NFL preseason odds will then be listed for the first full weekend of NFL gambling action starting August 12-16 which will include a Monday Night matchup between the Jets and Giants.
Also included in that first full week of exhibition play will be a Thursday Night matchup between last year’s Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and AFC traditional power New England.
All in all there will be games for 5 consecutive days on that opening weekend of exhibition action.
Week two of NFL preseason play will be another 5 day extravaganza beginning with a Thursday double header and ending with another Monday Night matchup, this time between the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans.
Week three kicks off on Thursday, August 26, as Indianapolis will be at Green Bay. There will be four Friday Night games, and then a Saturday of action that is highlighted by the All-Texas battle of the Dallas Cowboys at the Houston Texans.
Sunday Night, August 29 will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos as fans can get a look at rookie quarterback Tim Tebow of Denver.
Preseason play will end with a full lineup of games on Thursday, September 2 as teams will finalize their rosters over that weekend.
The final weekend of NFL preseason action can be a massive football betting challenge as regular players are often held out in order to be protected from injury and available for the start of the regular season.
The last week of exhibition play is also the final audition for players looking to make the roster or move up into a starting position.
Week three of preseason is generally considered the most important as many teams will play regular starters for a longer period of time in order to try and jell and become a cohesive unit.
Among the rookie draft choices to watch in this year’s preseason will be the number one pick overall, quarterback Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams via Oklahoma. Bradford missed nearly all of last season after being hurt in Oklahoma’s opening game and there will be plenty of interest to see if he is truly recovered.
Bradford’s old college rival, Colt McCoy of Texas, was a third round pick of the Cleveland Browns and will see plenty of action in preseason as well.