NFL preseason betting begins on Sunday, August 8th at Canton, Ohio with the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals televised on NBC.
That game is the first one in NFL preseason odds with more to follow just four days later.
NFL preseason betting includes four games for each team with Dallas and Cincinnati getting five because they played in the Hall of Fame Game. Week 1 of the preseason begins on Thursday, August 12th with three games. It is the New Orleans Saints at the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Carolina Panthers and the Oakland Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys. ESPN will be showing the game between the Ravens and Panthers. There are three more games on Friday, August 13th with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins hosting the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Atlanta Falcons.
Many of the games in NFL preseason odds for Week 1 are on Saturday, August 14th. It will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans at the Arizona Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers hosting the Cleveland Browns, the Minnesota Vikings at the St. Louis Rams, the Chicago Bears at the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans in Seattle to battle the Seahawks. The games on Sunday, August 15th have San Francisco at Indianapolis and Denver at Cincinnati. The Monday night game on ESPN has the New York Giants at the New York Jets in the first game at the new Meadowlands Stadium.
There are four full weeks of preseason games in addition to the Hall of Fame Game. The Week one games go from Thursday, August 12th through Monday, August 16th. Week 2 games go from August 19th through the 23rd. Week 3 games are from the August 26th through the 29th while all of the Week 4 games in the preseason are on Thursday, September 2nd.
This could be the last season where the NFL plays a full four weeks of preseason action. There are rumors that the NFL will expand the NFL regular season to 18 games which would eliminate two weeks of preseason in exchange for two weeks of regular season games.