Preseason Week 1 NFL Betting Recap Sees Home Teams Dominate

By: Matty Simo | Saturday, August 9, 2014
NFL Preseason

Home Teams Went 12-3-1 ATS & 14-2 SU in Week 1 of NFL Preseason.

The first full week of NFL preseason betting is finally in the books after four more games on Saturday, capped by the pro debut of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. All four games went "under" the total, bringing the overall number to 13 in 17 games, including last Sunday's NFL Hall of Fame Game. Of the 16 games with true home-field advantage, the hosts went 12-3-1 against the spread and 14-2 straight-up, including a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS on Saturday.

Ironically, the Browns were one of just four road teams favored in Week 1 of the preseason, including two on Saturday. Cleveland opened as a 2½-point underdog against the Detroit Lions but closed as high as a 2½-point favorite at William Hill sportsbooks in a 13-12 loss. Manziel entered the game late in the second quarter in relief of starter Brian Hoyer, completing 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards and running six times for 27 yards. While he did not have the benefit of playing with the starters, the former Heisman Trophy winner showed glimpses of what he can do but also missed on some chances to make plays.

The other road favorite that failed to come through on Saturday was the Houston Texans, who again looked abysmal in a 32-0 blowout loss against the Arizona Cardinals after losing their last 14 games of the 2013 regular season. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks to get his team prepared for the regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins, as his three QBs (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage) combined for 82 passing yards and two interceptions. Fitzpatrick threw both picks and also accounted for 55 of the yards.

Looking ahead to Week 2 of the preseason, the Chicago Bears (-4) host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football after both teams had solid performances in winning their first games. Chicago's passing offense looked great in a 34-28 home win against the Philadelphia Eagles, as QBs Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen each threw at least one touchdown. Meanwhile, Jacksonville turned in a good all-around game in a 16-10 home victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with the defense returning an interception for the team's lone TD and rookie QB Blake Bortles completing 7-of-11 passes for 117 yards in his debut.

Click here to recap Week 1 NFL preseason games and check Week 2 betting odds.

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