Quarterback Situations Muddy NFC Preseason Bettingby BetUS Staff
Members of the BetUS NFL online sports wagering community, spanning the globe, are getting prepared to get their respective 2008 NFL wagering seasons started in gear starting with this weekend's matchup in the Bovada Sportsbook, featuring the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins and BetUS NFL betting enthusiasts everywhere will get a big preseason sports betting boost with this informative NFL article focusing on the NFC.
While many football betting fans may be wary about betting on preseason contests, the exhibition games leading up to the start of the regular season are often profitable for NFL wagering enthusiasts who brush up on the preseason happenings for each franchise.
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Here's what bettors need to know about the NFC just before the start on the 2008 preseason games.
Several teams have unsettled issues at quarterback heading into the 2008 preseason and regular season, starting with the Green Bay Packers who open the preseason at -3 points at home against the Cincinnati Bengals - a team I believe could sink to even lower depths in 2008.
The Packers have idiotically told franchise legend Brett Favre that they are emphatically ready to move on and have handed the reins to former first round draft pick, Aaron Rodgers.
If Rodgers fails, Packers management will look like total buffoons, but if he succeeds, they'll say they saw it coming all along. My guess is that Rodgers struggles mightily with defensive coordinators all over the league throw the kitchen sink at the first-time starter.
The young Atlanta Falcons are another team that could struggle at quarterback until rookie quarterback Matt Ryan is ready to assume the starting position from mediocre former flameouts, Chris Redman and Joey Harrington but open their preseason schedule with a tough road contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars where they are +6 underdogs on the road.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a quarterback in Jeff Garcia that is one of the best leaders in all of football, are surprisingly, reportedly interested in acquiring Brett Favre from the Green Bay Packers and open the preseason schedule at +2 against Miami Dolphins on the road.
The San Francisco 49ers still have issues at quarterback where former No.1 overall pick Alex Smith is one step away from being a backup - and the team's current backup, Shaun Hill, has generally looked like he has all the tools to be a starter In the league for a long time. The Niners open as +3 underdogs on the road against the Oakland Raiders.
While several teams have to sort things out at the quarterback position - and their issues make the preseason betting period a slippery slope for their respective teams - several other franchise are poised for what could be a breakout year in 2008, starting with the New Orleans Saints, a team I think will be a legitimate NFC title contender in 2008 that would really like to make a statement this preseason. The Saints open their preseason schedule against another team I think will take a big step forward in 2008 in the Arizona Cardinals.
If quarterback Matt Leinart can make a big jump in the desert this season and totally assume the starting quarterback position from veteran Kurt Warner, I think second-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt will make this team into a better-than-expected group that could compete for the playoffs.
I also like the revamped Seattle Seahawks to make a statement this preseason with new starting running back Julius Jones leading the way. The Seahawks open the preseason on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, getting +3 points as road underdogs.
Two clubs I think could be could be headed toward mediocrity in 2008 are the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.
The Eagles have mediocrity written all over their franchise as they head into the 2008 season hoping, (praying) for several young players on both sides of the ball to make dramatic improvements as they step into newly minted starting positions of leadership roles, while Bears head coach Lovie Smith must be the only man on the face of the planet who can't see that starting quarterback Rex Grossman is a backup at best in the NFL and has yet to find a suitable replacement, though fourth-year signal caller Kyle Orton should get a real opportunity to supplant Grossman as the team's starting quarterback.
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by Mike Jones at 1800-sports.com on August 04, 2011
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