Sure Winners NFL Preseason Week 2

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 14, 2016 in

As you start to put your bets together for your NFL betting in Week 2 of the preseason, it’s important to remember that the teams really aren’t working that hard on the scoreboard. They’re trying to put together the best lineups they can for the regular season and see what works or not, but don’t expect some of the same strategies in the areas of clock management and personnel patterns that you will see once the real season starts. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some sure winners for your bets this coming week.

Sure Winners NFL Preseason Week 2

Oakland over Green Bay (Thursday, August 18)

I don’t expect Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be on the field more than a series or two, as there’s just no reason to expose him to the danger of injury. On the Raiders’ side of the ball, though, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Derek Carr leading the offense through halftime. The Raiders are a younger team, and Carr needs to work on his timing with wide receiver Amari Cooper so that they can be even more explosive this year than they were in 2015. Once the second half gets underway, I see the Raiders — who are the team with more to prove this year — just pushing the Packers more with their backups and taking the win.

 

Minnesota over Seattle (Thursday, August 18)

This is a rematch of the wild card playoff game that saw the Seahawks waltz out of the Vikings’ home field with a shocking road win, when the Vikings hooked an easy field goal left with time winding down. Does that mean that this tilt will be all about revenge? No, but I do see Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson approaching this game with more energy than Russell Wilson and Thomas Rawls, as the Viking duo has more to prove. For a team like Seattle, the preseason is a time to tinker with lineups while avoiding injury for the big players, while the Vikings are still trying to put things together, which is why I like Minnesota to win this one.

Denver over San Francisco (Saturday, August 20)

This game features two quarterbacks who once showed great promise but now are in the basement when it comes to public opinion (and recent performance). The Broncos will be starting Mark Sanchez, who took the Jets to the AFC Championship once upon a time, but is more recently known for the “Butt Fumble” in New York and for ruining the Eagles’ playoff chances two years ago. The 49ers will be starting Colin Kaepernick, who took his team to a Super Bowl but last year found himself benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, of all people. With new coach Chip Kelly in town, this could be Kaepernick’s return. Either way, I expect to see a lot of both starting quarterbacks — maybe all the way until halftime, and I think Sanchez will outduel his counterpart from the Bay Area.