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2019 NFL Week 1 Betting
Did you have fun over the summer? I hope you said goodbyes to family and friends since you won’t be seeing them over the weekend with the 2019-20 NFL season kicking off this week! Sunday’s are now reserved for the NFL and everything it has to offer till the end of December, and that’s just something you’re going to have to accept. The road to Super Bowl LIV will be a long one, so get yourself ready for the 17 week grind and make sure to have enough beef jerky, Doritos, chicken wings and beverages to sustain you for the long haul. Without further ado, here are the Week 1 offerings served up at online sportsbooks.
NFL Week 1 Matchups Odds
Green Bay vs. Chicago (-3, 46.5)
Atlanta vs. Minnesota (-4, 47.5)
Washington vs. Philadelphia (-9, 46)
Buffalo vs. New York (-3, 40)
Baltimore vs. Miami (+7, 37.5)
San Francisco vs. Tampa Bay (PK, 50.5)
Kansas City vs. Jacksonville (+4, 52.5)
Tennessee vs. Cleveland (-6, 45.5)
Los Angeles vs. Carolina (+3, 50.5)
Detroit vs. Arizona (+2.5, 47)
Cincinnati vs. Seattle (-9.5, 44)
Indianapolis vs. Los Angeles (-6.5, 44.5)
New York vs. Dallas (-7, 45.5)
Pittsburgh vs. New England (-5.5, 51)
Houston vs. New Orleans (-7, 53)
Denver vs. Oakland (PK, 43)
Though neither the Green Bay Packers nor Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl last season, the regular season campaign still kicks off in the Windy City where the hated NFC North rivals will collide for the 199th time in the rivalries history under the lights of NBC’s Thursday Night Football telecast. The teams split their pair of meetings a season ago. Playing on one leg, Aaron Rodgers led a furious second half comeback to lead Green Bay to the come-from-behind 24-23 win and non-cover as touchdown favorites. Chicago won the rematch at home in Week 15 when it logged the 24-17 win and cover as 5.5-point favorites to finally put an end to the Packers five-game win streak dating back to the 2016-17 season.
Though Chicago initially hit the board as 4-point favorites to run its win streak to two straight, the betting markets have flocked to the Green and Gold at a near 60 percent clip to drop the number to beat to -3. Points are also expected to hit the board with the total up to 46.5 from the 45.5 opener. Chicago hasn’t won back-to-back home games against the Packers since the 2007 and 2008 seasons under Lovie Smith, and the over had cashed five straight times between these clubs at Soldier Field before last year’s low scorer.
NBC’s Sunday Nighter is also expected to be a good one with Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers squaring off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. These non-divisional AFC rivals have seen quite a bit of one another in recent years having squared off at least once each of the last four seasons. Bill Belichick has had Mike Tomlin’s number with the Pats coming out on top in seven of the 10 all-time meetings between the coaches. The Patriots came out the pointspread victor in six of those matchups! That wasn’t the case last year however when the Steelers held serve at home and pulled out the surprisingly low scoring 17-10 victory as 2.5-point home underdogs.
The betting markets don’t envision the Steelers taking two straight from the Hoodie. New England opened as 5.5-point favorites but have since been bet up to 6-point chalk with 60 percent of the tickets written in their favor. A third straight under is also forecasted with 57 percent of the action coming in on the under to force a line move to 51 from the 51.5-point opener. Pittsburgh has dropped each of its last three treks to Foxboro by an average of 16.7 points per game with the over cashing in twice during that stretch.
The annual Monday Night Football double-dip closes Week 1 festivities out once again when the Houston Texans square off against the New Orleans Saints in non-conference play before the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders close the night out in the rival’s first of two regular season meetings. It will mark the Texans and Saints first skirmish since the 2015 season, while the Raiders will attempt to rattle off a fourth straight home win and cover against the closing NFL betting lines versus the Broncos.
Houston will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get its new toys on the field in hopes of taking a step closer towards locking up AFC South bragging rights for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The city of New Orleans needs to see the Saints in live action once again after a potential Super Bowl title was taken away from them by a non-call that’s changed the landscape of the NFL for the foreseeable future. Denver will be debuting an entirely new coaching staff for the second time in the last three seasons. John Elway needs Vic Fangio to succeed. Oakland needs to see some improvement as well, but Jon Gruden is going nowhere after inking a 10-year deal before last season; “Knock on wood if you’re with me.”
NFL Week 1 Betting Schedule - September 5-9
NFL Regular Season Schedule
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