The Philadelphia Eagles put a big scare into their supporters in Week 1 of the NFL season, spotting the Jacksonville Jaguars 17 points before surging in the second half to win both the SU (straight up) and ATS (against the spread) as a big favorite at the sportsbooks. The Eagles opened as underdogs for Week 2 in one of the highlight games on the NFL schedule.
Philadelphia sits as a 3-point road underdog on the early betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for their Monday Night Football matchup this week against the Indianapolis Colts, who couldn't mount a big enough comeback to defeat the Denver Broncos in a 31-24 loss in their opener. The Colts, though, did at least cover the spread in the game, putting up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to close out the scoring.
Denver gets another big spread in Week 2 as they sit as early 14-point favorites at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, who they went 2-0 both SU and ATS against last season. Peyton Manning was in fine form against the Colts, completing 22 of his 36 pass attempts for 269 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Alex Smith had one touchdown pass but was picked off three times in the Chiefs' 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.
Smith's old team, the San Francisco 49ers, won and covered in a 28-17 victory on the road against Dallas in Week 1, and they are 7.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for their game at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night this week. The Bears, 23-20 overtime losers against Buffalo in Week 1, haven't managed to pick up a SU or ATS win in San Francisco since 1985.
Other games on the slate for Sunday and their early NFL odds at the sportsbooks are Miami at Buffalo (pick'em), Jacksonville at Washington (-7), Dallas at Tennessee (-4), Arizona at the Giants (pick'em), New England (-3.5) at Minnesota, New Orleans (-7) at Cleveland, Atlanta at Cincinnati (-5), Detroit at Carolina (-3.5), St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-4), Seattle (-5) at San Diego, Houston (-2.5) at Oakland, and the Jets at Green Bay (-9.5).
Thursday Night Football this season has Pittsburgh at Baltimore, with the Ravens slight 2.5-point home favorites early in the week at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Ravens and Steelers split their SU results last season, but Pittsburgh went 2-0 ATS.