A new season in the NFL gets underway this Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs going on the road as 8.5-point underdogs against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The betting line for the total in this AFC tilt has been set at 48. The early consensus betting on this game slightly favors taking the points on the Chiefs.
Home town bookies in Cincinnati should take note that the betting consensus has swung heavily in favor of the Bengals covering as three-point home favorites against NFC North rival Baltimore in Sunday’s 1 p.m. start. The total line for this division battle has been set at 42.5 points.
Another interesting matchup in Sunday’s early afternoon games has the Washington Redskins listed as one-point underdogs at home in a NFC East battle against the Philadelphia Eagles. This could be a great contest for bookies in our nation’s capital to make some money on their home team with the Redskins slightly favored on the betting consensus.
In a few of the other 1 p.m. NFL games in Week 1, Atlanta is a seven-point road favorite against the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay is currently listed as a slight 2.5-point favorite on the road in an in-state showdown against the Miami Dolphins. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the biggest road favorite on the board this week with Cleveland getting eight points at home in that 1 p.m. NFC North clash.
Tennessee is set as a two-point favorite at home against the Oakland Raiders, Houston is favored at home by 5.5 points against Jacksonville and Arizona is favored by a point and a half on the road against the Detroit Lions in the other 1 p.m. starts.
The biggest matchup on Sunday’s late afternoon slate is a NFC showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers in a 4:25 p.m. start at Lambeau Field. The Packers are favored by three points in a betting line that has held steady all week long.
The total line for this game has been set at 51. The betting consensus for this game is leaning heavily toward Green Bay so home town bookies may want to try and move some action towards the road team to try and make some money on this game.
In another late start, the Los Angeles Rams will try and open the new season on a winning note as 3.5-point home favorites against Indianapolis. This game was up in the air for bettors with questions surrounding the availability of Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck, but he has officially been ruled out for Week 1. Bookies in Los Angeles should be able to capitalize on this game with the betting consensus favoring the Rams.
Carolina will try and get back on track following last year’s slide to 6-10 straight-up as a 5.5-point road favorite against the San Francisco 49ers in a 4:25 p.m. kickoff at Levi’s Stadium. The betting line for the total has been set at 48. Bay area bookies are seeing a heavy lean towards the Panthers in this matchup given the bleak outlook this season for the 49ers.
Sunday Night Football gets things started with a bang in a NFC East tilt between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys in an 8:30 p.m. start at AT&T Stadium. Dallas bookies are patiently waiting to see if Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliot will be able to play pending his appeal of a six-game league suspension. The current line has Dallas favored by 3.5 points with the total set at 47.5 points.
There are two final Week 1 games on Monday night starting with New Orleans on the road against Minnesota as 3.5-point underdogs. The total for this 7:10 p.m. start has been set at 48. Later in a 10:20 p.m. kickoff in Denver, the Broncos will host the Los Angeles Chargers as 3.5-point favorites and the total for this game has been set at 43.5 points.