NFL Week 2 Parlay Picks
Week 2 of the NFL season is here, and we continue the marathon of trying to win money each week.
Here, we’re looking at a three-leg parlay that features two 0-1 teams and a team that won in Week 1 but heads into Week 2 as a road underdog.
The odds on this parlay are +581.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
Pick: Patriots -2 (-110) at DraftKings
Coming off a loss to the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots head into the newly-branded Acrisure Stadium to take on the 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers throttled Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow for four interceptions in Week 1. This week, they get a quarterback in Mac Jones, who’s been dealing with a back injury.
However, Jones is now practicing fully and will be ready to go.
For the Steelers, a player who won’t be able to go is edge rusher T.J. Watt, one of the best in the league.
They’ll still have Cameron Heyward, but the loss of Watt is significant.
Going up against the Mitchell Trubisky-led Steelers, the Patriots may still have to gameplan for running back Najee Harris. Still, he could be at less than full strength as he also nurses a foot injury.
Due to the offensive line woes of the Steelers, Harris was far from efficient, and this, combined with the injury, will dampen the Steelers offense.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is infamous for having the ability to at least slowdown, if not neutralize, an offensive threat on another team. This week, it could be wide receiver, Diontae Johnson.
With Jones and this multiple-headed backfield, the Patriots will go with a more run-heavy approach while the defense holds Trubisky in check.
You could not only bet the Patriots -2 here, but with the total at 40, we’d still take the under.
Detroit Lions vs Washington Commanders
Pick: Commanders +1.5 (-110) at DraftKings
The home team Detroit Lions, are coming off a 35-32 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but bookmakers apparently saw enough in that game to make the Lions a favorite for the first time in 24 games.
The visiting Washington Commanders are just 1.5-point underdogs as they come off a 28-22 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in which quarterback Carson Wentz threw for four touchdowns.
However, when you look back at the Lions loss, 21 of their 35 points came late in the third quarter and on.
This is something we’ve seen before by the Lions—get down a bunch, quarterback Jared Goff throws a ton of passes, and they make a comeback.
Goff didn’t exactly play well, completing well under 60% of his passes, though the bright spot was running back D’Andre Swift, who ran for over 140 yards on 15 carries.
The question for the Commanders heading into the season had much to do with the No. 2 wide receiver behind Terry McLaurin.
Not only did the No. 16 overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft, Jahan Dotson, show up, but former big-signing free agent Curtis Samuel did as well.
Together, they combined for 15 targets, 11 catches, 95 yards, and three of Wentz’s four touchdowns.
The defense has some great players on the roster. The list includes edge rusher Montez Sweat, defensive linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, and safety Darrick Forrest, who had an excellent performance in Week 1.
Forrest had an interception and pass breakup against the Jaguars, adding four tackles.
Wentz has inconsistencies, but the Lions secondary showed in Week 1 that they’re still getting up to speed.
With these weapons and running back Antonio Gibson, the Commanders may even win this game outright.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Colts -3.5 (-115) at DraftKings
Yes, Week 1 was weird for the Indianapolis Colts.
They tied the Houston Texans 20-20.
However, giving just 3.5 points to the Jaguars is an easy parlay leg to add.
While things on offense are still coming together, Colts quarterback Matt Ryan was not afraid to look for wide receiver Michael Pittman, who caught nine of 13 targets for 121 yards and a score.
Also, even though the Colts were down 20-3 at one point, they didn’t take the ball out of running back Jonathan Taylor’s hands, who finished the day with 31 carries for 161 yards and a score.
The Jaguars dropped 22 on the Commanders, but we again saw a mediocre performance from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He completed 57.1% of his passes on 42 attempts for a touchdown and an interception.
James Robinson led the rushing attack. Travis Etienne, a former first-round draft pick, was almost non-existent, playing just seven snaps on rush plays.
Free agent pickup Christian Kirk made an immediate impression, catching six of 10 targets for 117 yards.
Going up against the Colts, though, the Jaguars had 12 missed tackles in Week 1 and didn’t generate much pressure. These are a recipe for disaster, especially against an elite running back like Taylor.
This game is an excellent opportunity for the new-look Colts to get back on track.
What Is an NFL Parlay?
An NFL parlay is when a bettor combines more than one contest on the same betslip.
For an NFL parlay to be successful, all “legs” of the parlay must win. This bet type accounts for the elevated risk, and the odds reflect that. These offer more line value than if you were to bet on each event separately.
What Type of Bets Can Be Included in a Parlay?
When it comes to NFL betting, you can essentially parlay any wagers together. The only exception is multiple futures bets on the same betslip. Other than that, if you want to parlay together moneylines, spreads, or totals from various games, you can easily.
NFL Parlay Betting Tips
Parlays can offer enticing lines but remember—all legs of the parlay need to win for you to receive a payout.
So, you want to evaluate each selection individually and see if you’re confident enough to parlay them together. You never want to create a parlay for the sake of odds that would pay huge dividends if successful.
Some other tips include line shopping.
Lines shopping is the act of visiting each top online sportsbook in your state separately to see which has the best betting odds available for you on the bets you’re interested in making.
Same Game Parlays are the same as a standard parlay; only you can parlay together events happening within one game.
For example, betting on the Buffalo Bills moneyline and over 2.5 passing touchdowns in that same game for Josh Allen.
Correlating these picks for a Same Game Parlay is the best approach.
How to Bet on NFL Parlays?
After choosing where you want to create a parlay, you’ll need to log into your account if you have one or create a new one. After depositing funds into your account, you can then go to the games at the sportsbook, make selections, see the betslip, and calculate the odds.
Once you’ve found a good parlay, you can make your wager.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.