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NFL Week 2 Line Movement Highlighted by Chargers vs. Chiefs, Bengals vs. Cowboys, Cardinals vs. Raiders

NFL Week 2 Line Movement Highlighted by Chargers vs. Chiefs, Bengals vs. Cowboys, Cardinals vs. Raiders article feature image
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Getty Images. Pictured: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Chargers QB Justin Herbert (left to right)

Some of the biggest NFL Week 2 line movement is certainly warranted.

On one hand, a betting spread like Bengals vs. Cowboys deserves an adjustment with Dallas down starting quarterback Dak Prescott.

On the other, Chargers vs. Chiefs on Thursday night and a non-conference tilt between Cardinals vs. Raiders on Sunday are also experiencing strong line movement, as the public’s influence has crossed some key betting spread numbers in both tilts.

Here’s the skinny on all three of those line moves, including how much Prescott’s worth to the spread, betting ticket counts leading up to Week 2 games and more.

NFL Week 2 Line Movement

Chargers vs. Chiefs 

Open: Chiefs -3.5
Current: Chiefs -4

Brandon Staley’s team has given Kansas City some fits since he took over as Chargers head coach, but the public bet against the Bolts early.

Chiefs money catapulted the spread from -3.5 to -4.5, where it hung until this morning. There was some Chargers buyback at +4.5, painting the market +4 outside of a rogue +4.5 at FanDuel.

Among the 32,000 and counting wagers on the Chargers vs. Chiefs betting spread, Kansas City’s attracted precisely two of every three tickets according to Action Network’s NFL public data. (Check out all the splits for Week 2 here!)

Although L.A. wide receiver Keenan Allen is doubtful, the over/under’s ticked up from 54 to 54.5

Bengals vs. Cowboys

Open: Bengals -6.5
Current: Bengals -7.5

Bettors are naturally fading a Dallas team down its starting quarterback.

The Bengals opened 6.5-point favorites against the Dak Prescott-less Cowboys, but it didn’t last long, crossing the key figure of -7 up to -7.5.

In lookahead markets over the summer, Dallas was very loosely priced anywhere from PK to -3.

Action Network’s Director of Predictive Analytics, Sean Koerner, believes Prescott is worth 4.5 points to the spread, as backup Cooper Rush gears up for just his second career start.

Cardinals vs. Raiders

Open: Raiders -3.5
Current: Raiders -5.5

The Raiders may have lost both outright and against the spread to the division-rival Chargers in the opener, but it was a better effort than the Cardinals.

Arizona allowed the most points of any team in Week 1 (44), and was out-gained by 206 yards to the Chiefs.

The Cardinals vs. Raiders line has ballooned from 3.5 to 5.5, as the road team has covered once in its last seven games dating back to last season.

The early ticket count favors Las Vegas, which is attracting 57% of the spread bets at the time of writing.

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