After a perfect 4-0 NFL Preseason effort last year, the Minnesota Vikings took care of business against this past Sunday night in beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 – easily covering the pointspread as a 3-point favorite – to kick off the 2015 NFL Preseason.
Every team sees action this week, with games being played from Thursday through Sunday. The lines for all 16 games are already posted at www.crsportsbet.ag and here we’ll take a look at some of the marquee matchups.
There are six games on Thursday’s card, including last year’s Super Bowl winner New England hosting Green Bay. No word yet on if Tom Brady will see the field, as he has a court-ordered settlement hearing the day prior (NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will also be there) in New York. The Pats are a three-point home favorite.
After that poor effort on Sunday night, the Steelers get a chance to redeem themselves on Friday when they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Pittsburgh has now lost eight of their last nine preseason games dating back to the 2013 season, but are listed as a pick ‘em in this contest.
Backing new head coaches is a popular NFL Preseason betting strategy, and there are seven new head coaches this season. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Denver, NY Jets, Oakland, and San Francisco are the teams to circle if this is your NFL Preseason betting strategy. Some of those teams are favorites and some are underdogs, but none of those seven teams are favored by more than three points.
The Vikings are one of the few teams listed as a favorite of more than three points when they host Tampa Bay on Saturday. Minnesota is now a perfect 5-0 under head coach Mike Zimmer in these early NFL Preseason games, and as a 3.5-point favorite they are just one of three teams favored by more than a field goal.
The other two teams favored by more than three points are Seattle, who is laying 4.5 points against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of the 2014 Super Bowl, and the Philadelphia Eagles are a 4-point choice at home against a Colts team that didn’t win a preseason game at all last season.
Good luck this weekend, and we’ll be back next week to look at the next group of NFL Preseason lines.