NFL Sportsbooks Scope Out Thursday’s Preseason Matches
Posted by: Charlie Smith
NFL sportsbook fans have plenty to look forward to with the start of the online NFL betting season next month. In the meantime, players can keep themselves occupied by taking full advantage of preseason NFL betting Lines. The preseason has been in full swing for quite some time now and this week fans will be able to witness Week 3. Let’s take a look at Thursday’s contest between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Miami Dolphins vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Thursday, August 24th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
NFL Sportsbook Lines:
Miami Dolphins PK (-110) 47 (-110)
Philadelphia Eagles PK (-110) 47 (-110)
The Dolphins shocked the world in Adam Gase’s first year as Miami’s new head coach, going from 6-10 to 10-6. Before the season began, not a single NFL preseason betting fan was picking the Dolphins to make the playoffs. But Miami’s 10-6 record earned them what few could’ve expected: a Wild Card berth into the postseason.
Unfortunately for Miami, their postseason run didn’t last too long. In fact, the Steelers sent the Fins packing in the Wild Card round 12-30. A loss to Pittsburgh isn’t the worst way to end your season, but it’s safe to say that the Dolphins are expecting better results this season.
As far as winning the division is concerned, no NFL sportsbook is predicting the Dolphins beating the Pats for the AFC East title. The Pats have won the East for the last 7 years consecutively and although Miami is coming off a season in which they shocked the nation, some things are beyond the realm of mortals.
The Dolphins brought in 7 different players through free agency, including every defense’s favorite gunslinger: Jay Cutler. The move to sign Cutler was met with harsh criticism. Some defended the move, since Gase was a former Bears’ offensive coordinator who helped Cutler play at his best. Others felt that by choosing Cutler over Kaepernick the Dolphins were once again reinforcing the stereotype that NFL owners will not tolerate any form of protest.
The Eagles fared fairly well in Doug Pederson’s first year as Philadelphia’s head coach. Philly finished the year 7-9 and dead last in the NFC East. Ranking last in the division is never a good thing but it’s not terrible in the East, since it produced 3 potential playoff teams. Needless to say, the Eagles have their work cut out for them if they want to win the East this year.
It’s no understatement to say that the Eagles are on of this year’s sleepers. Philadelphia had a great start to the 2016 season, but quickly lost their momentum as the season dragged on. Now, their rookies – most notable quarterback Carson Wentz, have a full season of experience and they could develop into a force in the East.
With the Dallas Cowboys dealing with Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension, there is an opportunity for the Eagles to make a push for the division early in the season. We’ll have to see if they can get it done.