Welcome back football. How have I missed thee. Now I know it’s only the preseason and the games don’t really mean anything. We will see second, third and fourth stringers hit the field. Are there any value bets available for preseason week 1 betting?
Seeing one or two series from a portion of the starters is better than nothing. For the hardcore football enthusiasts who never miss a snap regardless of the game’s significance, here’s my list of NFL parlay picks to bet on now!
A Closer Look At My 2015 NFL Preseason Week 1 Parlay Picks
Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Odds: Patriots -3
Game Total: 39
Radio: Green Bay vs New England
Tom Clements will be calling plays for Green Bay from the sideline this season. In past seasons, Mike McCarthy called the plays. Clements, who is Green Bay’s offensive coordinator, was in the box last season. This season, he’ll be on the sidelines because Green Bay often employs a speedy offense.
Football handicappers should see some of that speedy offense versus the New England Patriots in the Packers’ first NFL preseason game of the year. Both the Packers and Patriots, even though New England may be without Tom Brady for the first 4 games of the regular season, are favorites in sports books to make it to the Super Bowl.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) August 8, 2015
In this matchup, expect Green Bay to cover the spread for your preseason week 1 parlay pick. New England Coach Bill Belichick almost never shows his hand. Since Belichick will be without Brady for 4 games, he will most likely be extra careful with Brady’s back-up in this one, Jimmy Garrapolo.
Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Friday, August 14 2015
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Odds: Seahawks -5.5
Game Total: 36
Radio: Denver vs Seattle
This seems like an awful lot of points to give up in an NFL preseason game, doesn’t it? Seattle isn’t likely to play QB Russell Wilson for more than a series in this game. Wilson just signed a huge, massive contract with the Seahawks. They won’t want him to get hurt. Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham aren’t likely to play for many snaps either.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) August 6, 2015
The team that covers the spread in this matchup will be the team with the better back-up QB. Tarvaris Jackson with Seattle has a ton of experience. He’s been in the league for 10 years which is why he’s not likely to get the bulk of the snaps in this contest. The Seahawks are likely to give the bulk of the snaps to William & Mary product R.J. Archer to find out if they need to keep 2 or 3 quarterbacks on the roster this season.
Denver’s Brock Osweiler, in his fourth season from Arizona State, is the heir apparent to Peyton Manning. Osweiler has to the tools to be a very good QB in the NFL. He’ll play for an entire half in this. Go with Denver to cover the spread for your NFL preseason week 1 parlay.
Say what you want about Oakland, but the team made the right pick at number 4 in wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper already has the inside track for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Yeae Award based on the way he’s looked during training camp. Oakland’s David Carr is likely to play more series in Oakland’s first NFL preseason game than other starting QBs for other teams. The reason why is because Carr needs to get his timing down with both Cooper and Crabtree.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 6, 2015
That gives Oakland the edge versus a St. Louis team that will put in various combinations to see what works best for new QB Nick Foles. Back the Raiders ATS in this matchup to close out your NFL preseason week 1 parlay.