Paint, used on the logo at midfield and in the end zone, caused the cancellation of Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, the rock-hard field means we have to wait four more days to watch preseason football. The extra time will give us a chance to review which teams are the best and worst at covering the spread in these meaningless matchups.
Seattle has lapped the field winning bettors nearly twice as much money as the next most profitable team. The Seahawks have only one losing preseason record against-the-spread since 2004-05 (went 0-3 in 2010-11). Since the team drafted Russell Wilson (preseason stats: 11 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 4 rushing touchdowns) the Hawks have gone 10-4 ATS (+7.11 units).
The Chiefs have gone 13-34 straight-up in preseason games, the second worst record in football. KC went 4-0 last year for the team’s first winning preseason in more than ten years. It is no surprise then that the Chiefs have struggled to turn a profit for gamblers. Kansas City has gone 10-35 against-the-spread since 2004, down 25.27 units.
The Seahawks and Chiefs play each other Saturday in the preseason. Kansas City is a 3 point favorite, 64% of the against-the-spread bets are on Seattle to cover.
There are strategies to betting NFL preseason games; understanding how a team has performed historically is part of making an educated decision. Of course, these are just exhibition games, so tread lightly.
Here are the best and worst teams at covering the spread in the preseason.
|Team||ATS Record||Units Won|
|San Diego Chargers||26-19||+5.70|
|New Orleans Saints||28-22||+4.73|
|New York Giants||25-20||+4.11|
|San Francisco 49ers||25-21||+3.14|
|New York Jets||25-22||+2.24|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24-22||+0.90|
|Green Bay Packers||23-24||-1.95|
|Los Angeles Rams||22-26||-4.21|
|New England Patriots||20-24||-5.19|
|Kansas City Chiefs||10-35||-25.27|
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