NFL Betting – Thursday Preseason Picks

by on September 5, 2009

NFL betting players get one more chance to hone their skills this week before the regular season kicks off next Thursday. This Thursday offers a boatload of preseason games to bet on. Let’s make some picks.


Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets (-3)

Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. ET


This game won’t mean much to most of the personnel involved – except Shonn Greene. Originally expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a rib cartilage injury, he’s eager to play this Thursday. Since he’s third on the depth chart at running back, the Jets may grant him his wish. If that happens, the bruising Greene could make a statement and run over a few Eagle backups. Pick the Jets but check the injury report on game day before you take the plunge.


Pick: Jets -3


Baltimore Ravens @ Atlanta Falcons (-3)

Thursday, September 3, 7:30 p.m. ET


It’s natural for books to favor the Falcons at home, but I could see Baltimore bringing more to the table on Thursday. Atlanta should rest its starters and the Ravens should too, but they have some decent backups on offense. Willis McGahee should see action and former college football betting standout Troy Smith could even take a few snaps. Don’t be surprised if the Ravens pull off a minor upset.


Pick: Ravens +3


Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints (-3)

Thursday, September 3, 8:00 p.m. ET


Almost no starters play in Week 4 of the preseason as a precaution, so your best bet is to base your NFL picks on who has the best backups. The Saints’ offense has been potent right down the depth chart; Mark Brunell has posted some nice numbers as the No. 2 quarterback and seems to have a nice rapport with second-string wideout Robert Meachem. Mike Bell has also bulldozed opposing defenses as the No. 3 running back. The Saints could romp at home.


Pick: Saints -3


Arizona Cardinals (-3.5) @ Denver Broncos

Thursday, September 3, 9:00 p.m. ET


You know the Broncos are a mess when their first-string defense is on par with most teams’ second-string units. Backing up Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart has been brilliant this preseason; he threw for 360 yards in one half last week and could gouge the Broncos’ backup secondary on Thursday. He alone should make the game worth the price per head.


Pick: Cardinals -3.5

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