The preseason will kick off on August 4th with the annual Hall of Fame Game, which will be played at Fawcett Stadium in none other than Canton, Ohio. It will be the Dallas Cowboys doing battle with the Miami Dolphins.
The rest of the Week 1 preseason schedule will take place from August 8th to August 11th. Here's what you need to know in preparation for the greatness to begin.
Know the coaches
This is incredibly important. There are some coaches that could care less about winning this preseason games, simply using the games as an outlet to test out fringe players and get some familiarity going between the coaching staff and the players.
However, there are a select few who stress the important of a winning culture, regardless of whether or not the results actually count.
So which coaches adopt the “win-at-all-cost” philosophy? That's up to you to research and find out, but know the mentality of a team heading into these games could certainly give you an edge when it comes to placing your NFL picks.
Know who's playing
Veterans who are locked into their starting roles typically take it easy for at least the first couple weeks of the exhibition schedule. It isn't until the tail-end of the preseason that they get more reps in preparation for Week 1.
It's those teams that have crucial positional battles that will be worth a closer look, especially at quarterback. If there's a competition for the starting role, you know motivation will be even higher. That could be one way to get a leg up with your sports picks.
Check training camp reports
Who's holding out? Who's injured? Who's fighting it out for a spot on the roster?
The answers to these questions all play a part in handicapping the preseason. Teams will be extra cautious with their star players in order to get them fully healthy and ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season.
In the ever-growing world of instant reporting online, we have more information at our disposal than ever before. Beat writers are all over the place, giving out useful tidbits that can be key to one's final selections.
Don't get sucked in by trends
Trends are over-rated anyway, but they're especially worthless come preseason time. There are too many uncertain factors to factor in any past history, so just focus on the two teams, motivational factors, etc and you'll end up being way more profitable beating the NFL odds that way.
Your best bet may be to just focus on a few teams throughout the preseason and really get each one down pat. It's hard to get a good feel for every single team in the NFL, so getting in sync with two or three and finding an edge at the sportsbooks from there could work out well.
All in all, many feel as if capping the preseason can simply not be profitable, but that's a myth. If you do your homework and stay disciplined, you'll give yourself an excellent chance at beating the books.
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