The answer you may not want to hear is that it depends. Like many things in life, it depends on you. That being said, NFL preseason betting can turn out to be well worth the time and energy you put in to make your wagering profitable.
Yes, that’s right, you really do have to do at least a little bit of legwork here on your own. You can’t expect to head over to your favorite sports book and just “play the odds”. Well, you can, but your results will most often match your preparation. Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a closer look at NFL preseason wagers.
First, understand that the preseason is completely different from the regular season. Consider that power ratings don’t really have a lot of meaning. Also, be aware that past season performance in most cases does not seem to have much, if anything to do with preseason games.
Second, never forget that the NFL preseason is rarely, if ever a good indicator for the regular season. Remember, the preseason games don’t even count towards the season’s wins or losses. So what? Well, if the games don’t count, do you suppose the coaches will put up their best plays? Or the star players? Do you suppose the team will want to risk an injury to one of their super stars?
All that aside, do understand that preseason betting can be a money making opportunity for you. With that in mind, there are at least ways you can wager on the preseason. The most straightforward bet is the moneyline bet where you are simply putting your money on one team or the other. Next up is the spread bet. Here you are wagering on whether the favorite team scores more or less points than the sports book forecasts. Finally, there is the total wager where the bet is on the total final score. Remember that preseason betting opens up the very first week of the preseason.
Now you understand the basics, you can get started with preseason wagering. One strategy you may find worthwhile is to take a look backwards. Examine past preseason records. How did the team do? What strategies did the coach play? What strategies did the team not play? How many star players were on the preseason lineup?
As you can see, preseason NFL betting can work for you if you take the time to just a bit of homework.