2016 NFL Week 1 Bet-On And Bet-Against Teams

Posted by Eric Williams on Tuesday,August 9, 2016 5:01, EST in

If you’re an NFL betting odds enthusiast that wants to know which teams are looking like virtual locks to win their respective preseason openers and which ones should you avoid betting on like the Bubonic Plague, then you’re in luck.

Thanks to this expert look at the best, bet-on and best-against teams, you’re going to have a great idea of just what to expect when the opening slate of preseason games gets underway in just over 48 hours. Okay, with that said, let’s get started.

Here’s a Closer Look At The 2016 NFL Week 1 Bet-On And Bet-Against Teams



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Carolina -1.5 at Baltimore

When: 7:30 PM ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium

I think the Carolina Panthers are a good team to bet against in their opener against a Baltimore team that is looking to bounce back in a big way after going 5-11 in an injury-decimated campaign they had no chance in. The Ravens have an excellent backup in veteran Matt Schaub, making them the team to bet on in this Week 1 preseason opener.

Denver at Chicago -1

When: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

The Denver Broncos are the team to bet on in their Week 1 opener against Chicago, mostly because they need to get solid production out of quarterback Mark Sanchez, who I expect to play at least three series minimum. Chicago backup David Fales is mediocre at best, making Chicago the team to bet against!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

San Diego at Tennessee -3

When: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville

With a gifted young starter in Marcus Mariota and two excellent backups in Matt Cassel and Zach Mettenberger, the Tennessee Titans are clearly the team to bet on in their Week 1 preseason matchup against a Chargers team that will turn to uninspiring veteran Kellen Clemens once Philip Rivers departs.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Minnesota at Cincinnati -3

When: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Cincinnati has a really good backup in A.J. McCarron, making the Bengals the team to bet on against a Minnesota team that will give the ball to backups Shaun Hill and Taylor Heinicke once starter Teddy Bridgewater leaves.

My Pick: Cincinnati 21 Minnesota 17

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Seattle at Kansas City -3

When: 4:30 PM ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

Former TCU star Trevone Boykin was an absolute monster in college and one of the most unstoppable players in the country. I expect him to shine in this matchup against a Chiefs team that will turn to uninspiring backup Aaron Murray once Alex Smith leaves.

My Pick: Seattle 24 Kansas City 21

Dallas at L.A. Rams -3.5

When: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Veterans Case Keenum and Nick Foles will outplay al of Dallas’ backups, making the Rams the easy pick to bet on in their Week 1 preseason opener against a Dallas Cowboys team that wants to mostly keep Tony Romo upright and healthy – likely by sitting him!


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Houston at San Francisco -3

When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

The San Francisco 49ers may have been limited to a paltry five wins last season, but they’re the team to bet on in their Week 1 preseason opener as starters-turned-backups (I guess) Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert get the job done!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Washington at Atlanta -3

When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

With mostly inexperienced taking over for starter Matt Ryan and Washington backup Colt McCoy may not be a starting caliber signal-caller, but I’ll take him every day of the week over Atlanta backup Sean Renfree, making the Skins the team to bet on in this matchup!