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Gambling on preseason football can be like shooting fish in a pond.
Don't get us wrong, there is money to be made during the preseason. After all, there's a winning side in every game played. But unless you've really done your homework then you're probably going to come out on the wrong end of most of your bets.
The reason wiseguy gamblers love to have action on the preseason is because they know they can take advantage of distracted oddsmakers. The handle books accrue on the preseason is very small. The bookmakers are still focused on producing tight baseball lines and they are also preparing for the NFL's regular season.
During the preseason, the majority of the time they are going to make the home team a slight favorite and totals are going to be in the 34-36 range. They've analyzed the numbers over the course of preseason history and these are the parameters they feel comfortable with.
As with handicapping any sport, you want to utilize the media. It's particularly useful during the NFL Preseason because that's where we gain information as to who is playing, who isn't and for how long.
Football blogs such as ProFootballTalk.com are great resources. Following beat writers on Twitter is another way to compile information. You'll also want to scour the local newspapers and team websites.
When gathering knowledge to assist you in making preseason wagers, you need to keep three important areas in mind. These are the best betting tips for this time of the year; we like to call them the Preseason Trifecta.
1. Backup Quarterbacks
We all know that the starting quarterbacks are going to see minimal action during the preseason. If they even dress in Week 1, they might play as little as one series or as much as a quarter. The starting signal caller is the one position a coach can't afford to lose and he's not going to risk injury to it in a meaningless game.
You'll want to try and back teams that have proven backup quarterbacks. Not backups that have the potential to be good, but veterans that have taken meaningful reps in a real NFL games. Quarterbacks that have been understudies on the sidelines for a few years are serviceable too, ala Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers before they became starters.
Three teams that have a string of experienced quarterbacks going into 2013 are as follows:
Cincinnati Bengals: (1) Andy Dalton (2) Josh Johnson (3) John Skelton
New Orleans Saints: (1) Drew Brees (2) Luke McCown (3) Seneca Wallace
Baltimore Ravens: (1) Joe Flacco (2) Tyrod Taylor (3) Caleb Hanie
2. Coach's Motivation
Every year you'll hear a couple of coaches voice negative opinions regarding preseason games. More than likely it'll come from coaches that lost a key player to injury.
Reading those news clips and analyzing each coach's motivation is important in handicapping the NFL preseason. Some coaches want to put forth maximum effort on every snap of every game and some just want to get out of it without the injury bug biting.
There are three sectors of coaching motivation and we've broken them up for you here:
(A) Rookie coach or coach with new team – These guys have something to prove. They need to show their fans that they can put up points and will usually go all out in the first couple of preseason games, if not all of them. They don't want to start off on the wrong foot by going winless during the preseason, even if it doesn't mean anything.
(B) Coaches coming off a bad season – This is sort of the same principle as above. You can guarantee the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to sell season tickets based on preseason performance. If they go out and get killed in every preseason game, no one is buying. But if they can beat a couple of teams handily then the fans have something to get excited about.
(C) Veteran coaching trends – Bill Parcells was always an advocate for the preseason and loved to win those four games. His lifetime preseason record as a head coach was 24-7. Mike Shanahan is a serious guy and he also takes the preseason seriously, evidenced by a 50-30 all-time record. On the flip side, Andy Reid has never cared for the preseason and consequently the Eagles never fared well during it. That could spell trouble for the Chiefs in 2013.
2. Position Battles
Along with the overall roster, coaching staffs are trying to sort out player rotations, personnel groupings and depth charts during the preseason. That's why identifying certain position battles is imperative to win bets.
If a team has no clear-cut starter at a position then the coaching staff might be more inclined to focus on that position during the preseason. For example, Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel are vying for the Bills starting quarterback job. The coaches already know what they have in the running game with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson so the preseason gameplan could be more pass oriented, which in turn could lead to the over cashing.
A position battle for the No. 2 tight end is not something worth focusing on. But if the starting free safety spot is up for grabs then you might deduce that the secondary isn't a strongpoint for a team and therefore could be taken advantage of by the opponent.
There are 11 nationally-televised games on the 2013 NFL Preseason schedule so BookMaker will offer live preseason odds for those games. You can watch the action unfold on television and make in-game wagers on NFL lines and props during commercials and timeouts.
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