4 NFL Preseason Week 2 Picks: Best NFL Bets This Week (2023)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis (7) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
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Here we go with the second FULL week of these exhibition games, and you better believe we are coming through with our top four NFL Preseason Week 2 picks for this slate.

The week kicks off on Thursday, and you can read our Eagles vs. Browns predictions for that matchup on NFL Network.

Otherwise, our four NFL preseason picks for Week 2 take place mostly on Saturday, Aug. 19 with one game on Monday.

NFL Preseason Week 2 Picks

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New York Jets (-3) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Date: Saturday, Aug. 19
7:30 p.m. ET
TV: Local, NFL+

Last week, we backed the Jets as underdogs, and what did they do? They soared high and shut out the Carolina Panthers 27-0 on the road.

Rookie QB Zach Wilson strutted his stuff with 123 yards and a touchdown pass while third-string QB Tim Boyle came off the bench and slung a pair of touchdowns as well.

Looking at our handy-dandy NFL Preseason Trends article, we discover that Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh is cooking with gas in the preseason, sporting a sizzling 5-1 record.

On the flip side, the Buccaneers have been about as successful as a pirate with a rubber sword, holding an 0-4 record in the preseason under head coach Todd Bowles.

Go ahead and take the Jets at home here.

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Tennessee Titans (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings

Date: Saturday, Aug. 19
8 p.m. ET
TV: Local, NFL+

Two of our NFL Preseason Week 2 picks are sailing under the same flag: Give Sean McVay and his coaching tree the cold shoulder.

This sprawling family tree includes Brandon Staley of the Chargers, Zac Taylor of the Bengals, Matt LaFleur of the Packers, and Kevin O’Connell of the Vikings.

Their preseason slip-ups aren’t the result of cursed locker room mirrors, but rather a philosophical choice. This group plays it safe during the preseason while hardly batting an eye at the scoreboard.

Now, let’s zoom in on O’Connell, the Vikings’ head coach. His preseason record is as spotless as a freshly cleaned window, but in the wrong direction – a perfect 0-4.

On the other side of the field, the Titans are rolling out a pair of young dual-threat quarterbacks: Malik Willis and Will Levis.

Both of these guys are eager to prove that they are the future of the franchise, so they’ll likely be playing with more urgency than O’Connell’s squad.

Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5) at Los Angeles Rams

Date: Saturday, Aug. 19
9 p.m. ET
TV: Local, NFL+

As the previous write-up mentioned, we are betting against McVay (and his coaching tree) in the preseason.

Dusting off our trusty NFL Preseason Betting Trends article, we find that the Rams have been stumbling through the preseason like a toddler in oversized shoes, with a record of 1-6 since 2021.

Now, let’s sail over to the Raiders’ camp. They’re the “defending preseason co-champions,” after a 3-0 record last year…if there was such a title.

They kicked off this preseason with a win, making them undefeated 4-0 under the watch of Josh McDaniels. Someone get this man a contract extension now!

Anyway, we’ll take the Raiders to win and cover the 3.5 point spread against a Rams team that isn’t too concerned about the score.

Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) at Washington Commanders

Date: Saturday, Aug. 19
8 p.m. ET

If we’re mushing the Ravens’ streak with this write-up, we’ll eat our hats – and we’ve got quite the hat collection.

For those who have been living under a rock, the Ravens have swooped to victory in 24 straight preseason games.

Head coach Jon Harbaugh is no stranger to preseason success with a 44-12 record (79% win rate) in these exhibition games. If there were a Preseason Hall of Fame, Harbaugh’s bust would be front and center for sure.

The Ravens also have a worthy QB trio  – Josh Johnson, Tyler Huntley, and Anthony Brown – that is better than what almost every other team rolls out in the preseason.

All of these guys have experience playing in the Baltimore system, and they fit the style extremely well.

So, while we aren’t trying to jinx this streak, we believe that the Ravens make for a comfortable bet to secure their 25th straight preseason victory on Monday Night Football.