The NFL preseason is less than a month away which means that the start of the online NFL betting season is in sight. The league released the entire 65-match preseason schedule in April, which means that we’ve had plenty of time to size up the most intriguing matchups.
Preseason matchups are interesting for an entirely different reason than regular season games. This is because, come September, most of the preseason results will have been forgetting. Naturally, this leads many bettors to not want to pay attention to the preseason, since it doesn’t have any bearing in regular season standings.
However, there is one perfectly good reason to tune into the preseason and it involves rookie’s transitions into the NFL. Last preseason, we saw Dak Prescott stun the NFL as well as the entire online NFL betting nation. Many felt that Prescott’s preseason success didn’t amount to much and soon enough the rookie would fade from the spotlight.
The opposite turned out to be true as another Romo injury forced the longtime Cowboys’ quarterback to the sideline (and eventually into retirement) allowing Prescott to step onto the gridiron and shine. The rookie did just that as a couple months later Prescott was walking away with Rookie of the Year honors.
For that reason, it’s imperative for sportsbook players to bet on NFL preseason matchups. Not only to wager on them, but to pay special attention to any emerging rookies. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some matchups bettors should keep a special eye out for.
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns – Week 1 (Aug. 10-14)
The Cleveland Browns finally decided to choose something other than a quarterback with their 1st round draft pick – which more often than not ends up being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The NFL preseason odds are dying to find out how that turns out for them and this game represents the first time we’ll be able to see Myles Garrett in a Cleveland uniform.
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers – Week 1(Aug. 10-14)
This contest is interesting not because of a new rookie but rather because of a new home. This will be the Chargers first home game since moving over to Los Angeles. The Chargers will be making use of the 30,000-seat StubHub Center until 2019. The venue was built for soccer but will serve another purpose for the Chargers.
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams – Sat. August 26th
This will mark the first battle for Los Angeles. That’s a good as reason as any to tune in for a preseason contest.
Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks – Friday, Aug. 25th
Apart from seeing a handful of rookies strut their stuff, this contest will afford us the opportunity to see how Tony Romo handles himself as an analyst in the booth. Will he suffer an injury? Tune in to find out.
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos – Week 3 (Aug. 24-27)
This game will offer the best look at who the Broncos’’ starting quarterback will be. Will it be last year’s Trevor Siemian? Or will last year’s first-rounder Paxton Lynch steal the online NFL betting spot?