We are one week from the kick-off of the 2019 NFL preseason. If you are going to bet on football against the spread use my NFL Preseason Week 1 spread betting analysis to cash in big.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Spreads & ATS Betting Analysis
Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers -2 ½
There is a ton of enthusiasm in Packer Camp because new coach Matt LaFleur will bring an offense that should flatter Aaron Rodgers’ hall of fame talent. The real key is whether the Packers offensive line can gel. Green Bay’s line should get a chance to do that in this matchup. The Texans can’t afford to play their starting defensive linemen without knowing how long Jadeveon Clowney holds out.
Pick: Green Bay Packers
Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears -3 ½
The Panthers will probably play rookie Will Grier as much as possible. Grier’s got some talent. He could have flashes in the first Carolina preseason game. Unfortunately for Grier, the Bears have one of the most talented defenses in the NFL. Even the Bears’ second-string defense can rough Grier up in this game.
Pick: Chicago Bears
L.A. Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals -1 ½
The Los Angeles Chargers are likely to take things easy on August 8. They know what type of team they’ve got. No way Philip Rivers sees the field while the Bolts can’t take a chance on getting Austin Ekeler hurt. Melvin Gordon is holding out. So, they must protect their second-string RB.
We should see Kyler Murray for at least a couple of series in this matchup. Murray could have an auspicious first game as an Arizona Cardinal.
Pick: Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers -2 ½
Bruce Arians hasn’t made a commitment to any player on Tampa Bay’s roster. That includes quarterback Jameis Winston. Arians will use the preseason to figure out exactly what he’s got. The Steelers will use the preseason to get first-round draft pick Devin Bush ready for the NFL. Bush should terrorize Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks in this.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints -3 ½
Drew Brees might only play a half during the entire preseason. That could happen in the Saints’ third preseason game. New Orleans might have the best backup quarterback in the NFL in Teddy Bridgewater, though. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t play that much, he’ll play enough. Teddy should lead New Orleans to a couple of touchdowns.
The Vikings won’t keep up on the scoreboard. Not with Sean Mannion at quarterback and Alexander Mattison at running back.
Pick: New Orleans Saints