I have to admit that I’m getting very excited! I’m a football junkie, so any thought of football returning is exciting. And the fact of the matter is that preseason football is right around the corner. Literally, it’s happening this week.

I’m simply excited because it means football is back. Not officially, but it means football is essentially here and the real stuff will be starting very shortly.

However, other people are excited for the betting opportunity. I go back and forth on the idea of betting preseason football. I’ve done it (and I’ll probably continue to do it). I can see the value, but I can also see the stupidity.

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But just to get everyone excited that we’ll finally be able to bet on football again, I have compiled the opening Vegas lines for all of the NFL preseason games this week. Take a look:

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (-2.5, 36), 7:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, Aug. 10

Atlanta Falcons (-1.5, 37) at Miami Dolphins, 7 p.m. ET

Minnesota Vikings (-1.5, 36.5) at Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m. ET

Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens (-1, 37), 7:30 p.m. ET

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-4.5, 40), 7:30 p.m. ET

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (-2, 38), 8 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-1.5, 39), 8 p.m. ET

Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears (PK, 35.5), 8 p.m. ET

Friday, Aug. 11

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (-3, 37.5), 7 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals (-2, 37), 7:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs (-4, 38.5), 9 p.m. ET

Saturday, Aug. 12

Tennessee Titans (-2.5, 37) at New York Jets, 7:30 p.m. ET

Dallas Cowboys (-2, 37) at Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m. ET

Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (-3.5, 39.5), 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, Aug. 13

Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts (PK, 37), 1:30 p.m. ET

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers (-2, 37.5), 8 p.m. ET

As I said, there are definitely instances where I can see the value in betting preseason games. There are certain over/under trends that are very favorable. There are also matchups that can be very favorable based on the quality of depth each team has, or the amount of talent a team will/will not be playing in a given game.

With that being said, there is obviously still a level of unpredictability in betting preseason. I mean, after all, these are games that mean absolutely nothing. There is no point for guys to care about winning. All guys care about is staying healthy, and also proving they can individually play and are good enough to make the team.

The sense of meaningless makes it tough to bet on, but the trends and stats sometimes point in a very favorable way. It’s a matter of weighing the stats and also the fact that these games don’t mean anything. What do the scores and odds really mean in these games?

When I bet preseason, I usually stick to over/under totals as opposed to point spreads. It’s easier to tell if a team has more depth, or more quality young talent who’s trying to prove themselves and go all out.

Betting preseason football is a slippery slope, but hey, it’s a sign that the real season is almost here! And we are all happy about that.