The countdown commences. We are just a day away from preseason NFL football.
As we get closer to the start of the NFL season, headlines abound: does the preseason have too many games, Julio Jones will refrain from preseason play, Seahawks looking at Chris Warren III, etc.
But in even bigger news, the Broncos take on the Falcons on Thursday, August 1st! Sportsbetting.ag has odds, and Denver is coming in as slight favorites. Let’s look at a couple of game that we should watch in the first weeks of Preseason play.
Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos
There is a lot of excitement over at Mile High – or whatever they are calling the stadium nowadays … honestly, I’m not even going to try to keep up with all the marketing-based stadium and arena name changes. There is a new head honcho over in Denver, and the Broncos are suddenly supposed to be an instant defensive powerhouse once more. On top of taking on a sparkling defensive mind as the head coach, Pro Football Focus just rated the Denver Broncos offensive line at No. 12 in the League. That is a massive jump from 24th, where they finished after game 17 last season.
We know Julio Jones won’t play. Keanu Neal isn’t expecting to participate much in the Falcons five-game preseason schedule either. Some may think this is going against the grain. I think it’s smart. Look at the significant injuries that star players took over the last couple of preseasons. Still, this is a game we want to watch. We want to get a peek into Fangio’s plan.
If you’re a fan of betting on preseason ball, Dan Quinn is 1-3 during Week 1 of preseason football. Vic Fangio doesn’t have a preseason record to look at, but first-year head coaches often come out and try to get a win the first time they step foot on the field as head coach for the first time. I would lean on Denver to get the win tonight. Further More, the Broncos look great as 1-point favorites in Oakland in Week 1 of the regular season.
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
I’m not intentionally throwing the Broncos in here again. It’s the Seahawks that we should be interested in getting an early look at. The Raiders just released Chris Warren III, and the Seahawks are now working him out. There is a good case that Warren III will get quite a few touches to feel him out and see if the big, powerful back is worth putting on the roster. This is what we need to know. What will the Seattle RB depth chart look like?
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
If there is one thing you can count on Chucky to do, it’s winning the first preseason game of the season. The Raiders are -3 favorites at home and for a good reason. Jon Gruden has never lost an opening preseason game. He’s 9-0 in Week 1. Sean McVay is 1-1. We could see him push a little for the win, but Chucky will absolutely go for it. If you want the closest thing to a ‘sure thing’ to get the NFL season rolling, take the Raiders to win on Saturday, August 10th.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
Another fun one to watch will be the Ravens putting a beatdown on the Jags. Harbough is 11-1 during the first preseason game of the season, while Doug Marrone is 3-2. The Ravens are at home, and Harbough is a killer during the first week of play. Thank me later!