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2019 NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting
If teams are going to give their projected starters some snaps during the preseason, the first ones usually come in Week 2 of the exhibition games. And now that everyone is in football mode, there’s a chance to see some games on national television with the league’s broadcast partners getting into the action.
Closely resembling a regular season TV schedule, we’ll have a Thursday night tilt between the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals shown on ESPN. A pair of games will hit the airwaves Sunday with the New Orleans Saints visiting the Los Angeles Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks at the Minnesota Vikings. On August 19 the first Monday Night Football game of the new season features the San Francisco 49ers visiting the Denver Broncos.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 2 Schedule
If we’re going to get a glimpse of Kyler Murray it’ll likely happen on Thursday when the Cards host the Raiders. Teams looking to rebound from horrendous seasons have something to prove. Arizona wants to know it made the right coaching hire and invested in its quarterback of the future. The Cards thought they had done that last year with Josh Rosen, but things change quickly in the NFL.
And are the Raiders on the right path with Jon Gruden calling the shots? The return of Chucky didn’t pan out last year with team dealing several of its best players. They got a haul in the draft with three first-round picks and landed Antonio Brown to give Derek Carr a toy in the passing game. Murray is going to be an exciting player, but the Cards have a number of issues that need to be addressed and I’m not sold on Kliff Kingsbury as an NFL-caliber coach giving the Raiders the advantage in this matchup.
The Monday night matchup between the Niners and Broncos offers up a number of intriguing storylines. John Elway has proven to be a better quarterback than GM at the NFL level, but the Broncos legend has a job because he’s John Elway. Anyone else would have been removed from the post after the swings and misses.
Vic Fangio spent a number of years as defensive coordinator with the Niners and his first home game in his first season as an NFL head coach is against his former team. And the Niners are again a trendy pick to make some noise in the NFC with Jimmy Garoppolo back from his surgically repaired knee.
Fangio was denied the gig with SF after Jim Harbaugh left and though it’s been a few years, there are some hard feelings. Fangio would like nothing better than to beat the Niners, this time as a head coach. And he gets his wish with a Broncos victory.
Coaches treat the preseason differently, but one who just wins is Baltimore’s John Harbaugh. He owns a 33-12 record in exhibition games and is 8-3 in Week 2 of the preseason. He looks to improve that number when the Ravens host the Green Bay Packers. The Pack got a look at life without Aaron Rodgers and it isn’t pretty, that’s why I’m taking the Ravens in this matchup.
With so many players seeing action that won’t make the final roster, preseason games are difficult to handicap. Expect the lines to be close with no more than a field goal separating the teams. We’ve seen scoring increase around the league and the totals for preseason games have been adjusted accordingly. With some research and handicapping there is money to be won wagering on preseason games.
NFL Preseason Betting Schedule
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