You would expect teams that get blanked in the NFL Preseason to bounce back strong the following week. After all, these are exhibition games, but owners want their fans to feel good about their team, and coaches want the team to accomplish something when the lights are turned on in these dress rehearsals. Even if the goal is not to win the game.
After reviewing teams that were shutout in the NFL Preseason, I had a premise that these teams would like to get some momentum going in the following game and score some points to feel good about their offense and the overall direction of the team.
Since 1983, teams that were blanked in the preseason went 33-24 SU and 33-23-1 ATS (+7.7 units) the following game. Therefore these teams do put a little bit more emphasis on performing well in the following game after getting blanked in the preseason.
The majority of the public feels preseason games are a waste of time, but through studying these scenarios throughout the last 30 years, these teams show a pattern of what needs to be accomplished as they are fine tuning the machine for the regular season. By just applying common sense to the NFL Preseason and putting together scenarios where teams need to perform well, you can find these motivational factors which go a long way in cashing bets.