The NFL's second week has come to a close and while many teams are riding high on two wins, some are in the opposite situation and concerned about where the season is going to go. While everyone's got fourteen games left to play, there's still plenty of points coming up around the league in general with regards to what could happen over time.
Ravens Overcome Controversy
It's clear that the Baltimore Ravens have been through loads of controversy with the Ray Rice situation and his subsequent dismissal from the team in mind. The Ravens did not seem to be fazed in the last as they knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6. The Ravens were only -2.5 point favorites in the NFL gambling odds, but were still able to knock out the Steelers quite a bit thanks to three Steeler turnovers.
Chiefs Give Off a Scare
To say that the Kansas City Chiefs were underdogs for this week's game would be an understatement. The Denver Broncos were -13 favorites against the Chiefs. The moneyline bet for the Chiefs was listed at +675 as well.
The Chiefs did make an attempt at an upset thanks to Knile Davis' two rushing touchdowns. However, the Broncos held on for a 24-17 win after stopping the Chiefs at the goal line. Alex Smith had an incomplete pass with about twenty seconds left while being just two yards away from the end zone, thus preserving the Broncos' straight up win.
Jets Also Got An Upset Too
The New York Jets were listed at +7.5 with a +300 moneyline bet against the Green Bay Packers. They actually looked like they were going to pull off the win as the Packers' Aaron Rodgers fumbled on his first play. The Jets were up 21-3 in the early part of the second quarter but Rodgers got three touchdown passes to give the Packers a 31-24 win. His third was an 80-yard pass to Jordy Nelson late in the fourth quarter. The game went over the 49 over/under total.
Another QB Controversy?
The Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III went out with an injury midway through his team's game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. There's a good potential that there might be some controversy at the quarterback position with Kirk Cousins having a strong performance on the field for the Redskins. He had two touchdowns and 250 passing yards while Alfred Morris got two rushing touchdowns as the Redskins beat the Jaguars 41-10. The Redskins helped get the game over the 43 over/under and also went well over the -5 spread.
Bears Make a Big Comeback
The San Francisco 49ers were -7 favorites in their first regular season game at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium. The Chicago Bears clearly did not get the memo about them not being favored but they went out and won 28-20. The Bears scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to get the win. Also, while Jay Cutler had four touchdown passes with three going to Brandon Marshall, the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick had three interceptions and was sacked four times with two coming from Willie Young. The game went past the 47.5 over/under while the Bears paid out +$285 on the moneyline bet.
The Philadelphia Eagles got a comeback of their own on Monday night. They were +3 against the Indianapolis Colts and won 30-27. They were down 20-6 at one point. A field goal by Cody Parkey gave the Eagles the win while also bringing the game over the 54 over/under.
The New Orleans Saints lost their second game is spite of being listed at -6 against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns won 26-24 after an extended drive across nearly the entire field that got Billy Cundiff close enough to make a field goal right before the end of the game.
The Seattle Seahawks were also upset by the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers were at +5 but were able to win 30-21 through three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers. One touchdown came on a drive after the Seahawks' Percy Harvin fumbled the ball.
Coming Next Week
The next week's slate of action has the largest spread of the year so far as the New England Patriots are favored by Sports Gambling at -14.5 against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are also playing with an +$850 moneyline bet according to the earliest available lines for the week's games. There are many more games that are expected to be much more appealing to the typical fan including Philadelphia-Washington, Detroit-Green Bay, Arizona-San Francisco and Carolina-Pittsburgh.