Trends Taking Shape in NFL Preseason

NFL preseason is well under way with a full schedule of games on tap starting Thursday and through the weekend.

Even while the regular season is more than three weeks away, trends are starting to take shape as bettors make wagers on futures and prepare for the opening kickoff September 4.

It appears, according to data taken from Bovada and topbet, that there no longer is a big bandwagon for Denver.

Nevertheless, the Broncos went from 11 to 2 to 5 to 1 in futures to win the Super Bowl.

However, the action has not been as strong on Denver since they lost the Super Bowl to Seattle, as bettors are very visual, and remember what they last saw and in Denver’s case it was not very pretty.

Bettors are losing their faith in Dallas. The Cowboys opened at 9 to 4 to win the NFC East, yet they are now up to 4 to 1. The Cowboys opened at -4 at home against Washington on October 27, but that has been bet down to -3.

The Dallas defense, already decimated due to the loss of Sean Lee and Anthony Spencer, have now lost Demarcus Lawrence who was projected to start but fractured his foot.

The teams drawing more money than others to win the next Super Bowl are the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

The teams drawing the least amount of money to win the next Super Bowl are the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.

The public loves the teams from the NFC West and not only the two favored San Francisco and Seattle. The St. Louis Rams have seen action that has bet them to 8 to 1 from 12 to 1 to win the division. The Arizona Cardinals have fallen to 8 to 1 from 10 to 1.

Many lines have moved in several games that are considered top games on the NFL schedule.

New England went from -5 down to -4 against Cincinnati on October 5. However, the Patriots went from -7 to -8 against the New York Jets on October 16.

Odds makers say the line could move because one bettor places a large sum of money on the game in favor of New England or other bookmakers such as betonline or have the game posted differently.

With football back on television once again, the volume of bets increases tremendously.

The volume will grow steadily now until just prior to the season when all the books will be swamped.

The frenzy has already started to pick up and will only get wilder as the regular season kickoff on September 4 draws nearer.