How much stock should we be putting in Week 1 results?

A wild Week 2 concludes this evening with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader. The Saints and Panthers get the show started early at 7:15 p.m. ET, shortly followed by the Steelers and Browns at the typical 8:15 start. Most of us will be flipping back-and-forth between games, enjoying the rare perks of having more than one option on a Monday night. Personally, I like to tunnel in without distraction. So I will check things out in Carolina for the first hour before getting locked in to the feature matchup of the night.

I’m a sucker for a Browns-Steelers or any AFC North rivalry game, especially when it’s a meaningful one. Now that the division is suddenly up for grabs after the Bengals’ 0-2 start, Monday feels more important than your typical Week 2 contest. Going into the season, the AFC North was clearly viewed as one of the deepest divisions in football. You could legitimately make a case that any of the four teams could end up in the playoffs. After a lights-out preseason from QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh failed to cover in the opener as home underdogs in an embarrassing 30-7 loss to San Francisco. However, Cleveland did not disappoint bettors. The Browns delivered in the home dog role with a 24-3 win, led by a dominant defense that carved up Cincinnati’s offensive line.

Everyone has heard the cautionary tales of Week 2. Teams are never as good or as bad as they looked the previous week. We are seeing both examples in Monday’s matchup, knowing the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. If that weren’t the case, 99% of the handle would be on Cleveland tonight. Instead, we are left wondering if two points is two points too many to hand Mike Tomlin in his second consecutive game as a home underdog. Before I break down how I’m betting on tonight’s game, let’s look at the key matchup that paved the way to my wager.

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