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. 


1. L.A. Rams

Odds: +650 
Record: 2-0 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 2nd

The only thing the Rams lack is their normal kicker who was injured in warm-ups. The club is loaded and faces a quality Chargers club in a Tinsel Town tilt.


2. Minnesota Vikings

Odds: +900 
Record: 1-0-1 SU and 1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 1st

The Vikings defense usually starts strong but is just 13th in total defense to begin the year. Still, Minnesota would be 2-0 with a professional kicker and is this week's largest favorite.


3. Green Bay Packers

Odds: +1200 
Record: 1-0-1 SU and 1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 6th

Mostly moved up because others moved down. Green Bay's offense is on schedule but a lack of pass rush and growing pains with secondary is worth watching.


4. Jacksonville Jaguars

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.


5. Kansas City Chiefs

Odds: +1200 
Record: 2-0 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 10th

An offensive juggernaut at this time with QB Patrick Mahomes having more weapons than NCIS shows on commercial television. However, at some point, the defense has to stop somebody.


6. New England Patriots

Odds: +650 
Record: 1-1 and 1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 3rd

So much for the new and improved New England defense, which never really stop Jacksonville. Are we seeing real cracks in the Belichick/Brady dynasty?


7. Philadelphia Eagles

Odds: +1100 
Record: 1-1 and 1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 4th

Nick Foles has played like Nick Foles this season and the defensive intensity was not on display in Tampa. In recent years, Super Bowl champs scuffle in Weeks 2 to 5.


8. Cincinnati Bengals

Odds: +4000 
Record: 2-0 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 13th

Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense are crisp to start the season, hanging a pair of 34's on the scoreboard. The defense has to better than ranked 26th for Cincinnati to gain bettor's support.


9. Atlanta Falcons

Odds: +1800 
Record: 1-1 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 8th

Solid win for Atlanta over Carolina in Week 2 and they can make a strong statement in a wide-open NFC South by knocking off New Orleans this week.


10. Pittsburgh Steelers

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.


11. Carolina Panthers

Odds: +3300 
Record: 1-1 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 9th

Carolina had a legitimate shot at tying Atlanta but came up short. Another good test to learn about the Panthers hosting the Dalton gang from Cincy at home.


12. L.A. Chargers

Odds: +2000 
Record: 1-1 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 14th

The Chargers bounced back from a poor showing against K.C. This is measuring stick battle for the Bolts and an upset in north La-La Land could allow L.A. South to expand their meager fan base.


13. Dallas Cowboys

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.


14. New Orleans Saints

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.


15. Baltimore Ravens

Odds: +3300 
Record: 1-1 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 5th

The Ravens were not emotionally ready to play for a divisional game last Thursday and dug a hole too deep. With the extra time off and at home, no excuses this week with Denver at home.


16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Odds: +3300 
Record: 2-0 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 17th

Buccaneers have big-play offense clicking with Ryan Fitzpatrick and speedy receivers. There is an impending feeling of regression, but a win over the Steelers would be a brilliant 3-0 start.


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17. San Francisco 49ers

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.


18. Miami Dolphins

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.


19. Detroit Lions

Odds: +10000 
Record: 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 22nd

The Lions labored again and were in the mist of seven dreadful quarters of football to start the Matt Patricia era. It doesn't get easier with the Brady Bunch in the Motor City.


20. Houston Texans

Odds: +3300 
Record: 0-2 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 21st

Already trailing Jacksonville by two games, the Texans are looking at a must-win contest in there home opener against the New York Giants.


21. Tennessee Titans

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.


22. New York Jets

Odds: +10000 
Record: 1-1 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 19th

No need to have a Hall of Fame bust for Sam Darnold just yet as it turns out. The Jets are a work in progress and have a scary game at Cleveland and don't want to be the Browns victim.


23. Seattle Seahawks

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.


24. New York Giants

Odds: +6600 
Record: 0-2 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 25th

The Giants offensive line makes swiss cheese seem like it has fewer holes. What mobility Eli Manning used to have is all used up. G-Men staring at 0-3 unless they upset Houston.


25. Denver Broncos

Odds: +2800 
Record: 2-0 SU and 0-1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 26th

Each year there is always the worst 2-0 team still remaining and it's Denver in 2018. Difficult to see a win or cover by the Broncos in Crap Cake City.


26. Chicago Bears

Odds: +3300 
Record: 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 28th

The Chicago defense has been imposing and it's not just Khalil Mack doing the damage. Mitchell Trubisky continues to make miscues, but the Bears offense makes enough other plays to offset this.


27. Indianapolis Colts

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?  


28. Washington Redskins

Odds: +6600 
Record: 1-1 SU and 1-1 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 20th

As per usual, what the Redskins do right for a week, they turn around and give it right back. Impossible to get a great read on Washington week to week.


29. Oakland Raiders

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.


30. Cleveland Browns

Odds: +12500 
Record: 0-1-1 and 2-0 ATS
Last Week's Rank: 31st

At least Cleveland is winning against the spread thus far. It is obvious they are improving and actually could be 2-0 with even an adequate kicker. Does the streak end Thursday?


31. Buffalo Bills

Odds: +50000 
Record: 0-2 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 30th

Buffalo and Arizona are the early favorites to have the No.1 draft choice in next year's draft. You know the Bills are not good when they are a 17-point underdog in Week 3.


32. Arizona Cardinals

Odds: +20000 
Record: 0-2 SU and ATS
Last Week's Rank: 29th

Arizona has one touchdown in two games and last week had 5 first downs and 144 yards total offense. They are so bad they are a home underdog to Chicago!


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