Breaking news: NFL betting is hard. The league as a whole is unpredictable from week-to-week especially early on in the season. While parlays are always the riskiest bets you can place compared to spreads, we’ll break down the safest parlay you can place, another will make you some money but carries some risk, and the riskiest but most fruitful one you can place.
If you would like to check out the best spreads to place on NFL Week 2, feel free to check out our previously published article for that. For this article, we will take a look at 3-team parlays based on each team’s money line with each one based on its level of risk.
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3-team parlay: Buffalo Bills (-125), Los Angeles Chargers (-130), New England Patriots (-2,400)
These first two picks, whether they are betting taking the spread or money line into account, are such clear winners it is absolutely ridiculous. The Bills got off to a slow start against the New York Jets which is understandably causing some hesitation for the books but even with that said, an opponent like the New York Giants definitely deserves a larger spread than this. Sterling Shepard’s absence will undoubtedly limit the already stagnant Giants offense while the Bills have already proven they can beat a mediocre offense at full power.
Meanwhile, the Chargers line is only so small because they barely beat the Indianapolis Colts and the Detroit Lions are at home. First off, the Colts are a better team than the Lions by a mile and while it is understandable why the Chargers are small favorites due to it being so early in the season, that also means this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of such a mistake.
As for the Patriots, while they might not match their historic spread of -19.5 points, their chances of winning are all but guaranteed. While all three of these picks are the favorites, the beauty of a parlay means it will still make you plenty of money.
3-team parlay: Dallas Cowboys (-260), Green Bay Packers (-150), Houston Texans (-420)
Once again picking all the favorites but with parlays, while boring, that’s not necessarily a bad thing nor is a guaranteed thing either. The reason this ranks as the riskier parlay is because none of these teams are absolute favorites to win.
While the Packers and Cowboys both looked good in their season openers and the Texans would’ve won had it not been for some bad coaching, their Week 2 matchups are not guaranteed by any means. While the Redskins did blow their lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, they did have a 20-7 lead going into halftime so Washington is not a team to be taken lightly.
Teams coming off blowout wins like the Cowboys are also prone to upsets the following week. With that said, Dallas is still the more talented team and while I think this game will be closer than many think, the Cowboys will still win it.
The Packers and Vikings game is a tossup in my opinion, but I give the Packers the edge. The Texans meanwhile play one of the biggest question marks in the NFL right now in the Jacksonville Jaguars led by rookie Gardner Minshew who, to his credit, looked good in his debut. However, I think Houston’s defense is better than the Chiefs and will give the rookie quarterback a much tougher time.
3-team parlay: Seattle Seahawks (+155), New Orleans Saints (+100), Indianapolis Colts (+150)
Here is where we dive into the riskiest parlay you can place that still has a good chance at working out. First, the matchup with the Seahawks is one that I think if the home and away teams were switched, the odds would follow suit. While the Seahawks defense did allow the Bengals to finish with 429 yards in Week 1, they only allowed 32 rushing yards pointing to the fact that they’ve had all week to focus on improving their game plan for the secondary. Not to mention Ben Roethlisberger did not look like himself against the Patriots finishing with a 57 percent completion rate and an interception. This will be a tough win for Seattle but an upset they can pull off nonetheless.
As for the Saints, this is a virtual tossup between them and the Rams. Los Angeles barely squeaked out a win against a Panthers team who looked awful on Thursday and the health of Todd Gurley is still a huge question mark. Meanwhile, the Saints still have the same issues of a great offense but inconsistent (at best) defense. While the Saints will have the revenge factor motivating them, this game being in L.A. does take some wind out of those sails. New Orleans could very well win this game and if you want a parlay that is risky but smart, they should be in any lineup you choose.
For the final team in this parlay, I was torn between the Indianapolis Colts and the Atlanta Falcons. I chose the Colts because ultimately, the Chargers are one of the favorites to compete for the AFC title and despite not having Andrew Luck, the Colts likely would’ve won had it not been for three missed kicks. The Titans are coming off an impressive win against the Cleveland Browns but I think that was more a product of bad play by Baker Mayfield than good play by Marcus Mariota. Not to mention the Titans are 1-4 against the Colts at home the last five seasons.