Football NFL Odds Week 1 Preseason Giants-Bills Hall-of-Fame Starts It

Odds are posted for opening week NFL preseason contests. It all starts out with the Hall-of-Fame game from Canton, Ohio with the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. The line varies a bit with many books pushing Buffalo at (-1) but with -125 juice. The consensus point spread has Buffalo (-2) and a total of 32.5.

As a general rule of thumb, in the first week of NFLX odds, the sportsbook lines stick pretty close to the home team laying three-points a total in the low to mid 30s. However, more than in previous seasons, the oddsmakers are backing off the default key Vegas line of (-3), clearly weighing home field advantage less as not one team is laying more than a field goal. default

In fact, only the New York Giants hosting Pittsburgh on Saturday, August 9 has the full 10-cent juice with (-3). “This is because of the often-false perception that the team that plays in the Hall-of-Fame game has an edge versus a squad playing their first game,” says Stevie Vincent of top sports handicapping website

The full swing of NFL preseason games start on Thursday, August 7.  Odds will most definitely change when preseason QB rotations, injuries, and other key player statuses become clearer. Pro bettors will ask if revenge is truly a motivation factor in preseason betting as the Super Bowl rematch has Denver (-1.5) at home to Seattle.

Also an anomaly is that there are no road favorites, though two games are a pick ‘em: San Francisco vs. Baltimore and Tampa Bay vs. Jacksonville. Friday’s Philadelphia-Chicago contest has the highest total at 38.5 with the aforesaid Hall-of-Fame game the lowest at a mere 32.5.

Though many square players believe betting preseason football is nothing more than a coin flip, most pro gamblers strongly disagree.

The author Joe Duffy is beginning his 27th season with his football bets publically. He is CEO of


About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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