Friday's NFL Action
August 23, 2013
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Aside from scoping the backup units of teams for potential fantasy football steals, the NFL preseason betting phase of our lives gives us a chance to get some action in and build up our bankrolls while figuring out which teams are in sync and which teams aren't. Below are the preseason matchups for Friday night, and while home teams enjoy a natural edge in these types of contests, they're not the solid take you think they might be. Don't bet blindly this weekend as teams display their first teams well in to the third quarter.
Friday, August 23rd --- Lambeau Field --- 8:00pm EST
Let's just call this a revenge game because the Packers-Seahawks have a rivalry after Gategate (which is what I call it) last year. The Packers will trot out Aaron Rodgers and the depleted Seattle defense, which is still dealing with injuries, will have their hands full. The line here is corrected for the absence of Eddie Lacy, who has an injury which will keep him out for a few weeks, but the Packers were fine without Lacy before and will remind Seattle that they're the team to beat in the NFC.
There's a lot of reasons to be excited about Seattle, and bet on them after a 40-10 throwdown against Denver last weekend in NFL preseason betting, but I don't expect them to have the leeway they enjoyed against a Denver defense that is shorthanded on all fronts. Green Bay will get a modicum of revenge in this game in front of their hometown faithful.
Friday, August 23rd --- Oakland Coliseum --- 10:00pm EST
Matt Flynn looks solid as the starting option in Oakland, but this team still looks terrible. As I wrote before, Week 3 of NFL preseason betting is when you see teams unleash their starting offences in to the second half so Flynn will have more time to impress agasint the Bears. The problem here is that Chicago is an under-the-radar contender and Oakland is - at best - a .500 team.
Jay Cutler looked sharp in completing 4-of-5 passes for 38 yards on a the lone drive he was out there. One of those catches went for a touchdowns while the errant pass was actually picked off. The Bears had massive problems with offensive line help last year, and had some defensive injuries that slowed them down. When healthy, like they are in this game, they're as good as any other team and Marc Trestman will want a strong performance out of his team in the last, meaningful game of the preseason for his starters. This includes his starting defensive unit which flustered Phillip Rivers last week.
That's why the Bears are the pick here despite playing on the road. You can fall asleep on Chicago this year. I'm not, especially in NFL preseason betting.