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NFL Week Two – Betting Power Rankings for 2019

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In this weekly column, we will be breaking down the power rankings for a variety of NFL Teams. We will be covering money line bets, against the spread, and will be looking for teams that consistently go over the total.

Let’s take a look to the betting power rankings for week 2 and remember if you need any help check our NFL betting strategy guide.

Money Line Power Ranking

The money line ranking will focus on teams that are making you money on the money line. Maybe they don’t cover the spread each week, but they do manage to win the games and cash your money line tickets. The steeper the price they attract each week, the more games they are going to have to win to remain in the rankings.

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1. New England Patriots

  • Money Line Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 1

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots put on the best show of any team in week one, pounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats remain at number one for the second consecutive week with the 33-3 beat down of Big Ben and the Steelers.

And things are only going to get better for Bill Belichick’s squad as Antonio Brown just signed with the team, giving them one of the best receiving corps in the league, and retired tight end Rob Gronkowski is flirting with a possible comeback as well. If Brown looks anything like his pre-meltdown self, the Patriots will cruise to another division title and are Super Bowl favorites once again. And if Gronk finds his way back on the field? That’s almost not even fair.

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2. Los Angeles Rams

  • Money Line Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 2

It was closer than many people expected, but the Los Angeles Rams managed to escape Carolina with a 30-27 victory in week one. Todd Gurley was used sparingly but still managed to have a great day on the ground, and Jared Goff game managed the Rams to the win. While it wasn’t all that pretty, this win should hold up as a good one all season long as the Panthers seem like a playoff contender and knocking them off on their home field is quite the accomplishment. Things are looking even tougher next week as the Rams head back home to host the New Orleans Saints.

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3. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Money Line Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 3

What could Patrick Mahomes do as an encore to his explosive first season as a starter that saw him lead his team to the playoffs and win the MVP award? Well, all he did was throw for 378 yards, and three scores on over 75% completions and his Chiefs picked up a fourteen-point victory in Jacksonville, against the Jags.

LeSean McCoy looked young again as he had plenty of pep in his step enroot to 93 all-purpose yards and just might be a solid replacement for the dearly departed Kareem Hunt. The Chiefs head to Oakland next week to play a Raiders team that looked surprisingly good in week one, will Mahomes be up for the challenge? You can count on it.

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4. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Money Line Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 4

The Chargers had quite the scare in week one as they needed overtime to knock off the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts at home. Austin Ekeler announced his presence with authority and showed Chargers management that they don’t need to bow to Melvin Gordon’s contract demands.

Ekeler has 150+ all-purpose yards and found the end zone three times, including the game-winner in overtime. Next up for the Chargers is a road trip to Detroit to play a Lions team that collapsed in the second half in week one. You can expect the Chargers to find a way to stay undefeated in that one.

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5. New Orleans Saints

  • Money Line Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 5

The New Orleans Saints round out the top five, that if you notice, has not moved this week, as each team in the preseason top five found a way to win in week one. The Saints had the most exciting win of the week as they saw Will Lutz blast a “thundering kick” at the buzzer to give the Saints the dramatic 30-28 victory.

It was only mere seconds before that kick that the Saints seemed poised for heartache as the Texans took the lead with just 37 seconds left to play in the game on a Kenny Stills 37-yard score. Somebody had to lose, but keep an eye on both of these teams this year, they are both very good. The Saints play at the Rams in what should be the blockbuster matchup of week two.

Against The Spread Power Ranking

This is our most popular section as this tells you which teams are covering spreads and cashing tickets. It is one thing to win a game outright as -350 favorites. It is a completely different thing to cover the number week in and week out. This ranking will show you who to back against the spread.

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1. San Francisco 49ers

  • ATS Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 5

The Jimmy G era in San Francisco is officially off and running after the Niners won and covered in week one as road underdogs in Tampa Bay, against the Bucs. But it wasn’t Garappolo who was the star, it was this 49ers defense. Jameis Winston threw not one, but two, pick-sixes and the San Francisco D held the Bucs to under 3000 yards of total offense. The Niners find themselves once again road underdogs in week two, this time they are getting a point and a half in Cincinnati. I like them to win and cover again next week.

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2. Arizona Cardinals

  • ATS Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

If you don’t know, now you know. After struggling in the first half in week one against the Detroit Lions, rookie QB Kyler Murray reminded everyone why he was the first player taken in last year’s NFL draft. Murray was ice cold in the second half and led his Cardinals team all the way back from a 24-6 fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game up.

The Cards couldn’t manage to finish the comeback off, and the game ended as a tie, but it was an emotional victory for this young Cardinals team, and they did cover the spread as home dogs. Looking ahead to next week, the Cardinals are getting nearly two full touchdowns on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. It is hard to look any better than the Ravens did in week one, will they remain hot in week two and cover a jumbo spread? History tells us that if you can get double-digit points, you should take them every time, and I will next week in Baltimore.

