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2019 NFL Preseason Betting
The NFL preseason has undergone a transformation in recent years, as teams are less and less inclined to play their biggest stars much at all in the exhibition season. That type of strategy certainly has an outsized effect on the spread, as an inferior overall team that uses its starting quarterback will still be the favorite against a better team that rests its signal-caller.
It is critical for bettors to know the playing time scenario of each team this preseason, which kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 1, featuring the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons. The rest of the teams will kick off the next week, as the preseason slate begins in earnest at that point.
There has been a typical protocol that most teams followed during the preseason in the past. Starters would see limited action in Week 1 with a few more snaps for the regulars the following the week. When the third week of the preseason rolled around, coaches were ready to see where their club stood. That week was commonly known as a dress rehearsal. However, many more teams are choosing to keep their starters on the sideline or pull them much quicker of late in order to avoid injury. Some coaches stick to the old-school philosophy but many more have decided to err on the side of caution.
The final week of the preseason is the most difficult to handicap because no one plays their stars with the regular season so close. Teams will sit starters and veterans while taking a long look at younger players to fill the final available roster spots.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 1 Schedule
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Teams with coaches who value the preseason will obviously have the upper hand in the exhibition slate. It also helps to have a quarterback competition or a young signal-caller, because more time on the field with talented passers means a better chance at winning.
It really helps to have an understanding of what specific coaches are looking for in their club, as it can give bettors the upper hand when it comes to wagering on the exhibition games. Several first-time head coaches will make their debuts in 2019, and when a new man is in position it usually means the team stunk the year before.
However, these new coaches feel like they have something to prove, and may try harder in the preseason, which could result in wins. While that won’t mean anything in the long run, it could pay off well for bettors who back the teams with new coaches.
Andy Reid has been doing this long enough to realize that exhibition games are meaningless. During his time with Philadelphia and Kansas City he’s been one of the winningest coaches, yet his preseason record is well below .500. Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer has traditionally been impressive in the preseason, and if he continues that trend the Vikings will be a popular pick once again.
The preseason is less about pure skill or the home field and more about playing time so keep a close eye on what teams plan to do during the exhibition slate in NFL gambling.
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