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NFL Week 1 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

NFL Week 1 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

Tom Brady will be listed as an underdog on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

Brady and the Bucs are listed as 3.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks on the road against the Saints on Sunday afternoon, with the OVER/UNDER for the contest set at 49 points. Tampa Bay went just 7-9 straight up and 5-9-2 against the spread last season with Jameis Winston at the helm, losing both of its games against New Orleans. Overall the Bucs are just 2-5 both SU and ATS in their last seven against the Saints according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Week 1 of the season gets underway on Thursday night, with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans as 9.5-point favorites. Patrick Mahomes and company carry a nine-game winning streak both SU and ATS into Thursday’s matchup, and beat Houston 51-31 as 10-point favorites in their playoff meeting last season.

Sunday’s early slate of games has Green Bay at Minnesota (-2.5), Miami at New England (-6.5), Chicago at Detroit (-3), Seattle (-2) at Atlanta, Philadelphia (-6.5) at Washington, Indianapolis (-8) at Jacksonville, the Jets at Buffalo (-6.5), Las Vegas (-3) at Carolina, and Cleveland at Baltimore (-8). The Ravens rode a 12-game SU winning streak into the playoffs last season, but were upset by the Titans 28-12 as 10-point favorites to start their postseason.

Along with Bucs at Saints, the other games on the schedule for late Sunday afternoon are the Chargers (-3) at Cincinnati and Arizona at San Francisco (-7). The Niners came up short against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl back in February, falling 31-20 as 1.5-point underdogs.

The opening Sunday Night Football game of the season then has the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Dallas Cowboys as 3-point underdogs at betting sites at SoFi Stadium. The Cowboys lost four of their last six games last season to fall out of postseason contention.

And the Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader has the Pittsburgh Steelers as 6-point road favorites against the New York Giants, along with the Tennessee Titans taking on the Denver Broncos in a pick’em matchup. The Titans knocked off both the Patriots and the Ravens in the playoffs last year before falling to Mahomes and the eventual champion Chiefs.

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