After waiting six excruciatingly long months the 2015 NFL preseason is a handful of days away. Although preseason games don’t count, they do matter. They matter if you have the inside track on boosting your NFL betting bankroll. Click here for the latest Super Bowl 50 odds and for all of those who need a refresher on the 2014 season take a look:
Before we get to my NFL preseason ATS rankings here are the most important dates leading up to the regular season opener.
2015 NFL Pre-Season Against The Spread Betting Power Rankings
- July 29: Teams began reporting to training camp
- Aug. 9: First preseason game: Minnesota Vikings Vs Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio
- Aug. 11: Owners meeting in Illinois to discuss a team moving to Los Angeles
- Sept. 1: Rosters must be cut from 90 players to 75.
- Sept. 3: NFL Preseason finale
- Sept. 5: Cut day. Rosters must be reduced from 75 players to 53 by 4 p.m.
- Sept. 6: Beginning at 1 p.m., teams may sign 10 players to a practice squad.
- Sept. 7: All teams must be in compliance with the salary cap.
- Sept. 10: Regular-season opener with Pittsburgh visting New England
** Last season ATS records
- Arizona Cardinals, 11-5 – The Cardinals got no love last season and it appears that they’re not going to get any love this season. A healthy Carson Palmer gives them a shot at the NFC West Division.
- Green Bay Packers, 9-6-1 – Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay knows that they blew it in the NFC Championship Game last season. They’ll start this season with their mind on business.
- Seattle Seahawks, 9-6-1 – Who knows how many points the addition of Jimmy Graham will add to the Seahawks point totals. The ‘Hawks could end up as number one on the NFL ATS Power Rankings list soon.
- Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-7 – Pittsburgh’s offense will be one of the best in the NFL. The defense has some untested but talented players that could lead to a lot of Pitt covers ATS.
- Philadelphia Eagles, 9-7 – Philadelphia should face relatively easy spreads to cover this season now that Chip Kelly has gutted the offense. Chip’s got 2 great running backs, though. So, bet with confidence.
- Dallas Cowboys, 10-6 – Yes, the offensive line returns but can anybody carry the ball as well as DeMarco Murray did? Dallas‘ defense is somewhat of a question mark. Let’s see how pre-season goes.
- Kansas City Chiefs, 10-6 – You have to love Jeremy Maclin showing up to play with Jamal Charles. This is going to be a good team in the AFC, one that should cover spreads on most Sundays.
- Indianapolis Colts, 10-5-1 – The word is out on how good Indianapolis is going to be this year. They might end up being favored by too many points in many games during the season. It’s going to be interesting to see how Andrew Luck and company perform ATS.
- Minnesota Vikings, 10-6 – Minnesota is the ‘hot’ team, the one that everybody predicts will go to the playoffs this season. How they perform during the pre-season games up to Week 1 ATS could go a long way in determining if they remain hot.
- Houston Texans, 9-6-1 – The Texans still need to play offense well enough to take advantage of JJ Watt’s excellent work along the defensive line. Houston played admirably last season to garner the 9-6-1 ATS record.
- New England Patriots, 9-7 – New England won’t be a huge favorite in its first 4 games this season. It might even be a big dog in some of those. They could end up in the Top 10 after the pre-season.
- Cincinnati Bengals, 8-7-1 – Cincinnati is a tough team to back against the spread. The offense isn’t spectacular and the defense can play down to its opponent.
- Denver Broncos, 8-8 – Denver’s ability to cover spreads will depend on Peyton Manning’s ability to rediscover his MVP form.
- Carolina Panthers, 8-8 – If Cam Newton improves, Carolina could be a sneaky good cover team in 2015. The defense should be awesome.
- Baltimore Ravens, 7-8-1 – Baltimore figures to climb steadily up the rankings once the season actually starts. The Ravens have the goods to get to the Super Bowl.
- Oakland Raiders, 8-8 – Sleep on Oakland if you dare. Carr is turning into a decent quarterback and now he’s got a legit number one receiver in Amari Cooper.
- Detroit Lions, 7-9 – Without Ndamukong Suh, the Lions‘ D will be just okay. Last year’s ATS record could go much further south this season.
- San Diego Chargers, 7-9 – The Bolts could end up climbing in the ATS Rankings if Melvin Gordon is as good as advertised.
