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NFL Preseason Standings Misleading for Week 1

When are NFL standings not a true representation of the strength of the league's teams? When you are looking at NFL preseason standings.

In fact, you can often look at these standings and use it to bet against the 'best' teams and bet for the 'worst' teams.

That's because Week 1 NFL betting odds are often skewed by a team's solid or lousy showing in the preseason. Public bettors who watch only standings and ESPN highlights can be led towards the wrong side of the bet. [ Read more on NFL Week 1 Betting Theory ]

Atlanta was 13-3 last season, but were 0-4 in the 2011 preseason. They are favored in Chicago, maybe not by enough points. And what about the Rams? They are 4-0 this exhibition schedule but in big trouble at home against the Philadelphia Eagles to start the season.

Take a peek at the standings below and use it to guide your handicapping of Week 1 NFL odds value.

 East W L T Pct PF PA 
 Miami Dolphins 3100.757853
 New York Jets 2200.57454
 New England Patriots 2200.510578
 Buffalo Bills 1300.255482
 North W L T Pct PF PA 
 Baltimore Ravens 3100.759264
 Pittsburgh Steelers 3100.759863
 Cleveland Browns 1300.258395
 Cincinnati Bengals 1300.254791
 South W L T Pct PF PA 
 Houston Texans 3100.757765
 Tennessee Titans 3100.757642
 Jacksonville Jaguars 1300.2576119
 Indianapolis Colts 1300.255186
 West W L T Pct PF PA 
 Denver Broncos 2200.57780
 San Diego Chargers 2200.58882
 Oakland Raiders 040044101
 Kansas City Chiefs 04004290
 East W L T Pct PF PA 
 Washington Redskins 3100.759268
 Philadelphia Eagles 3100.757558
 Dallas Cowboys 2200.55777
 New York Giants 2200.57267
 North W L T Pct PF PA 
 Detroit Lions 400111447
 Green Bay Packers 3100.758987
 Chicago Bears 2200.56072
 Minnesota Vikings 2200.56844
 South W L T Pct PF PA 
 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2200.58073
 New Orleans Saints 2200.58782
 Carolina Panthers 1300.256087
 Atlanta Falcons 04005998
 West W L T Pct PF PA 
 St. Louis Rams 40018853
 Arizona Cardinals 2200.510187
 San Francisco 49ers 2200.54774
 Seattle Seahawks 2200.57163