Week 2 NFL best bets: A play on every game

By VSiN Staff  (VSiN.com) 


Welcome to another exciting weekend in the NFL.

With 14 games on Sunday's slate, there are plenty of betting opportunities. Our VSiN experts -- Adam Burke, Wes Reynolds, Scott Seidenberg, Dave Tuley, Jonathan Von Tobel and Matt Youmans, along with Ben Brown from Pro Football Focus --combine to give their opinions on every game.

Note: Lines are from DraftKings Sportsbook as of Thursday night.

Here are our Week 2 best bets:

New Orleans Saints (-3.5, 44) at Carolina Panthers

Youmans: On the surface, the Saints were the league’s most impressive team in Week 1. Jameis Winston passed for five touchdowns, the New Orleans defense picked off Aaron Rodgers twice, and the Saints put a 38-3 beatdown on the Packers. But the box score was not as impressive as the scoreboard, and the reality is Rodgers turned in a no-show effort. New Orleans finished 3-0 in turnover margin and its offense totaled 322 yards while averaging 5.4 yards per play. Winston passed for only 148 yards. The betting public will be all over the Saints this week, so I’ll take a contrarian approach. There were several positives to take away from the Panthers’ 19-14 victory over the Jets. Sam Darnold played error-free football while passing for 279 yards, Christian McCaffrey totaled 187 yards (98 rushing, 89 receiving), and coach Matt Rhule showed he’s got his team on the right track. A five-point win against the Jets is nowhere near as impressive as a 35-point win against the Packers, but that’s a moot point. The Saints are in a flat spot laying more than a field goal on the road, plus they face mounting injury issues with cornerback Marshon Lattimore, defensive end Marcus Davenport and center Erik McCoy expected to miss this game. The favorite is fat and happy. The home dog is hungry.

Pick: Panthers + 3.5

Tuley: The Saints were my very best of Week 1, as I truly didn’t understand how they went from 3-point home favorites over the Packers to 3.5- to 4-point underdogs on a neutral field. Of course, even I didn’t see a 38-3 blowout coming. The advance line on this game was Saints -2.5 and has been bet up to -4, so now they’re the team being overrated. The Panthers, who held off the Jets 19-14, certainly weren’t as impressive as the Saints were in their rout of the Packers. However, a win in the NFL is a win and they showed good things in Sam Darnold’s debut as he connected with former NYJ teammate Robby Anderson on a 57-yard TD pass and spread the ball around with his new teammates, including RB Christian McCaffrey, who led the Panthers in both rushing and receiving years. Carolina was in control before letting the Jets get close late. The bargain is now on the Panthers plus the inflated points.

Pick: Panthers + 3.5

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