Week 1 of the new NFL had everything from memorable wins, shock losses, key injuries and even a postponed game due to the impending hurricane.
The season has taken a new look with the New England Patriots losing to the Chiefs and the betting markets have been altered as a result. This has opened up the possibility that the Patriots might not go back-to-back and there’s some key Round 2 games which could further change the market.
The Friday afternoon game to start this week isn’t overly anticipated, but punters should enjoy the games available to bet on this week, especially the Panthers vs. Bills and Vikings vs. Steelers match ups.
10:30am Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans @ Paul Brown Stadium
What to say about these two teams in the opening round? There wasn’t much to like and unfortunately, it’s not a very exciting start to the round.
The Texans were abysmal against the Jaguars, losing 29-7 with a late touchdown being their only saving grace. Starting quarterback Tom Savage must be replaced by Deshaun Watson, which should see a better-performed side this week.
The Bengals failed to score a point against the Ravens and quarterback Andy Dalton was particularly poor, throwing four interceptions.
Both teams are poor, so we’ll take the visiting team with the points.
Betting tip: Texans +5.5 @ $1.91 – (BET NOW)
Bengals by 4
3:00am Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears @ Raymond James Stadium
The Buccaneers played their first game of the season after the hurricane forced their opening game to be postponed.
There is plenty of expectation placed on the Buccs’ this season, especially with quarterback Jameis Winston, who has gradually become better after graduating for Florida State.
The Bears weren’t as bad as everyone expected against the Falcons, but they will likely start the season in an early 0-2 hole as the Buccs’ come in injury free and ready to fire.
Betting tip: Buccaneers -7 @ $1.94 (BET NOW)
Buccaneers by 14
3:00am Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills @ Bank of America
We’re predicting a good season for the Panthers and it started well against the 49ers last week.
The Panthers were able to pile on the pressure defensively before taking advantage with the ball late in the quarters.
Cam Newton had a solid game at quarterback, but we were disappointed with the running game from Christian McCaffery and Jonathan Stewart.
On the other side of the coin the Bills running back, LeSean McCoy lived up to expectations when running for 110 yards on 22 carries. The Panthers defense will need to close the running lanes, which they did well last week.
We’re on the Panthers bandwagon this season, but this should be a closer game than the bookmakers are predicting.
Betting tip: Bills +7.5 @ $1.79 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 6
3:00am Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns @ M&T Bank Stadium
The Ravens looked like the Ravens of old last week when crushing the Bengals into submission with a 20- drubbing.
There were no standout plays from the Ravens with QB Joe Flacco going 9-17 with only 121 yards and running back Terrenace West running for 80 yards, but the defense was solid and the Browns are exactly scoring machines.
The Browns are coming off a tough 2016/2017 season and they had a chance to beat the Steelers, but a key dropped pass was the dagger in the heart of the Browns fans.
Former Notre Dame star DeShone Kizer had a solid NFL debut with one touchdown and one interception and he looks to be the new face of the franchise.
The running game needs to be improved in order to beat the stifling Ravens.
Betting tip: Ravens 1-13 @ $2.22 (BET NOW)
Ravens by 10
3:00am Indianapolis Colts vs. Arizona Cardinals @ Lucas Oil Stadium
Colts fans appear to be in for another disappointing season and it’s no surprise to see the Cardinals open as strong favourites despite losing in week one.
The Colts lost 46-9 to the L.A. Rams in a performance that couldn’t inspire even the staunchest Indy fan. Fill-in QB Scott Tolzein went 9-18 with two intercepts and the struggling offense just couldn’t get anything going.
The Cardinals looked to be in control, but gave up a second half lead to the Lions. The off-season contract extension for Carson Palmer didn’t seem to inspire his performance with one touchdown and three intercepted passes.
The Cardinals have more upside this season and it’s tough to see them going 0-2 to start the season against a Colts team that is struggling to find their identity in the post-Manning era.
Betting tip: Under 44 points @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Cardinals by 7
3:00am Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles @ Arrowhead Stadium
The Chiefs caused the biggest upset of the opening round when beating the New England Patriots last Friday.
Quarterback Alex Smith was superb in going 28-35 and despite not being known for throwing the long ball, Smith connected down field on many occasions.
Kareem Hunt was a beast at the running back position and Tyreek Hill went for 133 yards in the receiving role.
The Eagles put up 30 points on the Redskins defense and Carson Wentz showed why they went after him a couple of seasons back. Wentz threw for 307 yards and the Eagles look a good team for the rest of the season.
The Chiefs losing top defender Eric Berry was huge, but we’ll give the edge to home side.
Betting tip: Chiefs –4.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Chiefs by 7
3:00am New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots @ Mercedes Benz Stadium
This is looming as a must-win situation for both teams and not many thought the Patriots would be in this position early in the season.
