Before getting to NFL Week 1 betting odds, you have to first go through preseason betting, which kicks off on August 8th with the Hall of Fame Game. Here’s a look at the top five preseason games to keep an eye on before heading to your best online sportsbook.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting – Sunday, August 8th, 8:00 PM ET
The Hall of Fame game kicks things off in Canton, but there are a lot of rookies worth watching in this game, providing they’re signed and in camp, which could be a problem with Dallas rookie Dez Bryant. Meanwhile, the Bengals had an excellent draft, and you’ll see why in this game.
Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting – Sunday, August 15th, 7:00 PM ET
This will be a good game for two reasons: one, those who bet on NCAA football could see Tim Tebow make his first appearance in the NFL with the Broncos, but at what position? As for the second reason, after last year’s thrilling end to their Week 1 meeting, which ended in a last-minute tipped-pass and catch by Denver Broncos’ Brandon Stokley to give the Broncos a 12-7 win, we could be in for preseason fireworks.
The Giants and Jets christen their new home, the new Meadowlands, and the Giants will be out to show that last year’s decline was a fluke, while the Jets will be trying to prove that they’re the new big boys in the “Big Apple” after their trip to the AFC title game last year.
St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots Betting – Thursday, August 26th, 7:30 PM ET
This may be the last time all season you’re betting NFL odds concerning the Rams, who may end up going winless this year. But we’ll get to see a bit of No.1 pick Sam Bradford, who should head over to the other sideline and try to get some tips from Tom Brady, a three-time Super Bowl winner. Brady suggestion would probably be for Bradford to get on another team.
In the final preseason game of the season for these two, we should be able to get a half for their new first-choice starters. In Washington, it’s Donovan McNabb, who was stolen from their NFC East rivals in Philadelphia. In Arizona, it’s Matt Leinart, who finally takes over from the retired Kurt Warner….or is it Derek Anderson, who was picked up as insurance in case Leinart still can’t get it right? That’s the main question entering this game for Arizona, and whoever plays more should end up getting the nod in Week 1. Whether it helps the Cardinals’ odds in your best online sportsbook remains to be seen.
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