Washington, Buffalo lead Week 2 NFL betting favourites

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) expresses himself to side judge Allen Baynes (56) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 (Joshua Bessex/AP).

Divisional clashes highlight the NFL schedule for Week 2, starting on Thursday night when the Washington Football Team hosts the NFC East rival New York Giants as three-point favourites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.


New York travels to Washington after dropping a 27-13 decision to the visiting Denver Broncos last weekend, extending the team's current winless streak in September to four games going into Thursday night's matchup at FedExField.


The Giants have been thoroughly outclassed during their September swoon, with three of their four recent defeats coming by double-digit margins. New York has also lost outright and against the spread in each of its past four Week 2 contests. However, the Giants have fared much better at the sportsbooks in recent road dates during the month of September, going 6-3-1 ATS in their past 10, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. That run began with a  45-14 win as three-point dogs in their last September trip to Washington seven years ago.


Washington fell 20-16 to the Los Angeles Chargers as 2-point home chalk last weekend, and has scored just 17.4 points per game during a 1-4 SU stretch. In addition, the Football Team have managed to score more than 20 points just four times while going 5-12 SU in their past 17 dates with New York, including an 0-3 SU and ATS run on home turf.


Elsewhere on the Week 2 NFL odds at online sports betting sites, the Buffalo Bills hope to rebound from a stunning 23-16 loss to Pittsburgh when they visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon as 3.5-point favourites. The weekend's other AFC East matchup features a clash of rookie passers as the New York Jets host the New England Patriots as 6-point underdogs.


The Bills fell flat as they opened the defence of their AFC East title, blowing an early 10-point lead on the way to their first season-opening loss in three years. The Dolphins seized the early lead atop the AFC East with a 17-16 win over New England last weekend, but have surrendered 39.4 points per game while losing five straight to Buffalo.


Rookie passers Zach Wilson and Mac Jones are both coming off losses in their respective NFL debuts last weekend. However, Jones leads a Patriots team that has won 18 of its last 20 games over New York including 10 straight at Gillette Stadium.


Over in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints visit the Carolina Panthers as 3.5-point favourites, and the Atlanta Falcons visit Tampa Bay as 12.5-point underdogs. As well, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will play host to the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football as heavy 10.5-point chalk.


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