2019 NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds, Overview & Picks
How do you know that the NFL season is getting closer? Preseason games have begun! With the Hall of Fame Game behind us, NFL Preseason Week 1 action begins this week as all 32 teams will be in action starting on Thursday night. Let’s preview each of the games along with their spread, and make some NFL Betting predictions.
2019 NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds, Overview & Picks
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Thursday, August 8th
New York Jets (-2) @ New York Giants
This will be a home game for both teams, as they meet in their home stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. One of the main storylines of this game will be the first appearance of LeVeon Bell in a Jets uniform. We will also be looking for who will win the backup quarterback job for the Jets.
As for the Giants, we’ll be watching the progress of rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones at the quarterback position.
The Jets are favored and will win this low scoring game by a field goal.
Indianapolis Colts (Pk) vs. Buffalo Bills (Pk)
The Colts are a dark horse pick to make a run at the Super Bowl in the AFC. We will probably see a lot of QB Jacoby Brissett in this one.
Chad Kelly and Matt Barkley will take most of the QB reps for the Bills. The Bills have a strong defense and should be able to stop the Colts offense.
Buffalo at home in this one!
Houston Texans @ Green Bay Packers (-2)
The Matt LaFleur era begins in Green Bay. We’ll get to see a revamped offensive scheme for the Packers. Wide receiver spots are up for grabs in Green Bay, so who will step up?
For the Texans, we’ll be watching to see if the offensive line play has been improved at all. The starting RB spot is up for grabs in Houston, and with Lamar Miller likely to see very little action, we’ll see who looks like a candidate to start.
With a new regime in place and this being a home game, go with the Pack!
Washington Redskins @ Cleveland Browns (-1.5)
We could see a lot of rookie Dwayne Haskins under center for the Redskins. He’ll be looking to win the starting QB job.
For the Browns, the home crowd will be amped to see the debut of Odell Beckham, Jr.
With all of the excitement surrounding the Browns in Cleveland, look for the Browns to win by a touchdown.
New England Patriots (-1.5) @ Detroit Lions
We’ll probably see a lot of Jarrett Stidham for the Patriots. The Patriots will be taking a hard look at their passing game weapons as they have questions at wide receiver and will be looking for tight end depth to help fill the void left by the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.
The Lions defense will be ready for the Patriots offensive scheme.
Detroit is the pick in this one.
Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins
Since Atlanta played in the Hall of Fame game, there won’t be a line on this one. Miami will be trying to iron out who will be their starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen. Since Atlanta has already seen action in the preseason, we’ll probably see a little bit more of their starters.
Falcons all the way!
Tennessee Titans @ Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)
With Nick Foles now in Jacksonville, we’re going to be watching to see who will win the backup QB position for the Eagles. Carson Wentz has been injury-prone in his first few years in the league, so Cody Kessler and Nate Sudfeld will be battling for the #2 spot.
As for the Titans, we could see a lot of Ryan Tannehill under center. Much like Wentz, Marcus Mariota has struggled to stay on the field.
This will be a low scoring affair. Take Tennessee and the points.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens (-4)
The Nick Foles era begins for the Jags. We won’t see much of him, but we will get to see if Gardner Minshew will be able to transition from the Mike Leach college offense to a pro-style offense.
Baltimore has revamped its offense to fit their running quarterbacks. After a brief showing from Lamar Jackson, we’ll see Trace McSorley.
This offense will be a change for NFL defenses, so take the Ravens in this one.
Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears (-3.5)
We’ll see how much of Matt Nagy’s complex offense has been put in since camp started. For Carolina, we’ll see a lot of quarterback Will Grier. With Cam Newton coming off of shoulder surgery, the Panthers will be looking to see if Grier can handle things if Newton were to go down again.
The Bears tend to struggle in the preseason, go Panthers and the points here.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals (-1.5)
Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray will make their NFL debuts. Everyone will be excited to see if Kyler Murray was worthy of the first pick in the draft.
With no Melvin Gordon in camp, the Chargers will be looking at potential starting running backs.
Cardinals win a high scoring affair by 3.
Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
With Denver having played in the Hall of Fame game, there is no line for this game.
Denver will probably let Joe Flacco see some action in this one. Their starters could see a few series.
Seattle has some questions at the running back position, so we’ll look to see who will emerge from the pack.
Denver wins here.
Friday, August 9th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5)
Gone are Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown from the Steelers. The Steelers have a ton of depth at the running back position, so we should see a lot of the Steeler ground game.
Bruce Arians makes his return to the NFL. We will see if he can turn Jameis Winston into a top tier quarterback.
The Steelers ground game will be too much for the Bucs. Steelers win.
Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints (-3)
Both teams will be looking to see what receivers can make the cut. Both have a lot of receiving depth, so they’ll be looking for someone to stand out.
Saints win at home by a touchdown.
Saturday, August 10th
Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs (-5)
Ryan Finley and John Ross will see most of the time under center for the Bengals, while we should see a great deal of Chad Henne for the Chiefs.
With Henne at the helm, the Chiefs win this one and cover the spread.
Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland Raiders (-3)
The Rams will be looking for running back depth, as Todd Gurley’s knees seem to be a question mark.
Jon Gruden will be looking at his new look Raiders offense.
Rams win a tight one.
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers (-3)
The Cowboys circus comes to Levi’s Stadium on Saturday. With all of the questions regarding the absence of Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys will be looking at his potential replacements.
We could see more time for the 49ers starts, as Jimmy Garoppolo missed most of last season.
Go with the Niners in this one, as they’ll win and cover the spread.