Winning Picks for NFL Preseason Week 1
We are about a half week away from the start of the NFL preseason, with the Hall of Fame Game on August 2nd being the first game of the bunch. We want to get a jump start on the season by taking a look at the Week 1 preseason schedule and picking some straight up winners. As you all know, wagering on preseason games is notoriously tough, especially in the opening couple of weeks when the projected starters on each team see very little of the action.
Still, the preseason always brings a great chance to get back into the swing of betting on football before the regular season finally gets underway, so make sure start gearing up for some football action.
Without further ado, let’s get to the straight up picks for NFL preseason Week 1.
Chicago Bears vs Baltimore Ravens
Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 8:00 p.m. ET
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is coming into the season on the hot seat after his team once again missed out on the playoffs last season. The Ravens made some moves in the offseason to try and improve this year, which adds even more heat to a simmering pot. The Chicago Bears have been on a downturn for several years now, although they finally look to have their franchise QB in Mitch Trubisky, although this season will give us a better indication of what we can expect from the young man. As we said earlier, we won’t see many of the big names here, but I think it’s the Ravens who will get the win.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles
Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. ET
Sure, it’s only preseason, but this match-up jumps right off the calendar. For the Eagles, it’s time to put aside the happy times of winning the Super Bowl and get back to the serious business of playing football again. The Eagles are going to have a tough time getting back to the big game, as they are in a conference that is totally stacked with great teams this season. For the Steelers, this year is finally about getting over the hump and getting past the Patriots in the AFC. These two are almost certainly playoff bound this season, but I like the Eagles in the preseason opener.
Washington Redskins vs New England Patriots
Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. ET
It’s never easy to bounce back after losing in the Super Bowl the previous season, and we have historically seen teams struggle when put in that position. We are talking about the New England Patriots here, though, so perhaps those rules do not apply. Their preseason may be a little more interesting than most, as they need to find a WR who can slot in for Julian Edelman while he serves a 4-game suspension to start the season. These games will be a test of sorts for the bench guys, so look for the Patriots to get one over on the Redskins at home.
Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets
Date/Time: Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
There are several teams who are just not going to be very good this season, and there is a distinct possibility that the New York Jets could be among that group. After all, this is a team that has won just 5 games in each of its past two seasons, and who are going to be fielding a young, inexperienced team this year. But while most teams will take the preseason to try their new players and play with their lineups, the Jets have much to prove, and chances are, they will play more intensively than their rivals. There is going to be a lot of competition for spots, though, so look for the Jets to play a little harder than most in the preseason. That said, they are probably still looking at a beating versus the Falcons.