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NFL Week 2: Best Bets for late-Sunday slate

1. Cardinals (3): Are they unequivocally the top team in the league? Hard to say, but it's not like anyone else has an airtight claim. What Arizona does have is the NFL's best record (8-1) and a proclivity for overcoming adversity, whether it's coach Kliff Kingsbury and others benched by COVID-19, or injuries sidelining QB Kyler Murray (ankle), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring), RB Chase Edmonds (ankle), and DE J.J. Watt (shoulder), who might still return at some point. And OLB Chandler Jones, who dealt with the virus himself, also appears back on track, registering his first sack Sunday since notching five in Week 1 to become the franchise's all-time leader (67). Yep, let's call the Cards the best ... at least for now. Syndication Arizona Republic

• Bet Seahawks TE Noah Fant U 2.5 receptions (+130 BetMGM): Niners were NFL's only team not to allow catch to tight end Week 1; Fant in TE timeshare (20 total routes).

Bet Cardinals +5.5 at Raiders (-110 BetMGM): Line movement of nearly field goal for Vegas makes no sense.

Bet Falcons PK Younghoe Koo O 1.5 FGM vs. Rams (+115 BetMGM): Atlanta had an offensive success rate of 51.4% (5th in NFL), but it averaged 0.003 EPA/play (17th).

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PFF's Best Bets for the late-afternoon slate in NFL Week 2:

Eric Eager: Arizona Cardinals +5.5 at Las Vegas Raiders (-110 BetMGM)

• The lookahead line for this game was around a field goal, and while last week was extremely disappointing for the Cardinals, the Raiders hanging around in Los Angeles against the Chargers wasn't exactly due to their own abilities – as they struggled to protect quarterback Derek Carr and turned the ball over numerous times.  Furthermore, as we saw Thursday night, the Chargers aren't exactly the best at protecting multiple-score leads.  Thus, while I do think the Raiders are the better team, the line movement in their direction makes little sense.  Back Zona here.

Nathan Jahnke: Seattle Seahawks TE Noah Fant U 2.5 receptions vs. San Francisco 49ers (+130 BetMGM)

• The Seahawks used a three-man rotation at tight end through the preseason and Week 1, and all three players played between 20-37 offensive snaps. Fant only ran a route on 20 of Seattle's 35 pass plays and was targeted four times, leading to three completions for 16 yards. He now faces a 49ers team that only allowed 65 receptions to tight ends all of last season, the fifth-lowest among teams, and were the only team not to allow a catch to a tight end in Week 1.

Martyn Carlisle: Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos U 45.5 (-110 BetMGM)

 

 

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