NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 2 fixtures

Feeling Big Blue: Eli Manning has no reason to feel down with his crack receiving crew
Feeling Big Blue: Eli Manning has no reason to feel down with his crack receiving crew

Romilly Evans runs you through the card with his bite-size bets for all of Sunday's games

"Expect Manning Jnr to have his way with the New Orleans D, while Drew Brees struggles to keep up. Points make prizes."

Recommended Bet
Back Over 52.5 Total Points @ 1.85 or better

New Orleans at N.Y. Giants: Sunday, 18:00

Big Blue's free-agency trading appears to have bricked up their porous D (granted, perhaps Week 2 isn't the time to make such bold claims), while their offense is going through the gears with an encouraging ground game and some of the best wideouts in the league. In short, expect Manning Jnr to have his way with the New Orleans D, while Drew Brees struggles to keep up. Points make prizes.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 52.5 Total Points @ 1.855/6 or better

Kansas City at Houston: Sunday, 18:00

Kansas broke some San Diegan hearts last week, so don't expect the Chiefs to give up such a big lead in Houston this week. Andy Reid has never lost to the Texans at the Kansas helm (3-0) and a better performance from his slow-to-go D can grant Reid the edge once more. JJ Watt looks a few cylinders short of top speed, so now is the time to strike in the all-star's former house of pain.

Recommended Bet
Back Kansas City to win by 1-6pts @ 5.04/1 or better

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: Sunday, 18:00

Cincy won ugly on the road last week, and won't be able to afford similar mistakes against the Pittsburgh juggernaut. There appear to be no brakes on the car that Ben Roethlisberger drives. It just goes crashing through the scenery of rival defenses with reckless abandon, even without Le'Veon Bell (still suspended). Antonio Brown is at the height of his powers, and even the Bengals talented secondary with struggle to contain him.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 48.5 Total Points @ 1.9520/21 or better

Dallas at Washington: Sunday, 18:00

The Tony Romo-less 'Boys put up a good fight with their new shiny offensive weapons last weekend, but a rocky road lies ahead until Romo returns. After all, despite their stellar O-line, they still couldn't muster much of a rush against the susceptible NY Giants. Washington were worse against an admittedly impressive Pittsburgh. Yet home advantage and a more solid set-up on both sides of the ball means we should give Kirk Cousins a chance to minimise the mistakes and take the Skins home.

Recommended Bet
Back Washington Redskins on the Moneyline @ 1.728/11 or better

Miami at New England: Sunday, 18:00

Fortress Foxborough is foreboding at the best of times. Nevertheless, there really has never been a better time for Miami, seeing as the Pats are without Tom Brady and Gronk is crocked (not that such niggles are always an impediment to the towering tight-end starting). Much-maligned Ryan Tannehill can still shift it downfield, and if he can flick his offense to no-huddle, a huge surprise could be on the cards here.

Recommended Bet
Back Miami to win on the Moneyline @ 3.55 or better

Tennessee at Detroit: Sunday, 18:00

An intriguing match-up with some contrasts of style and personality across the park. Under Matt Stafford, the Lions looked at the top of the their game when outpointing Indy last Sunday. However, their defense looked progressively ineffectual and may give the Titans all the encouragement they need. Stafford could be for real this term (he must wish he wasn't in Aaron Rodgers' division), but so could running man DeMarco Murray for Tennessee, who could be back to his career-year numbers in Dallas.

Recommended Bet
Back D. Murray to be First Touchdown Scorer @ 12.011/1 or better

Baltimore at Cleveland: Sunday, 18:00

Joe Flacco continues to move encouragingly, as his left-knee rehabs, but I still think now is the time to oppose him, despite some gleaming weapons. Cleveland, on the other hand, may actually improve for RG3's absence at QB. That said, they'll need to against a notoriously stingy Ravens D. The clock will run as both teams view rushing as the discreet part of valour - points should therefore be at a premium.

Recommended Bet
Back the Under Total Points Under 42.5 @ 2.01/1 or better

San Francisco @ Carolina: Sunday, 18:00

Carolina will be desperate to atone for last week's shocking slip in Denver, while the Niners were flattered by their 28-zip shutdown of the Rams. There's a reason the Panthers are Sunday's biggest favourite. Cam Newton should enjoy a cake-walk.

Recommended Bet
Back Carolina to win by 13-18pts @ 5.04/1 or better

Tampa Bay at Arizona: Sunday, 21:05

Arizona were a House of Cards in Week One, tripping up over the toothless Patriots. Can they rewire the system and take out their frustration on the Bucs? Yes. For, despite a four-TD performance, Jameis Winston looks largely out of sync with his O (play-clock expiries, even illegal formation and shift penalties). Arizona is not the place to cram and play catch-up.

Recommended Bet
Back Arizona (-6.5pts) to win on the Match Handicap @ 1.9110/11 or better

Seattle at L.A. Rams: Sunday, 21:05

Having gone down 28-0 to the lowly Niners in Week 1, the difficulty factor ramps up for the newly-housed Rams as they entertain the team most statistically suited to rolling them. Seattle haven't allowed a 100-yard-plus rusher since 2014, and they're also the most stingy against the aerial assault. There should be no room to move at home.

Recommended Bet
Back Under Case Keenum 177.5 Total Passing Yards @ 1.9110/11 or better

Indianapolis at Denver: Sunday, 21:25

Stat's a fact: the first game between these teams since Week 5 1993 without Peyton Manning. The Broncos have maintained their dominant D, while their run-first offense is clearly playing to Gary Kubiak's proclivities. Indy should officially struggle to contain CJ Anderson and Co at home, but their offensive line is getting stronger and more seasoned. And Andrew Luck is finally getting healthy. Luck can make most things happen, even at Mile High.

Recommended Bet
Back Indianapolis to win on the Moneyline @ 3.39/4 or better

Jacksonville at San Diego: Sunday, 21:25

The Chargers were robbed in their curtain-raiser, and lost their most explosive player to boot in Keenan Allen. The Jags, though, made things tricky for Green Bay in their pipe-opener, and could surprise a few over the current campaign. I expect the Bolts to look pretty ineffective in the face of Jacksonville's mean D, and their side of the scoreboard should only flash sporadically.

Recommended Bet
Back Jacksonville (+3pts) to win on the Match Handicap @ 1.9110/11 or better

Atlanta at Oakland: Sunday, 21:25

Oakland are many shrewd judges' dark horses this year, but Derek Carr is a long way short of the finished article to my jaundiced eye. Atlanta have a better D than the Saints (Oakland's woeful Week One rivals) but still struggle to land a pass-rush punch. Matty "Ice" Ryan may be positively lukewarm these days, but he's still the better player in the pivotal position.

Recommended Bet
Back Atlanta (+4.5pts) to win on the Match Handicap @ 1.9110/11 or better

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