NFL Week 2 Look-Ahead Lines: Early Key Divisional Battles

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on September 8, 2022
NFL Week 2 look ahead lines

NFL Week 2 look-ahead lines have been available for some time now, but we’ll still take a look at them as part of our weekly gaze into the future.

Every week, usually on Thursday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend results.

NFL Week 2 Look-Ahead Lines

Game
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Chargers at Chiefs
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Chiefs -3
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Chiefs -2.5 (-124)
Commanders at Lions
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Commanders -1
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Commanders -1
Jets at Browns
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Browns -5.5
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Browns -5.5
Buccaneers at Saints
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Buccaneers -3 (+100)
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Buccaneers -2.5 (-122)
Panthers at Giants
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Giants -1
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Giants -1 (-105)
Patriots at Steelers
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Patriots -1 (-115)
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Patriots -1.5
Colts at Jaguars
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Colts -4.5
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Colts -4.5
Dolphins at Ravens
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Ravens -4
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Ravens -4.5 (-104)
Falcons at Rams
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Rams -13
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Rams -13.5 (-105)
Seahawks at 49ers
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49ers -8.5
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49ers -8.5 (-114)
Bengals at Cowboys
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Cowboys -2.5
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Cowboys -2.5
Texans at Broncos
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Broncos -10.5
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Broncos -10.5
Cardinals at Raiders
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Raiders -2.5
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Raiders -2.5 (-105)
Bears at Packers
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Packers -9.5
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Packers -9.5 (-114)
Titans at Bills
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Bills -7 (-125)
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Bills -7.5
Vikings at Eagles
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Eagles -2.5
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Eagles -2 (-115)

Week 2 NFL Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Odds

There’s probably a little more incentive to bet the Chiefs than the Chargers as far as look-ahead markets go. That’s simply because of potential value lost if the Chiefs have a nice weekend against the Cardinals and the line on FanDuel nudges up to -3.

A half-point calculator will tell you that buying the hook off of -3 should price Chiefs -2.5 around -135, so the -124 price at the time of writing would have some value if -3 is the fair price.

If you’re optimistic about the Chiefs integrating their new offensive weapons, then it’s probably best to get on them now. No matter how much the Chargers impress — and they certainly could with their beefed up pass rush against a completely rebuilt Raiders line — it seems hard to imagine this line hitting Chiefs -3.5. Remember, futures markets do not have these teams far apart at all.

Sunday Night Football Odds

This is an interesting one as it would seem the Bears have the better chance to impress the market in Week 1. Few give them much of a shot against popular Super Bowl pick San Francisco, but it is at home and it does come while QB Trey Lance remains quite green (178 total snaps last year).

And if Aaron Rodgers and the passing offense looks vulnerable in their new Davante Adams-less world, this line could certainly shrink.

However, the spread sits just off a somewhat key number of 10 with FanDuel’s pricing inching toward Green Bay. So there’s a bit of incentive both ways here.

Monday Night Football Odds

This time, while you can get the Bills without the hook (or the Titans with the hook), the half-point calculator tells us there isn’t actually any difference between these two lines.

The Bills come into a relatively dangerous Week 1 situation. They play on Thursday Night Football in the national showcase kickoff. Crucially, a questionable offensive line must match up against a strong Rams pass rush, while working under a new offensive coordinator. If things look out of synch and the offense struggles, the Titans may not get the full TD here.

Of course, blitzing the defending champs would have the opposite effect, but where will the line go? Reaching 10 seems farfetched.

Even if you are bullish on the Vikings, probably best to wait on this one just in case things go poorly against Green Bay. The chance to get the key number of +3 is simply too tempting compared with what would happen if the Vikes do well. Only low-value numbers lie in front of them the other way.

A battle of preseason darlings will give the Eagles a chance to repeat last season’s 44-6 trouncing of the Lions. Something approaching that could see this line hit Eagles -3. Plenty of bettors will be ready to confirm their priors here and stay excited about Philly.

MORE POTENTIAL WEEK 1 IMPACT ON WEEK 2 LOOK-AHEAD LINES

Buccaneers At Saints

The Saints have been notoriously dominant over the Bucs since Tom Brady joined the team. So, could the Bucs really stay at -3 or even lay the hook here?

If the new offensive line in Tampa can keep Brady clean and the old signal-caller looks like his 44-year-old self, it’s not that crazy. Mainly because the Saints play a road divisional game — always a spot ripe for an upset — and a flop against lowly Atlanta would almost certainly skew market opinion.

Some players struggle to return from ACL tears, and if Jameis Winston proves one of them and/or looks out of synch with his much-improved WR corps, Bucs -2.5 may not be around long.

Cardinals At Raiders

Another game just off a key number. Given that some steam came in on Kansas City early in the week, the market seems to expect an unimpressive performance from the Cardinals. The secondary looks like a notable weak spot there and now no longer has Chandler Jones protecting them by pressuring the QB. If Patrick Mahomes and Co. torch this defense, the assignment won’t get a whole lot easier facing Derek Carr and his scary new pass-catching group.

And as for the Raiders, all it might take is an upset over the highly touted Chargers to bump this to -3.

HOW TO USE NFL LOOK-AHEAD LINES

The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 2 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.

Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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