Super Bowl Favorites Look to Rebound Following Shocking Week 1 Upsets
Following an opening weekend in which underdogs reigned, going 11-5 ATS while winning seven games outright, NFL bettors will be watching closely in Week 2 as a pair of early Super Bowl betting favorites look to bounce back from shocking defeats.
The New England Patriots will try to recover from an embarrassing 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins when they travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings as 3-point road favorites.
The Pats visited Miami last week as 3.5-point favorites. But after falling behind 20-10 at halftime, the Dolphins surged back with 23 unanswered points to seal the win.
It was a shocking loss for the Patriots, who are positioned among the favorites in Super Bowl betting at Coral, with odds of 12/1.
However, New England have been far from a good road bet lately, 1-7 ATS and 2-6 SU in their last eight on the road; a worrisome trend the club will need to reverse if they wish to remain Super Bowl contenders.
The Vikings are coming off a stunning 34-6 underdog win over the St. Louis Rams. Led by running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson, the Vikings dominated the Rams, who are without quarterback Sam Bradford following a season-ending knee injury.
The Vikings will face a tougher challenge against New England, whom they beaten just twice in their last seven meetings. However, Minny have been a solid home team recently, 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five.
The New Orleans Saints will also be looking for their first win of 2014 when they travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns. The Saints make the trip as 6.5-road favorites in NFL betting at Coral after suffering a 37-34 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.
Like the Patriots, the Saints jumped out to a 20-10 halftime lead in Week 1, which they let slip away, allowing the Falcons to force overtime with a Matt Bryan 51-yard field goal with no time left on the clock, followed by 52-yard three-pointer by Bryan early in the extra frame to seal the win.
Despite the loss, the Saints maintain solid 10/1 Super Bowl odds in NFL futures betting at Coral, as they face a Browns team that fell 30-27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, but successfully covered as 5.5-point road underdogs.
With the arrival of flamboyant rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Browns have been the focus of media fanfare leading up to the start of the regular season.
But while Cleveland have been winners at attracting headlines, they have struggled on the field, 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall.
The Saints have had some struggles of their own however, with just two wins SU in their last six overall, while going 1-5 SU in their last six on the road.