New York Giants (-3) vs New England Patriots
How to watch: Thursday, 7: 00 PM ET, NFL NET
The New York Giants got themselves a new head coach, Brian Daboll, who will hopefully do for their offense what he was able to do for the Buffalo Bills as their OC for three seasons, something that QB Daniel Jones is most likely looking forward to after a 4-13 2021 season.
Rumor says that New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was in weight training during the offseason. Now, with rookie LG Cole Strange as their OC, Daboll should be able to make contact with his targets, DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne. The oddsmakers give the Patriots points even though they are playing at home. So take your second-string players and beat the Giants in this preseason matchup.
Patriots +3 (-110)
Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)
How to watch: Thursday, 7: 30 PM ET, TBD
After the Titans posted a 12-5 season, won the AFC South, and got their star RB Derrick Henry back in time for the postseason, they came up short and now HC Mike Vrabel and QB Ryan Tannehill will have rookie first round WR Treylon Burks to target, maybe even in this game. Now, the Baltimore Ravens will be using rookie C Tyler Linderbaum to anchor their offensive line. This first-round draft selection from Iowa is now responsible for keeping QB Lamar Jackson in good health as he tries to achieve the season that’s worth a few extra contractual million.
The Ravens are used to Jackson being under center, and they should be able play without him again this season. However, the Titans’ offer of points might tempt them.
Ravens -3.5 (-110)
Atlanta Falcons (-1) vs Detroit Lions
How to watch: Friday, 6: 00 PM ET, NFL NET
Chances are the Atlanta Falcons will play their starting QB for at least a few series since Marcus Mariota is most likely still getting comfortable with OC Dave Ragone’s playbook, an offense that will now include first round rookie WR Drake London from USC for HC Arthur Smith’s 2nd year.
Anyone who watched the Detroit Lions play on HBO’s popular NFL documentary Hard Knocks will know how excited every player is. This has a lot to do with former player HC Dan Campbell, who makes sure that his players are ready and able win.
This one will be a tossup, so the Lions are expected to benefit from the Detroit crowd.
Lions +1 (-110)
Cleveland Browns (-1.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars
How to watch: Friday, 7: 00 PM ET, TBD
As is stands, the Cleveland Browns HC Kevin Stefanski will be starting controversial QB Deshaun Watson under center on Friday, a move that is certain to draw some boos from the crowd, though with their solid defense and RB duo and TEs, they will be dangerous regardless. After one of the most bizarre NFL seasons, led by a HC in excess of his abilities, the Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Doug Pederson as their HC. He should be able give Trevor Lawrence the developmental care he requires in his second season.
It’s hard to place a bet on the Jaguars second string. The Browns are traveling, but appear like the stronger roster.
Browns -1.5 (-110)
Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals (-2)
How to watch: Friday, 7: 30 PM ET, TBD
After a shaky preseason that included a contractual insult to QB Kyler Murray, expect these fiery Arizona Cardinals to prove they are well prepared enough to take on such a powerful Bengals offense, so expect Cards multiple rookie CBs to most likely get some valuable game time here.
The Cincinnati Bengals may have reached the Super Bowl, but their loss to Kyler Murray last year hurt and left them hungry for the Lombardi Trophy. Young HC Zac Taylor, along with his skilled QB Joe Burrow, should now be in a position to take on the Bengals again.
The home team usually has the edge in preseason games. Take the Bengals. And hope the Cardinals don’t forget their reserve players.
Bengals -2 (-110)
New York Jets vs Philadelphia Eagles (-1)
How to watch: Friday, 7: 30 PM ET, TBD
This will be New York Jets HC Robert Saleh’s second season with the franchise, and this offseason the front office gave him some first-round talent to work with, so expect to see WR Garrett Wilson, DE Jermaine Johnson, and CB Sauce Gardner out there for plenty of series. This will be the Philly Eagles HC Nick Sirianni’s second season as this NFL team’s head coach. A former Colts OC, Saleh is expected to leave to help develop QB Jalenhurts, a talented scrambler with high-level targets like AJ Green or DeVonta Smith. This one looks close, so grab the local team and watch the Eagles put on a show in front of the fans.
Eagles -1 (-110)
Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers (-2.5)
How to watch: Friday, 8: 30 PM ET, NFL NET
This will be the season that the Green Bay Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers get to find out if they can win without star WR Davante Adams, but in this game none of the playmakers are likely to see the field, but maybe 1st round draft pick LB Quay Walker will get some playing time.
Chances will be the San Francisco 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan would like to see his rookie QB Trey Lance at least a few games in this game. This would also give rookie draft pick RG Spencer Burford an opportunity to play on a professional gridiron.
Take the home team and see if QB Lance is able to get them ahead. The Packers are likely to be testing their depth with this game.
San Fran -2.5 (-110)
Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears (-3.5)
How to watch: Saturday, 1: 00 PM ET, NFL NET
This season, Kansas City Chiefs fans get to find out what their team is like without the Cheetah – speedy WR Tyreek Hill, who’s now with Miami – KC a team with a guru HC, Andy Reid, a talented QB, Patrick Mahomes, and a rookie DE, George Karlaftis, who should play in this one. It will be Matt Eberflus, the new Chicago Bears HC’s responsibility to coach Justin Fields. He might also get to practice his arm in the game and see how rookie LR Braxton can handle the pressure of playing in front of a home crowd.
Take the Chiefs and get the points. Even their second-string players are capable of beating these potentially unstable Bears.
