NFL Preseason Odds: Week 1 Betting Preview
August 04, 2014
The 2014 NFL preseason is officially underway after the New York Giants posted a 17-13 victory against Buffalo in this past Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game as 3-point underdogs on the NFL preseason odds. It is now time to turn our attention to the full set of NFL betting odds for this week’s games.
There are six matchups on Thursday’s NFL slate and bettors will be able to focus their attention on rematches of the past two Super Bowls. First, the San Francisco 49ers will be on the road against Baltimore in another showdown between the Harbaugh brothers, who are each the head coach of their respective teams. John got the best of Jim in the Ravens’ 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII as 4.5-point underdogs on the Sports Interaction closing NFL odds. This time around, the game is listed as a pick'em and the total has been set at 35.
Later that night, the Seattle Seahawks head into Denver as 1-point underdogs on the NFL preseason odds against the Broncos. The last time these two met, Seattle was listed as a 2-point underdog before it rolled to a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. The total for Thursday night’s contest has been set at 37 at Sports Interaction.
The New Orleans Saints will open their 2014 preseason schedule this Friday night as 3-point road underdogs on the NFL preseason odds against St. Louis. The Saints won the NFC South last season with a record of 12-4 and the Rams finished last in the NFC West with a record of 7-9.
Another intriguing matchup on Friday night features two of the most potent offensive attacks in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles will go on the road as 2-point underdogs on the NFL preseason odds against the Chicago Bears with the total set at 39.5 points. These two teams were both ranked in the top five of the league last season in average points per game.
Week 1 of the NFL preseason wraps up on Saturday with four games. The Green Bay Packers headline the slate as 1-point road underdogs against Tennessee. Sports Interaction has set the total for this game at 37.5. As quarterback Aaron Rodgers goes so does Green Bay. While he will see limited playing time in this game, his team went 6-2 with him under center last season as opposed to the Packers’ 2-5-1 mark when he was out of the lineup with a collarbone injury.