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Power Rankings vs. ATS
NFL Power Rankings – Week 2 Edition

You know what I hate about power rankings? They’re boring. “The Cowboys looked good in Week 1 and face Denver next.” Thanks for the hard nosed analysis.

The BetOnline.ag Power Rankings are a bit different. First and foremost, it’s best to point out that it’s still Week 2 so nothing is set in stone and everything is a blatant overreaction. It takes about a month before this sort of things falls in to order.

Since you’re reading about gambling on a gambling website that provides content about how to gamble and what to gamble on, I’m going to assume that you like to gamble on sports.

As such, these rankings are massively influenced by ATS (Against the Spread) records and the value teams present in a sportsbook. A team could be 0-5 straight up and 5-0 ATS and find their way in the top-10.

This list is more so a ranking of who we trust with our money - and how much we trust them - in descending order.

Lastly, let’s skip all the boring jargon that fills up the word count in the blurbs. We’re going to stretch our legs in this weekly instalment every so slightly. That means that sometimes they’ll be some neat analysis, scorching hot takes or mega burns. We think we’re funny. Our mothers have told us so.

Note – all lines are opening lines from BetOnline.ag and subject to change.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU and ATS)
We touched on this yesterday, but game managers don’t drop 42 points on the defending Super Bowl champions and lead all quarterbacks in Week 1 like a boss.

Next Game: Philadelphia at Kansas City -4.5

2. Green Bay Packers (1-0 SU and ATS)
3. Dallas Cowboys (1-0 SU and ATS)
It’s impossible to measure just how good the Cowboys and Packers were since the teams they played decided not to show up. I’d probably say that the Packers did more to invigorate their stock in the sportsbook but who knows? It’s Week 1. Everything matters and nothing really matters at the same time. Fortunately, both opponents have more definitive obstacles next week.

Next Game: Green Bay at Atlanta -2.5
Next Game: Dallas -2.0 at Denver

4. Oakland Raiders (1-0 SU and ATS)
The Raiders ran three straight pass plays to Amari Cooper inside the five-yard line. That’s fine. Call your plays as you see fit. But someone should probably tell Carr and Del Rio that Marshawn Lynch retired because his former team threw it on the goal line recklessly like that.

Next Game: NYJ at Oakland -14.0

5. Carolina Panthers (1-0 SU and ATS)
Christian McCaffery is such a threat that he’s running decoy lines for Jonathan Stewart already…and it’s working. This Panthers team is going to be so fun to watch, especially given their soft schedule.

Next Game: Buffalo at Carolina -7.0

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 SU and 0-1 ATS)
People are already anointing the Steelers as the top team in the AFC as if they beat the New England Patriots. They beat the Cleveland Browns, and they didn’t exactly look sharp doing it. Get real, guys.

Next Game: Minnesota at Pittsburgh -6.0

7. New England Patriots (0-1 SU and ATS)
Hand it to Trent Dilfer to get ahead of those that wanted him to say that the Patriots aren’t good anymore when he took to Twitter to ask, “You guys need me to say something idiotic again to inspire an epic run? I got nothing else going on, more than happy to help if needed.” How this guy got fired and replaced by the likes of Rex Ryan is beyond me.

Next Game: New England -7.0 at New Orleans

8. Denver Broncos (1-0 SU and ATS)
We’ve been pretty hard on Trevor Siemian for much of the offseason, and while he wasn’t incredible on Monday night, he delivered a very strong effort against a defence that was out to make him miserable. He’s no Peyton Manning, but he’s certainly better than Brock Osweiler.

Next Game: Dallas -2.0 at Denver

9. Minnesota Vikings (1-0 SU and ATS)
Sam Bradford had himself a night to remember as he pasted the Saints, a team that routinely ranked near the very bottom of team defence for the past five seasons. Yes, this is a weird backhanded compliment. Don’t get that excited about Bradford’s eruption from Monday night despite the fact that his surrounding talent looks phenomenal.

Next Game: Minnesota at Pittsburgh -6.0

10. Detroit Lions (1-0 SU and ATS)
These are all the drives for the Lions this past weekend: pick-6, punt, botched punt, punt, touchdown with a missed PAT, punt, field goal, punt, punt, touchdown with another failed PAT, touchdown and then victory formation. They’re both entertaining in a good way and a terrifying way. I kind of like it.

Next Game: Detroit at NYG -3.5

11. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1 SU and ATS)
The Chargers are routinely one of the most overlooked teams in the sportsbook, and as you saw on Monday night they deserve your attention. Rivers was outstanding and Melvin Gordon looked elite. Plus they’re fun to watch on defence where they hit everything that moves and create turnovers. If the market passes over the Chargers like an afterthought, there’s instant value here.

Next Game: Miami at LAC -4.5

12. Atlanta Falcons (1-0 SU and 0-1 ATS)
Will somebody tell me when in the hell Austin Hooper became Rob Gronkowski? Also, there’s no real way you can possibly grade Atlanta’s troubling performance – and near loss – against the Bears. The Packers will be a much, much better litmus test for them.

