My first go at an NFL parlay hit a snag in Week 1. Coming out of preseason camp with not much info to gather from the exhibition games, bettors and oddsmakers were facing some unknowns when checking the NFL betting lines. And it’s likely to be a concern for the first few weeks. The only winner on my three-wager card was backing the Raiders plus the points in their matchup with Denver. I wasn’t convinced the Broncos were going to be a whole lot better with Sean Payton coaching. Russell Wilson looked better that he did at any point last season, but the result was similar with the Vegas being one of seven underdogs to win outright in Week 1.
As you know when wagering a parlay every bet on the ticket needs to win in order to payout. My hopes of a winner were squashed in the early games when the Saints failed to cover the 3-point spread in their matchup with the Titans. And the Washington/Arizona game missed cashing the over by 1.5-points. It looked good at halftime with the team formerly known as the Redskins up, 13-10, however the clubs managed just 13 points combined in the second half. You can make football bets online at BetRivers sportsbook, including your Week 2 NFL parlays.
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Browns / Steelers OVER 38.5
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All signs point to the Detroit Lions winning their home opener. They started 2023 with a win over the defending champion Chiefs on Thursday in Week 1 giving them additional time to prepare. And they’re a sexy pick to make noise in the NFC after closing last season on a roll. The Lions also have a chance to avenge a pivotal loss from last season when they were upended by the Seattle Seahawks, 48-45. That setback proved fatal in the playoff standings with the Lions missing out on the postseason and Seattle getting in as a wild card.
I like the Lions, however, I still have doubts about Jared Goff. And Seattle will come out blowing steam after a listless loss at home to the Rams in Week 1. The Seahawks are better than that 30-13 setback and I expect a solid performance from Geno Smith, who threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s victory. Getting 5-points on the line makes Seattle my NFL pick against the spread.
The Kansas City Chiefs were an upset loser in Week 1, but things could’ve turned out differently. And Andy Reid’s group will have a different look for the Week 2 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Signing Chris Jones is a boost to the defense and Travis Kelce is expected to play after missing the opener. Without his top target, Patrick Mahomes had a tough time getting into a rhythm and saw a number of passes dropped by his receivers. Mahomes finished with 226 passing yards and two scores. His interception sailed through the hands of his receiver and was returned for a TD changing the trajectory of the game.
The Jags are looking to continue the momentum of last season’s playoff appearance and their Week 1 cover win over Indianapolis. However, they haven’t had much success against the Chiefs losing twice last year, including a 27-20 setback in the divisional playoff round. Overall the Chiefs have won seven straight in the series going 4-2-1 against the NFL betting line in that span winning every game by more than the opening 3.5-point spread.
One game is too soon to overreact so I’m taking a cautious approach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. They can’t be as bad as they looked last week, right? The Steelers were taken behind the wood shed by the Niners, 30-7, managing just 239 total yards. They didn’t record a first down until late in the first half. Every team has concerns even at the start of the season, and the Steelers seemingly have more. They did go against last year’s top defensive unit, which may have played a role in their point total.
The Browns were one of seven underdogs to win outright last week besting another division rival Cincinnati, 24-3. And they looked good holding Joe Burrow in check while allowing just 142 total yards. The previous nine regular season games in Pittsburgh all had combined point totals over the 38.5 on the board for Sunday’s contest. I anticipate Kenny Pickett and Pittsburgh’s offense having a little more success allowing this one to go OVER the total.
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