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Texans vs. Panthers NFL Preseason Week 1 Picks

Cam Newton is looking to avoid a sophomore slump as he and the Carolina Panthers (6-10, 9-7 ATS) welcome the Houston Texans (10-6, 11-5 ATS) in NFL preseason action. NFL preseason games don’t mean much to hardcore fans, but they provide huge values for football bettors. To keep up with the latest preseason odds, at work, in the car, or at the bar, we suggest bettors download a Blackberry sports betting app from their favorite online sports book.

Houston Texans vs Carolina Panthers Week 1 Preseason Betting Odds

TIME: Saturday, August 11, 7 p.m. EST
PLACE: Bank of American Stadium
Houston Texans +2.5
Carolina Panthers -2.5
Over/Under: 35.5 (-110)

What’s Houston Got to Prove?

When handicapping preseason season games you always have to ask, “What do they have to prove?” When you’re the Houston Texans, and your NFL star has been rising rapidly the answer is, “Not much.”

They’ve got a good shot at winning the AFC South and probably would have won it last year if not for a rash of injuries including QB Matt Schuab (178-292, 2,479 yds, 15 TDs, 6 INT). Schuab’s a seasoned veteran and doesn’t need much in the way of live game practice at this point in his career. Bettors shouldn’t expect to see too much of Schuab in this outing.

Houston Head Coach Gary Kubiak is 13-11 in preseason games and isn’t known as one of the league’s more competitive preseason coaches. Expect to see him playing pretty conservatively and taking more care than other coaches might to avoid injuries.

It’s a long season, and a long preseason, so this one’s going to be all about the players still competing for a spot on the roster.

Cam Newton Takes the Stage

Carolina QB Cam Newton (310-517, 4,051 yds, 21 TDs, 17 INT) wowed everyone in his rookie season, leading his team to an impressive (for Carolina) 6-10 season. All he has to do this year is come with something better than that. Due to his relative inexperience, expect to see him lead two or three drives, but not much more than that. Still, NFL preseason bettors can expect Carolina to make a statement in this game about what to expect from them all season.

Last year Panthers head coach Ron Rivera went 1-3 in the preseason. Bettors need to remember that he was also new to the organization, working with a rookie QB, and working with a shortened training camp thanks to the lockout. Like Newton, he’ll be interested in showing the fans he’s ready to win.

Panthers vs. Texans Moneyline & Point Spread Picks

Between the motivation factor and the home field advantage, we think Carolina (-2.5) is the safe play for preseason bettors in this game. CAR is -155 on the moneyline in this week 1 preseason game and some bettors may feel safer betting on the ML, but we advise everyone to take the -2.5 point spread to keep the amount risked as low as possible.

HOU vs. CAR Over/Under Week 1 Preseason Predictions

NFL preseason bettors looking for a relatively safe play should take the over (35.5) in this game. We’ve already established Carolina’s desire to win and and please fans, as well as Houston’s interest in keeping everyone healthy. On top of that, neither team is going to be too interested in revealing their defensive schemes this early in the season.

Between Houston and Carolina’s eight 2011 preseason games, only three had a combined total of less than 35 points. So don’t hesitate to play the over in this one.

For the best NFL preseason and futures betting odds, we suggest serious bettors take a look at the lines offered at Betonline. Not only do they post competitive point spreads, they’re one of the few online sportsbooks that’s willing to take US action.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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