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NFL Football Betting Predictions Week 2

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September 14, 2017

Cleveland Browns versus Baltimore Ravens

The Browns (0-1) head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens (1-0) in this AFC North division match up. The Power Ranking Indicator has the Browns at +31 while the Ravens are at +28 and slightly declining after a recent strong upward surge. The NFL Team Strength Oscillator shows a good indication of the team’s current trend. The Browns are at -21.17 while the Ravens are at +4.88 at rapidly on the ascent. In head to head match ups last season, the Ravens won both meetings as the favorites. A big 7.5 point favorite this week, i pick the Ravens to take down the Browns.

New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints

The New England Patriots are coming off a rare blowout loss, while the Saints fell to the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are showing slightly downward trends with the Patriots holding the edge. The NFL Team Strength Oscillator shows New England at +3.36, while the Saints are at -5.13. In the Power Ranking Indicator, the Patriots hold a +12 to +8 edge, In head-to-head match ups, the two teams haven’t met since 2013 when the Patriots won as the favorite. Currently a 6.5 point favorite on the road, it’s hard to envision New England to start 0-2. I pick the Patriots to win and cover the spread.

Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers

Both teams were victorious in the first week. The Steelers come in as nearly a touchdown favorite. The teams are remarkably similar in terms of overall strength and trend. According to the NFL Team Strength Oscillator, the Vikings are at +3.21 versus the Steelers +1.87. The Power Ranking Indicator give the Vikings a +10 to +6 edge with both teams on the decline. The teams haven’t met since 2013 when the Vikings won as a home underdog. I pick the Steelers to win at home, but the Vikings to cover the spread.

Detroit Lions at New York Giants

The Lions are clearly a team in better position after week one. They had a convincing win, while the Giants looked terrible in a loss to the Cowboys. The Power Ranking Indicator gives a slight +16 to +14 edge and the NFL Team Strength Oscillator also give an edge of +5.54 to -1.61 to the Lions. The Giants won last season in the head-to-head match up as the home favorite. Although a four point favorite at home this week, the Giants have to play better for me to feel comfortable picking them. Take the Lions to drop the Giants to 0-2 heading into a tough divisional game against the Eagles.

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

The Packers are coming off a hard fought win against the Seahwaks, while the Falcons were also victorious. This match up against two the of best in the NFC should be a close contest. The Packers come in slight on the rise in the Team Strength Oscillator and hold a +4.34 to +2.15 advantage. The teams are nearly identical in terms of the Power Ranking Indicator at +23 to +25, edge Falcons. Atlanta took both games last season in head-to-head play, including a post season game. A 2.5 point favorite coming in, it’s difficult to pick against the Falcons at home. I take Atlanta by the narrowest of margins.

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals

Both teams are coming off disappointing opening week losses. The Texas fell to the Jaguars at home, while the Bengals got shutout by the Ravens. Houston holds a decided edge in the Strength Oscillator at +7.04 to -9.73, showing the overall trend between the two teams. The Power Ranking Indicator has the teams nearly even at +15 to +18. The Texans won the head-to-head meeting last year as a home favorite. The Bengals are a tree point favorite, but looked terrible week one. I see an upset in this one, as the Texans will win this to even their record at 1-1.

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Ravens sign former Giants’ TE Larry Donnell

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 30, 2017

Ravens need depth at position

With a need at TE, the Ravens signed former #Giants TE Larry Donnell and waived WR Tim Patrick. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Ravens have been hit hard at the tight end position this off-season losing Dennis Pitta (hip) and recently Crockett Gillmore (knee) to injury. Donnell offers positional depth behind Ben Watson, Max Williams and Nick Boyle. The starter of this group holds TE2 value but all have giant question marks and can be avoided until a frontrunner emerges.

Jeremy Maclin expected to be main slot WR

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 15, 2017

Likely to fill Steve Smith role in offense

Jeremy Maclin is expected to be the Ravens’ slot receiver because Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman provide speed on the outside and Baltimore lost valuable inside targets Steve Smith Sr., Dennis Pitta and Kamar Aiken this offseason. (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Smith’s retirement and Pitta’s hip injury have freed up a ton of over-the-middle targets for Maclin, who shouldn’t have much problem leading the team in receiving if he avoids the injury bug that bit him a season ago. The ex-Kansas City Chief should start with Wallace in two-receiver formations and move inside when Baltimore opts for three-wide sets. Maclin should be a rock-solid fantasy WR3 option in 2017 with WR2 upside.

Ravens land Jeremy Maclin

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 12, 2017

Two-year deal

Ravens and WR Jeremy Maclin agree to a two-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Ravens and Bills were the two teams pursuing Maclin after he was let go from the Chiefs last week. Both teams have holes in their receiving corps especially the Ravens as they lost Steve Smith to retirement. Maclin should be in the starting lineup opposite Mike Wallace with Breshad Perriman rounding out the top three.