NFL Preseason Odds: Betting Begins For All 32 Teams

Written By Russ Mitchell on August 12, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
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Last week’s Hall of Fame game was an appetizer. Now it’s time for the NFL preseason main course.

NFL Network plans to carry eight games live over the next three days for Week 1 of the preseason. Don’t look for many stars in the early NFL preseason games, though.

In Pittsburgh’s 16-3 win over Dallas, for example, Garrett Gilbert was the passing leader and Rico Dowdle was the rushing leader. They aren’t household names just yet.

Football is football, though and the leading sportsbooks in Iowa do carry the odds.

As Johnny Avello, the director of sports and racing at DraftKings, told PlayIA recently, the process for setting preseason vs. regular-season NFL lines is similar.

“Some teams may have a higher preseason rating because they have higher-quality backup quarterbacks who will see more action.”
Coaching philosophies also play a role as sportsbooks set odds.
“A few coaches care about the wins and some could care less — a consistent pattern has developed through the years. Nevertheless, the limits are lower and we move the numbers a lot quicker. It not unusual to see a game go from -3 on one side to -3 on the other.”

NFL preseason odds Week 1

Miami at Chicago

Denver at Minnesota

Houston at Green Bay

Kansas City at San Francisco

NFL preseason schedule Week 1

Remember, the NFL chopped a game off the NFL preseason schedule and added a 17th game to the NFL regular-season schedule. As we mentioned, NFL Network will carry eight games live.

But check the broadcast schedule at the network because they re-air broadcasts of every NFL preseason Week 1 game. Some of the rebroadcasts are overnight, so recording might be necessary.

Aug. 12

  • Washington at New England — 6:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
  • Pittsburgh (1-0) at Philadelphia — 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 13

  • Tennessee at Atlanta — 6 p.m.
  • Buffalo at Detroit — 6 p.m. (NFL Network)
  • Dallas (0-1) at Arizona — 9 p.m. (NFL Network)

Aug. 14

  • Miami at Chicago — noon (NFL Network)
  • Denver at Minnesota — 3 p.m. (NFL Network)
  • Cleveland at Jacksonville — 6 p.m. (NFL Network)
  • New Orleans at Baltimore — 6 p.m.
  • NY Jets at NY Giants —6:30 p.m.
  • Cincinnati at Tampa Bay — 6:30 p.m.
  • Houston at Green Bay — 7 p.m.
  • Kansas City at San Francisco — 7:30 p.m.
  • Seattle at Las Vegas — 8 p.m.
  • LA Chargers at LA Rams — 9 p.m. (NFL Network)

Aug. 15

  • Carolina at Indianapolis — noon (NFL Network)

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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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