The first week of the 2018 NFL preseason wraps up on Saturday with a pair of games showcasing the Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Chargers. The former contest will be nationally televised via NFL Network, giving fans across the country their final chance to catch some exhibition football until late next week. It has the makings of an exciting battle, especially given the numerous storylines in play for both squads.
For those seeking added incentive to tune in to a relatively meaningless Week 1 preseason showdown, there is always the option of placing a wager down on the outcome. Oddsmakers opened betting for the Broncos-Vikings game at a pick ‘em, calling the clash too close to call on paper. The over/under has been set at 35.5 points, a relatively low total considering there has been a surprising surge of scoring during the opening slate of exhibition matches. Viewers shouldn’t anticipate much action from the first-team players, however, as Broncos head coach Vance Joseph revealed that Denver’s starters are only going to be on the field for a maximum of two series, while Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer will likely employ a similar strategy with his first-stringers. In the other game, which will only be televised locally, the Cardinals are a 2.5-point home favorite against the Chargers. The total on this one is 37, with early action forcing books to adjust the over/under up a point from the opening mark of 36.
Those on the hunt for some advice against the spread are in luck, as pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided his take on both of tonight’s matchups after going 2-0 on his best bets yesterday. Before getting to the Vegas expert’s picks for the evening, have a look at the full schedule, start times, TV info, live stream coverage and updated odds for the remaining Week 1 preseason contests. You can also find scores and highlights from this week’s action, quotes from players and coaches, relevant tweets and more for the Broncos vs. Vikings and Cardinals vs. Chargers.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Viewing Guide And Odds
|Time (ET)||Matchup (TV)||Spread||Total|
|Saturday, August 11|
|9 p.m.||Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings (NFLN)||PK||35.5|
|10 p.m.||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Chargers||ARI -2.5||37|