NFL Preseason Week 2 Picks & Parlays: Three Plays for Saturday’s 11-Game Slate

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The bulk of the Week 2 NFL preseason slate is on Saturday, with 11 games scheduled. Yes, betting on these games can be tricky since teams typically are not concerned with winning. But there is money to be made on NFL preseason picks and parlays if bettors do some homework.

Here are a few of our NFL preseason Week 2 picks and parlays for Saturday’s games.

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NFL Preseason Odds & Picks: Saturday

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will get broadcast on the NFL Network at 1 p.m. ET Saturday, but fans can stream it through the NFL app, NFL.com, or via the league’s streaming platform, NFL+.

Both teams are coming off wins, Jacksonville over Dallas and Detroit over the Giants. Dan Campbell told the press Thursday that he would not play starters Saturday. There has yet to be an official word from Jacksonville, but the starters were in for three series last week.

Our Pick: Jaguars -3.5

Breaking down Saturday' preseason games with picks and a few parlays.
Trevor Lawrence drops back during Jacksonville’s preseason NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys last week. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will get broadcast on the NFL Network at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, but fans can stream it through the NFL app, NFL.com, or via the league’s streaming platform, NFL+.

Little went right for the Dolphins in their 19-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week. Does that mean fans will see more of the first team this week? Maybe, but not necessarily. Before Thursday’s joint practice, Mike McDaniel was noncommittal regarding playing time for starters.

But when asked about Tua Tagovailoa, he recognized the value of in-game reps but was hesitant to say he’d be comfortable with Tua playing in the preseason.

Houston won its preseason opener last week against the Patriots, 20-9. C.J. Stroud was unimpressive in the two series he played. The team has yet to say how much he will play Saturday, if at all. Since he has been named the Week 1 starter, he’ll likely get pulled quickly if he does play.

Our Pick: Texans -2.5

Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Bills and Steelers pulled out wins in their preseason openers last week, Buffalo over Indianapolis (23-19) and Pittsburgh over Tampa Bay (27-17). The Bills didn’t play starters against the Colts but plan on giving Josh Allen and the starters about a quarter and a half.

Pittsburgh played their starters for the opening series last week, a 10-play touchdown drive, but that was it. Mike Tomlin has said that the first team will get more reps this week but did not say how much.

Our Pick: Under 42

Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will get broadcast on the NFL Network at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, but fans can stream it through the NFL app, NFL.com, or via the league’s streaming platform, NFL+.

The Bears won their preseason opener last week, 23-17, over the Titans. Justin Fields played a little in that game, but Matt Eberflus has said Fields and other starters will not play. He’s satisfied with the work they put in during joint practices this week.

Since Anthony Richardson has been named the Week 1 starter, it would not be shocking if he did not play Saturday. But since Jim Irsay has said Richardson “has to play to get better,” there is a good chance he plays.

Our Pick: Bears +5.5

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Jets: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Buccaneers are coming off a lackluster outing in their preseason opener last week, a 27-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Since their position battle is ongoing, Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask will probably see a lot of playing time.

As for the Jets, Robert Saleh has said more defensive starters will play, but the plan for the offense will be the same as last week. Zach Wilson will likely start the game, with Tim Boyle playing the second half.

After losing Russell Gage to a season-ending injury this week, the Bucs will probably exercise caution with how much starters play.

Our Pick: Jets -3.5

New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. ET.

New England couldn’t get any offense going last week against the Texans with starters not playing, but that could change this week against the Packers. Mac Jones will probably not play much if he does play, while Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham get most of the reps.

Newly signed running back Ezekiel Elliott has practiced with the team, but it is unclear if he’ll play this week.

Jordan Love did not play much last week in Green Bay’s win over Cincinnati. No announcement has been made regarding Saturday, but Love struggled against the Patriot defense during a joint practice Thursday.

Our Pick: Jets -3.5

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Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. ET.

Both teams lost their preseason openers last week, with the Vikings falling to the Seahawks 24-13 and the Titans losing to the Bears 23-17. Neither gave the starters that did play much time.

According to comments made by Kirk Cousins, the Minnesota starters are not expecting to play. Tennessee will probably continue to sit key players, especially after seeing Treylon Burks go down with an injury in practice.

Will Levis left Thursday’s practice early; his status for Saturday is uncertain.

Our Pick: Under 37

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. ET.

The Chiefs lost a close one to the Saints last week, 26-24, but were without the services of the first team. But this week, against the Cardinals, the team plans on playing the starters for the first half.

While Kansas City has announced its plans regarding starters, the Cardinals have said nothing. Several Arizona starters did not play last week, and it would not be shocking to see most of them also sit this week.

