Rovell: Heavy Favorites Rule Week 2 in the NFL
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Week 2 of the NFL is marked by heavy favorites getting a ton of action. Of the 15 games on the slate, only TWO of them have relatively equal split money on either side — the Panthers-Bucs game and the Giants-Bears.
The Buffalo Bills are receiving an absurd 95 percent of the money at DraftKings as 5.5. point favorites over the Miami Dolphins.
At William Hill, the Kansas City Chiefs are getting 98 percent of the funds as a nine-point favorite over the Los Angeles Chargers. That’s not surprising considering the Chiefs are a league-best 33-19-2 against the spread since 2017.
The Dallas Cowboys — four-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons — and San Francisco 49ers — a 7-point favorite against the New York Jets — are getting 90 percent and 89 percent of the money on the spread at PointsBet, respectively.
After their impressive performance last week against the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers are 6.5 point favorites and have 90 percent of the money at DraftKings.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who knocked off the Indianapolis Colts last week, are getting 85 percent of the money as seven-point underdogs against the Tennessee Titans at both William Hill and DraftKings. As three-point underdogs against the Colts, the Vikings are receiving between 80 and 85 percent of the cash, depending on the sportsbook.
The Arizona Cardinals are getting 86 and 87 percent of the money as seven-point favorites against the Washington Football Team at FanDuel and DraftKings, respectively. The Saints have acquired 84 percent of the money at DraftKings as 5.5-point favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders, who are playing their first game in their new hometown this weekend.
Bettors are giving the Houston Texans, who are coming off a loss in the opener to the Chiefs, no respect — we couldn’t find one sportsbook that had less than 85 percent of the money on the Baltimore Ravens at -7.
Bettors don’t know what to do with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bookmakers installed them as a nine-point favorite at home against the Carolina Panthers. Depending on what book is asked, some have more money on the Panthers and some have more money on the Buccaneers, but no team is running away with it. At PointsBet, in fact, it’s exactly 50-50 on the spread tickets.
Bettors and bookmakers are still trying to figure out how important playing at home is. If there’s a home-field advantage with the fans, it depends on if fans are showing up.
One player told us that even a small amount of fans seemed to make a difference on the field.
Home teams are 10-7 so far, and if you think this is an advantage and you want to be on it, the Colts, Dolphins and Cowboys will host fans to some degree this week.
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