2016-NFL-Week 2-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Chiefs at Texans (-2 ½, 43 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Kansas City
Record: 1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 18/1

The Chiefs pulled off the biggest rally in franchise history last Sunday by erasing a 21-point deficit in a 33-27 overtime triumph over the Chargers. Although Kansas City didn’t cover as 6 ½-point favorites, the Chiefs extended their regular season winning streak to 11. The Chiefs swept both matchups from the Texans last season at NRG Stadium, including a 30-0 shutout in the Wild Card round as three-point favorites. However, Kansas City posted a 1-4 SU/ATS record as a road underdog in 2015, while three of those games eclipsed the OVER.

Houston
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 30/1

The Texans won Brock Osweiler’s debut at quarterback in a 23-14 triumph over the Bears in Week 1 to improve to 4-1 SU/ATS against NFC opponents at home since 2014. Osweiler threw for 231 yards and a two touchdowns, while newly signed running back Lamar Miller rushed for 106 yards in the victory. Since starting last season at 2-5, Houston owns an 8-2 SU/ATS mark in its past 10 regular season contests, including a 5-1 SU/ATS ledger at home. Houston hopes to avoid a letdown (and a third straight loss to Kansas City) before traveling to New England next Thursday night to kick off Week 3.

Best Bet: Houston -2 ½

Bengals at Steelers (-3 ½, 48 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Cincinnati
Record: 1-0 SU, 0-0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 20/1

The Bengals went back and forth with the Jets last week, but Cincinnati held off New York, 23-22 to win its third straight opener on the road. Cincinnati’s offense gained nearly 400 yards, as Andy Dalton torched the Jets’ defense for 366 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown strike to A.J. Green. The Bengals lost two of three meetings with the Steelers last season, including an 18-16 defeat in the Wild Card with Dalton sidelined. Since the start of 2015, Cincinnati has covered eight of its last nine road contests.

Pittsburgh
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 15/2

The Steelers dominated the Redskins following a slow start last Monday in a 38-16 rout as 2 ½-point road favorites. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a pair of touchdowns, while DeAngelo Williams rushed for 143 yards and two scores as Pittsburgh improved to 2-4 in its past six season openers. Pittsburgh is a coin-toss proposition as a home favorite the last two seasons by amassing a 7-7 ATS mark, but the Steelers have won seven of their last nine games at Heinz Field against AFC North foes.

Best Bet: Cincinnati +3 ½

Cowboys at Redskins (-2 ½, 45 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Dallas
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 35/1

The professional debut of Dak Prescott showed some hope for the Cowboys, but they ultimately lost to the rival Giants, 20-19 in Week 1. Prescott, who played in place of the injured Tony Romo, completed 25-of-45 passes for 227 yards, but Dallas was limited to one touchdown and four field goals. The good news for Dallas is it didn’t turn the ball over and had possession for nearly 37 minutes. The bad news is the Cowboys dropped to 1-7-1 ATS in the past nine home contests since the start of 2015. Dallas heads to Washington owning a 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS mark in the last five trips to FedEx Field, but all three of those ATS losses came in the favorite role.

Washington
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 65/1

One of the worst performances turned in from the opening week belonged to the defending NFC East champion Redskins, who were pulverized by Pittsburgh, 38-16. Washington’s five-game winning streak as an underdog came to an end in that defeat as Jay Gruden enters Week 2 owning a 1-6 ATS mark as a home favorite in his two seasons as head coach. Last season, the Redskins put together a 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS record off a double-digit loss with all four of those victories coming at home.

Best Bet: Dallas +2 ½

Buccaneers at Cardinals (-6 ½, 50) – 4:05 PM EST

Tampa Bay
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

One of the most impressive efforts turned in last Sunday came from the Buccaneers, who captured their first opening day win since 2012 in a 31-24 triumph at Atlanta as 2 ½-point underdogs. Jameis Winston tossed four touchdown passes for Tampa Bay, as the Bucs broke the 30-point mark for the fourth time since the start of 2015. In three opportunities last season playing the second of a back-to-back road set, the Bucs compiled a 1-2 SU/ATS mark, which included double-digit losses at Houston and Indianapolis.

Arizona
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 15/1

Nine months ago, the Cardinals were one win away from making their second Super Bowl in franchise history. However, Arizona went through a rough preseason at 1-3, while dropping its season opener as nearly double-digit favorites against short-handed New England, 23-21. The Cardinals allowed 363 yards to the Patriots, while New England held the ball for 34 minutes. Dating back to the start of 2015, the Cardinals own a 3-7 ATS record in the role of a home favorite, as Arizona is hosting Tampa Bay for the first time since a 38-35 defeat to the Bucs in 2010.

Best Bet: Arizona -6 ½

Colts at Broncos (-6, 46) – 4:25 PM EST

Indianapolis
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

The Colts were able to erase a 21-3 deficit against the Lions in Week 1 to take a late 35-34 lead. Detroit kicked a field goal in the final minute then picked up two points on a safety on the last play of the game for a 39-35 triumph. Andrew Luck can’t be blamed for the Colts’ loss, as the former top pick threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in his first start since last November against Denver. Luck has performed well against the Broncos in his career, going 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS, including that 27-24 win as a three-point home underdog.

Denver
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 13/1

The defending Super Bowl champions rallied to stun the Panthers, 21-20 in the season opener, overcoming a 17-7 hole as three-point home underdogs. Trevor Siemian won in his NFL debut in spite of being intercepted twice and throwing for 178 yards, while C.J. Anderson found the end zone twice for Denver. The Broncos limped to a 1-5-1 ATS mark as a home favorite last season, while six of their home victories came by six points or less. Denver has done an excellent job with UNDERS in the Mile High City since the start of 2015 by finishing UNDER the total in eight of the past 11 games at Sports Authority Field.

Best Bet: Indianapolis +6

Falcons at Raiders (-4 ½, 49 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

Atlanta
Record: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 100/1

The Falcons travel to the Black Hole for the first time since shutting out the Raiders, 28-0 in 2008. Atlanta is in bounce-back mode following a 31-24 home setback to Tampa Bay last Sunday as the Falcons fell to 1-6 ATS as a home favorite under Dan Quinn. However, the Falcons have performed better in Quinn’s short tenure in the role of an underdog by covering in five of seven opportunities. Atlanta finished last season cashing the UNDER in 10 straight games, but easily hit the OVER in Week 1 against Tampa Bay.

Oakland
Record: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 30/1

The most dramatic finish in Week 1 happened at the Superdome as the Raiders rallied from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to stun the Saints, 35-34. Oakland scored a touchdown in the final minute then rolled the dice and converted the two-point conversion on a Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree connection. The Raiders return to the Coliseum where they struggled last season by posting a 2-6 ATS mark, while Oakland failed to cover in all four favorite opportunities in 2015. Oakland needs to sure up its defense at home after giving up at least 30 points in five home games last season.

Best Bet: Atlanta +4 ½

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