If there was ever a week not to bet on football, Week 4 of the NFL preseason would probably be it. The last real dress rehearsal was in Week 3, meaning starters will see very little time, and star players likely won't see the field at all. Coaches will be focusing their attention on the very fringes of the roster as they ready their team for the final 53-man cut.
But if you still insist on putting money on this week's exhibition slate, you might as well be prepared. Thanks to our friends at OddsShark.com, we have the lines for all 16 games, all of which will be played on Thursday.
Given the inherent uncertainty of preseason contests, the odds generally favor the home team by default. The two exceptions to that rule this week are in Dallas and Oakland. You won't see much of Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas, but the Denver Broncos are still getting a 1-point advantage over the Cowboys' injury-wracked defense. The Raiders are a 4-point home dog to the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
Here are the early lines for Thursday's games. Be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL odds page for the most up-to-date lines.
Thursday, Aug. 28
Atlanta at Jacksonville (-2.5)
Detroit at Buffalo (-3)
Indianapolis at Cincinnati (-3.5)
Kansas City at Green Bay (-5)
St. Louis at Miami (-6)
New York Jets at Philadelphia (-3.5)
New England at New York Giants (-2.5)
Carolina at Pittsburgh (-6)
Washington at Tampa Bay (-2.5)
Chicago at Cleveland (-2)
Denver at Dallas (-1)
San Francisco at Houston (-2.5)
Baltimore at New Orleans (-4.5)
Minnesota at Tennessee (-3)
Seattle at Oakland (-4)
Arizona at San Diego (-3)