Next Game: Green Bay at Atlanta -2.5

13. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0 SU and ATS)
There was a touchdown pass in the Eagles-Redskins game where Carson Wentz looked like freaking Montana. Of course there were a lot of other moments where Wentz looked like Wentz. It’s going to be a bumpy ride for the Eagles, especially as they visit Andy Reid in his new digs.

Next Game: Philadelphia at Kansas City -4.5

14. Cleveland Browns (0-1 SU and 1-1 ATS)
Learning to go through your reads is the best skill a young quarterback can make, but someone should probably tell DeShone Kizer that he has to throw the football after he makes all of his reads. The sheer panic in his body language was both tragic and entertaining. I don’t know why.

Next Game: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens -7.5

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0 SU and ATS)
16. Miami Dolphins (0-0 SU and ATS)
Hard to fault either team for not playing in Week 1 considering the circumstances so I’m just going to lump them both in to the middle of the rankings for now.

Next Game: Chicago at Tampa Bay -7.0
Next Game: Miami at LAC -4.5

17. Baltimore Ravens (1-0 SU and ATS)
Why does Joe Flacco throwing 9-of-17 for 121 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 pick in a win seem so perfect?

Next Game: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens -7.5

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0 SU and ATS)
True to form, Blake Bortles led a blowout of the Houston Texans while only throwing 125 yards, the fourth fewest of any starting quarterback this past weekend.

Next Game: Tennessee -1.5 at Jacksonville

19. Washington Redskins (0-1 SU and ATS)
It’s a weird place to be when you’re rooting for Kirk Cousins to land that life changing contract he’s worth, even though he’s made about $50 million over the last two years anyways. Those three turnovers he had were brutal, but none were his fault. And I’m sure Dan Snyder and his cronies will find a way to blame him for it.

Next Game: Washington at LAR -2.5

20. Tennessee Titans (0-1 SU and ATS)
There was a lot wrong with the play calling of the Titans considering how many weapons they have. But what can you expect from a coaching staff who calls an onside kick as their first play of the season?

Next Game: Tennessee -1.5 at Jacksonville

21. Chicago Bears (0-1 SU and 1-0 ATS)
Here’s something fans in Chicago weren’t expecting! The Bears lost and it wasn’t Mike Glennon’s fault! This world is confusing and scary and I don’t like it. Heads up for the Mike Glennon revenge game next week!

Next Game: Chicago at Tampa Bay -7.0

22. New Orleans Saints (0-1 SU and ATS)
The Saints just made Sam Bradford look like Tom Brady. Imagine what actual Tom Brady is going to do to them.

Next Game: New England -7.0 at New Orleans

23. Seattle Seahawks (0-1 SU and ATS)
People who are crapping all over the potential of Russell Wilson’s MVP campaign taking a hit thanks to a touchdown-less weekend against Green Bay should probably be reminded that MVP favourite Tom Brady didn’t have that great of a weekend either.

Next Game: San Francisco at Seattle -13.5

24. Los Angeles Rams (1-0 SU and ATS)
Leave it to Jared Goff to throw for one touchdown and Todd Gurley to underwhelm when their team wins 46-9.

Next Game: Washington at LAR -2.5

25. New York Giants (0-1 SU and ATS)
Weren’t there enough red flags with Paul Perkins over the last three months to know that you need a better running-back? The Giants are the Houston Texans of running-backs. They just don’t know what a good one looks like anymore.

Next Game: Detroit at NYG -3.5 (Monday Night)

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26. Houston Texans (0-1 SU and ATS)
Tom Savage continued the running gag that “he can’t be a good quarterback if Houston wants him”. Don’t you dare drag DeShaun Watson down, Houston! We like him too much for beating Alabama last year.

Next Game: Houston at Cincinnati -5.0 (Thursday)

27. Buffalo Bills (1-0 SU and ATS)
There was almost zero reason to watch Bills-Jets on Sunday, but when Mike Tolbert scored a touchdown and did his belly rubbing dance, it made everything worth it.

Next Game: Buffalo at Carolina -7.0

28. New York Jets (0-1 SU and ATS)
It’s obvious that the New York Jets are tanking. They’ve given away almost all their significant talent and brought on nobody important. Except Josh McCown. That should probably say more about Josh McCown than anything else.

Next Game: NYJ at Oakland -14.0

29. Arizona Cardinals (0-1 SU and ATS)
David Johnson dislocating his own wrist after trying to tackle somebody who recovered his football is the definition of a double whammy.

Next Game: Arizona -7.5 at Indianapolis

30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1 SU and ATS)
The Bengals created this firestorm a few years back when they refused to lose at home. Now they refuse to score points at home. I’d say that this is the end of the Marvin Lewis era, but fans in Cincinnati know that he’s harder to get of than kitchen mould [feel free to insert more grotesque analogies in as you see fit].

Next Game: Houston at Cincinnati -5.0 (Thursday)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-1 SU and ATS)
The bad news is that there’s a lot of bad news. The good news? They’re not the worst team in the league!

Next Game: San Francisco at Seattle -13.5

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-1 SU and ATS)
You’re telling me Scott Tolzien is better than Colin Kaepernick? C’mon guys.

Next Game: Arizona -7.5 at Indianapolis


  
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