NFL preseason Week 2 odds, point spreads, schedule: Totals are dramatically higher

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll on the field prior to an NFL football game between against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll on the field prior to an NFL football game between against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It wasn’t hard to see where betting on the NFL preseason took a dramatic shift from last year:

The scoreboards have lit up a lot more so far in 2022.

Of 16 games in Week 1 of the preseason, 13 went over the total. That’s in addition to the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4, which also went over, making preseason games 14-3 to the over thus far.

Contrast that to last year, when unders started 20-3 in the preseason and drove totals down for the rest of the preseason.

The opposite has happened this year, with Week 2 totals much higher on average than in Week 1: Opening lines at Caesars Sportsbook show 13 of the 16 games with opening totals of 40 or higher — none were that high last week. The high water marks are the Commanders-Chiefs and the Monday night game between the Falcons and Jets, both of which have a total of 42½.

The lowest opening total on the Week 2 slate is 37½ between the Texans and Rams — higher than the highest opening total of Week 1, which was 36½.

Is that an overreaction? That’s for the bettor to decide.

As for Week 1 spread bets: While six underdogs won outright, most of them were very small spreads. Overall, favorites went 9-7 against the spread, including a 4-2 ATS mark for favorites of a field goal or more.

This week, eight games have opening spreads of three points or more, including the Giants, who are 3-point favorites over the Bengals on Sunday evening. The biggest favorite is the Baltimore Ravens, who play Sunday night at Arizona with a 21-game preseason winning streak on the line. Baltimore is 4½-point road chalk.

Below is the full list of the NFL preseason Week 2 point spreads from Caesars Sportsbook, including money lines and over/unders.

NFL preseason Week 2 lines

THURSDAY, AUG. 18

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Seahawks -3½; Money line: Seahawks -180/Bears +155; O/U: 40

FRIDAY, AUG. 19

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: Patriots -2½; Money line: Patriots -145/Panthers +125; O/U: 40½

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m.

Line: Packers -3; Money line: Packers -150/Saints +130; O/U: 39

Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: Rams -1½; Money line: Rams -125/Texans +105; O/U: 37½

SATURDAY, AUG. 20

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: pick ’em; Money line: Broncos -110/Bills -110; O/U: 40

Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Line: Lions -1½; Money line: n/a; O/U: 40½

Washington Commanders at Kansas City Chiefs, 4 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: Chiefs -3; Money line: n/a; O/U: 42½

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: Titans -2½; Money line: Titans -145/Bucs +125; O/U: 41½

Las Vegas Raiders at Miami Dolphins, 7 p.m.

Line: Raiders -2; Money line: Raiders -130/Dolphins +110; O/U: 41

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m.

Line: Vikings -3; Money line: Vikings -160/49ers +140; O/U: 40

Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m.

Line: Jaguars -3; Money line: n/a; O/U: 40½

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: pick ’em; Money line: Cowboys -110/Chargers -110; O/U: 39½

SUNDAY, AUG. 21

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: Eagles -3; Money line: n/a; O/U: 41

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

Line: Giants -3; Money line: n/a; O/U: 42

Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals, 8 p.m. (Fox)

Line: Ravens -4½; Money line: n/a; O/U: 41½

MONDAY, AUG. 22

Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Falcons -1; Money line: n/a; O/U: 42½

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