An AFC Preseason Online NFL Betting Battle
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Preliminary online NFL betting continues this week as the league’s preseason schedule continues this week. From contests on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this weekend will consist of NFL sportsbook fans watching the newest rookies try to earn a spot in the starting roster. Similarly, bettors will be looking to get acquainted, acclimated, and adjusted to the latest lines, bonuses, and parlay options for this upcoming season.
The league has spread out Week 2’s preseason action fairly well. Saturday will be the most eventful day of the weekend, since it offers the largest menu out of all 4 days. Let’s check out what football betting sites are predicting for this upcoming weekend’s contest between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans.
New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans – Saturday, August 19th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
New England Patriots +1 (-105) 41 (-110)
Houston Texans -1 (-115) 41 (-110)
New England Patriots
After adding another Super Bowl victory to both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s already historic resume, the Patriots stand ready to make history once again in 2017. New England enters this upcoming season as the online NFL betting favorite to win the AFC East, the AFC, and another Super Bowl.
The Pats finished 14-2 last season, which was a little surprising considering that they had to contend without Brady for the first four games of the season. Brady was serving a suspension over his involvement in Deflategate. With Brady under center right out of the gate, everyone is picking New England in the East.
Granted, the Patriots will have to win the division without the help of some of last year’s teammates. This includes tight end Martellus Bennett, running back LeGarrette Blount, wide receiver Michael Floyd, defensive end Chris Long, and corner back Logan Ryan. However, bettors shouldn’t be concerned, since the organization has never had a problem brining in and developing new talent.
The Texans went 9-7 in 2016 and even though they won the AFC South, the team still underperformed in every definition of the word. Houston practically sold their sold in order to get Brock Osweiler as their starting quarterback. Unfortunately for the Texans, who felt like they were getting a franchise quarterback, they got exactly what the rest of the online NFL betting community knew they were getting: an absolute bust.
This season, Houston comes in ready with veteran Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson. Savage is there to help ease Watson’s transition, and Watson is there of course to do the league like he did the Crimson Tide in last year’s NCAA championship game.
The Texans enter as slight favorites over both the Colts and Titans in the AFC South. Since Houston is the more well-rounded team, they shouldn’t have much of a problem overcoming their competition in the AFC South.