The NFL preseason games are giving teams a chance to figure out what needs to be tweaked, although they have less time this year than they’ve had in the past. The Washington Football Team found out yesterday that special teams needs a lot of work, while the Pittsburgh Steelers, now 2-0, found out that they need to tighten up their defense. There are more games on tap today and tomorrow, and NFL sports bettors are paying close attention to all the action.
Tennessee Titans Take on the Atlanta Falcons
The Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Falcons break in the new season today in Atlanta. Tennessee’s former offensive coordinator, Arthur Smith, is now leading Atlanta, and former Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones is now with Tennessee. Both will give their new teams some insights into how to handle their opponents.
The Falcons are -125 on the moneyline and, with Smith looking to start strong in his new role, should come out on top. Atlanta has a number of players looking to leave a good impression before the new season, and will make their presence known today. The spread, at -1.5 (-110) for Atlanta, is an easy option, with the Falcons dominating on offense. The NFL Over Under of 37.5 would seem high in similar situations, but the games so far are proving to be controlled by offenses. The Over (-115) is a good way to go.
Buffalo Bills Host the Detroit Lions
The Buffalo Bills are headed to Detroit as both teams play their first preseason game. The Bills aren’t likely to put any of their starters out there, but the Lions are expected to have QB Jared Goff on the field for at least a quarter to get the team fired up. However, based on last year’s performances by both teams, the Bills could still be the stronger option.
The Lions are favored to win at -125 on the moneyline, but backing last year’s conference-bound Bills at +100 has some interest because of their strength. Taking Buffalo on the +1.5 (-105) spread seems like the logical step with a Bills win. Because these teams are not expected to be ready to exert themselves, taking the Under of 36.5 (-110) is likely to pay off.
Dallas Cowboys Look for Improvements
The Dallas Cowboys have already played one preseason game, losing to the Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game. Tomorrow, they face the Arizona Cardinals and hope to have better luck. Hoping, however, doesn’t win games. QB Dak Prescott is reportedly headed for another MRI as he is still suffering from last year’s injury and, while he wasn’t going to play today, anyway, that doesn’t paint an optimistic picture for the season.
The Cowboys were hammered by the Steelers, 16-3, in their preseason game, an indication that Dallas has a long way to go. There won’t be any miracles tomorrow, however, and backing the Cards at -127 is an easy pick. QB Kyler Murray is expected to be on the field for Arizona, and will be able to make the big plays. That leaves the -1.5 (-109) spread as an extra bonus, with attention needing to be given to the Over/Under. At 40, despite the Over creeping up recently, it seems a little high. Taking the Under (-110) is smart money.
Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears Meet at Soldier Field
The Miami Dolphins are out to prove a point this year and will start trying to make it tomorrow. The team has already stated that a lot of its starters will be on the field as they face the Chicago Bears, at least for a portion of the game, and Miami really wants to see what QB Tua Tagovailoa can produce. The Bears are dealing with a number of injuries to its starting lineup, but also want to put their starters out there.
Chicago is getting -179 on the moneyline, while Miami’s getting +148. This could be a more evenly-matched game than many of the preseason have been, but backing the Bears and a more solid offense is the way to go. This game has a spread of 3.5, which could cause anxiety until the end of the game. The Over/Under of 36 is also right on the line, but the Under (-110) is likely.