Some people think you should never bet on the NFL preseason. We think those people either:
a) don’t like fun
b) don’t like football
c) don’t like betting, or
d) all of the above
It is tough to bet in Week 1 when you’re not sure who is going to play, what rookies are going to see significant snaps, or what kind of offense each team is going to run. But now that we’ve seen everyone play at least one game, we can go into Week 2 preseason action with good intel to help guide our picks.
New England Patriots (-1.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
The New England Patriots failed to cover last week against Washington, but quarterback Mac Jones looked good against a really solid Washington offense. The expectation is that he will play even more against the Philadelphia Eagles and look better against a lesser defense.
Jalen Hurts needs more work for Philly after only completing three passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that gives the edge to the Patriots.
Pick: New England (-1.5)
Detroit Lions (+6) at Pittsburgh Steelers
If this was the regular season, you would take the Pittsburgh Steelers and lay the points. But they are going to continue to keep Ben Roethlisberger safe on the sidelines, while the Detroit Lions are going to keep working on growing the chemistry between Jared Goff and his new collection of wide receivers.
Six points is just too big of a spread for a game that will mostly be played with backups. You may not get to do this all season, so this week, take the Lions.
Pick: Detroit (+6)
Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals (+2.5)
Neither starting quarterback saw significant Week 1 action, and neither one will this Friday either. But the Arizona Cardinals have more to play for. The Kansas City Chiefs are working on some depth and getting their O-line up to speed. The Cardinals are trying to push their offense to the next level.
Kansas City puts this game into cruise control first, and that’s why we like the Cardinals.
Pick: Arizona (+2.5)
Tennessee Titans (+3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week, the Tennessee Titans were getting 2.5 points against the Atlanta Falcons. They won by 20, holding Atlanta to just three points. Be a believer in this Titans team. They have a good deep offense, and because defensive improvement is such an important thing for them, they are taking the preseason seriously.
You won’t see much of Tom Brady after he finished Week 1 with just nine yards passing. And with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers having 22 incumbent starters returning in 2021, their backups will play a much greater role than Tennessee’s. For that reason, we like the Titans to cover.
Pick: Titans (+3)
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