NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 BETTING PREVIEW

Media by Associated Press - FILE - Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. The Ravens agreed to a four-year contract extension with the star kicker, the team announced Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
Media by Associated Press - FILE - Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. The Ravens agreed to a four-year contract extension with the star kicker, the team announced Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Everyone is glad football is back. However, people looking to immediately wade into the betting pool need to tread carefully when it comes to wagering in the NFL preseason.

Getting information on which teams will be playing starters and how coaches prefer to approach these exhibition games are important in understanding who will win.

Here’s a look at some Week 1 games to bet on.

Preseason rivals

The New England Patriots and New York Giants will meet for the 17th straight time, excluding the 2020 season, where the preseason was canceled. The two teams have met 31 times in the preseason, with the Giants holding a 19-11 edge in the preseason.

New York is a 2.5-point favorite, and the over/under is set at 33.5. Despite reports New England’s offense looking off in the preseason, there is a chance Mac Jones may not suit up for the preseason opener.

New England’s starters played about two series in the preseason opener last year but haven’t announced what they will do this year. Meanwhile, first-year Giants coach Brian Daboll is planning to get a full look at his roster. Daboll announced that quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley will play in the preseason opener.

If New England keeps Jones on the bench, this is a good chance to back the Giants’ starters.

Rivalry renewed

An old AFC Central rivalry between the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens will be renewed Thursday night. However, this game won’t be one that many fans get excited about due to the expected lineup. Baltimore won’t play quarterback Lamar Jackson, and backup Tyler Huntley likely won’t go too deep into the game.

The Ravens are 3.5-point favorites and -186 on the moneyline. The over/under is set at 31.5 points. Tennessee is +155 on the moneyline.

The Titans will be excited to get their first look at draft pick Malik Willis. Willis, a quarterback out of Liberty, was thought to be the best quarterback in the draft.

Tennessee won’t be playing superstar running back Derrick Henry. The Ravens also won’t’ be playing tight end Mark Andrews, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and defensive end Justin Houston. With the Ravens having so many players out of the lineup, getting plus money on Tennessee is a good option.

Ready for the quarterbacks to show something

The preseason matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks Saturday night features two teams with quarterbacks who are eager to show what they can do.

The Steelers are trying to weigh their options for who can replace Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh will have three motivated quarterbacks, Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett, and Mason Rudolph, to come for the job under center.

Seattle is also looking to move on from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Russell Wilson. The Seahawks will be looking to see how Geno Smith and Drew Lock can do at quarterback this season. The Steelers are 3.5-point favorites in this game and -162 on the moneyline.

Seattle is +133, and the over/under is set on 36.5. This is a game that Pittsburgh will find a way to win at home.

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