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3. Oakland Raiders

  • ATS Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Culture change is tough. But John Gruden seems to have the courage to make it happen in Oakland, and it showed in week one. Last year, people were shocked when Gruden traded away both their best offensive player (Amari Cooper) and defensive player (Khalil Mack). And he followed that up this year by outright releasing their best player, the newly acquired Antonio Brown.

Gruden is seemingly taking a page out of the Bill Belichick playbook and making it my way or the highway in Oakland. The Raiders won as home dogs in week one against their division rivals, the Denver Broncos, and look to be a team that will play hard this season. I’m not sure they have the talent to compete for the playoffs, but Gruden has this team moving in the right direction. Oakland gets 7.5 points next week at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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4. Tennessee Titans

  • ATS Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Was there a more shocking outcome in week one than the Tennessee Titans hammering the new-look Cleveland Browns by thirty points on the road? All the talk coming into this season was about how explosive Baker Mayfield, ODB, and company would be this year. But we saw none of that in week one as this Titans defense sacked Baker five times and picked him off three times.

It could have been a case of too much hype, or it could just be that the Titans are a lot better than we thought they were. We should find out more next week when the Titans are -3-point home favorites over the Indianapolis Colts.

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5. New England Patriots

  • ATS Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Could the Patriots possibly be having a better week? They stomped a rival in week one, and next week they will add what might be the best receiver in the game, in Antonio Brown, to an already loaded roster. The number next week is a staggering one as they are -19-point road favorites against the Miami Dolphins.

But the Pats have been known to demolish the Dolphins in the past, and this ‘Fins team seems to be in a mutiny after an embarrassing week one. The sharp in me says that you should never lay -19-points in an NFL game, but the fan in me says if there was ever a team that could cover it, it would be this one.

Game Total Power Ranking

As most people love to bet the over, let’s be honest, it is just way more fun to take the over, I decided to add a ranking to show you which teams are consistently going over the game total. Here you will find which teams aren’t necessarily scoring the most points but are finding a way to cash tickets on the over every week.

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1. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Over Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 1

The Chiefs came into this season as my number one ranked totals team, and after a spectacular performance in week one, are back at the top of the rankings this week. The Chiefs have a rare combination of elite offense and weak defense, and you can expect just about every game on the schedule to be high scoring. But remember, this ranking isn’t about how many points a team can score, it’s about how often they go over. The Chiefs will have their hands full next week as the total is 52.5 in Oakland, against the Raiders.

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2. Cleveland Browns

  • Over Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 4

The Browns started out in the top five this year for their explosive offense. They remain in the top five this week, for their putrid defense. That high powered and much-hyped Cleveland offense managed just thirteen points in week one, while the defense got rocked for forty-three points in a blowout loss.

Knowing Baker Mayfield, this loss will only motivate this team, and I expect that by the time this offense gels, they will be one of the higher scoring squads in the game. The total is a manageable one ion week two as it is just 45 points against the Jets. Expect Mayfield and his crew to get back on track in New Jersey.

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3. New Orleans Saints

  • Over Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

We all knew coming into this season that the Saints would be a high scoring team. But the books know that as well, and we saw that in week one where their total against the Houston Texans was a whopping 51.5 points. The managed to cover the over, but thirteen of those points came in the games last one minute of action. So, it was a lot closer than it might have looked. Next week they will have to score even more against Aaron Donald and the Rams, as the total for that one is 53 points. Buckle your seat belts for what could be a barnburner in LA next week!

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4. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Over Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Many people wondered what this Chargers offense would look like without Melvin Gordon on the field. And if week one is any indication as to the health of the offense, they are doing just fine. Much like James Conner did last season for the Steelers, where he proved that they didn’t really “need” LeVeon Bell, Austin Ekeler proved that there is life after Melvin Gordon.

The game went a full ten points over, meaning the books really missed the mark. And next week, the Chargers have another manageable number as the total is just 48 against the Detroit Lions. I expect the Bolts to go over again next week in Motown.

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5. Arizona Cardinals

  • Over Record: (1-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Rounding out the top five this week are the Arizona Cardinals. They had a huge second half in week one that saw them score 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime against the Lions. And it looked like something just clicked for Kyler Murray. With a guy this young it is hard to be too confident in him, but he looked really composed with the game on the line, and I think this team is going to surprise a lot of people this year. Next week the total is just 47 against the Ravens. Maybe the Cardinals and Murray continue to look good, or maybe the Ravens put up 59 points again, either way, I see that one coasting to the over.

Wrap Up

And here they are folks, my betting power rankings for week two. It has been a wild and crazy start to the season with all kinds of drama on and off the field, and that will only continue as the season moves along. Early season NFL betting can be very difficult to navigate, so make sure that you consult my betting power rankings before laying down your hard-earned cash. Thanks for reading and good luck betting in week two of NFL action!

Jason Gray / author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL

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