2021 NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting
We will see the future of football in the second full week of the NFL preseason. Week 2 will feature 16 games spread across five days from Thursday, August 19, to Monday, August 23. The NFL has taken up more of the calendar as the league has discovered fans have an insatiable appetite for football, and this week will highlight what’s in store with games on five straight days.
NFL Preseason Week 2 Schedule
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19
New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team
Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Rams
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers
MONDAY, AUGUST 23
Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints (ESPN)
A rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX and Super Bowl LII starts the week. Although the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles met in the Super Bowl three years ago, these rosters are much different with little holdover from either team. College teammates Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones will be the major storylines as the Eagles drafted Hurts in the second round last year and will have him be the team’s No. 1 option, while Jones was taken as the Patriots’ first round pick in April.
There are two games scheduled for Friday night. The more interesting option sees the Arizona Cardinals welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to the desert in a display of two of the best young signal callers in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes is the undisputed best quarterback in the league and is ready to prove he is worth the biggest contract in league history, while Murray is hoping for a similar payday in the near future.
Saturday is going to be the busiest day of the week. There will be games throughout the day with the Chicago Bears hosting the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. ET to kick things off. Fans in the Windy City are already excited about the start of the Justin Fields era, as the Bears may finally have a franchise quarterback. Buffalo fans are giddy about the development of Josh Allen after his breakthrough 2020 season, and he could be signed to a long-term deal before this game is played.
The biggest story of the offseason is whether or not Aaron Rodgers has played his last game for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers is not taking part in offseason workouts with the team, and he has let it be known that he wants out of Green Bay. That is likely to mean a lot more playing time for Jordan Love in the preseason, as the Packers will want to get their quarterback of the future up to speed.
Atlanta might not have the player that has been synonymous with the franchise for the last decade. Julio Jones is unhappy with the Falcons, throwing a huge wrench in this team’s plans. The Falcons looked set to have one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL with Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts, and Jones as options for Matt Ryan, but the loss of Jones will hurt the efficacy of Ridley and Pitts.
Currently, the only game scheduled for Sunday pits the Los Angeles Chargers against the San Francisco 49ers. The Chargers have a potential star under center in Justin Herbert, and he will look to improve in his second season. This team was incredibly unlucky with its record in close games over the last couple seasons, so the Chargers are due for some good fortune.
No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence will take the stage in primetime to close out the week. Lawrence was seen as the most complete prospect since Andrew Luck, and Jacksonville hopes that he lives up to his potential. The Jaguars will take on the New Orleans Saints who will be without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees for the first time in more than a decade.
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