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Raiders & Two Other Underdogs Are Seeing a Lot of Sharp Money in Week 2

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Jon Gruden's Raiders host the Chiefs in Week 2 as 7-point underdogs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)
  • The Oakland Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 as 7-point underdogs
  • The majority of money bet on this game has been on KC, but the sharp money is on Oakland
  • The Raiders are one of three underdogs receiving a lot of support from sharps this week

Through 17 games in the 2019 NFL season, underdogs are currently 10-6-1 against the spread – you can these trends in our new sports betting data tool.

This is a trend sharp bettors might be picking up on, as they’ve found three underdogs the public is fading and have hit them hard. Two of the three covered as underdogs in Week 1.

Let’s start with the one you already know: the Oakland Raiders.

Sharps Taking Points with Raiders at Home

After all the drama the Raiders dealt with heading into Week 1 due to Antonio Brown wanting out, they turned in a pretty inspiring performance on Monday Night Football against the Broncos.

Oakland ended up winning 24-16 as 3-point home dogs. They find themselves in the same situation in Week 2, but this time as 7-point underdogs at home.

Chiefs vs Raiders Spread

Team Spread
Kansas Ciy Chiefs -7 (-101)
Oakland Raiders +7 (-119)

*All odds taken September 14

The majority of bettors are siding with the Chiefs here, as 62% of the money is on Kansas City. However, of the money bet on Oakland, a hefty 72% of it comes from sharp bettors.

This is likely why you saw this spread get as low as 6.5 before returning to 7. You can see the full line movement in our Chiefs vs Raiders odds.

Sharp Bettors Sticking with Cardinals

In Week 1, oddsmakers reported that even though the majority of money was on Detroit to cover as 3-pint road favorites, 80% of the money bet on Arizona was coming from their highly respected players.

Thanks to 18 straight points in the fourth quarter, the sharps got the result they wanted, as the Cardinals wound up managing a 27-27 tie.

Sharp bettors apparently saw enough from Cliff Kingsbury’s squad int he final 25 minutes of the game to bet them again in Week 2 as underdogs.

Cardinals vs Ravens Spread

Team Spread
Arizona Cardinals +13 (-115)
Baltimore Ravens -13 (-105)

As was the case last week, the majority of the money is against the Cardinals – 74% of the total handle is on the heavily favored Baltimore Ravens. But 80% of the money on Arizona to cover is again coming from sharps.

Get the full breakdown of the game in our Cardinals vs Ravens odds & stats.

Nearly All Money on Lions Coming From Pros

As mentioned above, the sharp money was bet against Detroit in Week 1. But the the professional players are counting on a more complete game from the Lions in Week 2, when they host the Chargers as 1-point underdogs.

So much sharp money has come in on the Lions that it’s resulted in the spread moving from LAC -3 all the way down to 1.

Chargers vs Lions Spread

Team Spread
Los Angeles Chargers -1 (-114)
Detroit Lions +1 (-106)

Oddsmakers report that it’s hard to find a parlay or teaser that does not include the Chargers. Yet, an incredible 94% of money on Detroit is coming from their professional bettors.

Dive deeper into this game in our Chargers vs Lions odds page.

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