Chiefs +3.5 (-110)
Carolina Panthers vs Washington Commanders (-1.5)
How to watch: Saturday, 1: 00 PM ET, TBD
Not only will Carolina Panthers fans be glued to this game, but so will the Cleveland Browns as a healthy and ticked-off QB Baker Mayfield makes his debut for his new franchise after a tough offseason where his future was up in the air, and now he has RB Christian McCaffrey to help.
The Washington Commanders are QB Carson Wentz’s third NFL team. While he has great potential, he struggled to stay in good health throughout the season. Now, veteran HC Ron Rivera must figure out how to protect him enough to allow him to play with rookie WR Jahan Donson. Take the Panthers to this game and see if QB Mayfield uses it to show the league that he is healthy.
Panthers +1.5 (-110)
Indianapolis Colts (-1) vs Buffalo Bills
How to watch: Saturday, 4: 00 PM ET, NFL NET
It seems like the Indy Colts are always one decent QB away from becoming a powerhouse, and now that job goes to a veteran under center, Matt Ryan, a surefire field general who has his work cut out for him with a young receiver corps to target including touted rookie Alec Pierce. The buzz-worthy AFC Bills led by Josh Allen are expected to be dominant as the defense shines with DT Ed Oliver, and the highly anticipated rookie CB KalirElam. The Bills stand a better chance at winning this game because they’re home, have depth and the Colts still need to figure out their new offense.
Bills +1 (-110)
Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)
How to watch: Saturday, 7: 00 PM ET, NFL NET
It will be fun to see what Seattle Seahawks veteran HC Pete Carroll will do with QB Geno Smith under center instead of Russell Wilson, a new offense that still stars deep threat WR DK Metcalf, and now rookie first-round pick LT Charles Cross will be protecting Smith’s blindside.
Veteran QB Mitchell Trubisky should be the Steelers’ leader for this season. He is trying to replace the legendary Big Ben. This season, he also has rookie WR George Pickens and TE Pat Freiermuth to toss footballs at. The Steelers are always worth a shot, especially if they have their second- and third-stringers on the field. However, expect the Seahawks not to give up as they attempt to settle in their offense.
Steelers -3 (-110)
Miami Dolphins (-1.5) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
How to watch: Saturday, 7: 30 PM ET, TBD
The Miami Dolphins’ front office brought in a new HC, Mike McDaniel, who was the 49ers OC last season so he is the perfect man to develop young QB Tua Tagovailoa, who could be great under center, especially now that the team has the Cheetah, Tyreek Hill, running with them.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting lineup will likely be the one to watch as the rookies and add-ons are given a chance show what they have to offer the team. Take the Dolphins, as they are likely to play more players in the first quarter. However, the new Buccaneers HC Todd Bowles is strong despite their lack of’scrubs.
Dolphins -1.5 (-110)
New Orleans Saints (-1.5) vs Houston Texans
How to watch: Saturday, 8: 00 PM ET, TBD
If the New Orleans Saints new HC Dennis Allen is smart – and all indications are that he is – he will rest starting QB Jameis Winston who is prone to injury and let veteran backup Andy Dalton throw the ball to 1st round rookie WR Chris Olave, the OSU star that should get some targets. The Houston Texans might have avoided a bad PR mistake by sending away their troubled quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, Lovie Smith, the new HC, must now start Davis Mills at center. A young player who will be protected by rookie LG Kenyon Green. This one could be a tossup, so pick the home team.
Texans +1.5 (-110)
Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos (-3)
How to watch: Saturday, 9: 00 PM ET, NFL NET
This could be a big night for Dallas Cowboys backup QB Cooper Rush who will most likely get the start here, with two rookie targets to take the field with in WR Jalen Tolbert and TE Jake Ferguson, and rookie DE Sam Williams should get to rush the Broncos QB a few times. Now the Denver Broncos will be Walmart’s team and HC Nathaniel Hackett can coach veteran quarterback Russell Wilson. The defense will have rookie playmaker LB Nik Bonitto, while rookie DE EylomaUwazurike will also get on the field. Who knows what the starting players will do this evening?
Cowboys +3 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams vs Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)
How to watch: Saturday, 10: 00 PM ET, TBD
This Saturday night matchup in Los Angeles features the Champion Rams taking on the Chargers, and backup QB John Wolford should get the start as rookies LT AJ Arcuri and RG Logan Bruss get some playing time as HC Sean McVay ramps up for a rare Lombardi repeat.
Last season the LA Chargers failed to make the playoffs despite having a strong roster and an outstanding QB in Justin Herbert. However, this Saturday night, NBC will be watching BU Chase Daniel and RB Isaiah Spiller as they test out newcomers RG Zion Johnson and LG Jamaree Salyer. With two teams at home, pick the Rams. Expect their strong roster to beat the Chargers before a large Los Angeles crowd.
Rams +3.5 (-110)
Minnesota Vikings vs Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5)
How to watch: Sunday, 4: 25 PM ET, NFL NET
The only preseason Week 1 matchup on the schedule is this one between the Minnesota Vikings and the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Vikes will have plenty of young talent to showcase including rookies FS Lewis Cine, CB Andrew Booth Jr., and RG Ed Ingram, all who should play.
What Las Vegas Raiders fan would like to see is the reunion between QB Derek Carr (Fresno State) and Davante Adams (Maryland Raiders). Both are now ready to face the NFL under the new offensive coach Josh McDaniels.
The Vikings have too many points to not take them in this early matchup. However, the Raiders from their hometown should put on an entertaining show.
Vikings +3.5 (-110)