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2020 NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting
Week four of the NFL Preseason should be best looked at as “getaway day.” Unlike the first three weeks of the exhibition season the final preseason game for each team in the NFL takes place on a Thursday night, allowing teams, in most cases, 10 days to prepare their finalized rosters for their regular season openers. Week four is consistently panned as being the worst one of all in preseason because teams empty their benches in order to protect their regular players from injury as well as to give players on the bubble one last audition to make their final cases for full time regular season employment. This final day of preseason is so unappealing that none of the regular NFL TV network partners televise any of the games. However many sharps believe that with live, quarter, and halftime betting, week four of the NFL preseason offers the most opportunity to make big money against the NFL odds. It all comes down to which players are playing and or not playing and when.
Although none of the NFL teams actually care about getting a win in their final preseason games there are some other factors that they do care about. It mostly has to do with backup and marginal players. The NFL season is a grind with considerable roster attrition. Nowadays a backup quarterback is going to almost certainly see extended regular season action. Not to mention backup players at nearly every other position as well. And that is where the focus is going to be in these final exhibition games. As far as the actual “winners” that will be the teams that avoid serious injuries to key players.
The Bills and Lions could prove to be an interesting game in that Detroit head coach Matt Patricia will want to enter the regular season with a positive vibe and momentum. Patricia is facing a win or else season and is likely to pull out all the stops in an effort to save his career and make a playoff charge for long suffering Detroit fans.
The Bengals may give 2020 NFL Draft number one overall pick Joe Burrow some prep time against the Colts, who will likely rest and protect veteran free agent Philip Rivers. Cincinnati must also use most of this game to try and assess who will backup Burrow on the depth chart.
The Redskins have more to play for than the loaded Ravens in their exhibition matchup from Washington. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera will be in the midst of trying to change a losing culture and a win over Baltimore, even in preseason, would be a quite a morale boost. Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins should have the starting job clinched but Kyle Allen has stated he expects to compete for the gig. Rivera is the tenth victim, or make that head coach, of the Dan Snyder ownership era. Which brings the ultimate question as to why is it going to be any different for him than the other nine?
Two of the most successful and historic franchises will meet in Kansas City as the Chiefs host the Packers. One angle that might be in Green Bay’s favor is the likelihood that first round draft pick Jordan Love, the heir apparent to veteran star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, should get significant playing time in this game before he rocks the cap and clipboard for the four months that follow. By contrast Chiefs coach Andy Reid is certain to empty his bench for this one as he protects key players for the long road and title defense that lies ahead.
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