As stated previously, successful sports wagering during the NFL preseason requires using different strategies than during any other time of the pro football season. Unique conditions are in place, such as some coaches playing to win, while other coaches just wanting to look at schemes and players. Coaching was the topic of Part 1 on our NFL Preseason Football Handicapping Tips.

This week, we are going to examine preseason MOTIVATION. Again, the primary objective of an NFL team in an exhibition game is not necessarily to win, but to get ready to win during the regular season, so when one team IS motivated to win a practice game, and that desire is not going to be matched by its opponent, they will have a big edge.

Play ON a team that has a stated goal of winning the game.

Of course, every team has a stated goal of winning during the regular season and playoffs, but it’s not the case during the preseason. A good team with a lot of veterans and nothing much to prove during practice games may simply want to get out of the contest unscathed. This is why when one side’s goal is to win an exhibition win, they will have a decided edge against an opponent that is not making winning the game a priority.

Play AGAINST a team relaxed off a win and not concerned about another ufabetแทงบอล victory.

Usually, a win in the preseason allows a coach to feel zero pressure the following week, and he can look at players. Generally, teams are weaker ATS after a win, and it intensifies with streaks. The opposite is true as well!

Play ON a team hungry off a loss and feeling some pressure.

Usually, a loss in the preseason will mean negative press and questions at training camp. This may lead to a coach going for a win the following week so generally, teams are stronger ATS after a loss, and again, it intensifies with streaks.

Play AGAINST a team off a superb performance by its 1st and 2nd-stringers.

If a veteran unit dominated its counterpart in the previous game, there’s a good chance they will be given little work in the next exhibition. Once more, the opposite applies!

Play ON a team off a poor performance by its 1st and 2nd-stringers.

If a veteran unit was dominated by its counterpart in the previous game, there’s a good chance they will have a fire lit under them.

We clued in to some of these motivation factors in an NFL Exhibition game in 2006, picking the 3-point underdog Dolphins