Saturday’s NFL Week 1 preseason betting primer

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The opening week of the NFL preseason continues with three games on the board Saturday. Here’s a look at betting notes for the three matchups:

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-2.5, 35.5)

*49ers coach Jim Tomsula is unsure whether or not linebacker NaVorro Bowman will see the field. “If he plays, it’s going to be a short block of plays,” Tomsula said. “It would be more for the other guys than it is for him – breaking the huddle with his voice, that kind of stuff.”

*The Texans are still yet to name which quarterback will be there starter Saturday. It is expected to be a close competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in traqining camp and a big game Saturday could mean a lot.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5, 36)

*The Buccaneers are expected to play Jameis Winston into the second quarter Saturday according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

*Adrian Peterson has been suffering from bruised thigh and is not going to see any playing time Saturday. Sophomore Jerick McKinnon should get a lot of work, with the converted triple-option quarterback flashing potential last season.

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5, 36)

*With No.1 cornerback Sean Smith suspended for the first three games of the season, expect rookies Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson to see plenty of time on the field for the Chiefs.

*The Cardinals are continuing to take the careful approach with Carson Palmer. The 13-year veteran is getting at least one day off per week and is expected to only be on the field for one drive Saturday.


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