Week 1 was extremely valuable this year, as it was the only action we’ve seen from any of these teams in 2020. Best Bets got off to a strong start, going 4-1 (+3.9 units). Now the challenge is figuring out how to balance what we saw in Week 1 and project what we’ll see in coming weeks. I’m already terrified with how many favorites I like, but I think the spots justify laying the points, and we still don’t have to cross any key numbers with the hook in most situations. Without overreacting to one week, here are some bets that jump out in Week 2 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
The Lions were looking like they were off to a 1-0 start this season, but allowed three passing touchdowns to the Bears in the fourth quarter of another collapse. This was a theme for Detroit in 2019, which lost seven games in which it was leading in the fourth quarter. Now the Lions will travel to Green Bay, following a 2-6 ATS season on the road. The Packers were an NFL-best 6-3 ATS at home last season when you include a cover in the playoffs against the Seahawks — who happened to be the best road team in the NFL last year.
Aaron Rodgers torched a spotty Minnesota secondary in Week 1, completing over 72% of his passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns. This matchup against the Lions is a pretty similar one, as they shipped out Darius Slay in the offseason and are starting 2020 without No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah — who is questionable to play this week. Detroit will be able to get some points on the board, but I don’t like them to keep this one under a touchdown.
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles
The Rams opened up +3.5 and this line has been on the move ever since. A ton of money has come in on them, shifting Los Angeles to favorites. I don’t want to overreact to Week 1, but even with Lane Johnson expected to return in Week 2, the Eagles are still working with about half of their offensive line, and are missing other key pieces across the offense. The Rams defensive line, highlighted by Aaron Donald, should make life pretty rough on Carson Wentz — who was sacked eight times by Washington in Week 1, tossing two picks and coughing up a fumble. The Rams looked pretty solid on both sides of the ball in their win over the Cowboys. Philly performed terribly at home last season, going 3-6 ATS. The Rams were one of the better teams on the road, finishing 6-2 ATS.
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Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys did get off to a rough start in Los Angeles, but the matchup should get much more simple for Dak Prescott and the passing game in Week 2. The Falcons have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL, and just gave up 322 yards and four touchdowns to Russell Wilson, who completed 31-of-35 passes in the 13-point victory. Now Atlanta has to travel to Dallas, where Dak had the majority of his success last year. Prescott had significantly higher passing numbers across the board at home, and the Cowboys went 5-3 ATS. The Falcons should be able to put up some points here, but I’m trusting Prescott to win the shootout in similar fashion to Russ last week. This one opened at around a touchdown, so getting this one bet down across a couple of key numbers helps.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Big number here, but the eye test from Week 1 and some trends in this division tell us it’s worth laying the points. The Chiefs were back to their dominant ways in Week 1, covering against the Texans in a 14-point victory. They’ve had some extra time to prepare for a divisional road game, which is where Kansas City thrives — 17-3 ATS in their last 20 AFC West games away from home. More specifically, Patrick Mahomes has won and covered in both of his road games against the Chargers.
While Tyrod Taylor might not make the mistakes Philip Rivers did, he also doesn’t bring the same upside. He barely threw for 200 yards and failed to score a touchdown in Week 1 against the Bengals. The Chargers have a solid defense, but they should only be able to contain Mahomes for so long. Taylor and this offense should really struggle to keep up. We know how bad the Chargers are historically at home, and last season was no different, finishing 1-5-1 ATS. Road games were business as usual for the Chiefs in 2019, going 5-2 ATS.
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Tough start for the Texans here, who go from Mahomes to Lamar Jackson. Jackson showed no signs of slowing down from last season, shredding the Browns in a 38-6 victory. They had similar success in Houston last year, topping the Texans 41-7. Just as we imagined, the Texans looked less explosive on offense without DeAndre Hopkins in their opener, and did nothing to improve one of the league’s worst pass defenses. Houston finished just 2-6 ATS in the regular season at home in 2019, while Baltimore went 6-2 ATS on the road, including the easy cover in this matchup.
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