Inside the betting odds for the biggest NFL Week 2 matchups


Here’s a look at the best matchups for the second week of NFL action

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The NFL Week 2 odds are on the board after a wild opening weekend of pro football free bitcoin betting. If you’re planning your watching and wagering schedule for Sunday, here’s a look at the best matchups and their opening spreads and totals for the second week of NFL action:

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-5, 44)
NFC South rivals clash in Week 2 with the Falcons playing host to the Panthers. Atlanta dropped the season opener to the Philadelphia Eagles, and still struggle to find paydirt inside the 20-yard line. Luckily, the schedule gives Atlanta some extra time off to retool the red-zone offense before this important divisional matchup.

The Panthers defense looked great in their season debut, stuffing the Dallas Cowboys in a 16-8 victory at home in Week 1. Carolina didn’t give up much on the ground and forced Dallas to rely on an unproven receiving corps in the second half. On offense, there are injuries piling up – most notably tight end Greg Olsen, who will likely miss Week 2 with a lingering foot injury.

The total for this game is sitting at 44 points. Carolina and Atlanta stayed below the number in both meeting last season, but with the Falcons coming back home and likely upping their offensive production, there could be good value with the Over Sunday.

Minnesota Viking at Green Bay Packers (-1, 46.5)
Packers fans wait with bated breath for updates on the status of Aaron Rodgers' injured knee. The star quarterback battled through the pain to bring Green Bay back from a 20-0 hole against the Bears on Sunday Night Football, winning 24-23 but failing to cover the spread in Week 1.

If Rodgers does play in Week 2, the Vikings will undoubtedly test his mobility with a vaunted pass rush. Minnesota looked solid on defense against the 49ers in Week 1. While they recorded four turnovers, they still only managed 24 points and couldn’t put San Francisco away. They can’t afford to miss out on those chances if Rodgers is under center for the Cheeseheads.

The total for the NFC North grudge match is at 46.5 points. Kirk Cousins looked comfortable in his debut for the Vikes, connecting with eight different receivers for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Again, so much of this line leans on the health of Rodgers. If he’s even at 80 percent, there’s a good shot this goes Over.

New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars (+2, 45)
This is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship, but this time the Patriots are the visiting team heading to Jacksonville in Week 2. New England put any questions around its receiving corps – or lack thereof – to bed with an impressive display in the opener versus Houston. Tom Brady spread the ball around to nine different targets for 277 yards and three touchdowns and the rushing attack used four different sets of legs to pick up big gains.

Jacksonville came away with a win at New York Sunday but still allowed the Giants’ stars to post big numbers. On offense, the Jaguars truly struggled to move the chains and may be without top rusher Leonard Fournette for Sunday. The Jags could be bringing a knife to a gunfight here, despite being short dogs at home to New England.

The total opened at 45 points. These teams combined for 44 points in the AFC Championship Game last January, and with the way the Patriots pass rush looked against Houston Sunday, there could be even less. New England recorded three sacks and constantly hounded Texans QB Deshaun Watson, and now turn its aim to Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles in Week 2.