Week One of the 2020 NFL season brought a lot more scoring than some anticipated in this haphazard offseason. If you smashed the over during the opening week, you were playing with smart money more often than not.
Now heading into Week Two, with some assemblance of understanding of the NFL landscape, let’s figure out the best bets on over unders for the week.
ATLANTA FALCONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: OU 52.5
The skill positions for the Atlanta Falcons rival the best in the entire league. With the combination of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Todd Gurley and Hayden Hurst, you should expect a bit of an offensive explosion every week they play. Coupled with an unproven Cowboys secondary and loss of linebacker Leighton Vander Esche, expect Matt Ryan to find the end zone early and often. The O/U for Falcons at Cowboys has been set at 52.5, both teams are coming off a loss in Week 1. With home field advantage going to Dallas as (-220) favorites on the money line and -3 spread.
That should force a bit of a shootout effort from the Cowboys who also boast an impressive offense in their own right. Ultimately expect the Cowboys to capture the victory in the end but absolutely expect the offensive fireworks and an over in this game.
DETROIT LIONS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS: OU 49
In typical Lions fashion, the team choked away what seemed like a certain victory against the Chicago Bears. Slightly limited in that game with star wide receiver Kenny Golladay’s absence, the Lions have a ton of firepower to be one of the most explosive offenses in the league.
With Golladay back in the fold, Matt Stafford and company should be able to exploit lack of size in the Packers secondary. Green Bay is fresh off an impressive 43-34 opening season victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week One.
With Aaron Rodgers turning back the clock, expect another shoutout for a while until the Lions again fade in the fourth quarter. There’s a chance this is the highest offensive scoring output during Week Two.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT ARIZONA CARDINALS: OU 47
Amongst the biggest surprises from Week One, the Washington Football Team rose an eight sack defensive performance to a 27-17 come from behind victory over the
Philadelphia Eagles, including the final 24 points of the game overall. The defensive front for Washington lived up to its billing, led by rookie sensation Chase Young.
They have a new challenge in front of them, looking to corral talented second year quarterback Kyler Murray and his dual threat ability. The competitiveness of this game hinges on just how flustered Washington can make Murray. With a subpar offensive line in Arizona, expect some tough moments for the Cardinals, especially early.
Despite their Week One victory, Washington left a lot of question marks on the table offensively. Second year quarterback Dwayne Haskins didn’t look great and neither did their offensive line as a whole. It could be a struggle all season for the team to put points on the board. Look for a bit of a defensive struggle in Week Two, leading to a pretty safe bet taking the under in this contest.
As always, happy winnings my friends! It’s an over under kind of week. These are just a few of the safer bets.