NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Guide: How to Bet Jets-Falcons, Every Thursday Game

Aug 15, 2019 07:00 PM EDT
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  • Ian Hartitz breaks down the betting odds for Thursday's NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups.
  • See his analysis and picks for Packers-Ravens, Jets-Falcons and the three other games.

We get a five-game slate of preseason football on Thursday 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 10 teams playing on Thursday.

All odds as of late Wednesday


Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Spread: Jaguars -3
  • Over/Under: 34.5
  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are tentatively expected to sit most of their starters after backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld suffered a wrist injury that’s expected to sideline him for up to six weeks.

The absence of full-time starters means we should again get a healthy serving of 2019 second-round pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who looked the part of a Year 1 contributor against the Titans last week.

Perhaps the Eagles will choose to attack the Jaguars with their beastly offensive line as well as with their new running backs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. Still, Jalen Ramsey and Co. deserve credit as one of the league’s most complete defenses in 2018.

  • Points allowed per game: No. 4
  • Overall in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA: No. 6
  • Rush defense DVOA: No. 6
  • Pass defense DVOA: No. 7
  • vs. No. 1 WR DVOA: No. 4

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