The NFL full preseason schedule begins this week. Two teams that bettors are looking at early on are the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys.
Even though Carolina won the NFC South title and reached the playoffs, bettors are hitting the UNDER hard for the team’s win total in 2014.
According to Bovada and topbet, Carolina’s win total is now sitting on 8, with the OVER sitting on odds of +135, while the UNDER is -165.
Bettors are lining up to take the UNDER on the win totals for the Dallas Cowboys as well. The total wins for Dallas at this time is 7.5. The OVER is sitting on even odds on betonline and sportsbook.com, while the UNDER carries -130 odds.
Action on Carolina and Dallas has caught the eyes of some in the sportsbook world. One odds maker said the both teams popped up on the radar as both are taking a great deal of UNDER money that has dropped the Cowboys win total from its opening of 8 to just 7.5.
For Carolina, more than 80% of the public bettors expect the team to pull back from its strong season in 2013, which is evidenced by the strong play on the UNDER for the Panthers.
Dallas should possess a very explosive offense. Tony Romo is healthy along as are DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. The Cowboys offensive line is one of the top 10 in the league and tight end Jason Witten just keeps on ticking like the Duracell bunny.
However, on the opposite side of the ball, the Dallas defense could be even worse than last season, if that is possible.
The defense lost Sean Lee for the season and must replace the pass rushing skills of DeMarcus Ware.
As for Carolina, the team lost three of its starters on the offensive line because of retirement. The receiving corps is completely new as well.
The running game will be strong having the option of quarterback Cam Newton to run or throw. However, the passing game likely will struggle.
Carolina also plays in a strong division with New Orleans, Atlanta and Tampa Bay, who will all battle for the division title or a wild card spot.
Also seeing a large amount of betting action on Bovada early this preseason are the Patriots, Bears and Saints.
The win totals in the NFL are continuing to take the most money of any future market available for the NFL. A couple of the teams are sticking out as the popular bets for the public.
Chicago is sitting on 8.5 in win total and the OVER on the Bears has taken more than 95% of the bets. However, odds makers feel the NFC North is a competitive division making it difficult for Chicago to win that many games.
The Patriots and Saints are also seeing similar type action forcing the win totals for both to move a half a win higher.