The New England Patriots will look to go 2-0 in the 2021 NFL preseason as visit the Philadelphia Eagles this coming Thursday. The Eagles, on the other hand, are eyeing to get their first win of the preseason. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Week 2 Game on August 19, 2021
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
When: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NFL Network
Betting on the New England Patriots (odds)
Regular Season Record: 1-0
All eyes were on quarterback Mac Jones in Week 1 of the preseason for the Patriots against the Washington Football Team at home, but it was another rookie who stole the show in Foxboro. That’s running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. This begs the question, “Where is Bill Belichick getting these guys?” Jones was nevertheless solid, as he went 13 of 19 for 87 passing yards. Some say that Jones looked good enough to win the quarterback battle over Cam Newton, and he could help double down on that narrative with another strong performance against the Eagles’ defense that allowed 410 total yards last week. Stevenson could wreak havoc again on the ground as well. Philly surrendered 152 rushing yards to the Pittsburgh Steelers in its preseason opener.
The Pats are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven preseason games.
Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles (odds)
Regular Season Record: 0-1
Although the Eagles did not have prized rookie DeVonta Smith in Week 1 of the preseason because the former Heisman Trophy winner was dealing with a knee issue, they saw someone step up downfield in the form of Quez Watkins in a 24-16 home loss to the Steelers. The second-year wideout led the team with 79 receiving yards and a touchdown, albeit on just a catch and a pair of targets. Veteran signal-caller Joe Flacco was pretty solid, too. The former Super Bowl winner went 10 of 17 for 178 passing yards and a touchdown, while Jalen Hurts was 3 of 7 for 54 passing yards. We could see more of Flacco in Week 2 along with Nick Mullens, but don’t count out Hurts taking more snaps. The Eagles want to see their ground game be more active more, though, after it produced just 52 rushing yards on 11 carries.
The Eagles are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 preseason games at home.
The Eagles win, 24-21.
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