NFL Week 1 Preseason Picks: Free Bets Worth Adding To Your Thursday Ticket

NFL Week1 Preseason Picks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:57 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 3:57 PM UTC

While the NFL Hall of Fame game didn't go off as planned due to the 'paint being too hard on the field', the NFL has  an opportunity to redeem themselves as the preseason officially starts on Thursday and here are your coveted NFL Picks of the Day.

New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots

Don't Expect A Ton of Points
I know that these two teams can rack up the points in a hurry, but this is a preseason game and starters will only be seeing a limited amount of action and this is where we'll see the backups and rookies. 


Tom Brady Will Play
We all know that Tom Brady is suspended for 'Deflate-gate' and will miss the first 4 games of the regular season, but he's been practicing with the first team and will most likely see 2 series in this game as he can't wait to get on the field after the Patriots loss in the AFC Championship Game last season to the Denver Broncos.

Brady want's to play into his 40's and as long as he's healthy, I don't expect his level of production to go down. When Brady leaves the game, backup, Jimmy Garoppolo will take over as Garapollo will also be the Patriots starter for the regular season. Garapollo has never started an NFL game but has filled in admirably when called upon. Last season, he threw for 6 TD's and 0 INT's in limited action. I expect Garapollo to play well against a weak New Orleans defense.

Martellus Bennett is a player that should see a ton of action. With Julian Edelman recently getting injured and Danny Amendola always injured, this will open the door for some more targets from the tight end position. While Gronk will probably see a couple of series, Bennett is a player that the Pats will like to get a look at .He caught for over 900 yards in 2014, which was his last full season healthy. This is a player that can start on any team and is one of the better tight ends in the league.


Luke McCown
We should see a lot of the 35-year-old veteran as Drew Brees is expected to play just 1 series. McCown will have a stacked backfield, led by Mark Ingram and a ton of receivers to throw to with the addition of Coby Fleener at tight end. One interesting matchup will be Brandin Cooks vs. Malcolm Butler. Cooks was a beast least season with 1138 yards receiving and 9 TD's. He's only going to get better as the Patriots secondary will need to keep an eye on Willie Snead. 

I like New Orleans in this game for my NFL pick despite the fact that the Patriots never lose at Gillette Stadium.


Free NFL Pick: New Orleans +3 +101 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets

Paid and Ready To Go
You can bet that New York Jets starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, will have something to prove. Fitzpatrick, who set a Jets record for touchdowns thrown last season, was holding out for a good period of time as he was looking for the maximum amount of money that he could get and the Jets management simply thought that he wasn't worth it. The two parties have finally come to an agreement and I see Fitzpatrick coming out strong with something to prove; preseason game or not.


It's Winning Time
Brandon Marshall is another player coming into this season with a little aggression. He's an aggressive talker in general, but can also back it up on the field.

Last season, Marshall had a monster season with 1502 yards and 14 TD's . Word has it that he's already gotten into fights with Darelle Revis during practice and that's a good thing if you're a Jets fan or bettor as Marshall play's well when he's motivated and upset. Along with Marshall is wide receiver, Eric Decker. Decker also had a huge season last year with 1027 yards and 12 TD's. Fitzpatrick definitely has chemistry with both of these players and with running back, Matt Forte sidelined, the receiving game could play a large role here. I also expect to see backup Bryce Petty see a ton of action. Questions will start to be answered at MetLife Stadium on Thursday for this up and coming football squad that won 10 games and missed the playoffs last season.


Blake Bortles
With a possible star in the making in Blake Bortles (4428 yards passing, 35 TD, 18 INT) in the making, the Jags went defense in all of the early rounds in the NFL draft as the defensive side of the ball that need's to improve. Jacksonville is stacked at the wide receiver position, led by the combination of Allen Robinson (1400 yards, 14 TD's) and Allen Hurns (1031 yards, 10 TD). These are both big play receivers and Bortles is just the QB to deliver the football. Jacksonville also posseses the physicality and catching ability of tight end, Julius Thomas. Expect Thomas to play well when he's on the field. He's also a spectacular blocker.

The Jaguars running game is a little weak as T.J. Yeldon had to carry the load last season, but this is a passing team. In my mind, this is a team that's taylor-made for the Jets outstanding defense up front, forcing Jacksonville to be one-dimensional. Take the Jets at home.


Free NFL Pick: New York Jets -2.5 -106 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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