- New York Giants, 7-9 – The Giants have a good shot of winning the NFC East. It’s another year with Eli to Odell Beckham Jr. and the defense will be better than it was last season.
- Miami Dolphins, 7-9 – Miami’s management gave a ton of money to Ryan Tannehill during the offseason. Will that help Tannehill lead the Dolphins to covers against the spread?
- St. Louis Rams, 7-9 – This team will improve big time this season. Nick Foles might be the answer at QB and the defense has turned into a Top 5 unit.
- Atlanta Falcons, 7-9 – Those NFL handicappers that back the Falcons shouldn’t expect more than 7 to 9 this season. Dan Quinn will be a good coach but his defensive scheme relies on top-notch players.
- Chicago Bears, 7-9 – The Bears might be able to climb the rankings. Not much is expected but John Fox is a terrific coach. He’ll get the best that any coach can out of Jay “Don’t Call Me Jake Delhomme” Cutler.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-9 – It’s hard to back the Bucs to be better than 7 and 9 ATS this season when rookie Jameis Winston really hasn’t looked as good as Marcus Mariota in Tennessee.
- San Francisco 49’ers, 6-9-1 – The Niners could end up in thirty-second place in the NFL ATS Power Rankings. The defense is terrible while the offense still depends on running QB Colin Kaepernick.
- New York Jets, 6-9-1 – This team will be better than last season. The defense could end up as the best in the NFL while the offense won’t be any worse than it was in 2014.
- Jacksonville Jaguars, 6-9-1 – Word is Blake Bortles has looked great in camp. Who knows if someone will step up for Bortles to throw the ball too. 7 and 9 ATS would be an accomplishment.
- New Orleans Saints, 6-10-1 – The Saints have the talent on defense and the smarts on offense to be a surprise team in the NFL. Expect much better than the 6-10-1 ATS record from the 2014-2015 NFL Season.
- Washington, 5-11 – I doubt that any football handicapper has a clue as to how well Washington will do against the spread this season. Washington looks like a disaster waiting to happen again, but who knows?
- Cleveland Browns, 9-5-1 – It’s easy to go out on a limb with Cleveland and say that the team is going to have a hard time covering spreads. The defense is good, but the offense looks terrible. Cleveland repeating last season’s 9-5-1 record is a pipe dream.
- Buffalo Bills, 9-7 – Buffalo has a shot at climbing up in the rankings. The defense will be better, and it was good last season, with Rex Ryan in charge.
- Tennessee Titans, 3-12-1 – If Mariota is as good as he’s looked, Tennessee could sneak into the Top 10. The team doesn’t have a lot going for it, but it’s going to be such a huge dog in almost every game that Mariota could cover spreads by himself…if he’s good enough.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Schedule
|Sunday Aug 9|
|Minnesota -2.5||Pittsburgh +2.5||34.5||NBC||Fawcett Stadium, Canton||8:00 PM ET|
|Thursday, August 13|
|New Orleans||Baltimore||M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore||7:30 PM ET|
|Green Bay||New England||Gillette Stadium, Foxboro||7:30 PM ET|
|New York||Detroit||Ford Field, Detroit||7:30 PM ET|
|Miami||Chicago||Soldier Field, Chicago||8:00 PM ET|
|Washington||Cleveland||FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland||8:00 PM ET|
|Dallas||San Diego||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego||10:00 PM ET|
|Friday, August 14|
|Tennessee||Atlanta||Georgia Dome, Atlanta||7:00 PM ET|
|Carolina||Buffalo||Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo||7:00 PM ET|
|Pittsburgh||Jacksonville||EverBank Field, Jacksonville||7:30 PM ET|
|New York||Cincinnati||Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati||7:30 PM ET|
|St. Louis||Oakland||O.co Coliseum, Oakland||10:00 PM ET|
|Denver||Seattle||CenturyLink Field, Seattle||10:00 PM ET|
|Saturday, August 15|
|San Francisco||Houston||NRG Stadium, Houston||8:00 PM ET|
|Tampa Bay||Minnesota||TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis||8:00 PM ET|
|Kansas City||Arizona||U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale||9:00 PM ET|
|Sunday, August 16|
|Indianapolis||Philadelphia||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia||1:00 PM ET|