It is not the best football you are going to watch this year, but the NFL preseason is here, and you can bet on games at your favorite sportsbooks. A pair of matchups are on deck for Thursday night: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens. Here’s a look at the odds for NFL Preseason Week 1.
Sportsbooks are not rolling out a full menu of prop bets for Thursday night’s games as they do for the regular season. But they do set a point spread, moneyline, and total for preseason games.
Giants vs. Patriots Preseason Odds
NFL · Thu (8/11) @ 7:00 pm ET
|Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA|
New England opened as a 2-point favorite, but the line moved toward New York when the Giants announced starters would be playing. Teams typically sit starters for the first preseason game to keep them healthy. But the Giants are implementing a new offense under first-year head coach Brian Daboll; the starters could use the reps.
As for the Patriots, Bill Belichick is never one to share information with the media. However, starters played a couple of series in the preseason opener last year. It would not be shocking if that were the case Thursday night.
The Giants’ first-year offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will call the plays for the first time in his career. Former defensive coordinator turned offensive line coach Matt Patricia will call the plays for the Patriots.
Giants vs. Patriots Preseason Trends
This game is the 31st preseason meeting between the Giants and Patriots and the ninth preseason opener; New York leads the preseason series 19-11.
First-year head coaches tend to put more value on winning the first preseason game than most coaches. But Belichick has gone 9-2 in the preseason over the last three years.
He may not care about winning the game, but he will not make it easy for Daboll and the Giants.
Titans vs. Ravens Preseason Odds
NFL · Thu (8/11) @ 7:30 pm ET
|M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD|
Fans hoping to see many of their favorite stars when the Titans and Ravens face off will likely be disappointed. Both teams have stated they will be sitting several players. Tennessee has said that Derek Henry will sit, and we expect to see Ryan Tannehill on the bench as well.
Baltimore is riding a 20-preseason game winning streak heading into Thursday night. The Ravens have not lost a preseason game since 2015, but winning this one will not be easy with Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, and several other veterans not seeing action.
Unlike Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Titans HC Mike Vrabel has not made it a priority to win preseason games (4-7 since becoming Titans HC in 2018).
Ravens’ Preseason ATS Record
Baltimore’s preseason dominance gives the Ravens an edge in this game. They are 17-2-1 against the spread during their 20-game win streak.
But Titans rookie QB Malik Willis could make this game interesting. Preseason games often tend to be sloppy. Such games often create opportunities for athletic QBs like Willis to show off. Should he do so, the Ravens’ preseason winning streak could be in jeopardy.
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