NFL Week 1 Betting Preview and Trends
The NFL is back this week, kicking off Thursday night with the season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.
At the Bovada Sportsbook the Patriots are 9-point home favorites as they look to continue their home domination of the Chiefs. New England has won their last six at home versus Kansas City straight up, going only 2-4 against the spread. At home overall the Patriots have won five in a row SU and ATS, while the Chefs have a nice road streak going at 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Sunday delivers a number of interesting matchups, starting with the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are 3-point favorites and finished last season 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games. At home against Seattle, the Packers have won seven straight at 5-1-1 ATS. Seattle has been a strong underdog play in recent years at 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26.
The Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals as 2.5-point underdogs at the Bovada Sportsbook. The Ravens were brutal on the road last season and have lost six straight at 1-5 ATS. In their last 17 road games they're 4-13 SU and 7-9-1 ATS. The Bengals have won their last five at home versus Baltimore while going 4-1 ATS.
In the AFC East the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills face off with the Bills a 7-point home favorite. Last season the Jets beat the Bills twice, with both wins coming as the underdog. Buffalo choked often as the favorite last season, going 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS.
The NFC East gets two divisional matchups in Week 1 with the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants at the Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles are a 1-point road favorite, which could be bad news for them. In their last five as a road favorite they are 1-4 SU and ATS. Washington is 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven as a home underdog and against the Eagles they've won five in a row SU and six straight ATS.
The Cowboys are 3.5-point favorites but that could change depending on how the Ezekiel Elliott situation plays out. The Giants were 2-0 SU and 1-0-1 ATS versus Dallas last season and they're 4-0-1 ATS in their last five against them. Dallas finished last season 1-6 ATS and at home last season they were 7-2 SU and 5-3-1 ATS.