A decent start for this column on the first week of the new season. Here are the picks for week two…

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Atlanta Falcons +4.5 points at 20/21 Sportingbet versus Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars +6 points 20/21 BetVictor versus Washington Redskins

Dallas Cowboys +3.5 points 15/16 888Sport versus Tennessee Titans

 

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals

We had a winner with Cincinnati on the first weekend but facing the Falcons offense is going to be a different proposition, and Atlanta are 4.5 point underdogs for this game. Quarterback Matt Ryan passed for career highs in the opener against the Saints, and this is a powerful offense with Julio Jones and Roddy White now fit.

The Bengals were very conservative against the Ravens, and have one of the best defenses in the league but i am not sure they are 4.5 point favourites in a game they’ll have to score a lot of points in to win. Sportingbet offer Atlanta +4.5 at 20/21. Take the price

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins

We did well to lose Jaguars +10 against Philly last week, as they went into a 17-0 lead before losing to the comeback. The Redskins offense looked very anaemic against the Texans, operating quarterback RG3 without the read-option as a pocket passer isn’t maximising his talents. As said last week, Jacksonville are a team developing quickly, strong on both offensive and defensive lines and they are a team to be on the right side of, hopefully performing for more than a couple of quarters this week

Before I looked at the spreads, I was tempted to price Jacksonville up as favourites for the game. We can get them +6 points at 20/21 BetVictor. Probably the bet of the week

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans

The Cowboys gave themselves no chance of beating the 49ers, with three interceptions and offensive mis-fires proving costly. Away from the headlines though the offensive line allowed the running game to churn out a lot of yards and the much maligned defense performed creditably. The Cowboys travel to Tennessee as 3.5 point underdogs and i think they will bounce back

Tennessee were underdog winners over the Chiefs in week one and this game will depend on whether the Dallas offense clicks or not. If it does, Tennessee will be up against it and the spread is assuming that the Dallas of last week repeats this. It shouldn’t. 888Sport offer virtually even-money (15/16) Dallas +3.5

Recommendations

Atlanta Falcons +4.5 points at 20/21 Sportingbet versus Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars +6 points 20/21 BetVictor versus Washington Redskins

Dallas Cowboys +3.5 points 15/16 888Sport versus Tennessee Titans