NFL Preseason Betting Preview - Week 2

Kansas City and New England. I expect both of these teams to go far this season. The Chiefs (+750) are my pick to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIV. The Patriots will go far, but they will not reach the promised land at the end of this season.

With that said, both teams will set the pace early this season. They began by dominating their opposition in their first preseason game. That will continue to Week 2.

Kansas City Chiefs over Pittsburgh Steelers

Patrick Mahomes showed his brilliance right out the gates against Cincinnati. He completed all four of his passes for 66 yards and did it in Showtime fashion.

Chase Litton completed 11 of his 15 passes for 122 yards and a score. He also threw an interception. Ten players got in on the Chiefs running attack. Josh Caldwell led the way with 59 yards on four carries. He and Carlos Hyde were the only two to break into the endzone. The Chiefs rushed for 115 yards while averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Even more impressive than their rush attack, was Kansas City's rush defense. They limited the Bengals to just 1.8 yards per carry, 21 total rushing yards. The defense also picked of both Ryan Finley and Jeff Driskel.

Kansas City will win over the Steelers who just barely survived Tampa Bay in Week 1.

New England Patriots over Tennessee Titans

The Patriots put on one of the most impressive performances of Week 1. They routed the Lions in Detroit to the tune of 31-3.

After Lions receiver Jermaine Kearse left the game with an injury in the first quarter, the Lions would not pass midfield until late in the fourth. The Pats recorded nine sacks in the game. They allowed just one.

Rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers made an impact on the game. He caught six passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Thirteen Patriots caught a pass from either Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer.
Both quarterbacks played very well. Stidham completed 12 of 24 passes for 179 yards and a score. Hoyer completed 12 of 14 passes for 147 yards and two scores.

New England also ran the ball well. Nick Brossette carried the ball 22 times for 66 yards and a TD. The Pats rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Tennessee is coming off a 27-10 win at Philadelphia. Tennessee played well on both sides of the ball, particularly at the QB position. Logan Woodside and Ryan Tannehill each tossed a pair of touchdowns. After losing Nate Sudfeld to a broken wrist, the Eagles had nothing for Tennessee.

The Patriots will pose a much bigger challenge for the Titans. Take New England.

Houston Texans over Detroit Lions

After finding themselves down 28-10 to start the fourth quarter, the Texans came back and scored 16 unanswered points. They fell just short, ultimately losing 28-26 to the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Quarterback Joe Webb III, a 6'4" 230 lb goliath did what he could to seize the moment. He passed for 286 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. He led the AFC in passing yards for Week 1. Webb also led Houston with 47 yards rushing. The Texans combined for 138 rushing yards and two scores.

Houston has a talented team with a lot of hidden talent. They will go far in the AFC South.
They will bounce back nicely with a road win over the Detroit Lions, who as we discussed previously found themselves on the wrong side of a 31-3 beating last week.

Webb, who was drafted by Minnesota in 2010, has seen very little play in his career. He's attempted a pass in just three of his nine seasons in the NFL. His stats explain why his number isn't called. Webb is a body on a roster, but this preseason is his time to shine. It may be his last.

I'm betting more against Detroit than on Houston here, but the pick remains the same. The Texans over Detroit it is.