After showing a nice profit with a 19-11 ATS effort over the first two week of the NFL Preseason, home favorites crashed back down to Earth last week, going 4-10 against the spread. Last week was the official dress rehearsal for most teams, with starters playing a full half and into the third quarter on most teams (Green Bay being a notable exception). This week, the starters won’t see much action, if any, and it’s the backups turn to get meaningful reps and state their case for making the roster.
While many who bet on football prefer not to wager on the NFL Preseason, and especially the final week of the NFL Preseason, there is still some great NFL betting opportunities on the board this week if you know where to look.
Five teams enter this final week of NFL Preseason action unbeaten. Two of them, Minnesota and Philadelphia, aren’t much of a surprise. The Vikings went 4-0 last preseason, and including this year they are a perfect 8-0 straight up and 7-1 against the pointspread. Philadelphia led the league in preseason scoring last year, and are on pace to repeat that performance after averaging 38.3 ppg this August.
The other three teams going for a perfect 4-0 preseason are Denver, Kansas City, and Washington. Denver is the big surprise given the history of preseason wins and losses on Peyton Manning teams. Washington has been especially strong on defense, allowing 45, 46, and 55 yards rushing while also holding all three opponents to less than 200 yards through the air.
Kansas City has been the surprise team in terms of dominance, winning by nearly two touchdowns per game and putting up great numbers on both sides of the ball. The Redskins are one of the biggest favorites on the board this Thursday, laying 4.5 points at home against Jacksonville.
Two teams are looking to notch their first win of the NFL Preseason – Dallas and St. Louis. Losing in August is nothing new for the Cowboys, as they went 0-4 last preseason and have now lost eight straight NFL Preseason games dating back to 2013. St. Louis faces the aforementioned Chiefs, so it will be a tough task for them to avoid a 0-4 showing.
NFL head coaches will be releasing their expected player rotations in the next few days, so pick your spots and get ready for the “real” NFL season starting next Thursday with the big Steelers vs. Patriots showdown!