Best NFL Parlay Picks – Week 2, 2020

| September 18, 2020 1:03 am PST

I was so close to taking down a huge NFL parlay last week. Had the Cleveland Browns shown up at all, we’d have gone 4/4 in our NFL parlay picks, and anyone who latched on would have been a huge winner.

That NFL parlay would have paid out $1,668.61 on a tiny $100 bet, and included clutch wins by the Bears and Packers, as well as Arizona beating the spread.

My hope is that you did your own parlay bet and just left Cleveland off of it.

There’s always the chance to turn things around, and if you don’t like my parlay picks for NFL week 2, consider attacking them individually, or shortening/altering the suggested parlay.

With that, here are some NFL bets I love for week two.

Falcons vs. Cowboys Over 52.5 (-115)

Let’s start with this Cowboys game. They play host against the Falcons, and both teams are pretty desperate after 0-1 starts.

Dallas does tend to play better at home and against inferior opponents. Both statements are true when talking of Atlanta and this matchup, but I don’t think we can trust either defense right now.

The Cowboys weren’t even looking that well last week when the Rams did as they pleased in a  20-17 win. Now they’re down star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

Dallas is going to win this week, but with no defense in this game (and a lot of offense on both sides), I think fireworks are much more reliable than trying to pick a winner.

Take a closer look at this game in my week two Falcons vs. Cowboys betting preview.

Panthers vs. Buccaneers Over 47.5 (-110)

The Cowboys game has a pretty appropriately set game total, so I agree there is some mild risk in targeting the Over there.

In this spot, it’s the reverse, as the top NFL betting sites aren’t really pricing this game as a shootout to the same degree.

I still see one coming, as the Buccaneers couldn’t stop the Saints last week, and both of these defenses allowed 34 points in week one defeats.

Tom Brady is going to be more dialed in after a disappointing debut with his new team, and neither side has the ability to completely play shutdown defense.

With both teams desperate after 0-1 starts, we can safely bank on a bit of a shootout here.

Vikings to Win (+135)

Minnesota is being disrespected after a bad week one loss at home to the Packers. In all fairness, Green Bay was on point in that win, and the Vikings did show up offensively in the second half.

It’s true the Vikings are young on defense, and that should be a bit of a problem for them initially in 2020. However, they’re in must-win territory, and their front line will be facing a rookie running back.

Jonathan Taylor is being hyped up in daily fantasy football circles – and rightfully so – but Minnesota’s run defense wasn’t the problem last week.

I suspect Philip Rivers and take advantage of this matchup, but I don’t imagine he’ll play mistake-free football. Ultimately, the Vikings are still the better team, and this +135 makes them one of the best week two NFL upset picks to chase.

Lions (+6.5) -115

Lastly, we have the Lions. If you think this is another reach in the name of the Browns, just drop it from your parlay card and finish your wager how you see fit.

I love Detroit to beat the spread here, though. The Lions have been really disappointing for basically their entire existence, but one thing they are is competitive.

Yes, they cough up leads and lose in heart-breaking fashion, but it’s precisely their tendency to do this that makes them such a fun bet against the spread this week.

Detroit also flat out plays the Packers as well as anyone. Looking back at last year, the Lions lost both meetings against Green Bay despite leading those games for the entirety of regulation.

The Lions have Adrian Peterson to smash up against a porous run defense, and Matthew Stafford can do enough through the air to keep this close if it gets into a shootout.

I do think Green Bay wins at home, but the Lions seem to always play them close. This 6.5-point spread is just too thick to shy away from.

Top Week 2 NFL Parlay Bet

  • Falcons vs. Cowboys Over 52.5
  • Panthers vs. Buccaneers Over 47.5
  • Vikings to Win
  • Lions ATS

This four-bet parlay risks $100 to win $1,468.11 over at Bovada. I love all four of these plays, so piling them together makes a lot of sense when you consider the upside.

If you’re down with just a couple of them, you can make a smaller NFL parlay for week two, or just target them as individual wagers.

If you want a little more advice as to how to bet on the NFL this week, just check out our betting previews right here in our NFL picks section.

With that, I wish you luck this week, and hopefully, these parlay picks for NFL week 2, 2020 serve you well.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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