Best ways to bet Thursday's NFL odds for Week 1 of the preseason


Here’s a look at the best ways to bet Thursday’s NFL odds

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The opening week of NFL preseason betting has 12 games on Thursday’s schedule, including plenty of betting value if you dig into the motivation around these exhibition matchups. Here’s a closer look at the best ways to bet Thursday’s NFL odds:

Capping the QBs
- The Philadelphia Eagles defend their title defense with caution. Carson Wentz is back at practice and looking good under center, after shredding his knee late in 2017 and missing the Eagles’ run to the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen how much – if any – preseason snaps Wentz will take this month.

Philadelphia is set up well with Nick Foles as the backup, but the team could also play it cool with his workload in Week 1 of the preseason. Foles, who has been nursing soreness during camp, will be limited at best, leaving the remainder of the passing duties to third and fourth stringers Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan. Sudfeld looked good late last year and may be the starter for this game against the Steelers.

- With the suspension to Jameis Winston for the first four weeks of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will lean on veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to hold down the fort under center. Fitzpatrick has plenty of experience as a starter, is very smart and will get plenty of reps in the Bucs’ preseason opener versus the Miami Dolphins. Look for Tampa Bay to come out passing, hoping to build chemistry between Fitzpatrick and the receiving corps – which could lead to a good first-half Over Thursday.

Capping the coaches
- The New England Patriots are hefty favorites – as far as the preseason is considered – set as high as -4.5 hosting the Washington Redskins Thursday. Head coach Bill Belichick is not motivated by preseason wins or losses, and will be more concerned about filling the gaps in his crumbling receiving corps during these exhibition games. Tom Brady rarely sees action in the preseason, and that leaves backups Brian Hoyer and third-string Danny Etling to take snaps. Belichick has a breakeven ATS record of 42-42-1 during the exhibition season as a head coach.

- If you’re looking for a head coach that consistently returns results in the preseason, look no further than Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. He’s 34-14-1 ATS in tune-up games – covering 71 percent of the time – and is giving three points at home to the Indianapolis Colts Thursday. The Colts are expected to run out returning QB Andrew Luck for a few snaps in the opening quarter before turning to backup Jacoby Brissett and the third and fourth stringers.

Capping the totals
- The Chicago Bears get their second go-around at their new offense under head coach Matt Nagy. Chicago looked good in the Hall of Fame game, losing 17-16 to the Baltimore Ravens but covering as 2.5-point underdogs. No. 1 Mitch Trubisky didn’t play in that game, leaving passing duties to Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray (both former players of Nagy’s at Kansas City), who combined for 211 yards passing and two touchdowns (Daninel through two INTs). Bettors should expect an uptick in passing performance in Game 2 for the Bears, with Trubisky getting some run, so an Over play on 35.5 points is a smart move when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night.

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