Heading into Week 2 of the NFL, we see a fixture list with plenty of interest for punters. The Ravens and 49ers are just two sides who get to show whether they can match their first week intensity and continue to shorten in the Super Bowl market. Lets have a look at the Week 2 games...
RAVENS & EAGLES CLASH TO SHOW WHO IS THE REAL DEALIn a game that will be broadcast live on Free-To-Air TV at 3am on Monday, two Super Bowl Contenders clash in a game which will go a long way to showing whether either side is the real deal this season. The Eagles in particular are looking for a response in front of their home fans; their performance in Cleveland last week was insipid, and they have a poor recent record against the Ravens. The punters believe that the Eagles can lift, backing them into $1.69 from $1.72, but Michael Vick and the whole Philly offense will need to lift. Vick threw 4 interceptions against the Browns and against a Ravens lineup who like to score points, it is vital that they get some of their own points on the board early here. There’s plenty to like about these Ravens; in thumping the Bengals, they were great in both offense and defense. Ed Reed & Ray Lewis made a mockery of those who suggest that they are getting long in the tooth; these ageless warriors were superb. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice are also in top nick, and Baltimore may use this occasion to send a message to their rivals. A big question mark on whether they can go the whole way this season rests on their form on their travels, but we think that they represent great value at $2.20 (where they have drifted from $2.16) For those who are expecting an Eagles backlash but also rate the Ravens, we like the value of the Ravens +2.5 @ $2.00. Click here to see the Eagles v Ravens market.
STEELERS TO BOUNCE BACK:Another belter that ONE HD are showing live on Monday, at 6:45am, sees the Steelers looking to bounce back after losing to the Peyton show last week. They will be glad that they are hosting a New York side that doesn’t feature a Manning, but a Sanchez/Tebow sucker punch is nothing to be sneered at! It’s hard to call a Week 2 game a must-win for any team, but the reality is that for Pittsburgh that is exactly how it looks. AFC North rival Baltimore look in ominous touch, and the Steelers want to make sure they keep pace with their rivals. Linebacker James Harrison is expected to return to bolster a defense that only managed 2 sacks against the Broncos. Meanwhile the Jets pumped their rivals Buffalo 48-28, and Tebow looked right at home despite his limited involvement. The versatility that he brings to their offense is intimidating. He will feature heavily in the Jets planning for this one; the Tebow celebrations by his ex-teammates and his 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime in Denver last season ensuring he is at the forefront of Jets’ minds! The Steelers have been heavily backed from $1.42 into $1.37, with the Jets fading from $2.95 out to $3.15 and being given a 5 point start. With All-Pro Cornerback Darelle Revis confirmed out after suffering a concussion last week, we think that the Steelers will bounce back and notch their maiden win of the season. Click here to see the Steelers v Jets market.
49ERs TO SMOKE OUT DENVER’S PRIDE OF LIONSThe final game of ONE HD’s Triple Header, at 10:20 on Monday morning, sees the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Detroit Lions. The 49ers are coming off an opening weekend that saw them defeat the Green Bay Packers 30-22. The defense was very impressive against the explosive Green Bay offense, allowing only 324 total yards. They also ran the ball very well against the Packers, amassing 186 yards on the ground. The 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers—who were 15-1 last season and a Super Bowl favourite—from kickoff to final whistle, which is something few thought possible by anyone. Yet unbelievably, we have seen a steady trickle come for the Lions, backed from $3.70 into $3.45; the line is an even 7, but even that has moved, with Detroit $1.85 at the plus, and the 49ers $2.00 with the handicap. These punters are reminding us that the Lions too looked awfully effective in their first up win over the Rams. It started with Kevin Smith, who around this time last year was watching the game from his couch. Of course, it's one thing to have that kind of success against the Rams. It's another to run the ball effectively against the 49ers, who arguably field two of the top two linebackers in football in Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman. We think that the 49ers will be comfortably too strong! Click here to see the 49ers v Lions market.
THE SUPER BOWL FUTURES MARKETThe 49ers impressive win last week has seen them as our main mover in the Super Bowl market, $13 into $8 and equal 2nd favourtism alongside the Packers; they had drifted to $12 but are back into $8 following a good win second up. The Patriots are the outright favourites at $6 and are almost unbackable against Arizona, opening at $1.11 in that game. The Steelers have drifted from $17, as have the Bears, to $26 and $29 respectively. The Ravens still look great value at $14, having come in from $19, and would be likely single figures if they can get the upset in Philly. Click here to see our full Super Bowl XLVII Odds.
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