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2021 NFL Preseason Betting

2021 NFL Preseason Betting

The NFL preseason for 2021 will be different, as teams will play just three preseason games. Once upon a time preseason games were used to get starters in shape for the regular season and before the 1978 season, pro football teams played an astounding six exhibition games each. Starters would often play into the second half and, more often than not, teams actually tried to win. That is not the case today, as starters barely play and the preseason is used to evaluate rookies. New players and reserves get most of the playing time as they compete for final roster spots. Concurrently in this era, the object of a preseason game is to simply make sure that key players are not injured for when the regular season opens.

Teams with new head coaches or coordinators will use preseason to iron out new schemes and play calling systems. Additionally, NFL preseason games are known for having a lot of mistakes and penalty flags.

The NFL preseason is supposedly disliked by almost everyone for the poor-quality farce it has become. Yet even those who rip the exhibition matchups must be watching and wagering as these games draw higher TV ratings and betting handle than regular season games from any other sport. It will be interesting to see how the reduction from four preseason games to three preseason games affects preseason betting in 2021. A total of five preseason games will be nationally televised and that doesn’t include games on NFL Network.

NFL Hall of Fame Game


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

NFL Preseason Week 1


New York Jets at New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Football Team at New England Patriots


Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals


Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers

Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks at Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams

Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings

Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts

The first week of the 2021 NFL preseason is usually just a chance for the starters to get their feet wet but things might be different in 2021 with the reduction in overall preseason games. The Hall of Fame Game between the Steelers and Cowboys is actually not part of the first week of the preseason, so Pittsburgh and Dallas will play four preseason games, while the rest of the teams will play three.

NFL Preseason Week 2


New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles


Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)


Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears

New York Jets at Green Bay Packers

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins

Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers

Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers

Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants at Cleveland Browns

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Rams


San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers


Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints (ESPN)

The Chiefs and Cardinals get the preseason spotlight in Week 2 and it will be interesting to see how much Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray play. The conclusion to Week 2 of the preseason will have the Jaguars taking on the Saints and the New Orleans quarterback battle between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will be in the spotlight.

NFL Preseason Week 3


Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions

Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers


Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills

Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football Team

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans

Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks


Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys

Las Vegas Raiders at San Francisco 49ers

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

New England Patriots at New York Giants

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons (NBC)

We have no idea how much the starters will play in Week 3 but two of the games will be nationally televised. Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa are no longer rookies and they should get some work as they prepare for year 2. The matchup between the Browns and Falcons on NBC will wrap up the 2021 NFL preseason.

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