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Tomlin’s Tips: 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets


Man it felt great to have a full weekend of football! I was seriously worried my handicapping would suffer with all of the uncertainty, but I am feeling strong about my tips heading into 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets.

Last week Tomlin’s Tips ground out a perfect .500 record with my best bets. I was actually profitable overall with my NFL picks. New Orleans bucked their early-season losing trend – although I think it was more Tom Brady not fitting with the current system in Tampa Bay. Also, don’t let me bet on Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham for the time being.

On the college side, the Big XII started off absolutely horribly. Kansas and Iowa State both lost outright as favorites for me and Kansas State also lost outright. I was spot on with North Carolina and Texas covering. The Notre Dame missed cover hurt with a couple of red-zone turnovers stopping it, but I feel like my read was right.

So let’s keep the momentum going with the 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets!

As always, a simple disclaimer: sports betting should be entertainment. The 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets will not make you rich. Anyone with picks saying they can make you rich is a liar and I would bet against them.

The 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets will be about having fun wagering on sports while trying to stay even or break a small profit.

So let’s get to the picks!

All of the information is up to date as of September 17th.

Tomlin’s Tips: 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets

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Best NFL Bets: 3-2 last week and season

Each week I will pick my five best bets for the NFL weekend. This is similar to the most famous handicapping contest in the world, The Las Vegas Supercontest, where the winner gets over a million bucks.
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Pittsburgh Steelers -6.5 vs. Denver Broncos

Pittsburgh looked back to their old ways Monday night with Big Ben Roethlisberger slinging it around, a #2 receiver (Diontae Johnson) low-key leading them in targets. and a backup running back filling in for a hurt James Conner.

Meanwhile, the Broncos covered for me in Week 1 but were extremely lucky with some missed field goals by the Titans. The Broncos are on a short week traveling across the country and playing the early game.

Detroit Lions +6.5 at Green Bay Packers

DeAndre Swift cost himself playing time and me a lot of money dropping the game-winning touchdown last week. More importantly, he made his team’s power ranking look way worse than if he had caught it and they won.

Although they lost, the Lions dominated the majority of Week 1 against the Bears similarly to how Green Bay dominated Minnesota. I think these teams are much closer than a touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars +8.5 at Tennessee Titans

I’ll say this about the Jaguars: they are not tanking like many thought they would be. Are they still the worst team in the NFL? Possibly. But they are at least trying to win games which pushes their power ranking up for me.

The big factor here is Tennessee is coming off a short week with a game that Derrick Henry ran the ball more than thirty times. There will not be a reason to run the score up, so give me the Stache, Gardner Minshew, for a backdoor cover.

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Washington Football Team +7.5 at Arizona Cardinals

The sharp betters are all saying that Washington is being upgraded too much for coming back on the Eagles who were dealing with massive offensive line issues. Sometimes you just have to be square looking at a game/matchup though. Won’t the same defensive line advantage be here against one of the worst healthy lines in the league? Dwayne Haskins has actually been taking care of the ball enough to keep his team in games, so I’ll take more than a touchdown.

Las Vegas Raiders +6 vs. New Orleans Saints

I’ve seen multiple really sharp gamblers say that Michael Thomas is the most valuable non-quarterback to a spread. Yet, this line has not really moved from last week. The Raiders had a legit win over a solid team on the road.

The Saints got lucky that Tom Brady gave the ball away like Jameis Winston to win going away at home. In their first game in the desert,  I think the Raiders pull out the outright upset win, so sprinkle a little on the money line.

Other NFL Games Picked: 6-4 last week and season

I’ll put my picks in for all of the NFL games. Some people are in pools where they pick every game each week. Home teams are in CAPS.

Bengals +6.5 over BROWNS

Rams PK over EAGLES

BUCCANEERS -7.5 over Panthers

Falcons +4.5 over COWBOYS

JETS +7 over 49ers

Bills -5.5 over DOLPHINS

Vikings +3 over COLTS

Giants +6 over BEARS

TEXANS +7 over Ravens

CHARGERS +9 over Chiefs

Patriots +4.5 over SEAHAWKS

Survivor Pool Plays: 0-1 last week and season (hopefully you are in a second chance or insurance pool)

One of the most popular games now is survivor pools. You pick one winner, no spread, every week. You can never use the same team twice.
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Tennessee Titans

Last week was tough with Philip Rivers throwing the game away. But I suggest you fire away at Jacksonville again. I mean, do you really think the Jags will go 2-0?

Other Options: Chiefs, Steelers, Buccaneers

NFL 10-Point Teaser of the Week: 1-0 last week and season

My brother and I’s favorite bet: you take 10 points extra either off the spread or over/under. You combine three different sides with the 10 extra points and all have to hit to win.

Washington Football Team +17, Giants +16, and Jets/49ers UNDER 53.5

Haskins could completely go back to his old ways, but I don’t think the Cardinals’ defense is good enough for multiple takeaways. The Giants seem safe enough because I am not seeing Mitchell Trubisky beating a team by 17 points. Then there’s the low-scoring game of the week…

Game Total of the Week: 0-1 last week and season

New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers UNDER 43.5

This is one of my favorite total bets in the NFL in a while. San Francisco is decimated at wide receiver and will probably trot out recently signed Mohamed Sanu. If not for an amazing 70+ yard catch and run by Raheem Mostert, their offense would have only put up 13 points last week. The Jets only put up 17 points on a worse defense than San Francisco. Both of these teams play at a super slow pace (24th and 30th in plays ran last week).

College Best Bets: 2-3 last week and season

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Boston College Golden Eagles +6 at Duke Blue Devils

I talked last week about how the books had caught on to Duke as a dog, however, that backfired – albeit it was because of Notre Dame’s own issues and not Duke. Nevertheless, I am going back against them in the 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 Bets. Duke has lost six of their last nine games as a favorite straight up. They are generally just not good in this spot, so I will go with the trend. Also, Notre Dame-transfer Phil Jurkovec is getting the start at quarterback for Boston College. He was the fourth-ranked signal-caller in his class, so he could help BC take a leap this year.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons +3 at North Carolina State Wolfpack

Teams that have already played a game have a massive advantage in this COVID world. Wake Forest covered against the best team in the country and now takes a massive step down in competition. I think they win this outright.

Navy Midshipmen +8 at Tulane Green Wave

Navy was annihilated by BYU a couple of weeks ago and their coach really stuck his neck out saying it was his entire fault for being too safe about full contact in practice. I think that kind of action will resonate well with the Midshipmen and they come out with a renewed vigor.

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Houston Cougars +6 at Baylor Bears

I mean, why would you not bet against the Big XII right now? Clayton Tune has had a full season as the guy and I think he takes a step up against a Baylor team in their first game without head coach Matt Rhule. First-year head coaches are 2-8 against the spread so far this year.

Marshall Thunder Herd +6 vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers

Grant Wells was absolutely phenomenal in his college debut for Marshall two weeks ago, going 16-23 for 307 yards and four touchdowns. From the first drive, he looked like a wily veteran with great leadership. Appalachian State had s real tough time with Charlotte last week, one of the worst teams in the country. They were only up 21-20 going to the fourth quarter. I think this is more of a recent-years bias as to why the Mountaineers are even favored, as I think Marshall might have the better overall team and catches points at home.

That’s it for the 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 2 bets. Be sure to check back next week!

About Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog,, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.

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