Manning Bowl highlights Week 2 NFL betting

By: Jimmy Sirody | Monday, September 13, 2010

The New England Patriots were impressive in every phase against a Cincinnati team that’s supposed to be a legit contender in the AFC. Back in 2007 the Patriots opened the season with a torrid streak of ‘covers.’ Their Week 1 win over the Bengals looked a lot like the beginning of ’07.

New England steps up in class next Sunday when they travel to the Meadowlands to face the New York Jets in a key division clash that is arguably the marquee matchup on the Week 2 NFL menu.

The Patriots had won eight straight games against the Jets at the Meadowlands and 12 of 15 overall until coming up short last season as three-point NFL spread favorites, 16-9.

That loss also snapped a 10-game New England ‘cover’ run at the old Meadowlands. The Patriots have ‘covered’ nine of their past 13 road openers.

Cincinnati figures to have a tough time picking up the pieces and avoiding a 0-2 start when it returns home to host the Baltimore Ravens, who will be coming off a Monday night match with the Jets.

The Ravens hit town in double-revenge mode after dropping a pair of low-scoring decisions to the Bengals in 2009. Cincinnati scored an upset victory as three-point home dogs last season, 17-7.

However, the Bengals have floundered in 35 of 51 ATS at home in September. The SU winner in this heated division rivalry is 26-2 ATS.

The Sunday night showcase on NBC features the second edition of the Manning Bowl. Eli Manning’s New York Giants opened with an ugly 31-18 win over Carolina as seven-point home favorites. Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts were ambushed at Houston, 34-24.

The Giants were one of the best road teams in the NFL from 2006-08 (22-7 ATS) but they were just 4-4 ATS on the highway last year and they failed to ‘cover’ seven of 10 versus non-division foes.

The Colts have struggled at home in September, losing 25 of 40 SU.

Carolina plays its next two games at home, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. The Panthers are 7-15-1 ATS as home favorites in the first four weeks of the season and they have also ended on the low side at a 16-6-1 clip over the same span.

Carolina has cashed 12 of its last 17 against Tampa Bay. The division foes have strayed ‘under’ in 12 of the last 15 series clashes.

San Diego returns home after playing Monday at Kansas City to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chargers were 18-9 ATS at Qualcomm Stadium from 2006-08, but just 3-5-1 in 2009. They have ‘covered’ 15 of their last 21 as home ‘chalk’ in September.

Jacksonville has failed to cash 11 of its last 17 on the road and it was 1-9 ATS in 2009 versus teams outside its division.

Optimistic NFL oddsmakers have installed the Oakland Raiders as six-point favorites for their home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Raiders have come up short at a 15-7-2 clip as favorites in their home debut.

Miami stays on the road to face the Minnesota Vikings after opening the season with a 15-10 win at Buffalo as two-point favorites. The Dolphins have ‘covered’ at a 16-6-1 clip as non-division short-enders of five points or more.

Minnesota was 9-0 SU and 6-2-1 ATS at Mall of America Field last season.

The Green Bay Packers thrived as favorites in 2009, going 8-4-1, and they also cashed at a 7-3-1 clip versus teams from outside their division. However, they are 8-14 as September home favorites.

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