NFL Best Bets – Week 2

Braxton Berrios, Leesville Road High School alumni, will be trying to bring the Jets their first win of the season. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets (+230) @ Cleveland Browns (-260)

The New York Jets were demolished in their Week 1 matchup against Baltimore. The Ravens didn’t win that game, rather they were served a W on a silver platter by the Jets. The Ravens dominated in every way, EXCEPT in the run game.

The Jets would not let them move the ball on the ground. In 21 rushes, the Ravens only managed 65 yards. That’s the third-fewest yards in the league and seventh-fewest yards per carry.

On the other side, Cleveland edged out the Panthers last week with their run game. The Browns finished top three in the league with 217 rushing yards; they are elite on the ground. So this produces an interesting matchup.

If the Browns can’t run the ball efficiently, Jacoby Brissett will be forced to throw the ball — and he’s not that good at it. On top of that, welcoming the Jets to town in their home opener creates a trap game.

So while the Moneyline is attractive and may be worth half a unit, Jets with the points is the smart play. The Browns rely too heavily on the run game to cover the spread in this one.

New York Jets +6.5 (-105)
Kyler Murray threw for 193 yards and 2 TDs in Week 1. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Arizona Cardinals (+190) @ Las Vegas Raiders (-230)

Both teams took disappointing losses in Week 1. The high hopes that were had for the Cardinals were dashed in their performance against the Chiefs. The Cardinals only had one score going into the fourth quarter and ended up losing 44 – 21.

Justin Herbert came out strong against the Raiders in Week 1, throwing for 279 yards completing 76 percent of his passes. Derek Carr was flat, completing less than 60 percent of his passes. In a tight AFC West, the Raiders have some work to do if they are going to be competitive.

I don’t know if it’s an overreaction to Week 1, but I am shocked that the Raiders are such a heavy favorite in this one. Kansas City has the capability to make any team look foolish, and the Cardinals are not as weak as they looked in Week 1. As for Las Vegas, they played well, but they’re just not an elite team. Every team in the AFC West will make the playoffs except the Raiders.

This is another game where the moneyline is attractive, but if I’m given an insurance policy in the form of points, I am going to take them. Plus, if this bet doesn’t hit, we can always blame the Call of Duty beta.

Arizona Cardinals +5.5 (-110)

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