Teaser bets remain a popular option with many NFL bettors. But, you must use caution when selecting which teams you’ll tease, as you can’t win long term without a sound strategy. At TheLines, we’ll go over each week’s NFL slate to see which teams fit best in teasers. Today, we look at options for NFL Week 2 teasers.
Last week, the best teaser plays we highlighted went 4-1. Only the Colts failed to come through, bumbling their way through three quarters before turning it on late but only managing a tie. The questionable spots went 0-3.
Be sure to go over our primer on teaser bets here. It’s imperative that you understand what to look for, from the numbers to the sportsbook juice being paid. Click on the odds anywhere below to bet now.
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The Best NFL Week 2 Teasers
NFL Week 2 teasers feature a large selection of underdogs. Better yet, a couple are of the home variety.
Saints (+2.5) Vs. Buccaneers
Last year’s Buccaneers had the ability to blitz opponents through the air and hang points in a hurry. They led the league in passing frequency, so teasing against them was often ill-advised due to high totals. This was an offense to be feared.
The 2022 version of Tampa looks less potent. Only five teams ran the ball more frequently in Week 1. Of course, the Bucs had a big lead, but they still leaned pretty heavily on the run early when the game remained in question. That’s exactly the sort of offense we want to be teasing against, and the middling total reflects this reality.
Tom Brady may also be drawing thin on weapons with Mike Evans locked into mortal combat with Marshon Lattimore and Chris Godwin (hamstring) likely sidelined. That could cause Tampa to go even more run-heavy, a brilliant development for a Saints teaser.
Steelers (+2) Vs. Patriots
Home underdog and a total in the low 40s? Sounds like a recipe for teaser goodness.
The Patriots offense looks like a disaster on multiple levels. Not only did they manage just 271 yards and seven points against the Dolphins. But, QB Mac Jones looks like he’ll be less than 100% as he tries to fight through back spasms.
Sure, the Steelers don’t have TJ Watt on hand, a rather big loss. But, he was far from the only standout in a defensive effort that made last year’s AFC champs look like chumps. If the Patriots don’t get right in a hurry — and few expected a top-10 unit in the first place — they will really struggle to move the ball here.
Of course, the Steelers offense didn’t exactly crush it Week 1. But, they mostly seemed content to let Trubisky work short. He ranked 27th in air yards per attempt. That bodes well for at least not giving away the ball and providing the Patriots with easy scores.
Panthers (+2) At Giants
Much like the previous game, this lets you take a small underdog and turn them into a big underdog in a game with one of the lowest totals of the week. Remember, the fewer points scored, the more precious the points you buy.
Naturally, the Panthers bring a little more variance to the table. Not only do they hit the road here, but Baker Mayfield has had more than his share of disaster performances over the years. Of course, that works both ways in that he’s more likely to bring you back from a deficit. Generally speaking, the Panthers do bring a more threatening passing game than that posed by the Titans, which had a very efficient day against the G-Men in Week 1.
Beyond matchups, the Giants might simply have garnered too much credit for a win against the Titans. Football Outsiders credited them with just a 7% win expectancy based on the two teams’ possessions and efficiency.
Bengals (-7.5) At Cowboys
The Bengals have landed on the teaser radar thanks entirely to an injury to Dak Prescott that leaves Cooper Rush starting in his place. Now, Rush did show some juice last year in a big upset of the Vikings in his only start. However, that came with a far more talented receiving corps and a healthy offensive line.
If you believe in the Bengals on a bounce-back spot here but are hesitant to lay a big number on the road in a game with a low total, that makes perfect sense. In that case, a teaser looks like the way to attack this one.
The concern would be the offensive line still looked pretty poor in Week 1. And despite all of their own issues in the opening loss, the Cowboys brought the heat to the QB still. Micah Parsons had several strong wins up front.
Still, it would be getting late early for the Bengals if they blew this one, considering their division and conference. They should be focused and motivated, contrary to some backup QB spots where the other team may overlook the short-handed team.
Other Potential NFL Week 2 Teasers
49ers (-8.5) Vs. Seahawks
This could have probably been included in the stronger plays section. There are good aspects and negatives here. Ultimately, it’s probably fine to tease the 49ers given they’re solid home favorites in a game with a low total and an opponent that overperformed Week 1. Oh, and the Seahawks come in on a short week as well.
Once again, the issue is the variance inherent with having an ultra-green QB in Trey Lance. He had a rough day in Week 1, but perhaps that was more due to awful conditions than a lack of ability. Given it’s still an open question what his talent level is, the range of outcomes is simply too wide for comfortably buying points.
It looks like he’ll once again miss top target George Kittle, so that hurts this play as well. Jeff Wilson Jr. also likely represents a downgrade from Elijah Mitchell. That puts more weight on Lance’s shoulders.
Vikings (+2) At Eagles
Given this one takes place on Monday Night Football (part of a double-header), many bettors will look for an angle. They might find themselves attracted as a teaser play at a good number.
But be wary here due to the high total. The Eagles, while a preseason darling that upgraded the defensive talent, still looked pretty vulnerable on that end in Week 1. Giving up 35 points to the Lions, even after grabbing a big lead, does not bode well, so even if the Vikings get down big they could cover the teaser here.
However, the Eagles could also put together a multi-score win for the same reason. While the Vikings put the clamps on Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, the Eagles bring actual professional receivers to the table. That will provide a much more stern test to a questionable group of Vikings DBs.
Commanders (+1.5) At Lions
On the one hand, getting two scores with a team that had higher preseason expectations and more overall talent makes this worth a look. The Washington passing game certainly did a number on the Jags in Week 1, and Jahan Dotson in particular looked very, very good.
Even if the Lions go up, the backdoor should remain open here.
The counterpoint is baked into those same Week 1 passing stats for Washington, though. While Carson Wentz tossed for 4 TDs, the Commanders arguably didn’t deserve to win thanks in part to his 2 INTs. The defense allowing 6.2 YPP to the Jags also bodes ill. Say what you want about Jared Goff, but he has a potentially elite OL and solid weapons at his disposal.