Our Pick: Chiefs -7.5

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Russell Wilson had a solid outing in the Broncos’ preseason opener against the Cardinals (an 18-17 loss) last week. But the 49ers’ defense will pose more of a challenge, regardless of how many starters they play.

San Francisco struggled to get their offense on track against the Raiders’ defense last week. Trey Lance started that game. According to reports, Brock Purdy could see some time with the first unit this week, but only for a series or two.

Our Pick: Under 39.5

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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will not get broadcast nationally, but out-of-market fans can stream it live via NFL+. Kickoff will be at 9 p.m. ET.

The Raiders’ defense was on fire last week against the 49ers, and the offense was also sharp in the 34-7 win. As for the Rams, their defense was unimpressive against the Chargers last week, but Stetson Bennett had a decent performance, throwing for 191 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams’ starters will probably not see the field much, but it is unclear how much time the Raiders’ first team will see.

Our Pick: Raiders -3.5

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks: Moneyline, Point Spread, and Total

The game will get broadcast on the NFL Network at 10 p.m. ET Saturday, but fans can stream it through the NFL app, NFL.com, or via the league’s streaming platform, NFL+.

Dallas is coming off a loss, dropping their preseason opener to the Jaguars last week (28-23). Seattle got their preseason off to a nice start with a 24-13 win against the Vikings. The Cowboys typically hold their starters out during the preseason and probably will this week against the Seahawks.

Seattle will probably follow suit and do the same.

Our Pick: Seahawks -6.5

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NFL Preseason Parlay Picks, Week 2: Saturday

Parlays can be a lot of fun – and profitable. But you have to be careful with them. It can be easy to get greedy and add one extra leg to a parlay to make the potential payday bigger. But you are better off keeping them shorter. You may not win as much with a two or three-leg parlay as a six-leg one, but you have a better chance of winning.

We’re featuring FanDuel odds this week, but you should always compare the odds at other top sports betting apps.

Let’s go over a few options:

NFL Preseason Parlay, Week 2: No. 1

  • Jaguars -3.5 (-110)
  • Texans -2.5 (-110)
  • NFL Preseason Parlay Odds: +264

Dan Campbell has not been too concerned with winning preseason games (2-5 as head coach of the Lions) and has made it clear that he does not plan on playing his starters in this game. Doug Pederson has yet to state his plans for his starters. They played in the first few series in last week’s game.

If they play a few in this one, that may be enough to give the Jaguars an edge.

Mike McDaniel has been noncommittal about his starters, especially Tua Tagovailoa. But with Tua’s injury history, it would be surprising if he played. On the other hand, Houston will probably want to give its rookie quarterback a few more reps.

The Texans are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 when favored at home.

A $100 bet will result in a $364 payday, your stake plus $264 in winnings.

NFL Preseason Parlay, Week 2: No. 2

  • Bears +5.5 (-110)
  • Jets -3.5 (-105)
  • NFL Preseason Parlay Odds: +273

The Bears are 5-0 SU and ATS under Matt Eberflus, but with Justin Fields and many of the starters on the sideline for this game, that streak could come to an end. Indianapolis will probably give Anthony Richardson and the starters more reps, but the backups for the Bears played better than those for the Colts last week.

We are not confident the Bears will win this one, but based on how both teams played last week, the final score will be close.

The Bucs have not been a good preseason team in recent years, going 2-8 ATS in their last 10 preseason road games. Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask will probably see a decent amount of playing time as the battle for QB1 continues, but they will see more of the Jets’ starting defense this week.

Robert Saleh is 6-1-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in preseason games.

A $100 wager will result in a $373 payday, your stake plus $273 in winnings.

NFL Preseason Parlay, Week 2: No. 3

  • Chiefs -7.5 (-110)
  • Raiders -3.5 (-110)
  • Seahawks -7 (-110)
  • NFL Preseason Parlay Odds: +596

A 7.5-point spread for a preseason game is high, but the Chiefs have said the starters will get about a half. It doesn’t matter who the Cardinals put on the field. The Chiefs will crush them.

While Stetson Bennett looked good last week against the Saints, the Raiders’ defense will make things more challenging for him this week. With most of their starters on the sideline this week, the Rams will be unable to keep up.

Dallas puts forth little to no effort when it comes to preseason games. In their last 13 road games as an underdog, the Cowboys have gone 4-9 ATS. While the Seahawks have gone 2-5 in their last seven preseason games, Seattle is 37-23 SU in preseason games.

The touchdown spread is high, but the Seahawks will try harder to win than the Cowboys. That effort will help them cover the spread.

A $100 wager will result in a $696 payday, your stake plus $596 in winnings.

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