With two weeks of football in the books – there have been several surprises. As we look ahead to Week 3 betting lines and later down the line, here are some of the biggest takeaways we have from the first two weeks of NFL.
The Browns Look Good, Except at Quarterback
It’s easy to beat down the Browns again, as they tied against Pittsburgh and then lost dramatically, on Sunday, at New Orleans. Both games were winnable, but the Browns offense, under Taylor has continued to struggle. However, let’s focus on the positives. The Browns defense appears to be legit. They held the Saints potent offense, particularly at home, to just 21 points. They did the same in Week 1 at Pittsburgh and managed to get themselves a draw. We’ve seen the impressive play from their secondary, and they have elite talent on the offensive line.
It may be time for the Browns to move onto Mayfield, from Taylor, which will happen by the end of the season, but probably not for Thursday’s game against the Jets. Cleveland simply needs more of their offense, and they will be winning football games. They’re an early -3 favorite against the Jets this week. That may look like a wild line to some out there who haven’t watched the Browns play, but it makes perfect sense to me in this spot. All signs point to this team being able to take care of bad teams and perhaps mid-level teams if their offense gets better. I like them quite a bit against a rookie quarterback at just -3 on Thursday Night.
Pittsburgh’s Defense Is Horrible
The Steelers were missing Joe Haden last week and their other cornerback, Artie Burns, played but was nursing an injury. Still, it’s more of the same of what we saw from the Steelers towards to the end of last season. Their defense can’t stop anyone. I picked against them winning the AFC North and stated that they made no improvements in the offseason to change the lack of talent they have defensively. The Chiefs have a good offense, but the Steelers couldn’t even get off the field on Sunday.
Pittsburgh is going to score points, but their defense will continue to be a massive liability this season. I think the market is still overvaluing them as a team that went 13-3 last year with a much easier schedule. The Steelers are just a small favorite at -2.5 over the Buccaneers as they come to Heinz Field for Monday Night Football. At this point, until their defense shows improvement, they can lose to anyone.
Patrick Mahomes II Is For Real
There was hype on Mahomes coming into the season, but no one imagined this type of start. He’s not other threw six touchdown passes last week, but four in Week 1, breaking the record for most touchdowns ever for a player in his first two games. The Chiefs were already a strong offensive team, but Mahomes has taken them to another level. Kansas City’s defense is horrible, but their offense may be the best the league has to offer this season.
If their defense shows improvement – they may be the best team in the AFC. KC has already seen their Super Bowl odds improve from 33-1 to start the season to 14-1 at SportsBetting.ag. They’re now tied with the Philadelphia Eagles, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, to win Super Bowl LIII.
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