Week 2 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs winning their home opener for a seventh consecutive season by topping the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24. This week’s action wraps up with a Monday Night Football double-header featuring the Buffalo Bills hosting the Tennessee Titans, and the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Minnesota Vikings.

This is a look at the betting landscape with insights from BetMGM, including line movement, ticket and handle percentages, and additional tidbits to help you prepare for an enjoyable betting weekend.

 

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5, 44.5)

The total has dropped a point in this matchup despite the Over receiving 71 percent of the betting handle. 

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s passing-touchdown total is 1.5 with the Over priced at +120. He threw three touchdowns last week, and Miami graded eighth worst in coverage per Pro Football Focus against the New England Patriots in Week 1. 

Baltimore running back J.K. Dobbins has been a full participant in the first two practices of the week, so he appears set to return to action against the Dolphins. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a rookie in 2020, but there isn’t a betting market for his rushing-yards total yet.

Baltimore surrendered 83 yards on 16 carries and 78 yards on 13 receptions to New York Jets running backs Michael Carter and Breece Hall last week, so Miami back Chase Edmonds could be positioned to have a solid showing. Edmonds’ rushing-yards total is 41.5, and his receiving-yards total is 23.5.  

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New York Jets at Cleveland Browns (-6.5, 39.5)

No total has moved more than this one, and while the Under has taken more betting tickets, 64 percent of the handle has been on the Over.  

It’s also notable that the Jets have received 58 percent of the moneyline betting tickets.

Expect the Cleveland pass rush to create a lot of problems for Jets QB Joe Flacco. New York ranked fourth-worst in pass blocking last week, and the Browns were the highest graded pass rush per PFF. Flacco also completed just five of 19 passes for 2.3 yards per attempt when under pressure against the Baltimore Ravens.

Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (toe) and safety Jordan Whitehead (ankle) are key starters to watch, if they miss Sunday’s game or are limited, it would be a blow to an already weak defense.

The Browns project to remain committed to the ground attack after QB Jacoby Brissett threw for just 147 yards with a 52.9 completion percentage and pedestrian 4.3 yards per attempt.

Cleveland rushed 39 times at 5.6 yards per tote and recorded the third-highest rushing grade last week per PFF. Browns running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have respective rushing-yards totals of 81.5 and 37.5.

It could be worth monitoring whether this spread climbs to Cleveland -7.