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NFL Football Betting Guide

 

 

2020-2021 NFL Season Update

While almost all major leagues have opted to hold games in empty stands to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the NFL is taking a different approach. A league-wide protocol will make it possible for a limited number of fans to attend games as long as they wear face masks. That’ll bring some relief to owners as the prospect of holding games in completely empty stadiums for the regular and postseason would mean a loss of over $3 billion. To players’ and fans’ delight, the league has also agreed to cancel all preseason games.

It will be up to individual teams to decide what their capacity will be during the pandemic. For example, the Atlanta Falcons have already announced that they intend to drop their limit of 71,000 to somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 people in order to adhere to social distancing measures.

 

NFL Odds to Win the Super Bowl

At the top of the futures market with +600 Super Bowl odds are the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, who secured the future of their franchise when they signed QB Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year contract extension in the offseason. They’re just slightly ahead of MVP Lamar Jackson and the +650 Baltimore Ravens. The 2020 version of the Ravens should be even stronger than last season’s; they should get a defensive boost from LSU LB Patrick Queen—the recipient of the defensive MVP award at the 2020 College Football National Championship game.

Beyond the top-two NFL Vegas odds favourites, the San Francisco 49ers (+900), the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1000), and the New England Patriots, who’ve moved up to +1200 since acquiring QB Cam Newton for a steal of a deal, round out the top contenders. It’ll be largely the same rosters from 2019 that will return to the gridiron this fall for the 49ers and Saints; although, San Fran did make headlines when they replaced retiring OT Joe Staley with Washington’s Trent Williams in April.

 

New Week 1 NFL Odds

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (—7)
Total: 47
After missing the playoffs in each of the last five years, the Cardinals (5-10-1 SU, 9-5-2 ATS) look like they’re ready to pull themselves into contention. The addition of WR De’Andre Hopkins will do a lot to improve their offense and provide QB Kyler Murray with a dangerous target. Facing the 49ers (13-3 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) in their first game won’t be easy, however. San Fran’s pass defense was suffocating in 2019-20, at least while Jaquiski Tartt was healthy, and the team’s rushing game will put a lot of pressure on Arizona’s defensive line.

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (—1.5)
Total: 42
Replacing Marcus Mariota with Ryan Tannehill turned the Titans’ (9-7 SU, 8-7-1 ATS) 2019-2020 season around. It led to an upset over the New England Patriots in the Wild Card game and then they went on to eliminate last year’s Super Bowl favourites, the Baltimore Ravens, in the Divisional Round. The star of the Titans’ playoff run, RB Derrick Henry, will return to Tennessee’s backfield this season after signing a new contract in the offseason. They’ll kick off the 2019-20 season against the Broncos (7-9 SU, 9-7 ATS) , who’ve been shuffling quarterbacks, offensive coordinators and coaches in a downward spiral over the last three seasons. They’re now set on Drew Lock as their starting QB; the 2019 rookie missed most of last season due to injury, but did manage to go 4-1 when he returned, injecting optimism into the Broncos’ offense and reviving confidence in their NFL lines.

Las Vegas Raiders (—1.5) at Carolina Panthers
Total: 47
The Carolina Panthers (5-11 SU, 6-9-1 ATS) are entering a new era. After releasing Cam Newton last November, they’ve got Teddy Bridgwater signed on for three years as their starting quarterback, and a new head coach in Matt Rhule—the former head coach for the Baylor Bears. One constant they have is Christian McCaffrey at running back. The 2017 first-round draft pick had a stellar year in 2019-20, posting 1,387 rushing yards and 1,005 receiving yards with just one fumble.

The Raiders (7-9 SU, 8-8 ATS) too will look for a fresh start in Las Vegas, and Derek Carr will be at the centre of that effort. Carr has been one of the league’s most dangerous passers in recent years, but injuries and a subpar supporting cast have caused the Raiders to miss the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. They’ll have to wait to play in Vegas, as their Week 1 matchup takes them to Carolina. Vegas is 1.5-point road favourites on the NFL betting lines.

 

*Odds as of July 30, 2020

NFL Betting Guide

 

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