Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season continues with 14 games on Sunday. The bettors will have tons of homework to do, so we bring our best picks for a 7-point NFL teaser along with all-important betting trends and analysis.
The Atlanta Falcons welcome the Philadelphia Eagles as 1.5-point underdogs, and we suggest you take the host at 8.5 points. The Falcons are 0-3 straight up and ATS in their last three meetings with the Eagles. Still, two of those three losses came by five or fewer points.
While the Eagles barely outlasted Washington 32-27 at home in Week 1, the Falcons lost at Minnesota 28-12. Another defeat would be fatal for the Falcons, so I think they won’t lose by nine points. They certainly have weapons to endanger the Eagles at home.
Philadelphia allowed 380 yards and three touchdowns to Case Keenum last week. Now, the Eagles face Matt Ryan who completed 33 of his 46 passes for 304 yards, two TD, and two picks. Ryan posted 4924 yards and 35 TD last season, and he can rely on great receiving corps.
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The Falcons are listed as home dogs for the first time since October 2, 2016, when they smashed Carolina 48-33. Since then, the Falcons have gone 15-9 straight up and 12-12 ATS. Eight of those nine straight-up losses came by eight or fewer points.
The Seattle Seahawks travel to Heinz Field as 3.5-point dogs. In their last two visits to Pittsburgh, the Seahawks failed to score. They are 1-3 ATS in the last four meetings with the Steelers but also 8-5 ATS in the previous 13 head-to-head encounters.
While the Seahawks narrowly beat Cincinnati 21-20 in the opener, the Steelers were routed 33-3 at New England. They allowed 465 total yards, racking up just 308 in a return. The Steelers’ ground game was awful, tallying 32 yards on 13 totes.
Considering their Week 1 performance, the Steelers don’t look like a team capable of beating Seattle by 11 points. The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in the last four road contests as underdogs. The Steelers, on the other side, are 4-9 ATS in their previous 13 games at Heinz Field.
The Seahawks’ offense struggled last week, tallying just 232 total yards. Still, their defense did a great job, preventing Cincy to score a TD in three visits to the red zone. I would lean on Seattle’s defense to help the team cover a 10.5-point spread.
Finally, Jacksonville meets Houston, and the Texans should beat Foles-less Jaguars at NRG Stadium in Houston. Nick Foles will be sidelined at least nine weeks due to a broken collarbone. Rookie Gardner Minshew will be under center, and he tossed for 275 yards, two TD, and a pick in a 40-26 Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.
Minshew did well, completing 22 of his 25 attempts. However, playing on the road against the Texans’ defense will be a huge challenge. Houston suffered a painful 30-28 loss at New Orleans last week, allowing a field goal as time expired. Still, the Texans’ offense looked good with DeShawn Watson at the helm.
Watson threw for 268 yards, three TD, and an interception. DeAndre Hopkins had eight receptions for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Carlos Hyde added ten carries for 83 yards. Both Houston and Jacksonville’s defenses struggled in Week 1, but it was expected considering the Saints and Chiefs’ offense.
The Jaguars could easily have another tough day in the office. DeShawn Watson and DeAndre Hopkins should make a difference, but covering an 8.5-point spread could be a tricky job. Teasing the Texans to 1.5 points could be a smart move.
If you take a three-game 7-point teaser, you’ll get around +150 odds. With two games, you’ll get around -120 odds. If you choose a two-game NFL teaser, I suggest you take the Falcons and Texans.
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