NFL Preseason Week 2: Betting Odds & Angles for Bears-Giants, Bills-Panthers, Dolphins-Bucs


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Aug 16, 2019, 05:20 PM EDT
  • Ian Hartitz breaks down the betting odds for Friday's NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups.
  • See his analysis and picks for Bears-Giants, Bills-Panthers and Dolphins-Buccaneers.

We get a three-game slate of preseason football on Friday night. It’s only Week 2, so don’t expect to see many starters play for more than a quarter or two in most cases. Either way, offenses and defenses will largely rely on simplified schemes.

Let’s start with a look at key storylines and actionable betting takeaways for all six teams playing on Friday.

All odds as of Thursday evening.

Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers

  • Spread: Panthers -3
  • Over/Under: 40.5
  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bills

There sure isn’t anywhere for Josh Allen’s passing efficiency to go but up after last season’s performance.

Josh Allen’s 2018 Stats

  • Yards per attempt: 6.48 (28th among 29 quarterbacks with at least 10 starts)
  • QB rating: 67.9 (28th)
  • Touchdown rate: 3.1% (27th)
  • Interception rate: 3.75% (29th)
  • Completion rate: 52.8% (29th)

One of the biggest X-factors in a potential Year 2 leap for Allen is the Bills’ offseason additions at wide receiver.

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