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Betting on the NFL preseason isn’t the wisest factor to do however neither is consuming purple meat, consuming Coke or watching How I Met Your Mom on Netflix. A tiger can’t change his stripes and this degenerate can’t cease from betting on the NFL video games in August.

So, should you’re like me and prepared to dabble within the murkiness of exhibition professional soccer video games, please, permit me to offer you one tip: Take note of the coaches.

Sure, these video games are meaningless however NFL coaches are among the many best individuals on the planet. They work 20 hours a day not as a result of they love the job a lot – it’s as a result of they will’t sleep considering one other coach is working more durable and getting an edge.

Some head coaches can’t reduce flip off the thirst for Ws even within the preseason. A win is a win and in the event that they’re preserving rating, it’s all the time higher to be on the group with extra factors.

Right here’s a take a look at the three greatest head coaches towards the unfold in August during the last three years.

Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings

eleven-2 ATS, 12-1 SU

The previous Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator has been operating the present in Minnesota since 2014. He misplaced his beginning quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to damage in apply on the tail finish of August, however that didn’t cease his workforce from going an ideal four-zero ATS within the preseason.

Zimmer usually does the defensive play calling for the Vikings however he might let his defensive coordinator deal with the duty within the preseason.

The Vikings are three-zero SU and ATS in Week 1 of the preseason underneath Zimmer. The Vikes are 1-level street underdogs towards the Buffalo Payments of their first preseason recreation.

John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

10-2 ATS, 9-three SU (Since 2014)

The Ravens have by no means carried out worse than 2-2 towards the unfold within the preseason since Harbaugh took the top teaching job in 2008. Baltimore is masking in almost sixty four % of its exhibition contests since then.

Harbaugh, although, has been vocal about his distaste for the prolonged preseason slate and final yr advised reporters he’d eliminate preseason video games altogether if it have been as much as him.

Ravens beginning quarterback Joe Flacco is out briefly with a sore again and Baltimore is scrambling to type out its QB depth chart earlier than the beginning of the season. The Ravens are contemplating signing free agent Colin Kaepernick and even introduced in area-league QB David Olson.

Baltimore is a 1-level house fave towards the Washington Redskins subsequent Thursday.

Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins

eight-four ATS, 9-three ATS

The primary three years of Jay Gruden’s teaching profession haven’t gone in addition to Redskins followers would have hoped. Gruden hasn’t jelled with any of his quarterbacks in Washington and the staff is a middling 21-26-1 straight up within the Gruden period.

A minimum of soccer followers within the D.C. space can take solace figuring out their group covers the unfold sixty six % of the time in August underneath the lesser Gruden brother.