NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds - Football Betting

2022 NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting

NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting

On the whole, handicapping NFL preseason football is a challenge unlike any other. The games do not count in the standings, and each team has a different priority. Veteran contending teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs have one simple goal in the preseason: to avoid injuries at all costs. On the other side of the spectrum are rebuilding teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will play their regular players more in preparation for the regular season. Experienced contending teams already know their assignments. Young clubs that are building have to give their players more reps.

Another factor in the preseason is new coaches implementing their systems. Lovie Smith of the Houston Texans, Matt Eberflus of the Chicago Bears, Kevin O’Connell of the Minnesota Vikings, Dennis Allen of the Las Vegas Raiders, Doug Pederson of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Nathaniel Hackett of the Denver Broncos, Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins, Josh McDaniels of the Las Vegas Raiders, Todd Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Brian Daboll of the New York Giants are the new head coaches that will use the 2022 preseason to build their systems and team cultures.

Although there are not a lot of reliable trends for preseason betting, there are some clues. Consider that Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has a career record of 40-12 straight up in the preseason. Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott is a solid 10-5 in his preseason career. Another solid coach for exhibition games is the Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll at 26-17 for his career. Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers is 34-24 for his career in the preseason.

On the other side of the ledger is Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs. Reid is just 42-45 in this preseason career. And that is not likely to change in 2022, with Reid wanting to protect his team for what is expected to be another year of Super Bowl contention.

This year all week one preseason games will be televised on NFL Network.

NFL Preseason Week 1 Schedule & Lines

MATCHUP SPREAD TOTAL
Thursday, August 11
New York Giants at New England Patriots Patriots +2 34
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens Ravens -3.5 31.5
Friday, August 12
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions Lions +1.5 33.5
Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars -1.5 33
New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles Eagles +1 35.5
Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals Bengals -1.5 33.5
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 49ers -1.5 32.5
Saturday, August 13
Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears Bears -3 34.5
Carolina Panthers at Washington Commanders Commanders -3 37
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills Bills -1.5 34
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers -3 35
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers +1.5 31
New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans Texans +1.5 33
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos Broncos -2 31
Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers Chargers -3 30
Sunday, August 14
Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders Raiders -3.5 34

Head coach Brian Daboll will make his New York Giants debut against the New England Patriots. Once upon a time, the Giants were a gold standard franchise as a regular Super Bowl contender. New York won the Super Bowl in the 2007 and 2011 seasons. Ironically enough, Big Blue beat the Patriots both times on Super Sunday. Nobody will ever forget the Giants ruining the Patriots' bid for a perfect season in the February 2008 Super Bowl.

Since their last Super Bowl season, the Giants have only one playoff berth. Preseason begins a year when Big Blue decides to fish or cut bait with quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones was a controversial first round draft pick that has not yet panned out. But before anyone calls Jones a bust, keep in mind that Giants’ management admits that they have not provided enough of a credible supporting cast around him.

Daboll arrives from the Buffalo Bills, where he was a highly successful offensive coordinator. Daboll helped develop Josh Allen into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Now, Daboll is tasked with doing the same with Jones, if possible.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off a playoff year of significant improvement. Bill Belichick gave rookie quarterback Mac Jones the coaching and guidance necessary for a promising start to his career.

New England lost offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to the Las Vegas Raiders. McDaniels moved up to head coach in Sin City. Belichick is yet to name an offensive coordinator. Ironically enough, Joe Judge, who was fired last January after two years as the Giants head coach, is now quarterbacks coach for New England and could emerge as the OC.

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