The NFL kicked off the 2021 season with an exhilarating recreation and big TV rankings as followers have been again within the stands in Tampa Bay to see the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Buccaneers pull out a last-second win over Dallas, 31-29. The sport averaged 26 million viewers – probably the most since 2015 opening evening. And the betting action and deal with was heavy as properly. Buccaneers bets poured in as kickoff approached, however didn’t work out for Bucs level unfold bettors. Tampa Bay closed as a 9-point favourite at many on-line sportsbooks and even reached -9.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Week 1 traces have been out for months, and a take a look at the present Week 1 odds exhibits some key line strikes as extra bets pour in forward of Sunday kickoff. FanDuel is reporting probably the most unfold assist on the next groups:
The betting information adjustments all through every day with most bets taken nearer to kickoff. The cash, or deal with, is completely different that the variety of bets. You possibly can comply with the NFL odds and up to date betting information at oddsfire, which incorporates traces, totals and moneyline on the numberFire subsequent era sports activities analytics platform by FanDuel.
I replace different big bets and main wagers from main on-line sportsbooks, together with a $500,000 halftime wager that gained on the Dallas Cowboys (+2.5) Thursday evening.
Betting favorites will take most the unfold bets every week, and particularly in Week 1 with bettors favoring final 12 months’s stronger groups and betting in opposition to final 12 months’s weak groups. The Buccaneers have been a well-liked favourite that did not cowl the purpose unfold opening evening, and different favorites attracting at the very least 65% of the unfold cash on FanDuel Sportsbook embrace:
- Carolina Panthers (83%)
- Chiefs (75%)
- Rams (69%)
- 49ers (67%)
- Payments (65%)
Extra NFL Week 1 key match-ups and storylines to look at with stats, evaluation and participant grades plus offensive line rankings from Professional Soccer Focus.
Tremendous Bowl odds and season win totals
I pulled stats, evaluation and picks from some sharp handicappers, analysts and bettors. These are simply a few of their NFL Week 1 choices and bets with solely underdogs famous.
Week 1 NFL Picks
White: Colts +3, WFT +1
Fezzik: WFT +1, HOU +3
Dr. Bob: Cardinals +3
Carson Wentz will begin at quarterback and make his Colts debut six weeks after foot surgical procedure. “The Colts have loads of offensive weapons, and the protection is stable throughout the board,” White notes. He provides “The Colts have been a 3-point favourite and the road shortly bounced to Seattle being the favourite. Nicely, Wentz is again however there hasn’t been any adjustment.”
Fezzik and White each famous the teaser alternative on Washington as an underdog this week, however the line has flipped and the WFT is now a slight dwelling favourite in opposition to the LA Chargers.
“New Chargers head coach Brandon Staley opted to not play his starters in preseason, leaving us with questions concerning the workforce’s continuity,” White states. “Herbert was Rookie of the Yr and glorious final season, and now he can be on the highway and face one of many prime three defenses within the NFL.”
The Jaguars went 1-15 final season, and are laying 3-points on the highway with rookie QB Trevor Lawrence making his NFL debut together with head coach City Meyer. Houston has the worst roster within the NFL and is anticipated to be downright terrible this season. However Divisional dwelling underdogs are 15-6-1 straight up and 18-4 ATS in Week 1 since 2009, based on the Vegas Stats & Info Community (VSiN). New Texans QB Tyrod Taylor will begin for Houston, who additionally has a brand new head coach in David Culley.
Dr. Bob Sports activities supplies complimentary NFL analysis on choose NFL video games and makes use of superior math fashions with changes for present personnel and accidents to uncover potential worth on sides and totals.
His Tennessee vs Arizona evaluation factors out that “The Titans gained the AFC South final 12 months, however they’ll probably take a noticeable step again offensively regardless of the addition of Julio Jones.” Tennessee didn’t do something of notice to deal with their defensive points within the offseason, based on Dr. Bob, who provides that the Cardinals protection ranks close to league common to begin the season. “The Cardinals blitzed on 43% of their opponent’s passing performs final season, and the move rush ought to enhance with the return off a wholesome Chandler Jones, who was All-Professional in 2019.”
The Cardinals didn’t play a highway recreation within the preseason, and can now see hostile followers for the primary time in two years. That’s a part of the conditions surrounding weekly evaluations, however Dr. Bob’s math mannequin favors the Titans by simply 0.6 factors, providing some assist on the Cardinals.
Final season, the Jaguars pulled off a giant Week 1 upset over the Colts for his or her solely win of the season. The Jaguars additionally match the divisional dwelling underdog angle and scenario famous above by VSiN in Week 1. The Cowboys practically did the identical on the highway to kickoff the 2021 season Thursday evening.
There can be extra upsets and surprises Sunday as followers return to stadiums, together with a most anticipated common season debut in entrance of followers in Las Vegas Monday evening because the Raiders attempt to roll over the Ravens.
You possibly can wager on it.