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2020 NFL Preseason Betting
Once upon a time preseason games were used to get starters in shape for the regular season. 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.
However now days each team plays four preseason games and key players are barely utilized. 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.
Some sharps like betting on preseason games when they can get information on which teams will play their top players more or less in a game. Live betting has become quite popular in NFL preseason for that reason as well.
Both the Rams and Chargers will make their respective debuts at new SoFi Stadium, which they share, in week one of the NFL Preseason.
Week two preseason national TV action includes the Jets at Lions on ESPN, Jaguars and Buccaneers on CBS, Saints at Steelers on FOX, and the Redskins at Colts at ESPN. Most important of all Tom Brady will be making his home debut for Tampa Bay.
For week three preseason, the Bengals at Falcons game is on CBS with the Vikings at Browns on FOX and the Panthers at Ravens on NBC. Week three is known as the most important week of preseason with regular starters getting the most playing time of any exhibition game on the schedule.
There are no national TV games in week four of preseason. The fourth preseason game features the most substitutions with regular starters often held out of the game completely.
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