NFL Week 2 betting power rankings
Every Tuesday throughout the regular season, theScore will release its NFL betting power rankings. Unlike regular power rankings that go by win-loss records, we will focus on how the betting market views each NFL team from week to week.
1. New England Patriots (1-0)
The Patriots became the lone Super Bowl favorites after signing Antonio Brown last week and nothing changed after New England dismantled the Steelers 33-3. The Patriots are 18.5-point favorites over the lowly Dolphins on Sunday, which will be the largest spread ever for a Week 2 game.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
The Chiefs opened the season as a four-point road favorite over Jacksonville and won going away. Kansas City heads to the road again Sunday as a 9.5-point favorite in Oakland. The second betting favorite to win the Super Bowl at 7-1, the Chiefs are easily the No. 2 team in oddsmakers' eyes.
3. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
The Saints and Rams are even in the betting market and the two teams meet this week in Los Angeles. The Rams are favored by 2.5, suggesting oddsmakers would make New Orleans a slight favorite on a neutral field.
4. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
The Rams will move up with a win Sunday, but for the time being, L.A. ranks just below the Saints. New Orleans is 9-1 to win the Super Bowl while the Rams come in at 11-1. The teams will decide it in an NFC Championship Game rematch.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles were the biggest favorite in Week 1 but a late touchdown by Washington gave the Redskins a 32-27 backdoor cover. The betting market is still high on Philadelphia. The Eagles are favored on the road in Atlanta this week and are the fourth betting favorite to win the Super Bowl at 12-1.
6. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
The betting market loved the Packers before the season and nothing has changed following Green Bay's Week 1 win in Chicago. The Packers are 17-1 to win the Super Bowl and three-point favorites at home over Minnesota in Week 2.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
Oddsmakers like the Chargers but, if this were a relationship, let's just say they are starting to find other teams more attractive. Los Angeles remains 16-1 to win the Super Bowl but is a short 2.5-point road favorite against the Lions on Sunday. Expect the public to be all over L.A. while the sharps back Detroit this week.
8. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
The Cowboys' odds are always shorter than they should be in the futures market because people love to bet on them and sportsbooks need to limit liability. However, this year, oddsmakers are really buying into Dallas. The Cowboys were a seven-point favorite in Week 1 over the Giants and are favored by 4.5 in Washington on Sunday. They are also one of eight teams with odds shorter than 20-1 (18-1) to win the Super Bowl.
9. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
The Vikings easily disposed of the Falcons 28-12 in Week 1 as four-point favorites. Minnesota is just a three-point dog in Green Bay on Sunday, suggesting oddsmakers view the teams as even with the Packers getting three points for home-field advantage. Minnesota is down from 30-1 to 20-1 to win the Super Bowl. This is a team on the rise in the betting market.
10. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Oddsmakers weren't buying into the Ravens before the season. Baltimore's odds to win the Super Bowl were 40-1 with a projected win total of eight. The betting market is looking at the Ravens a little differently after they blasted the Dolphins 59-10. Baltimore is now down to 25-1 to win the Super Bowl and the Ravens are 13.5-point favorites at home this week over Arizona. Baltimore has been a combined 20-point favorite over the first two weeks, ranking behind only the Patriots (-24) in that category.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
The Steelers laid an egg in New England on Sunday night, but fans are more down on Pittsburgh than the betting market. Oddsmakers don't overreact to one game, and New England will make a lot of teams look bad this year. Despite the 30-point loss, the Steelers are a 3.5-point favorite over the Seahawks this week and 25-1 to win the Super Bowl.
12. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
The Browns were the most disappointing team in Week 1. Cleveland entered the opener as 5.5-point favorites over Tennessee and 15-1 to win the Super Bowl. They were overvalued in the betting market because sportsbooks had a lot of liability on Browns' futures. Still, no one saw a 30-point blowout by the Titans coming. While some people hopped off the Cleveland bandwagon after just one week, oddsmakers made the Browns a road favorite over the Jets and a respectable 25-1 to win the Super Bowl.
13. Chicago Bears (0-1)
The Bears' offensive clunker against the Packers didn't move them much in the betting market. Chicago went from 18-1 to 25-1 to win the Super Bowl and is a road favorite in Denver on Sunday. Oddsmakers viewed the Bears as playoff contenders, but not one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and that hasn't changed after one game.
14. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Seattle was a 9.5-point favorite at home in Week 1 but had to hang on to beat the Bengals 21-20. While oddsmakers still respect the Seahawks at home, they don't love them in the futures market. The Seahawks are still a distant 35-1 to win the Super Bowl and 3.5-point underdogs in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
15. Houston Texans (0-1)
The Texans lost in New Orleans on Monday night but played so well they actually earned respect from fans and oddsmakers. Houston is close to a 10-point favorite over Jacksonville at home Sunday and still 35-1 to win the Super Bowl. The loss to the Saints didn't hurt the Texans in the betting market.
16. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
For some reason, oddsmakers love this Falcons team. They had shorter odds than the Ravens to win the Super Bowl before the season, and even after imploding against the Vikings, Atlanta is still 40-1. This looks like a dumpster fire of a team but oddsmakers aren't bailing quite yet, making the Falcons just a one-point home underdog to the Eagles on Sunday.
17. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
The 49ers are still getting respect in the futures market, coming in at 35-1 to win the Super Bowl. San Francisco finds itself a one-point underdog on the road for the second straight week in Cincinnati after defeating the Buccaneers 31-17 Sunday in a similar spot. The betting market is holding right now on the 49ers but is a bit higher on them than the general public.
18. Tennessee Titans (1-0)
The Titans demolished the Browns in the opener and the betting market took notice. Tennessee went from 70-1 down to 50-1 to win the Super Bowl and is a three-point favorite at home over the Colts in Week 2. This is an interesting team because one more impressive win and the value on the Titans will be gone.
19. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
The betting market wasn't overly high on the Panthers before the season, listing them at 50-1 to win the Super Bowl. They are standing pat at that price after a three-point home loss to the Rams in Week 1. This week, the Panthers are close to a touchdown favorite over Tampa Bay, which is an indication of how low oddsmakers are on the Buccaneers.
20. Buffalo Bills (1-0)
The Bills looked lifeless for three quarters against the Jets but rallied in the fourth to win 17-16. The win was big for Buffalo but it didn't really move the needle in the betting market. Buffalo is still 65-1 to win the Super Bowl, although the Bills are a rare road favorite over the Giants in Week 2.
21. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
How the mighty have fallen. The Colts entered the offseason as one of the favorites in the AFC and 12-1 to win the Super Bowl. They are now 0-1 and 60-1 to win the Super Bowl. People love Jacoby Brissett, but he's now 4-13 as a starter with the Colts.
22. Detroit Lions (0-0-1)
Rooting for the Lions is like punching yourself in the face repeatedly. Detroit was on its way to an easy win over the Cardinals on Sunday but blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead and had to settle for a 27-27 tie in overtime. While Lions fans are fed up with Matt Patricia, the betting market views Detroit as a live underdog this week. The Lions are just a 2.5-point home underdog to the Chargers. Beware.
23. New York Jets (0-1)
Some people were predicting a big year for the Jets. The betting market never really bought into it and still doesn't after the Jets' Week 1 loss to Buffalo. New York is 75-1 to win the Super Bowl and a 2.5-point home dog Monday night to a Browns team that lost its opener by 30.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
The betting market liked the Jaguars before the season but that's changed with the loss of quarterback Nick Foles. Jacksonville went from 40-1 to 70-1 to win the Super Bowl and is a nine-point underdog in Houston this week.
25. Denver Broncos (0-1)
Though the Broncos looked lifeless in Monday night's loss to the Raiders, the betting market still thinks Denver will be dangerous at home. The Broncos are only slight 1.5-point underdogs to the Bears on Sunday. Denver is also 100-1 to win the Super Bowl, the same odds as the Raiders team that just beat them.
26. Oakland Raiders (1-0)
The Raiders are the lowest-ranked 1-0 team in the power rankings. Oddsmakers still don't believe in Oakland, even after its 24-16 win over the Broncos. You will see a big difference between the Raiders' spot in regular power rankings and ours because the betting market is still down on them. Oakland is 100-1 to win the Super Bowl and close to a double-digit home dog to the Chiefs on Sunday.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
Fans and fantasy analysts keep waiting for James Winston to deliver after being the No. 1 pick in the draft five years ago. Oddsmakers aren't holding their breath. The Buccaneers are 80-1 to win the Super Bowl and close to a touchdown underdog in Carolina this week.
28. Washington Redskins (0-1)
The Redskins came out on fire against the Eagles in Week 1. Then reality set in and Washington fell 32-27. This week, Washington is a 4.5-point home underdog to the Cowboys and 110-1 to win the Super Bowl, so nothing has changed, even with the team's better-than-expected effort in the opener.
29. New York Giants (0-1)
The Giants' defense got shredded by the Cowboys and Eli Manning continues to miss open receivers to keep drives alive. It's only a matter of time before Danny Dimes is under center. We'll have to see if that gives the Giants a boost in the betting market.
30. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
The Cardinals came back in the fourth quarter to tie the Lions but find themselves 13.5-point dogs at Baltimore on Sunday. Oddsmakers still aren't buying Kliff Kingsbury's team but that could change as the season goes on.
31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Bengals almost pulled an upset as 9.5-point underdogs in Seattle. That spirited effort, however, didn't do much for Cincinnati's value in the betting market. The Bengals are home underdogs to San Fran this week and 150-1 to win the Super Bowl, the second-longest odds after only Miami.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-1)
The Dolphins lost 59-10 in Week 1 and are 18.5-point underdogs at home to the Patriots on Sunday. Miami's 400-1 odds to win the Super Bowl are too short. You have a better chance of winning the lottery. Twice.
Thomas Casale is theScore's supervising editor of sports betting. He's been following the sports betting industry for almost 30 years. A devoted fan of the wishbone offense, Thomas bets on all sports but specializes in college football, NFL, and college basketball. Find him on Twitter @TheTomCasale.
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