Let’s continue with the NFL preseason as this Saturday features a hefty seven-game slate, three more than on Friday. As usual, these games don’t count and will mostly feature players you didn’t know existed or will soon forget about, so factor that into these NFL odds.
Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills
The sportsbook has Buffalo (2-0) as eight-point favorites over the Packers (0-2) here, the second-biggest spread of the day. Buffalo is coming off a blowout win over Chicago as quarterback Mitchell Trubisky passed for 221 yards and a touchdown.
Green Bay, on the other hand, got lit up by rookie Zach Wilson and the New York Jets. The ailing Jordan Love may finally play in this game but most likely won’t see much time. The inspired Bills should be able to maul the Packers here, hence the betting lines.
Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football Team
Baltimore (2-0) will be four-point favorites over Washington (1-1) in a battle of elite defenses and running games. That would explain why this game has the lowest totals at 32.5.
Quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke also got more running time with Washington than Lamar Jackson did (none) with Baltimore. Maybe Jackson finally gets some snaps, maybe he doesn’t. Either way, the Ravens’ historic preseason streak should continue.
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
Chicago (1-1) is still recovering from that butt whooping that Trubisky and the Bills put on them while the Titans (2-0) are rolling after a 34-3 beatdown of the defending Super Bowl champions.
#Bears coach Matt Nagy tells reporters that QB Justin Fields will start in their final preseason game and Andy Dalton will sit — because he’s the Week 1 starter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2021
Yet the home team Titans will be 2½-point underdogs here likely as an overreaction to rookie quarterback Justin Fields finally getting reps with the first and/or second units. Don’t buy the hype. Fade Chicago.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans
Tampa Bay (0-2) may just go winless this preseason even as they open as 3½-point favorites against Houston (2-0). The Buccaneers will roll out their starters but don’t expect them to play the entire game.
The Texans, meanwhile, still have plenty of positional battles going on, including at quarterback. So expect them to be more competitive and take them as underdogs when you bet online.
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints
An NFC showdown pits the Cardinals (1-1) against the Saints (1-1) with a scintillating quarterback duel between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston heating up in the Bayou. Kyler Murray may get more reps with the Cardinals.
But the Saints’ high-powered offense shows why they’re the 3½-point favorites here. The totals of 34 also seems a tad low, especially if Murray plays for an extended period. But if he doesn’t, this could be a Saints blowout.
Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos
Despite not playing their starters at all, the Rams (0-2) have been competitive in their two losses against the Los Angeles Chargers and Las VegasRaiders. But the Broncos (2-0) have been treating the preseason like the regular season and that’s why they’re the biggest favorites at 8.5 points.
As far as straightforward NFL predictions, the Broncos should roll through the Rams here. The Broncos lead the preseason with a whopping 54-point differential. They mean business and won’t be denied.
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks
The nightcap features the Chargers (1-1) and the Seahawks (0-2) in a game between Los Angeles’ backups against Seattle’s starters. Expect Russell Wilson and the starters to build a sizable lead before they eventually sub out.
Seattle is favored by 5½ points and could easily cover that considering the Chargers could roll four units deep with the impending final roster cuts.