- Prop Betting opens up markets past the usual Moneyline, Spread or Over/Under
- Winning margin, number of field goals, method of scoring and so much more
There are plenty of games in week 2 which appear to be too close to call and that’s reflected in some very narrow spread totals, but there are plenty of prop bets that can provide value in games where the more traditional markets aren’t as appealing.
Over 3.5 Field Goals Patriots vs Jets +100
The Patriots’ struggles with getting the ball into the end zone date back to Tom Brady’s last season in Foxborough, and there were signs of that again against Miami as they regularly moved the ball down the field, but they fumbled twice and had to settle for three more field goals in the loss.
The Jets did show signs of life on offense against Carolina, while it also looks like the Pats have returned to their “bend but don’t break” philosophy on defense so there will be chances to move towards their 20-yard line, but drives will then stall as they start to clamp down.
This may also be a fairly tight game if three points started to be exchanged, and it means 4 or more field goals does look like a solid market ahead of this one.
First Score of the game – Packers TD in Lions vs Packers +130
The blowout loss to the Saints was embarrassing in many ways for the Packers, and we’ve seen it so many times when Aaron Rodgers is at his most dangerous when his pride has been wounded.
You can also be sure that the defense will be desperate to bounce back so they’ll look to clamp down on the Lions in the opening drive if they don’t start with the football, and it will then be down to the Packers’ offense to make a statement.
They’ll have an opening script designed to get that ball into the end-zone, and it means a Packers TD to open the scoring looks like the solid choice.
Raiders to commit the first penalty – Raiders vs Steelers -115
The thinking behind this one is fairly simple. Las Vegas Raiders rookie OT Alex Leatherwood was criticized in college football for giving away too many penalties, he had two calls against him in the opener against Baltimore for holding and a false start. The Pittsburgh pash rush is ferocious and the pressure is on the youngster, so there’s every chance that he makes a nervous start and either jumps early or grabs hold of his man to commit the opening foul.
Seattle to score the longest TD – Titans vs Seahawks -150
Russell Wilson has made it a habit to light teams up in the opening weeks of the season in recent years, and he showed his deep ball accuracy against the Colts last week.
The Titans were horrible on defense against Arizona in their opener, but they also know if they choose to sit back then Wilson can escape the pocket and run, so they need to shut that down.
That leaves all kinds of room over the top for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to score a long TD, and they should have the longest score from this matchup.