Home favorites ruled the first full week of the NFL postseason, posting a profitable 10-4 record against the pointspread. How will home favorites fare this week? Here we break down the NFL Preseason betting lines for Week 2.
We’ll start with Minnesota, who after going a perfect 4-0 straight up last August under new head coach Mike Zimmer (3-1 against the pointspread) is off to a perfect 2-0 straight up and ATS start this year. The Vikings beat Pittsburgh by 11 points in the Hall of Fame Game, they beat Tampa Bay by 10 points last week. It’s no surprise the Vikings are the biggest favorite on the board this week, laying 5 points at home against the Oakland Raiders.
That is just one of three games that features an NFL betting line of more than three points. Philadelphia is a 3.5-point home choice against Baltimore after the Eagles crushed the Indianapolis Colts 36-10. Houston is a 3.5-point home favorite against Denver, as the Texans starting quarterback battle of Mallet vs. Hoyer resulted in both players looking great in their preseason opener. Mallet will get the start this week.
The Eagles matchup also features the highest over/under line of the week. Last year Philly went over the total in all four of their NFL Preseason games, and went over the total last week in their win vs. the Colts. This week, the posted total is listed at 44.5 points, and even with another good showing by their offense, NFL bettors will need the Ravens to reach the end zone a few times to send that game over.
There is only one road team listed as the favorite this week, and that is the Atlanta Falcons as they are small one-point chalk at New York against the Jets. The Jets arguably played worse than anyone in the league last week, finishing with a paltry 123 yards of total offense – far less than they allowed the Detroit Lions to reach in rushing (193) and passing (235) separately.
The NFL Week 2 line that sticks out to us is the Colts being a three-point home favorite against Chicago. Indianapolis was one of two teams to go win-less last August, and based on their 36-10 trouncing this past Sunday at Philadelphia, we’re not sure they are deserving of that respect.
We’ll be back next week to discuss the NFL Betting Lines for the third full week of the preseason.