Get all the info you need to promote NFL Week 1. Learn about the best matchups and how they’ll do against the spread before offering odds on your pay per head services sportsbook.
Despite fears that COVID-19 could put a serious wrench in the 2020 season, the National Football League plans to kick off on September 10th and deliver the elite sports betting product its fans crave.
Training camps are underway. Also, the league and players signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Now, it’s time for pph sportsbooks to ready their bookie software for a hectic but lucrative Week 1.
Best NFL Week 1 Matchups
To ensure you maximize handle right out the gate, here are the most exciting Week 1 NFL games all bookies should promote.
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs -10.5: Thursday, September 10th at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
While reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes will garner all the attention, Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has the skills to make for a wild opening night in the NFL.
The Chiefs are 10.5-point favorites. Don’t expect the double-digit spread to deter bettors from wagering on the Super Bowl champs.
The Texans and Chiefs last met in the AFC Divisional Game where the Chiefs came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat Houston and cover, 51-31. Although they lost, the game proves the Texans are more than capable of matching Kansas City’s offensive firepower.
Also, expect Houston players to have an extra incentive in this NFL game in week 1. They’ll want to take it to the team that embarrassed them in the playoffs.
If you see money coming in heavily on the Chiefs, we’re not sure aggressive line moves will help. We suggest moving the juice as much as you can or laying off your wager using your Pay Per Head bookie software.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots -6: Sunday, September 13th at 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Tom Brady may be slinging it in Florida, but the mystique he and coach Bill Belichick brought to the Patriots remains.
Fans are curious to see how the Patriots will perform without Brady. Also, they’ve lost more players than anyone, with eight deciding to opt-out in 2020.
Then there’s Cam Newton. After being eighty-sixed by the Carolina Panthers, he signed a one-year contract. Newton has had a chip on his shoulder all offseason. How Belichick uses the 2015 MVP has everybody’s interest.
A six-point spread seems just right for a division battle without the GOAT under center. However, expect bettors to back Belichick until the Pats prove unworthy.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings -3.5: Sunday, September 13th at 1 p.m. ET on FOX
You could argue the Minnesota Vikings had more talent than the Green Bay Packers in 2019, and yet the Cheeseheads finished ahead of Minnesota in the NFC North.
Oddsmakers have confidence the Vikings will perform better than expected come Week 1, making them 3.5-point favorites in the NFL. The Pack won both games last year, but they were low-scoring affairs, 21-16 and 23-10.
The knock on the Packers was that despite their 13-3 record, there wasn’t a lot of help for Aaron Rodgers on offense. It will be interesting to see how much they’ve improved after drafting a backup QB and a backup running back in the first two rounds.
Expect balanced action on this one.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens -8: Sunday, September 13th at 1 p.m. ET on CBS
2020 . . . another year filled with Dawg Pound hopes and dreams.
The Browns have a chance to make some noise in NFL Week 1 without all the pressure last year brought. In 2019, Cleveland assembled one of the best teams on paper. The Browns have star talent on offense and a superstar at defensive end locked up for the long term.
But, the Baltimore Ravens have the MVP.
Handle will be heavy on the Ravens in this one as bettors were likely burned by Cleveland’s 2019 hype-machine. Expect players to ignore Cleveland’s talent until they prove to be real contenders.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints -4.5: Sunday, September 13th at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
While the NFL shifts to a read-option, playground-style of football, Tom Brady and Drew Brees are among the last traditional quarterbacks to lace-up on Sundays.
Eyes will be on this division matchup all year as many expect it to be a neck-and-neck battle for the NFC South title.
Though Brady as a Buc could push betters to wager heavily on Tampa, we expect balanced action for bookies as nobody has forgotten how good Brees and wideout Michael Thomas are.
The question for this matchup will be the total, currently at 49.5. Expect heavy betting on the over as the expectation will be that both future hall-of-fame signal-callers provide sharp, old-school, QB precision play.
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