On Tuesday (when I was still without power in Florida) the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published their NFL Regular Season Week 2 Advanced Betting Lines. Also known as Look-Ahead or Early Lines, these odds were released prior to any of the previous games – including Thursday night’s crap show between the Texans and Bengals. These Early Advanced Lines can and will differ substantially from odds posted by Vegas and offshore accounts by the time these games kick off next week. It will be interesting to see how the professional handicappers that set these lines react to Houston’s offensive ineptitude when the Week Three odds are initially set next week.
The one line that may raise eyebrows (and set pro football back eighty years) involves Cleveland and Indianapolis. Despite the fact that the baseball team in Cleveland has won more games in three weeks than their football team has since early 2011, the Browns are favored by three points – on the road – against the Colts.
The Patriots are the only double digit favorites, playing at home against the Texans. The only other game with a line of greater than seven points involves the other team in the TNF snoozefest. Green Bay is a nine point home favorite versus Cincinnati.
Week Three does not involve many particularly compelling matchups. The best of the lot is probably Sunday night’s Oakland (-4) at Washington. After that there are a couple of early games that may be worth watching: New Orleans at Carolina (-5½) and Atlanta (-3) at Detroit. To the surprise of nobody that follows the NFL, the Thursday night game will be another one worth avoiding.
Thursday Sept 21 at 8:25 pm ET on NFLN
Los Angeles Rams (-2½) at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday Sept 24 at 9:30 am ET on Yahoo.com
Baltimore Ravens (-4½) ‘at’ Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Sunday Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS
Cleveland Browns (-3) at Indianapolis Colts
Pittsburgh Steelers (-6½) at Chicago Bears
Miami Dolphins (-5½) at New York Jets
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (-1½)
Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-12)
Sunday Sept 24 at 1:00 pm ET on Fox
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-5½)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Detroit Lions
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
Sunday Sept 24 late afternoon games
Seattle Seahawks (-1) at Tennessee Titans (4:05, Fox)
Kansas City Chiefs (-1½) at Los Angeles Chargers (4:25, CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers (-9) (4:25, CBS)
Sunday Sept 24 at 8:30 pm on NBC
Oakland Raiders (-4) at Washington Redskins
Monday Sept 25 at 8:30 pm on espn
Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Arizona Cardinals
Colts (+3) vs Browns
Bucs (+3) at Vikings
Jaguars (+4½) vs Ravens
Dolphins (-5½) at Jete
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