The 2014 NFL season is in full swing, as each team has played their opener. Week Two is set to get underway on Thursday night with an AFC North tilt that has much more significance than just its implications within the division.
Just three days after the team released Ray Rice because the video of him punching his wife was made public, the Baltimore Ravens will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on "Thursday Night Football." Baltimore was set to be without the running back before Rice was cut, since he was initially suspended for two games. Despite a Week One loss, the Ravens are favored over their No.1 rivals.
Four road teams are expected to win in Week Two, including two road favorites that lost in Week One. The New England Patriots are giving three points to the Minnesota Vikings, while the New Orleans Saints are six-point favorites over the Cleveland Browns. The best team and the worst team from last year, the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans, are also road favorites, following convincing Week One victories.
An AFC East matchup might be the toughest game to call on the schedule. At the start of the week, the contest between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills is a pick’em. While Miami beat New England, Buffalo pulled off the biggest upset of the early season, knocking off the Bears in Chicago.
The Denver Broncos are the biggest favorites of the week. They’re giving the Kansas City Chiefs 13 points, after the team lost by 16 points to the Tennessee Titans at home.
The Bears might have trouble bouncing back from their loss when they visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. The 49ers had one of the most impressive victories of the opening week, going into Dallas and beating the Cowboys, 28-17. At home, they are giving Chicago a touchdown.
The Monday game in Week Two might end up being the best game on the schedule. The Indianapolis Colts are favorites over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, though the game might be a tossup on a neutral field.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week Two games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5) at Baltimore Ravens, 44
Detroit Lions (+3) at Carolina Panthers, 43.5
Miami Dolphins (PK) at Buffalo Bills, 43
Jacksonville Jaguars (+6) at Washington Redskins, 43.5
Dallas Cowboys (+4) at Tennessee Titans, 49
Arizona Cardinals (+2) at New York Giants, 45
New England Patriots (-3) at Minnesota Vikings, 49
New Orleans Saints (-6) at Cleveland Browns, 47.5
Atlanta Falcons (+5) at Cincinnati Bengals, 48
St. Louis Rams (+5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37
Seattle Seahawks (-6) at San Diego Chargers, 45
Houston Texans (-3) at Oakland Raiders, 39
New York Jets (+8) at Green Bay Packers, 46
Kansas City Chiefs (+13) at Denver Broncos, 52
Chicago Bears (+7) at San Francisco 49ers, 48.5
Philadelphia Eagles (+3) at Indianapolis Colts, 53