|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NFL preseason handicapping is an entirely different sports betting animal to tame than is the case of regular season NFL wagering. NFL preseason success comes from the same basic sports betting principles, however, as it all comes down to the basics of discipline and money management.
The first key to success in the NFL preseason is to do your homework. While sports betting can always be tricky and hazardous the exhibition schedule of the NFL betting season is even more so. Keep in mind that in the regular season the objective of each team is easy to figure, which is that they are simply trying to win games. And that is challenging enough to handicap. The NFL preseason, on the other hand, is not nearly as simple to figure because many of the teams are not trying to win games in the NFL preseason but merely survive until the regular season.
Some teams simply use the NFL preseason as practices and for experimentation for the regular season. The NFL preseason is also a time to give inexperienced players plenty of playing time and opportunity. Such factors make bad teams good and good teams bad in the NFL preseason. Keep in mind that the 0-16 Detroit Lions went a perfect 4-0 in the NFL preseason for 2008 because of these very dynamics that go into the handicapping process.
With such different motivational factors to consider when handicapping the NFL preseason it is important to not step out on a limb with a large wager that can easily blow up. Beyond that it is of paramount importance for a gambler to do his homework before betting on exhibition football games. The information needed to bet on the exhibition season is readily available from local news websites from each team, from many national sports websites, and from the team websites themselves as they will often lay out in public what their intentions are for a preseason game.
Those that do their homework can actually make bank in the exhibition schedule and often take advantage of weak lines on the board.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.