Outlook: Raiders feeling post-Khalil Mack hangover. Denver 24-20.

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Giants (0-1) at Dallas (0-1)

TV: NBC, 8:30 p.m.

The line: Cowboys -3.

ATS: Giants 0-1, Cowboys 0-1.

Over/under: 42.

Times over/under: Giants 0/1, Cowboys 0/1.

The scoop: Used to be a marquee game, but over/under looks like a close, dull game is in store.

Outlook: Cowboys managed only 232 yards total offense at Carolina in opener. Giants had only one TD at home against Jaguars, on 68-yard run by prize rookie Saquon Barkley.Dallas 28-27.

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Seahawks (0-1) at Bears (0-1)

TV: ESPN, Monday night, 8:30 p.m.

The line: Bears -3 1/2.

ATS: Seahawks 0-0-1, Bears 1-0.

Over/under: 44 1/2.

Times over/under: Seahawks 1/0, Bears 0/0/1.

The scoop: Bears had a chance to topple rival Packers at Lambeau but couldn't hang on. Missed INT late allowed Aaron Rodgers to pull it out. ... Russell Wilson threw two late-game picks at Denver and Seahawks lost opener. ... Despite loss, new Bear Khalil Mack had huge game with sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and 27-yard interception return. All in first half. ... Four of Seahawks' last five have been over.

Outlook: Where was Mack in second half on Sunday night? Bears, 17-10.

Dog of the day

Chargers (0-1) at Bills (0-1)

TV: CBS, 1 p.m.

The line: Chargers -7 1/2.

ATS: Chargers 0-1, Bills 0-1

Over/under: 42 1/2

Times over/under: Chargers 1/0, Bills 1/0.

The scoop: This as much as anything illustrates the Bills situation: They cut third-round draft pick and add a reject from the Cleveland Browns?

Outlook: Rookie Allen's debut as starter fires up Bills and crowd for a while, but when it all wears off Chargers talent takes over. Chargers, 28-10.

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Last week: Seven betting favorites won, seven underdogs won, there was one betting tie. The two-team point total was over seven times, under eight times and right on the O/U number once (Bears at Packers).

Last week's won-lost record: 8-6-1 outright, 9-5-1 versus spread.

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