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NFL Betting: 5 Tips For Winning Preseason NFL Football Betting

Tips for betting NFL Preseason Games

NFL Preseason 2014

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Preseason NFL football is simply a different animal when it comes to betting and there are factors that need to be kept in mind that you wouldn’t necessarily think about when handicapping regular season action.

There are so many variables to look at in preseason NFL football and most we just don’t know how they will play out until they actually happen; it’s sort of like trying to handicap the sixth through ninth inning of a baseball game before the game even starts. While the unknown is the variable, there are certain things we can look at beforehand which could give us some clues.

NFL Betting: 5 Tips For Winning Preseason NFL Football Betting


1)     Injury Reports- In preseason if a player is doubtful or questionable, in most cases the player won’t play at all or at the very least, won’t have any kind of impact on the field. It’s preseason, few coaches are willing to risk their stars when the games don’t count and with the size of NFL contracts and the projected length of an NFL career, few players are willing to risk it no matter how excited they are to get out on the field.

2)     Position Battles- If there is a battle for a position those players are going to get a longer look. If there is battle for the position those players are likely better than the third or fourth string players they are taking time away from. Of course there are also roster spot competitions but most of those are settled at training camp. Teams with a QB battle, especially at the starting spot, will have a big edge because they will play two QB’s capable of starting for the bulk of the game.

3)     Coaching Styles-For some coaches NFL Preseason is an absolute throw out, for some every game counts. Usually first year and first time head Coaches care a lot more about actually winning the games while the old school coaches are working on plays they have been drawing up all off season.

4)     Depth-The best teams have very few roster spots that are actually available so just about everyone on the preseason roster can play. Even the players who aren’t going to make the team are likely still very good if they are still around competing.

5)     Holdouts- Players holding out means less depth on the roster so a player looking for the number two spot is now the number one, the number three is now the number two, and so on. While it does happen that a team discovers a diamond in the rough because the starter is holding out but usually it just hurts the overall roster. 

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