Home underdogs, ATS picks and over/under totals

Week 1 of the National Football League season was bracketed by two outstanding games and saw the unprecedented betting outcomes in the Super Bowl era. For the first time in the 53-year modern era, betting underdogs went 14-2 against the spread. Underdogs also won nine games outright, which tied a record in the same era, according to an ESPN report

The Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5 against the Minnesota Vikings) were one of the underdogs to win the past week, which was capped with the wild comeback win for the Las Vegas Raiders (+4 against the Baltimore Ravens). 

Both team, coincidentally, were home underdogs – a general betting favorite of mine. 

While there's now a full game of film on each team in the NFL, it doesn't necessarily make it any easier to pick winners as teams are still figuring out their identities and as the popular cliché goes, anything can happen on any given Sunday.

(All odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook)

Without further ado, here are this week's top picks:

New York Giants at Washington Football Team -3.5

The Washington Football Team and New York Giants both enter this game winless, but the Giants looked far worse in Week 1 and going against one of the NFL's best front-seven defenses won't have them looking any better this week. While Washington will be without starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, this game still seems like a mismatch worth more than the 3.5 points suggest and comes at a decent price, -105 as well.

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