Best NFL preseason Week 2 over/under bets
It takes a while for NFL offenses and defenses to gain traction. That’s why they have four weeks of preseason football.
Starters made a brief appearance in Week 1 and will get more run in the second set on the exhibition schedule. Here’s a look at the top over and the top under bets in Week 2 of the preseason, going back over the past 16 years.
Records from Week 2 of the preseason since 1995.
Best Week 2 preseason over bets
Green Bay Packers (12-4 SU, 12-4 over/under)
Offense is the name of the game for the Packers in Week 2 of the preseason. Not only are the Cheeseheads the best over play since 1995, but they’re also the best ATS bet with an identical 12-4 ATS mark in that span. Green Bay is 4-0 over/under in Week 2 since Aaron Rodgers was named the No. 1 QB, however, much of that record has to do with the Packers’ porous defense. The total for Thursday’s game with Cleveland is set at 39 points.
Oakland Raiders (5-10 SU, 10-5 over/under)
Anyone who was lulled to sleep by the Raiders’ 3-0 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1 Monday is LMFAOing right now. Oakland, however, headed into that game with a 6-10 over/under count in Week 1 of the preseason since 1995, so there might be some weight in this trend. You can be sure the offense got the gears following the exhibition opener and will be out to impress versus Arizona Friday.
Houston Texans (5-5 SU, 8-2 over/under)
The Texans have only been around since 2002 but are an instant money maker for over bettors in Week 2 of the preseason. Houston is hitting the over at 80 percent in that span, including six straight Week 2 overs heading into Saturday’s showdown with San Francisco (+3, 36.5). The Texans ramped up their defense versus Carolina in Week 1, collecting eight sacks, but still played over the 35.5-point total.
Best Week 2 preseason under bets
Miami Dolphins (10-6 SU, 5-11 over/under)
The Dolphins ATS and the under has been a profitable parlay in Week 2 of the preseason recently. Miami is 10-5-1 ATS in Week 2 of the exhibition slate since 1995 and has played below the number in nearly 69 percent of those games. The Fins are down a QB after David Garrard injured his knee, leaving playcalling duties to Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill for Friday’s game against Carolina, which has a 37-point total. Miami is also the most consistent under bet throughout the preseason with a 23-40-1 over/under count in exhibition play since 1995.
Kansas City Chiefs (5-11 SU, 6-10 over/under)
The Chiefs haven’t had much success against the spread in Week 2 of the preseason, with a dreadful 2-14 ATS count since 1995. Kansas City was making money for fans of the under during that stretch but aren’t a guaranteed low score after topping the Week 2 total the past two preseasons and playing over the number in their Week 1 win against Arizona.
Atlanta Falcons (8-8 SU, 6-9-1 over/under)
The Falcons are among nine teams that have played under the total in nine of their past 16 Week 2 preseason contests. Atlanta does have that one push which is enough to get the nod as one of the best under plays. It has gone 2-3 SU and 1-4 over/under since 2007 and has had a hard time getting on the scoreboard during that span. The Falcons host Cincinnati with a total of 37.5 points Thursday.