|Written by David Michaels|
Bet on the NFLThe last week of NFL preseason games has ended and the teams have set their rosters for the coming year. While many teams have got great ideas on what they will be doing this year, the NFL dreams of many players are being deferred as a number of them have been cut. These games included many that didn't even have the original starters on these teams, thus placing an emphasis on figuring out who should stay or go from the team.
Bengals Win, But Where's the Starters?
One point about betting on NFL preseason games is that it is often harder to work alongside betting odds as many teams may not bother with their starters. This is especially the case with the Cincinnati Bengals 35-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a game that the Bengals were -2.5 favorites in. However, neither team had a single starter playing. The Colts' Chandler Harnish was sacked five times with three going to Margus Hunt. The biggest story of the game was that the Bengals cut running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, opting for Giovani Bernard at the position.
The Bills Are In Turmoil
There are concerns in Buffalo over more than just the team's ownership saga. The Bills lost 23-0 to the Detroit Lions as Jordan Palmer went 9-22 with three interceptions. He was released by the Bills just like he was by Chicago a few days earlier. In fact, he's the second quarterback the Bills have cut; Thad Lewis was also cut by the team earlier in the week. E.J. Manuel will be the starter for the Bills. Samm Watkins also injured his ribs.
As for the Lions, they were a +4 for the game. Nate Freese completed all three of his field goals for the Lions including a 53-yarder.
The San Francisco 49ers were very successful at getting past the over/under number that oddsmakers had set for the game. That total for their game with the Houston Texans was 39. The 49ers were listed at +3 but they still got over that total on their own in a 40-13 win. However, the success of the team in this game was heavily overshadowed over the recent suspension of Aldon Smith. The linebacker will be suspended for nine games. Glenn Dorsey and NaVorro Bowman are also injured, thus creating some concerns over how the Niners' offense will work.
Some Games Were Actually Close
There were a few close matches here and there during the weekend. The Miami Dolphins beat the St. Louis Rams 14-13 in a pick-em game. Matt Hazel had four receptions and a touchdown for the Dolphins.
The New York Giants also won a close game with the New England Patriots 16-13. The Giants were -3 favorites, thus resulting in a push. This came thanks to Josh Brown's last-second game-winning field goal.
The San Diego Chargers had a close win as well, beating the Arizona Cardinals 12-9. The Chargers also got a push as they were -3 favorites. All the points were off of field goals including three by the Cardinals' Chandler Catanzaro. Kicking veteran Jay Feely was cut by the Cardinals as the team is looking to head in a new direction in that position.
Don't Forget the Blowouts
There were a number of blowout situations in the NFL this past weekend. The Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-3 in a game that the Broncos were -2.5 favorites in. This came as Peyton Manning was on the bench; Brock Osweiler went 9-13 with 190 passing yards.
The Green Bay Packers also beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-14. The Packers were -3.5 favorites and were single-handedly trying to get over the point total bet of 42. This made for a rather surprising move considering how the Packers, like many other teams in the pre-season this year, had none of its starters playing during the general game.
With the regular season over, the real games are about to begin. They will start on September 4 when the Seattle Seahawks open the season against the Green Bay Packers. This will make for a big event and the oddsmakers will certainly be rushing to figure out what the odds for the matches should be. The Seahawks already have -5 odds. Of course, all games will be worth taking a look at, even the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars where the Eagles are listed at -10.