There’s plenty to worry about for Pats’ fans with injuries to Danny Amendolda and Donta Hightower suffering big injuries in the opening game. That just adds to the Patriots injury woes, especially in the receiving ranks.
Tom Brady doesn’t have many options to throw to and their running game isn’t where it needs to be.
The Saints looked good in patches against the Vikings, but Adrian Peterson needs to run for more than 18 yards this week.
Playing at home will help their cause and this could be a high scoring affair.
Betting tip: Over 54.5 points @ $1.84 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 4
3:00am Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans @ EverBank Field
The Jaguars were too good for the Texans last week, but is that the real form guide to follow moving forward?
Blake Bortles was only average at quarterback, but top draft pick Leonard Fournette was a beast at the running back position.
The former LCU star ran for 100 yards in his NFL debut and he looks set to be Rookie of the Year if he continues to put up those numbers.
The Titans were outmuscled by the Raiders, but have attracted good support in the betting for this game.
They went for 351 yards in the opening game which is a good sign, but yards allowed (371) was not a good talking point. This is a Jag’s defense which was staunch last week and the value is with the home side at underdog odds.
Betting tip: Jaguars @ $2.07 (BET NOW)
Jaguars by 7
3:00am Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings @ Heinz Field
The Vikings put up an incredible 475 yards of offense against the Saints and 346 came through the air from Sam Bradford.
The showy performance looked good on paper, but the defense did allow 351 yards which most of that coming via the pass.
The rush defense was good and it won’t have a problem this week against a Steelers running team that managed only 35 yards against the lowly Browns.
The Steelers should feel happy to get away with the win after looking shaky throughout the game and we can’t believe the head-to-head odds on offer.
Pittsburgh are tough to beat at home, but the momentum is with the Vikings and punters are getting a great price of $3.42 to win.
Betting tip: Vikings +6.5 @ $1.88 (BET NOW)
Vikings by 1
6:05am L.A. Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins @ Qualcomm Stadium
The Chargers looked set to take the game into overtime against the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, but a blocked field goal sealed their fate.
Philip Rivers looked professional at the QB position and the Chargers should be in for a good season given their comeback in the opening week.
It didn’t quite pay off, but they come up against a Dolphins team which hasn’t had the experience of playing this season and that should be enough to see the Chargers over the line.
Betting tip: Chargers –4.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Chargers by 10
6:25am Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers @ CenturyLink Field
Scoring points was a problem for both teams in the opening week with the Seahawks and 49ers failing to score a touchdown between them.
The Seahawks took on the Packers away from home, which isn’t an easy task, but the Packers defense isn’t spectacular and a better showing offensively was expected.
The 49ers went as expected against the Panthers and there was nothing to get excited about with veteran QB Brian Hoyer.
The 49ers are seemingly going futher backwards in the league and Seattle should put a number on them this round.
Betting tip: Seahawks –13.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Seahawks by 16
6:25am Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys @ Sports Authority Field
Both teams looked good when winning in round one, but the Dallas Cowboys looked like title contenders with their performance against the Giants.
The Cowboys weren’t overly sharp on offense, but they gave up nothing defensively and it was only some garbage time passing yards which inflated the number to 255 yards given up.
The Broncos were equally as good on defense, giving up 256 yards and proving to be one of the better defensive sides in the competition.
Forced fumbles and interceptions is what makes this Broncos team a force, but Dak Prescott rarely gives teams a chance to intercept his passes so it could be tough.
This is a tough one to call and it could come down to the last play.
Betting tip: Cowboys 1-13 @ $2.38 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 5
10:30am Los Angeles Rams vs. Washington Redskins @ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
How impressive did the Rams look in the opening round?
They looked great in thrashing the Colts 46-9 and that momentum will take them a long way this season if they manage to stay healthy.
Jared Goff showed why he’s the top pick, going for 306 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. His play with Cooper Kupp was a good sign of things to come for this young team and having Todd Gurley at running back only helps.
The Redskins heavily rely on Kirk Cousins to show his best, but he wasn’t close in the opening week. Cousins went for 240 yards on 23-40 passing, but that’s not going to be good enough to beat most teams this season.
The Rams have the momentum in their favour and are at good odds considering their respective week one showings.
Betting tip: Rams –2.5 @ $1.83 (BET NOW)
Rams by 10
10:30am New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions @ MetLife Stadium
The Giants showed little against the Cowboys and the Lions are coming off a big win against the Cardinals, but we can’t help but think the Giants will come back with a blinder this week.
Both teams are two of the most inconsistent teams in the competition, especially the Lions and trusting them after a win is often a mistake.
The Giants could have some key pieces back in their team this week and there were good enough signs last week to suggest some tinkering could get them over the line here.
Taking the Lions away from home is a recipe for disaster, so stick with the Giants.
Betting tip: Giants @ 1.52 (BET NOW)
Giants by 7