Many find it hard to believe when I tell them that betting the NFL Preseason can be very profitable. However, it's very true and most of the professional sports bettors that I associate with here in Las Vegas will tell you the exact same thing: if you put in the necessary work each week you can win betting on NFL Preseason games.
The reason why someone can win during this time of the year is one word: information. Through lots of hard work and research you can find the information that will put you way ahead of what the oddsmakers know about each of the games.
During the NFL regular season most people know everything there is too know about all the teams and each of the weekly matchups. This isn't the case during the NFL Preseason as knowing who is playing and for how long can be a real guessing game for most bettors. Putting in the time to research player rotations and game plans can give you a huge edge over the others, and this is the main reason most handicappers win betting on the NFL Preseason. Now that we have established that beating the NFL Preseason is possible, we now need to look at how we can do this. I will offer up some NFL preseason betting tips and advice to help you on your way.
First off I realize that no one can go out and read in-depth about 15 NFL Preseason games each week. That would be a lot of work for anyone that doesn't do this full-time. So what you need to do each week is narrow that list of 15 games down to maybe five or so games and then go from there with your handicapping. After you have found the five games to research and study you should come away from that list with a solid play or two that will give you a winning edge this NFL Preseason.
Each week of the NFL Preseason is unique, and with it you should be focusing on certain teams who are playing in certain situations. Here is the strategy I use when looking over a Week 1 NFL Preseason card.
The first week of the NFL Preseason is upon us and it can't come soon enough for a lot of teams. Motivation is important when looking at Week 1 of the NFL Preseason. Believe it or not, some of these teams have actually been waiting for this so called meaningless game since almost the end of the regular season last year. So what we need to do is find out which of these teams are anxious to get back on the field and begin their season, and most importantly get that nasty taste of losing out of their mouths from the previous year. All these teams have heard about for months was how bad they were and now they can go out and play without the pressures of a regular season game and then presto! Everyone and everything feels a whole lot better just like that. It's really that simple and if you look close enough you can find these "motivated to win" teams out there.
Take last year's Detroit Lions. The 2009 Lions were coming back from what was a horrific 0-16 season in 2008. This was all the Lions had heard about since the second their season ended the previous year. It was time to turn the page and move on and there was no easier or better way to do that then to go out and win a football game, any football game, even one as meaningless as a preseason game, and they did just that with a come-from-behind win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 of the preseason last year. There was actually a little bit of a celebration and a collective sigh of relief coming from the Detroit organization after the game.
The same thing happened with the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 of the preseason last year. Coming off an awful 2-14 season the year before and with a whole bunch of changes the Rams were itching to get back on the field as soon as they could and move onto a new era of Rams football. The Rams went out and did just that as they beat the soon-to-be-playoff-bound New York Jets in New York in their first game of the preseason last year. Keep in mind that this win was came from a Rams team that would go on to win just one game all last year and that was over the aforementioned two-win Detroit Lions team.
So there you have it, motivated teams looking to get things going now, teams who had awful seasons last year or tumultuous offseasons and who want to calm their fan base down a bit with some good news, etc... They want to put a good product on the field and show the fans that they have something to get excited about this year and for losing teams there is no better way to do that then to win their first preseason game.
So the last question is this: who are these motivated teams this year in Week 1 of the preseason? My short list includes the bottom-of-the-barrel teams from last year like the Rams, Lions, Buccaneers, Redskins, Chiefs, Raiders and Seahawks. Basically were talking about all the five-win or below teams, except the Cleveland Browns who ended last year on a hot streak. Maybe throw the Pittsburgh Steelers in this batch as they have had a rough offseason in the news.
So there you have it, a list of teams to look at in Week 1 of the NFL Preseason. Most of them teams are underdogs this week, mainly because of how bad they were the year before. Anyone that has bet preseason football in the past will tell you that the underdogs and the extra points that go with backing these teams are the first place someone should look when betting NFL Preseason games.
The hard part is over. We now have our list to work off of for Week 1 of the preseason. So let's get to work and research the games involving these teams and find out the information needed so we can be on our way to having a winning NFL preseason.
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