NFL Week 2 best bets: Picks on every Sunday game
Every Friday during the season, ESPN betting analysts Doug Kezirian (1-2 record), Joe Fortenbaugh (2-4), Anita Marks (5-1), Preston Johnson (3-3) and Tyler Fulghum (0-2), sports betting deputy editor David Bearman (3-1), Seth Walder (3-1) of ESPN analytics and Aaron Schatz (3-2) of Football Outsiders will tell us what they like from Sunday’s NFL slate.
Note: Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill as of Thursday night.
1 p.m. ET games
Los Angeles Rams (-1, 45.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Schatz: This strikes me as the Week 2 line with the most overreaction to Week 1. Yes, the Eagles looked terrible in their loss to Washington. Carson Wentz was awful, taking eight sacks with 10% completion percentage below expectation, according to Next Gen Stats data. But consider what we thought of these teams before the season. Most observers would have had the Eagles ahead of the Rams. Football Outsiders had the two teams roughly equal, but even so, if home-field advantage still means anything, the Eagles should be slightly favored here. As for injuries, Lane Johnson and Miles Sanders should return this week. Given what the Washington pass rush did to Wentz, Johnson is certainly the more important player to watch.
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