With the NFL regular season quickly approaching, we can’t resist jumping into some early action on the preseason games getting underway this week, taking a look at the best match-ups on the betting lines at the top reviewed sports books on Friday. Though betting on NFL preseason football can be a risky proposition, with reserve players fighting to make cuts and starters playing only a handful of series, simply having the option to wager on NFL football is an exciting addition to the end of the work week, and a chance to have some fun placing some small wagers on exhibition match-ups. Let’s take a look into Friday’s Week 1 NFL preseason match-ups and betting lines available at Betonline sportsbook, and seek out some good wagers to jump into before the action begins!
New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 7:30 PM ET, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The New York Jets will give opportunities to their new Wildcat QB Tim Tebow tonight, which should result in plenty of attention being focused around this match-up. The Jets should look to Tebow in the red zone especially, as it’s been solidified that Mark Sanchez will remain the starter for the season, and shouldn’t see too many reps this early in preseason. Last year in this meeting, the Jets prevailed 27-7, but this year with the Bengals retaining a core group of players centered around QB Andy Dalton, expect them to air the ball out a bit more tonight, and play counter to the Jets’ likely push to drive the ball on the ground.
The money line is off for this match-up, but the spread is set at 0 points, giving -115 odds taking Cincy, and -105 taking the Jets. The over/under sits at 34 points, coincidentally the score of last year’s clash between the two teams, but with the Bengals likely to be more aggressive on offense, the over bet is looking like a favorable option for betting on sports.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins, 7:30 PM ET, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida.
The preseason battle in Florida should be an interesting one to check out, with two new NFL coaches facing off tonight. Greg Schiano has been handed the reigns of the Bucs, after helming Rutgers at the NCAA level, and will get a crack at working in some new editions to the Tampa Bay lineup, including first-round draft pick Doug Martin at running back, and big-man WR Vincent Jackson. On the other side of the football, Joe Philbin will take the reigns of the Miami Dolphins, and will be tasked with sorting out a three-QB rotation consisting currently of Matt Moore, David Garrard and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill. The newly re-re named veteran wide-out Chad Johnson will also be getting some looks this evening, so expect some adjustment time on offense for both teams to slow down the scoring in tonight’s game.
Miami is at home tonight, and has -180 odds to win straight up, with the Bucs +160 underdogs. Against the spread, the Dolphins will need to cover 3 points as favorites to pick up -125 odds for spread pickers, while the Bucs get 3 points to work with as underdogs at -105 odds. For the over/under, the total points stands at 33, which could be a stretch to get over with untested offenses getting going in their first preseason game. At -110 odds either way, we’re siding with the under wager as both teams will likely keep the ball on the ground with plenty of running backs needing to see work.
New York Giants vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 7:30 PM ET, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida.
The defending NFL champion New York Giants get set to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, for what should be a very interesting preseason match-up tonight. For Jacksonville, some questions are still looming with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew still holding out over a contact dispute, and first-round pick Justin Blackmon not ready for action until August 17th. Expect to see lots of snaps for Rashard Jennings at running back, and to see Blaine Gabbert try to start out his 2nd year on a good note. It’ll be interesting to see where the QB situation heads, with Chad Henne signed in as a back-up for Gabbert, and we should expect to see Gabbert look to impress in his first outing (even if he only gets a few series in the first half).
For the Giants, staying healthy is the only true objective of the preseason, but they’ll be working in replacements for the departed Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, as well as having to work without Hakeem Nicks in the preseason, who remains out recovering from a fractured foot. Expect to see plenty of looks at David Wilson in the running back position, and Rueben Randle getting his turn at wideout as he battles for starting position with Domenik Hixon this season. In two preseason meetings, the Giants and Jags have split the series, but the Giants are only 1-2 in three games played in Jacksonville.
On the money line, the Giants come in as underdogs as expected, holding back their starters due to their proven success last year, and wide retention across key positions. New York will be a +120 underdog straight up, with Jacksonville a -140 favorite at home. Against the spread, just 1 point is given to the Giants to cover as underdogs at +110 odds, while Jacksonville must win by at least one point to take -130 odds. The over/under is 35 points, as defense isn’t expected to be a focus for either team tonight, but with lots to be tested on the ground for both teams, look out for a slow-moving game to make a good bet on the under total points in this match-up as well.
With the Minnesota Vikings taking on the San Francisco 49ers, as well as the Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals vs. Kansas City Chiefs all in play, there’s plenty of opportunities for betting on sports tonight, so take your best wagers at Betonline sportsbook, and tread cautiously through the 1st week of the exciting ramp up to the NFL regular season!