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.
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.
|Pete Carroll||Pete Carroll||18-9||+7.70|
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.
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
|Jack Del Rio||Raiders||19-20||-1.94|