Well there was certainly lots of action throughout Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season, starting off with a solid little upset on Thursday Night Football by a divisional road team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled into Carolina and held onto a 6 point lead to easily cover the spread while rewarding those who bet the money line with large dividends. Sadly, it looks like Cam Newton might be a lot more injured than we first thought.
The biggest spread of the weekend was a massive 19 points for the Patriots in Miami and they not only covered that number, they added another 24 points on top of it. They beat down the hapless Dolphins 43-0 and now it’s extremely fair to accuse the fish of tanking – they might not reach 2 wins this year. Feel free to stack bets against them all season.
In retrospect that 13 point spread in the Arizona/Baltimore game was way too big and many veteran gamblers made easy money backing the road team. As always, never pay attention to that whole “west coast team playing an early game in an eastern time zone” hooey. It just doesn’t matter – these guys are pros and the Cards easily covered, only losing 17-23.
Another over-exaggerated number was found in the Texans/Jags game, with some offshore sportsbooks posting a line of +9 for the visitors. Anyone who had Houston in their survivor pools was sweating bullets as Jacksonville scored a last second touchdown in the 4th quarter but threw the game away by going for 2 instead of kicking the PAT and rolling into overtime. That goal line stand by the Texans defense will surely be talked about all year – what a win.
Every other match up basically went as expected, however, the 49ers made some people sit up and take notice with their 41-17 shellacking of the Bengals, and the Buffalo Bills looked decent against the Giants. And yes, the Browns actually won a game…against a 3rd string quarterback and a cellar-dwelling squad. Congratulations, Cleveland!
On to Week 3…