Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books, and if the rest of the campaign is anything like the opening week of action, football fans and bettors alike are in for a treat this year.
The league had a significantly different look due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as most of the games didn’t have any fans in attendance. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs hosted contests with a limited number of spectators in the stands.
Speaking of the Chiefs, K.C. picked up where it left off from Super Bowl 54 in the form of a dominant 34-20 victory over the Houston Texans in Thursday Night Football. 2019 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was stellar in his debut, rushing for 138 yards and a score.
As a result, the Chiefs saw their odds to win back-to-back championships improve slightly from +600 to +500 at the top of the oddsboard at BetOnline. The Baltimore Ravens (+575), New Orleans Saints (+900), San Francisco 49ers (+1200) and Seattle Seahawks (+1200) aren’t far behind.
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Who is Favored to Win the Super Bowl?
|Team||Current Odds||Season-Opening Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+500||+600|
|New Orleans Saints||+900||+1000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1200||+1000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1600||+1200|
|Green Bay Packers||+2000||+2500|
|New England Patriots||+2200||+2200|
|Los Angeles Rams||+3300||+6000|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+5000||+8000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+6000||+5000|
|Washington Football Team||+10000||+25000|
|New York Giants||+12500||+10000|
|New York Jets||+25000||+12500|
Odds as of September 15 at BetOnline
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Winners From Week 1
Arizona Cardinals (+5000 to +2800)
The Cardinals came away as the biggest winners of Week 1 thanks to a 24-20 road win over the San Francisco 49ers. Arizona, which went 5-10-1 a year ago, went out and acquired star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans in the offseason, a move that paid immediate dividends in the season opener.
Hopkins absolutely destroyed 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Mosley in coverage, hauling in 14 of 16 targets for 151 yards. Kyler Murray went 26 of 40 for 230 yards and a score through the air to go along with 91 yards and a TD on the ground.
Beating the NFC representatives in last year’s Super Bowl after winning only five games is a huge feat and sportsbooks are clearly expecting the Cards to be contenders, which is evident by the +5000 to +2800 odds shift after only one week of action. Arizona now finds itself ahead of the perennially contending L.A. Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles on the board.
Green Bay Packers (+2500 to +2000)
When the Packers opted to select former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, speculation around Aaron Rodgers’ time soon coming to an end in Green Bay was running rampant.
Rodgers didn’t seem to get the memo, as the 36-year-old threw for four touchdowns and 364 yards in Green Bay’s 43-34 win over the rival Minnesota Vikings. The Packers’ decision to not draft a wide receiver was puzzling to many, yet Davante Adams (14 receptions, 156 yards, two TDs) showed his talents all day long. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard also grabbed a touchdown each.
The Packers face the Detroit Lions in Week 2 and have a good opportunity to go 2-0 to start the year. The Lions, fresh off an epic late-game collapse to the Chicago Bears, have been tabbed as 6-point road underdogs for the affair.
Losers From Week 1
Indianapolis Colts (+2000 to +4000)
The Colts had what looked like a gimme matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 and were touchdown favorites when the game kicked off. Philip Rivers’ debut in Indy blue was anything but impressive, however, as the Colts fell to the Jags 27-20 in the biggest upset of the week.
Rivers wound up passing 46 times and looked shaky, throwing two interceptions to go along with a lone touchdown pass. The Colts offense went just 2-for-5 in the red zone and 4-for-12 on third downs. Indianapolis lost starting running back Marlon Mack for the season with a torn Achilles in the game.
The Colts have a promising running back in rookie Jonathan Taylor set to take over the bell-cow duties behind Rivers, so there’s certainly no reason for Colts fans to push the panic button yet. Oddsmakers have certainly lost some faith in the Colts, though, with Indianapolis suffering the biggest odds drop of the week at +2000 to +4000.
Philadelphia Eagles (+2200 to +4000)
Did the Eagles underestimate the Washington Football Team? It sure looks that way, and reports coming out after Philadelphia’s 27-17 loss to Washington hint that running back Miles Sanders was available for the contest but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson opted to sit him anyway due to the quality of the opponent.
Philly’s banged-up offensive line struggled to contain the Washington pass rush all day, which led to eight sacks on Carson Wentz. Tight end Dallas Goedert (eight receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD) was the lone bright spot in the Philadelphia offense on a day Eagles bettors will want to forget.
The NFC East is one of the least competitive divisions in football, so Philadelphia will have plenty of chances to rebound in the coming weeks. It’s hard to ignore this loss, though, and the Eagles’ odds of winning Super Bowl 55 have already taken a huge hit.
When it comes to betting on the NFL, odds are available before teams take their first regular-season snaps. You can even bet on a potential Super Bowl winner in August. Certain squads will always be contenders, especially if they won the previous year. When bookmakers set the lines, they look at offseason roster moves, coaching changes and past on-field performance. To bet on the odds for the Super Bowl, you’d make a futures bet.
What is a Futures Bet for NFL?
This is a bet in which you would look at the odds for the Super Bowl, weeks or sometimes months in advance of the big game, and decide which team you think will win. Let’s say you want to make a futures bet today. At your sportsbook of choice, the odds might look something like this:
If this were a moneyline bet, you’d be able to see which team is the clear favorite because it would have a minus sign beside its odds (-). For futures, the team with the lowest odds is favored to win the Super Bowl and the rest are underdogs.
Let’s say you feel strongly about the Saints and believe they’re going to win it all. If you were to bet $100 on them and they did triumph, you’d get a payout of $650 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $550. Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.
The odds change throughout the season as key players get injured, trades happen and coaches get fired. Line movements for NFL futures happen weekly, so if you see odds you like, it’s best to bet on them ASAP. The Packers may be +900 to win the Super Bowl in October but after a surge in November their odds could jump to +400 and you’ll make less money than you would if you’d bet them at +900.