Taking the over proved to be the top play for bettors in Week 1 of the NFL preseason, as those who bet the over in every game would’ve profited heavily.
13 of the 16 preseason contests this week went over the total set by Caesars Sportsbook, most of which easily went over in what was a surprisingly high-scoring week considering defenses tend to start off ahead of offenses.
The offenses didn’t miss a beat, however, and dominated the defenses as a whole, and with that resulted in several shootouts in which 11 of the 16 games went over 40 points.
All 16 over/unders were set between 30 and 40 points, and the only two contests that saw 30 points scored or less were the Saints at the Texans and the Cowboys at the Broncos.
While several other teams opted to sit their starters, the second and third-team offenses shined as a whole, which will see the books almost certainly increase next week’s over/under totals, which could make for an opportunity to get value on the under with defenses making adjustments.
It was also a strong week for underdogs, as there were six underdogs that won outright and seven that covered the spread, with the Patriots (+2.5) covering against the Bills being the only underdog that didn’t win.
Road teams found success with six of the underdog winners being road dogs, with six home favorites covering, and there were two road favorites that covered as well as home dog in the Patriots.
The Chiefs-Bears contest was the only even money pick ‘em, with the Bears winning a scrappy contest and allowing the under to hit and have three unders out of 16 as opposed to only two.
The last contest between the Raiders and Vikings continued the trend of overs hitting and helped deliver as part of our Sunday daily best bets.
It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in Week 2, which begins Thursday with the Bears at the Seahawks.
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