NFL fans have grown accustomed to the Week 1 doubleheader on “Monday Night Football.” That doubleheader was scrapped, but is back for Week 2 this season.
That just means double the betting opportunities to end the NFL week.
The doubleheader is different this season. It’s not scalable, so games won’t overlap much. Game 1 between the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills starts at 7:15 p.m. Eastern time. Game 2 between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles starts at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, around when the first game should be near halftime.
Let’s preview each game from a betting perspective.
Bills a heavy favorite over the Titans
Before the Week 1 games began, Week 2 odds had the Bills as 7- or 7.5-point favorites over the Titans. After the first week was played, that line went up to Bills -10 at BetMGM.
The line was raised a bit because the Bills looked great in blowing out the Los Angeles Rams and the Titans lost to the New York Giants at home. The Bills are clearly the best team in the NFL right now, but the line drive still looms large. It’s usually a bad idea to move a line that much based on the results of a game.
The Titans may not be what they were last season when they were the AFC’s No. 1 seed, but they are still a capable, well-coached team. They beat the Bills 34-31 in an entertaining Monday night game last season. It won’t be fun to fade the Bills this season, but the bar is very high. Take the Titans and all those points.
Vikings-Eagles is a potential classic
The Eagles host the Vikings in a game that would fit as a pretty good playoff matchup in a few months. The Eagles are 2.5 point favorites at BetMGM.
The Vikings were one of the teams that got the most attention after Week 1. They looked very good in a 23-7 win against the Green Bay Packers. Justin Jefferson looked like he would be impossible to cover this season. The defense played much better than last season. There was good reason for the excitement.
However, the Eagles should not be overlooked. They won 38-35 in Week 1 at the Detroit Lions, and while they gave up a lot of points, they actually looked good for most of that game before the Lions got the tailgate. And the Lions looked good on offense again in Week 2, so maybe all those Week 1 marks don’t reflect so badly on the Eagles’ defense.
The Eagles are a team I really liked coming into the season and I’m going to stick with it. I think they can be a contender to win the NFC. The offense is much better with AJ Brown at receiver. I think the defense will be fine. I’ll take the Eagles by less than a goal. However, if the Vikings can go to Philadelphia and win, we should start seeing them as a legitimate contender in the NFC.
Here is the rest of the list of sports bets for Monday:
MLB has a 9 game schedule
There are nine MLB games for Monday, seven of which will be played at night and will be completely eclipsed. It’s unfortunate because the New York Mets at the Milwaukee Brewers is a good game, with Max Scherzer returning to face reigning Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes. The Brewers are a slight -115 favorite. Everyone will be tuned into the NFL when that happens.
There is a good afternoon game when the Minnesota Twins take on the Cleveland Guardians. Both teams are -110. The Guardians lead the AL Central by 3.5 games.
That’s about it for the sports world on Monday. You can clear the decks for this NFL doubleheader.
What’s the best bet?
I will ride with the Eagles most of this season until they give me a reason to move away from them. I’ll happily take them -2.5 against the Vikings. This should be a fun game to end week 2.