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 under bets during the NFL preseason since 1995.
Check out the three best preseason over bets.
Best preseason under bets
Miami Dolphins (39-29 SU, 25-42-1 O/U)
Miami enters 2013 with a bit of a spring in its step. The Dolphins can take advantage of a weak AFC East, especially if the Patriots’ offseason issues spill over. They’ve given second-year QB Ryan Tannehill some toys in the receiving corps, most notably WR Mike Wallace, but a banged-up offensive line could slow down that attack in the preseason, with Miami more concerned with patching those holes and keeping Tannehill alive to see Week 1. The Fins went 2-2 over/under during the 2012 preseason.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (36-32 SU, 26-42-0 O/U)
The Buccaneers were one of only five NFL teams to lean toward the under during last season’s exhibition slate, posting a 1-3 over/under mark. Tampa Bay isn’t completely sold on QB Josh Freeman and will likely take a long, hard look at rookie Mike Glennon this preseason. That could keep scores low, what with a dumb-down offense and a new QB still sharpening his timing with NFL-speed receivers. The Bucs’ porous pass defense – last in the league in 2012 - has also been strengthened with signings and draft picks.
Baltimore Ravens (40-27 SU, 26-41-0 O/U)
The defending Super Bowl champs got a facelift on defense, with LB Ray Lewis calling it a career and S Ed Reed joining the Texans. Baltimore brought in LBs Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith to cushion. But the big question with the Ravens is if the offense can continue to put up points like it did during the team’s improbable postseason run? Receiver Anquan Boldin is gone and TE Dennis Pitta is out for the year, which could really be a huge blow to Baltimore. The Ravens went 3-1 over/under during the 2012 preseason slate.