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2019 NFL Update

Week 1 of the NFL’s regular season is in the books, and what a week it was for sports betting. The culmination of one of the oddest and most tumultuous player-team relationships in NFL history ended with the Oakland Raiders cutting their losses and releasing WR Antonio Brown on Saturday ahead of their Monday nighter against the Broncos. In an even more bizarre twist, less than 24 hours after Brown’s release, the New England Patriots announced that they agreed to a one-year $15 million deal with the seven-time Pro Bowler. When all of the dust settled on this epic drama, the Patriots, who already own top spot in online sportsbooks, got substantially more dangerous on the offensive side of the ball. 

As for on-the-field results, we learned that the Los Angeles Rams’ RB Todd Gurley is indeed healthy and capable of putting the team on his shoulders, as he did in a victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. We saw the ultra-hyped Cleveland Browns fall flat against the Titans and watched Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens light up the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins facing the daunting Patriots in Week 2, don't expect to see a moneyline bet.

Week 1 certainly caused a shakeup in pre-season football betting tips and how fans view the top teams in NFL vegas odds, but did these early results substantially affect the Super Bowl odds? We’ll have a look at the top clubs and their updated NFL betting lines now that the regular season is officially under way.

 

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Many are wondering what version of Antonio Brown the Patriots will get. Will he show up and play in hopes of securing a Super Bowl ring, or will he continue to buck the ‘system’ and be nothing more than an off-the-field distraction? Chances are, he’ll play, and he’ll make New England an even more lethal team than they showed in Week 1. That’s why the Patriots continue to lead the NFL lines at press time.

 

New England Patriots +375 NFL Odds

Week 1 went about as well as it could have gone for Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champions. They thrashed the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 in a game that saw Brady throw for 341 yards to seven different receivers. We also watched WR Josh Gordon return to old form, as he offered the deep threat New England was hoping for (44-yard reception, 1 TD). Anyone who knew how to bet online knew the Patriots were contenders. Now thinking about adding one of the most prolific receivers of his generation to this already lethal scheme makes the Patriots look Madden-esque.

 

Kansas City Chiefs +750 NFL Odds

Speaking of Madden, the Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City continued with a dominant 40-26 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The reigning league MVP threw for 378 yards and three TDs, with the majority of those yards coming after the quarterback suffered a sprained ankle in the second quarter. The injury bug also hit WR Tyreek Hill, who was forced to go to the hospital after a tackle from Jags’ corner Jalen Ramsey. Hill is expected to miss at least a few weeks and maybe more with a shoulder injury. On the plus side, WR Sammy Watkins showed that he’s a more than capable first stringer, as the fifth-year pro tallied three TDs on 198 receiving yards in Hill’s absence.

 

New Orleans Saints +800 NFL Odds

Nothing was certain in the Saints’ Week 1 victory over the Houston Texans. They managed just three points in the first half and gave up the lead with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. But a last-second 58-yard field goal by Wil Lutz sealed the victory for the Saints in dramatic fashion. With all other NFC South teams losing in Week 1, the Saints are off to a great start despite the shaky performance. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles +1000 NFL Odds

Two plus-50-yard TD passes to WR DeSean Jackson had Eagles’ fans reminiscing about the Donovan McNabb years, but instead of McNabb, it was a healthy Carson Wentz throwing long bombs to the veteran receiver. When the final whistle blew, Wentz walked off of the field with a 121.0 passer rating, three TDs and a 32-27 victory over the divisional rival Washington Redskins. While it took them a while to get going in Week 1, this looked like the Eagles of 2018.

 

Los Angeles Rams + 1200 NFL Odds

Despite all of the concern around the health of Rams’ RB Todd Gurley, those questions were answered when the back took the game over in the second half of a Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Gurley looked quick and powerful, finishing the game with 97 yards on 14 carries. Combined with Malcom Brown’s 53 yards and two TDs, the Rams’ running game looked potent. Perhaps even more impressive was the Rams’ defense, which had two takeaways and three sacks on the day. The Rams look ready to contend once again.

*Odds as of September 10, 2019

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