NFL Week 2 Picks, Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds

Cardinals vs. Colts ATS Picks

 Week 2 Opening NFL Odds

By Mike Rose

So the Indianapolis Colts got their tails whipped so badly last week that head coach Chuck Pagano forgot who they actually played in his postgame presser. Talk about getting your bell rung! The Arizona Cardinals looked to be well on their way towards winning their season opener in Detroit, but then Matthew Stafford once again rose up from the ashes with another brilliant fourth quarter performance. Each of these teams are still licking their wounds heading into Sunday’s Week 2 clash.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date and Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Week 2 Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Cardinals -7, O/U 44.5
Cardinals vs. Colts TV Coverage: FOX

You can’t help but feel for the Cardinals right now. David Johnson was pretty much the unanimous No. 1 draft pick in fantasy league across the globe. Unfortunately, the multifaceted running back is going to miss a bulk of the season due to a dislocated left wrist suffered late in the third quarter at Detroit. His absence is detrimental to a Cardinals attack that’s gotten much longer in the tooth over the last few seasons.

Once he departed the game, the Cardinals offense went back into its shell. It took 26 unanswered points by the Lions offense and defense before Arizona found the end zone again. By then, the game was well in hand. Detroit went on to win 35-23 and covered the 2.5-point spread much to the dismay of those with Arizona tickets in hand. The defeat moved Bruce Arians’ squad to 2-5 straight up and against the spread in its last seven road games.

How bad is it in Indianapolis right now? So bad that the Colts just got their clocks cleaned by a Los Angeles Rams team that won a grand total of four games a short season ago. I mean seriously, what the heck was that?! Jared Goff picked Indy’s defense apart to the tune of 306 passing yards by way of completing 21 of 29 passes. The second-year signal caller enters Week 2 with a 117.9 QB rating because of it. Hey, at least the defense was able to keep fantasy owners of Todd Gurley depressed after limiting him to 40 yards and a score on 19 carries.

In all seriousness, it’s ugly in Indianapolis right now. The injury to Andrew Luck has sent shockwaves through the franchise. How upper management didn’t bring a viable back-up to replace him in the offseason is beyond me. Only recently was Jacoby Brissett brought in, and he still has a ton of studying to do to fully comprehend the playbook. It looks like it’s only going to get much worse before it gets any better for this franchise.

Injuries

David Johnson The absence of Johnson completely changes the way in which opposing defenses will look to defend the Cardinals’ offense. That bodes terribly for an aging Carson Palmer who did nothing to silence his critics last week after throwing three picks and only one touchdown with the latter coming in garbage time. Replacing Johnson in the backfield will be Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington with the recently cut Chris Johnson only a phone call away.

Andrew Luck How would you like to make your first start of the season and have your very first pass picked off and taken to the house? That’s the harsh reality Scott Tolzien dealt with last week when he got in under center to lead the Colts offense against the Rams. Then it happened again in the third quarter when a pass intended for T.Y. Hilton was pick-sixed. Having seen enough, Pagano called upon newly acquired Brissett. His first hand-off to Marlon Mack was fumbled. He pounced on it, but it was in the end zone. Safety. It’s nothing but a comedy of errors under center with Luck nursing yet another injury.

Cardinals vs. Colts Picks

As bad as the Cardinals looked in the second half last week, they’re still the much better of these two teams. Even with David Johnson out of commission. The Colts defense was a flat out joke last week. It failed to get any pressure on Goff ultimately allowing him to tally the best performance of his young NFL career. When Palmer has time to sit back in the pocket and survey the field, he’s deadly. That’s likely to occur on Sunday with Indianapolis registering just one sack against the Rams in its season debut.

