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NFL fans got their first dose of action in Week 1 of the preseason that began last week. Now, things get a little more interesting in Week 2, as teams try to figure out who the starters will be. There are a number of storylines to watch, as the transition between the second game and the third preseason game the following week will be very revealing.
All of the teams will be in action, beginning on Thursday with Jacksonville taking on Chicago as the only matchup on the schedule. There will be four preseason games on Friday, eight on Saturday, two on Sunday, and one on Monday night. ESPN will televise the Monday Night Football game on August 18th, which will put the Cleveland Browns in Washington against the Redskins.
The Browns are obviously one of the biggest stories in the preseason with Johnny Manziel. The highly anticipated debut of Manziel took place in Detroit last week, and it was underwhelming. That’s not to say that Manziel looked bad. He completed seven of 11 passes and rushed for 27 yards. It was a solid debut, and something that he will try to build on to earn the start over Brian Hoyer.
Cleveland hopes to lock down its starting quarterback heading into the third preseason game. That means that the matchup with Washington will be extremely important. Hoyer has the edge as of now, but that gap appears to be narrowing.
Oddsmakers are all over this preseason matchup, slating the Redskins as two-point favorites over Manziel and the Browns. A Field goal win by Washington gets the cover.
Bovada Sportsbook has formed point spreads for each Week 2 NFL preseason matchup, beginning with the Jaguars and and Bears.
That matchup is rather compelling as well with quarterback Blake Bortles. The No.3 overall selection is slated behind Chad Henne, but he looked pretty good in his first pro appearance. Unlike Manziel though, Jacksonville appears to be set on allowing Bortles ample time to develop in the backup role behind Henne for the 2014 season, clearly preparing him as the future of the franchise. The Jaguars are far and away the biggest underdogs according to 2015 Super Bowl betting lines. Not much is expected of them this season, so it really doesn’t make sense to rush Bortles into anything and cause a setback.
Perhaps the best matchup in Week 2 comes on Saturday afternoon as the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers square off. This could be many experts Super Bowl predictions. This puts two of the top-three Super Bowl 49 favorites on the field according to Bovada. Of course, don’t expect to see much of Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick, and the rest of the first team players.
There is no point spread greater than four points in any of the preseason Week 2 matchups. The majority of lines sit at either two or three points, which is typical. Check out all of the lines below, as LatestBettingOdds.com has listed Bovada’s payouts.
NFL Week 2 Preseason Odds!