Top Predictions NFL Preseason Week 2

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 14, 2016 in

Now that the NFL has wrapped up Week 1 of the 2016 preseason, there are a few things we learned that will help you make some decisions with your NFL betting going forward. We learned that the quarterback situation in Cleveland is definitely going to be interesting, as Robert Griffin III had a crazy debut for the Browns. Then, the quarterback situation became a lot less contentious in Philadelphia, as Carson Wentz will be out for an indeterminate time with a fractured rib. We also learned that the Buffalo Bills have a strong running game — and a solid running defense. Reggie Bush will definitely add to the offense as the featured back. With all that said, let’s look at some predictions you can expect from Week 2 as you prepare your NFL betting.

Top Predictions NFL Preseason Week 2

Buffalo could have another quarterback controversy

Both Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel played well in the Bills’ Week 1 tilt against the Indianapolis Colts. While Taylor entered the preseason as the presumptive starter, the fact that he failed to cement his hold on the position last season means that you should expect to hear calls for both to start this coming week. Buffalo fans want desperately to see their team contend, and head coach Rex Ryan has been big with the rhetoric, so it won’t take too long for this movement to start.

Dallas will not sign a veteran backup quarterback

If you follow the NFL at all, you know that Jerry Jones loves to make money…but hates to spend it unless it’s on a marquee acquisition. That means that he has a lot of big contracts on his hands, but not a lot of depth. The Cowboys should have learned the folly of this approach last season, when Tony Romo fractured his collarbone not once, but twice, and the backup quarterback, Brandon Weeden, struggled to move the ball, and so did his backup, Matt Cassel. It’s true that, on average, backup quarterbacks only win about a third of the time. However, if that offensive line could get Darren McFadden over 1,000 yards, a decent backup would have been able to move the team.

Fast forward to this year — the Cowboys have Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers on the roster. Showers played on the practice squad last year, and Prescott played for Mississippi State. The Cowboys did have Kellen Moore on the roster when camp opened, but he broke a bone in his leg and has no timetable for a return. The sports writers want Jerry to go find a veteran backup, which means that he will try to prove himself right by not signing one.

Oakland is the real deal

Oakland went out and hammered Arizona, 31-10, in their preseason opener. To be sure, Derek Carr got a lot more action than a starting quarterback generally will in the first season game, but he looked terrific throwing the ball down the field, and the Raiders’ reserves outhustled the Cardinals’ reserves throughout the second half.