NFL preseason betting is like the canker sore inside your lip. The more it hurts, the more you want to just jab your tongue in there.
Betting on the NFL’s warm-up schedule is tempting after a long offseason. So if you are succumbing to that little devil on your shoulder, beware these four teams which have been especially costly over the past 17 NFL preseason slates.
Kansas City Chiefs (22-46 SU, 19-46-3 ATS)
Betting on the Chiefs, no matter the season, has been a poor practice in recent years. Kansas City went 1-3 SU and ATS in the preseason last summer and is now under the command of new head coach Andy Reid, who is notorious for his disdain for the exhibition games. However, Reid has gone against the grain in recent years, posting a 6-2 SU and ATS preseason mark in his final two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Oakland Raiders (32-35 SU, 28-37-2 ATS)
Dennis Allen enters his second season at the helm in Oakland, and like most Raiders coaches, his office chair resembles Hades’ La-Z-Boy. Oakland went just 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS last summer and Allen could be under pressure to win right off the bat. The Raiders are still ironing out their starting QB, so Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson and even rookie Matt McGloin are going all out.
Detroit Lions (34-34 SU, 28-37-3 ATS)
Jim Schwartz is another head coach under pressure to perform this preseason. He’s made Detroit one of the darlings of the warm-up sked, going 12-4 SU and 11-4 ATS since 2009. So the Lions could continue to improve on their preseason history. Detroit, which went 2-2 SU and ATS in the 2012 preseason, faces the Jets, Browns, Patriots and Bills this August. Those teams went a combined 3-13 ATS last preseason.
Carolina Panthers (30-38 SU, 28-37-3 ATS)
Ron Rivera’s job in Carolina was likely saved by the Panthers’ 5-1 SU and ATS finish to the 2012 season. Fans of preseason betting don’t want to see Rivera go after he posted a 6-2 ATS mark in his first two years on the job. The Panthers are hoping to pick up where they left off last winter but need to work in new offensive coordinator Mike Shula this summer. And there a numerous starting jobs still up for grabs.