NFL Week 1 Betting Odds Preview
The NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
The current line at Bovada Sportsbook has the Chiefs listed as a 9.5-point favorite. Including their Super Bowl victory, the Chiefs have won nine straight both straight up and against the spread. They’ve also won their last seven at home both SU and ATS.
Houston is a lackluster 5-5 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in its last 10 road games. Houston has also been a bad pick for bettors in night games with an 8-24-1 record in its last 33 games under the lights.
The Chiefs and Texans met up twice last season. In the regular season, Houston upset Kansas City 31-24 as a 3.5-point underdog. In the playoffs, the Chiefs got revenge in a 51-31 win as a 10-point favorite. In 12 games against the Texans, the Chiefs sport a 7-5 record SU and ATS.
Brady an underdog in Buccaneers debut
Looking ahead to Sunday, bettors will get their first look at Tom Brady in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform when the Bucs visit the New Orleans Saints as a 3.5-point underdog.
Tampa Bay has won its last three road games both SU and ATS. However, as an underdog, the Bucs are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven.
The Saints have been a bad home bet in September with a 1-7 ATS mark in their last eight games. In their last 13 home games overall, the Saints are only 4-9 ATS.
Last season the Saints won both games against Tampa Bay SU and ATS. In their last nine home games against Tampa Bay, the Saints are 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS.
Browns winless in last 15 season openers
In the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens are home to the Cleveland Browns as an 8-point favorite.
The Ravens are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games, but when listed as a home favorite they’re only 2-8 ATS in their last 10. Baltimore is also 1-7 ATS in its last eight home games against divisional opponents.
Cleveland has lost six straight road games both SU and ATS. In Week 1 the Browns are 0-14-1 SU and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games.
Last year the Ravens and Browns split the season series 1-1 SU and ATS. At home to the Browns, the Ravens are 10-2 SU in their last 12 but only 5-7 ATS.
Eagles favored by 6.5 points at Washington
If you’re looking for a road favorite this week, the Philadelphia Eagles are 6.5-point chalk at Washington.
The Eagles haven’t been a solid play as a road favorite lately, with a 4-4 record SU and ATS in their last eight games.
Washington lost four straight at the end of last season while going 1-3 ATS. At home, Washington is 1-11 SU and 3-9 ATS in its last 12, which includes going 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS as a home underdog.
The Eagles have won six straight against Washington with a 5-1 ATS record.