Best Preseason NFL Betting Bets for This Friday
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The start of the 2017 NFL season is right around the corner. In the meantime, NFL sportsbook fans can get their fix by taking part in some preseason NFL betting. The preseason got kicked off a few weeks back with the annual Hall of Fame game and has been in full swing ever since. Last week’s action brought a few bombshells, like the Jags beating the Pats, but these surprises need to be taken with a grain of salt since we’re still in the preseason.
Preseason NFL betting continues this week with a healthy dose of contests on Thursday, followed by a lone matchup on Friday. We’ve already taken a look at the contests going down on Thursday, so let’s take a look at what NFL betting sites are predicting will go down this Friday.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks – Friday, August 18th
When: 10:00 pm ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
TV: NFL Network
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Preseason NFL Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +3 (-110) 40 ½ (-110)
Seattle Seahawks -3 (-110) 40 ½ (-110)
The Vikings had high hopes for the 2016 season, but a preseason injury to starting quarterback Terry Bridgewater quickly sent the franchise scrambling in search of another quarterback. That search led to Sam Bradford, who stepped in for the injured Bridgewater and quickly asserted himself as the Vikings’ starter.
Bradford looked great out of the gate and very early on it seemed like Minnesota would be laying claim to the division. Unfortunately, midseason struggles rapidly but the Vikes in a hole too deep to claw out off as Minnesota found themselves on the wrong side of a losing record. The Vikings were able to slightly rebound before the season ended, posting an 8-8 record.
Against a team that did make the playoffs, NFL betting sites have rightfully listed Minnesota as an underdog. Nonetheless, fans shouldn’t be so quick to rule out the NFC North team, considering how well they fared against the Buffalo Bills last week.
The Vikings kicked off their preseason by defeating Buffalo 17-10 on the road. Minnesota fared fairly well against the pass, only allowing 182 yards through the air. The same cannot be said about their running defense however, since they conceded 127 yards on the ground. Offensively, Bradford looked well in his series but their running game needs some improvements as well.
The Seahawks turned in a 10-5-1 record for the 2016 season that saw the franchise win the NFC West once more. Once in the playoffs, Seattle was able to pick up a victory over the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card round 26-6, before losing to the Atlanta Falcons 20-36 in the Divisional Round.
Seahawks fans are expecting great things out of the team this year, but first Seattle has to overcome some disputes in the locker room. These issues didn’t seem to come into play in their first preseason game however, since the Hawks had little difficulty steamrolling San Diego 48-17.