Which coaches are the best bet in the NFL preseason? It often depends on how a coach views these exhibition games. Some want to win in order to establish a winning culture. Others see preseason games as an extension of practice and another opportunity to evaluate talent. Here are the most and least profitable against-the-spread coaches currently in the NFL.

Most Profitable

John Harbaugh has argued to get rid of preseason games completely. Which would be a shame for bettors since he is so good at covering the spread. Other good ATS coaches in the preseason include Mike Zimmer who has never had a losing preseason with the Vikings and Pete Carroll. Though with the Seahawks head coach most of his success came in the first four years with the team when he went 11-4 ATS, +6.07 units. In last three preseasons, Seattle is 7-5 ATS, +1.63 units.

CoachTeamRecordUnits
John HarbaughRavens23-13+9.16
Mike ZimmerVikings11-2+8.69
Pete CarrollPete Carroll18-9+7.70
Doug PedersonEagles4-0+3.81
Jay GrudenRedskins8-4+3.29

Least Profitable

The poor Browns can’t win even when the games don’t count. Hue Jackson has failed to cover every preseason game he has coached. Despite their recent success during the regular season Jason Garrett and Mike Tomlin have been bad bets in the preseason.

CoachTeamRecordUnits
Chuck PaganoColts6-10-5.32
John FoxBears23-28-6.21
Mike TomlinSteelers18-24-6.40
Jason GarrettCowboys9-16-7.13
Hue JacksonBrowns0-8-8.00

Bill Belichick and the Patriots almost never lose and often cover. Since 2003, New England is 133-83 ATS, +46.14 units in the regular season (best in football). However, in the preseason Belichick is 22-26 ATS, -5.32 units. He is the sixth least profitable active coach in exhibition games.

There are betting strategies for the NFL preseason. Understanding a coach’s tendencies is another piece of information to consider when wagering on exhibition games. Week 1 of the NFL preseason starts Wednesday, good luck!


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NFL Preseason: Best ATS Coaches 

CoachTeamRecordUnits
John HarbaughRavens23-13+9.16
Mike ZimmerVikings11-2+8.69
Pete CarrollSeahawks18-9+7.70
Doug PedersonEagles4-0+3.81
Jay GrudenRedskins8-4+3.29
Bill O'BrienTexans8-4+2.94
Bruce AriansCardinals11-8+2.61
Mike MularkeyTitans9-7+1.72
Ron RiveraPanthers13-11+1.24
Marvin LewisBengals27-25+1.22
Todd BowlesJets4-3+0.56
Mike McCarthyPackers22-21+0.51
Sean PaytonSaints21-20-0.02
Adam GaseDolphins2-2-0.10
Dirk KoetterBuccaneers2-2-0.20
Dan QuinnFalcons4-4-0.29
Jim CaldwellLions12-12-0.60
Ben McAdooGiants1-2-1.20
Jack Del RioRaiders19-20-1.94
Andy ReidChiefs24-28-4.98
Bill BelichickPatriots22-26-5.32
Chuck PaganoColts6-10-5.32
John FoxBears23-28-6.21
Mike TomlinSteelers18-24-6.40
Jason GarrettCowboys9-16-7.13
Hue JacksonBrowns0-8-8.00
Sean McDermottBills--
Vance JosephBroncos--
Doug MarroneJaguars--
Anthony LynnChargers--
Sean McVayRams--
Kyle Shanahan49ers--