NFL Preseason Week 2 Odds - Football Betting

2022 NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting

NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting

The late great John Madden preached that the most important preseason game is the next to last one. And nearly all NFL coaches support the Madden theory. Starters and key performers will usually get their highest level of playing time in the next to last preseason game. The final week of the preseason has become a farce as a virtual final tryout game for marginal players. With that in mind, fans and gamblers will get three national TV games in the second week of preseason for 2022. The rest of the action will be carried on NFL Network.

The national TV games for the second week of preseason begin on Thursday, August 18, with the Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks on ESPN. On Sunday, August 21, the Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals will be televised by FOX. And then, on Monday, August 22, the Atlanta Falcons are at the New York Jets on ESPN.

NFL Preseason Week 2 Schedule & Lines

MATCHUP SPREAD TOTAL
Thursday, August 18
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks Seahawks -5 42.5
Friday, August 19
Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots Patriots +2 41
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers Packers -3 40
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams Rams +3 38
Saturday, August 20
Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts Colts +1.5 42.5
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills Bills -5 41.5
Washington Commanders at Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs -3 42.5
Las Vegas Raiders at Miami Dolphins Dolphins +1.5 40.5
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars -3.5 43
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans Titans -3 38.5
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Vikings -3.5 41
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers Chargers -3 38
Sunday, August 21
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Browns +2 37
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants Giants -5 38.5
Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals Cardinals +6 41.5
Monday, August 22
Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets Jets +1 39.5

The Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks are flashing new looks for the 2022 season. The Bears have a new head coach, Matt Eberflus, who replaces Matt Nagy. The great irony of the change is that Eberflus is a career defensive assistant and coordinator. By contrast, Nagy was an offensive coordinator before becoming the Bears' head coach. The irony of all this is that Bears quarterback Justin Fields is in desperate need of tutelage. Fields also needs a better supporting cast than what he has in Chicago.

Last year, Fields had to fend for himself in a wasted rookie season that may go down as a career setback. The Bears' lack of complementary pieces forced Fields to run for his life and try to make impact plays on his own. This year offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko will try and build an offense that is more supportive of Fields.

For the Seattle Seahawks, the changes are even more profound. Quarterback Russell Wilson was traded in the offseason to the Denver Broncos. Wilson and the Seahawks had a fractured relationship at the end. It is fair to say both the quarterback and head coach Pete Carroll share in the blame.

Wilson led the Seahawks to two Super Bowls, winning one, and most agree he should have won the other one. Carroll choked away what seemed to be a sure Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots with a botched goal-line offense in the final seconds. After that debacle, things were never the same for Seattle, Wilson, and Carroll.

Seattle fell into the trap of becoming a one-man team with Wilson over the past few seasons. And the blame for that rests with Carroll as the head coach and de facto general manager. Just as problematic was that Carroll, who made his bones as a defensive coach, allowed his Seahawks defense to rot and become one of the worst in the NFL.

Drew Lock, who came to Seattle in the Denver trade of Wilson, will battle Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job in Seattle. Washington Huskies product Jacob Eason is the third-stringer.  If the Seahawks look like a doomed club for the 2022 season, most gamblers would agree with that assessment.

The Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals are both quarterback-centric teams with two of the best dual-threat signal-callers in the game. Lamar Jackson has not been the same for the Ravens since his 2019 NFL MVP season ended with a stunning home playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans. Kyler Murray of the Cardinals is trying to turn the page from being the fall guy for Arizona’s terrible late-season collapse and playoff loss at the Rams last January.

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