NFL teams use the preseason schedule as a chance to stretch their legs, work in new offenses or defenses and fill gaps in the depth chart. All those factors can give totals bettors a headache.
Keeping a close eye on the head coach’s gameplan heading into an exhibition game is vital to betting the over/under. And, perhaps knowing which NFL clubs have constantly cashed in for one side or the other is good knowledge to have.
We look at the best over bets during the NFL preseason since 1995.
Check out the three best preseason under bets.
Best preseason over bets
Jacksonville Jaguars (41-27 SU, 41-25-2 O/U)
The Jaguars posted a 3-0-1 over/under mark during last summer’s preseason tilts, and are 6-1-1 O/U the past two exhibition slates. Jacksonville has one of the worst defenses in the league, ranked 30th in yards allowed and 29th in points against in 2012. A QB controversy between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne and the return of RB Maurice Jones-Drew could spark some life in the Jags offense this preseason.
Seattle Seahawks (41-27 SU, 41-26-1 O/U)
The Seahawks offense emerge in the second half of the 2012 season, with QB Russell Wilson playing beyond his years. Seattle was hoping to have explosive WR Percy Harvin burning up the sidelines but may have lost its new weapon for the entire season. The Seahawks defense was one of the best in the league last season and with the offense looking to fill the gap in the receiving corps, Seattle may go against the over/under grain this preseason.
San Diego Chargers (38-30 SU, 40-27-1 O/U)
The Bolts seem like a forgotten team this offseason. Quarterback Philip Rivers has fallen out of favor with fans and could be singing for his supper this year. New head Mike McCoy is picking up the pace in San Diego, introducing a little speed to a Chargers offense that seemed stuck in the mud in 2012. Those no-huddle offenses could keep the points coming and gas out opposing defenses which are yet to get into game shape. The Bolts have gone 2-2 over/under the past three preseasons.
Indianapolis Colts (28-39 SU, 39-37-1 O/U)
The Colts went 3-1 over/under during Andrew Luck’s first preseason run and proved they belonged among the AFC title contenders, posting the seventh most-potent pass game in the NFL (258 yards per game). Indianapolis added some veteran experience and depth at QB this offseason, bringing in Matt Hasselbeck. He’ll keep the offense clicking after Luck takes a seat in limited preseason action. The Colts were 3-1 O/U during last year’s exhibition calendar.