When you pair the advantage Arizona has offensively with the fact that the Colts will be marching either Tolzien or the unprepared Brissett under center, there’s really only one way I can go in this matchup when placing a wager at a top rated sportsbook. Lay the chalk and look for the Cards to vent some frustration. The boo birds will be out in full force at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Cardinals vs. Colts Week 2 ATS Pick: Cardinals -7.5 at BookMaker.eu
Cardinals vs. Colts Score Prediction: Cardinals 33 – Colts 10

2017 US Open Tennis Betting Odds, ATP Predictions

US Open Update

US Open Roger Federer Odds

The US Open is down to the final 32 men and the final 32 women with the main storylines the potential semifinal matchup between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and the surprising run of Maria Sharapova. As the action moves into the fourth round, the men’s side is all about No. 1 Nadal and No. 3 Federer, as none of the other players move the needle. On the women’s side, the top seed Karolina Pliskova is still alive but she doesn’t generate much excitement as people are more interested to watch Sharpova and Venus Williams. Let’s update the US Open as we head into the second week.

Bet the US Open

Men’s Side

Fourth Round

  1. Nadal (1) vs. A. Dolgopolov

If Nadal is going to lose before the semifinals it might come against Dolgopolov who has beaten him twice in eight matchups. Nadal is listed as a -700 favorite in this match.

  1. Goffin (9) vs. A. Rublev

Goffin will probably be the next player to go up against Nadal but he has had no success against him in the past. Goffin is listed as a 2-1 favorite in this match against Rublev, who at 19-years old is the only remaining teenager remaining on the men’s side.

  1. Federer (3) vs. P. Kohlschreiber (33)

Federer has never lost to Kohlschreiber in his career going 11-0, so this should be a match that is decided in straight sets. Federer is listed as a -625 favorite in this contest.

  1. del Potro (24) vs. D. Thiem (6)

The winner of this match would get Federer in the quarterfinals and the winner might be able to give Federer a good match. Even though he is the lower seed, del Potro is listed as a -125 favorite against Thiem.

  1. Querrey (17) vs. M. Zverev (23)

Querrey is the only player in the lower half of the draw to even make a semifinal in a Grand Slam event. He is listed as a 2-1 favorite in this contest.

  1. Lorenzi vs. K. Anderson (28)

Anderson will be favored in this match and in the lower half of the draw any player could make the final.

  1. Shapovalov vs. P. Carreno Busta (12)

The big run for Shapovalov ended on Sunday, as he was beaten by Busta.

  1. Pouille (16) vs. D. Schwartzman (29)

Pouille is a slight favorite in this matchup between two players getting very little attention.

Women’s Side

Fourth Round

  1. Pliskova (1) vs. J. Brady

Pliskova is listed as a -635 favorite in this match against Brady.

  1. Vandeweghe (20) vs. L. Safarova

Vandeweghe is a slight favorite at -125 against Safarova.

  1. Svitolina (4) vs. M. Keys (15)

The price on this match is interesting, as Svitolina is just barely favored at -125.

  1. Kasatkina vs. K. Kanepi

Kasatkina is a 2-1 favorite in this contest.

  1. Suarez Navarro vs. V. Williams (9)

Venus was a 2-1 favorite to win this match.

  1. Kvitova (13) vs. G. Muguruza (3)

Muguruza was listed as a -240 favorite in this match.

  1. Goerges (30) vs. S. Stephens

Stephens was a -175 favorite in this contest.

  1. Sevastova (16) vs. M. Sharapova

Sharapova was more than a 2-1 favorite to win this match.

Looking Ahead

On the men’s side it should be Federer vs. Nadal in the semifinals and the winner of that contest should have an easy time in the final, as there is no one in the bottom half that can give either player much of a challenge. Federer and Nadal have met 37 times but never in the US Open. Nadal holds the overall edge at 23-14 but Federer has won the last four meetings.

The women’s side has a little more intrigue, as a number of players are in the mix to win the title. Pliskova is the top seed but she is very beatable.  Much of the attention has been on Sharapova but there are other good stories including the 24-year old Stephens, No. 13-seed Kvitova who had her hand slashed at knifepoint last year, and the 37-year old Williams who is trying to shock everyone and win the US Open twenty years after she made the final in her debut.