It’s Week 1 of the 2018 NFL Preseason. Within a month, NFL teams will be ready to throw down in their quest for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Betting on NFL Preseason games can be lucrative. It can also lead to disaster.
Check out things to keep in mind while handicapping NFL Preseason games.
Best Ways to Safely Handicap the 2018 NFL Preseason
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The easiest NFL Preseason games to handicap are in Week 2 and Week 3
The easiest NFL Preseason games to handicap are in Week 2 and Week 3. Week 1 games are difficult to handicap because NFL coaching staffs aren’t sure what they’ve got on either side of the football.
Concentrate on handicapping Week 2 and Week 3 games. Often, coaches want to see more from players that did well in Week 1 in Week 2. Week 3 is about getting starters more reps than normal.
What’s wrong with NFL Preseason Week 4?
Nothing, really. If your tuned into a specific team, or teams, by all means handicap the game. Make sure to keep in mind, though, that by NFL Preseason Week 4, most teams have an idea of who their starters will be for Week 1.
Playing starters in a Week 4 NFL Preseason game, which could lead to injuries, isn’t the greatest thing to do. Every season it happens where a star player becomes injured during the NFL Preseason. Most players hate NFL Preseason Week 4. Most NFL coaches have begun to agree with those players.
When in doubt, take the points in an NFL Preseason game
When in doubt, take the points in an NFL Preseason game. Don’t let anyone tell you, and don’t believe you know, exactly what NFL coaches are thinking before and during an NFL Preseason game.
Also, don’t always believe tout services. Some are extremely capable of picking winners. But, just like the stock market, nobody’s always right. That’s why it’s important to when in doubt, take the points.
Before making a decision, consider 2017 NFL Preseason records
History doesn’t always repeat itself. In fact, history almost never really repeats itself, but in the NFL, coaches have tendencies. For example, the Philadelphia Eagles went 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS in their 4 NFL Preseason games in 2017.
The Eagles won SU and ATS in NFL Preseason Week 2 and NFL Preseason Week 3. It’s doubtful that head coach Doug Pederson changes his preseason philosophy this year. It’s a good bet that Pederson decides to play his real offense in Week 2 and Week 3 while playing back-ups in Week 1 and figuring out how to flesh out his roster in Week 4.