2018-2019 Scores&Stats NFL Betting Power Rankings: Week 2
by Doug Upstone Scores & Statson
After a few years of favorite cashing tickets early in the season, they are getting crushed to begin the 2018 NFL season. Short favorites, in particular, are really struggling to win and cover and home underdogs have shown some bite.
Favorites: 8-3-1 SU and 4-11 ATS (Season: 16-11-2 SU and 10-18-1 ATS) Favorite of 7 or more: 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS (Season: 4-2 SU and 3-3 ATS) Favorites of 3 or less: 1-4-1 SU and 1-5 ATS (Season: 3-6-2 SU and 2-8-1 ATS) Home Underdogs: 3-1-1 SU and 4-1 ATS (Season: 3-3-2 SU and 5-2 ATS) Pick Games: Home team 3-0 ATS
This all leads to our score-based Power Ratings, which is new this season. These type of ratings are based not only on records but on how teams did against the point spread, which gives us a broader view when it comes to understanding strengths of a team when making lines.
Here are this week's ranking and team updates. Your comments are always welcome.
Odds:+900 Record: 12-0 SU and ATS Last Week's Rank: 11th
Now listed as the best team in the AFC by our ratings and they looked the part with deserving and confident win over New England. A similar showing against Tennessee this week would show real maturity.
Odds:+1600 Record: 0-1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS Last Week's Rank: 4th
The team has been a mess since losing in playoffs to Jacksonville and even that is appearing less of a fluke with each passing week. Coach Mike Tomlin needs to take control of the locker room or they will lose at Tampa Bay.
Odds: +3300 Record: 1-1 SU and ATS Last Week's Rank: 16th
Dallas played with a great deal of passion in triumph over rival New York. Other than first big pass play for a touchdown, the passing offense did not do much which may or may not be an issue for the Cowboys in Seattle.
Odds: +1800 Record: 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS Last Week's Rank: 12th
New Orleans has played like they are still in shock from playoff loss at Minnesota. The Saints running game has gone into hiding (29th) and other than Michael Thomas, the passing offense is off-kilter. Tough battle at Atlanta this week.
Odds:+2800 Record: 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS Last Week's Rank: 15th
San Francisco got in the win column but let Detroit off the hook and allowed them to cover the spread late in permitting 427 yards and 27 points. The Niners have to be ready from the opening whistle at dangerous Chiefs.
Odds:+2800 Record: 2-0 SU and ATS Last Week's Rank: 23rd
Tennessee and the Jets are hardly terrific teams, but Miami was not supposed to be either and they defeated both. You have to wonder how long they can survive on offense without a down the field passing offense.
Odds: +5000 Record: 1-1 SU and ATS Last Week's Rank: 24th The Titans were outgained by 154 yards in win over Houston, winning largely on perfect fake punt call. At Jacksonville will be much larger challenge.
Odds:+8000 Record: 0-2 and 0-1-1 ATS Last Week's Rank: 18th
This is a battered team on the defensive side trying to hang in. The offense is literally wholly dependent on Russell Wilson to do everything. Seattle has a dearth of playmakers and a laughable offensive line.
Odds: +3300 Record: 1-1 SU and ATS Last Week's Rank: 32nd Indianapolis played a smart football game at Washington and honestly has played well for six of eight quarters. Can they surprise the Super Bowl champs on the road?
Odds:+10000 Record: 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS Last Week's Rank: 27th
So much for the Gruden era starting fast, as Oakland, save a season or two, look like the Raiders we have seen most of this decade. Nonetheless, another shot at a W this week as good road underdogs and Miami a poor home favorite.