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NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting Preview: Must Bet Spreads

While we have already had some football action to bet on at the annual Hall of Fame Game, this Thursday marks the real beginning of the NFL preseason, and since all odds are already up at, it is time to review them and make some picks ahead of the action.

Week 1 delivers a full slate of games, as well as the opportunity to build your bankroll before the regular season gets started in a little over a month from now. For this piece, we are going to look at the point spreads for the opening week of preseason to see if we can find some winners.

Keep in mind that things are a little trickier here, as the starters on any given team are likely to see very little action, if any at all. With that in mind, let’s get to the picks.

Carolina Panthers (+2 ½) at Buffalo Bills

The Carolina Panthers went an impressive 11-5 last season but are coming into 2018 feeling that they have something to prove after being bounced in the opening round of the playoffs. This is a team that might well rally around their QB this season, too, after former player Kelvin Benjamin took some time out to rip Cam Newton's accuracy and intelligence.

I am looking to the Panthers to set the tone very early in this season, which means trying to come out and dominate from the off. I think that is something that they are certainly capable of doing against a mediocre Bills team.

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Miami Dolphins (-1 ½) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last season was a bit of a nightmare for the Buccaneers, and this season has not started much better. They will be without QB Jameis Winston who is suspended for the early part of the season, and you just get a feeling that this is a team in disarray.

The Dolphins should be better this season with the return of Ryan Tannehill who missed all of last year due to an injury sustained in the preseason. Given the rust that Tannehill may need to shake off, there is a good chance that he will see some time on the field. Even if he does not, I still like the Dolphins to cover at home.

L.A. Rams (+3) at Baltimore Ravens

It might be a little tempting to take the Ravens in this one when you consider that they already have a game, not to mention a win, under their belts. Baltimore squeaked past the Chicago Bears in the HOF Game by a 17-16 score but did not look particularly impressive doing so.

This will be the first preseason test for a Rams team that is one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season, and they are a group that looks strong from top to bottom. I also think they have a great deal more depth than the Ravens, which is why I really like them to cover.

Green Bay Packers (PK) over Tennessee Titans

You get the definite sense that 2018 is going to be a season of redemption for the Green Bay Packers. After all, they have been one of the most talented teams in the league in the Aaron Rodgers era, but have found themselves derailed by injury in each of the last two seasons.

They will open up against a Tennessee Titans team that had a very good season last year, making the playoffs and picking up a win in the Wild Card Game. I think the bookies have this right in terms of the PK play, as I expect a close one, but I like the Packers to edge it at Lambeau.

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