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NFL Week 1 Betting Odds

by Covers.com
Updated On: May 8, 2020, 10:53 pm ET

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams Week 1 odds    

Eric Osterman, manager at The SuperBook at Westgate in Las Vegas, said the oddsmaking team initially considered making the Cowboys a 2.5-point favorite, but ultimately opted for -3 Thursday night. However, wiseguys liked the home underdog Rams.

“Some sharp money has come in on the Rams. We opened them +3, and it’s now +3 (-120),” Osterman said. “We like the Cowboys this year, and we feel like they deserve to be a 3-point favorite in this spot, which is why we haven’t moved to -2.5.”

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Week 1 odds

This is the glamour game on the NFL Week 1 odds board, with Tom Brady making his Buccaneers debut against Drew Brees and the Saints. Caesars sportsbooks opened significantly higher than most books, with the Saints at -6.5. The point spread quickly dipped to -5.5 and finished Thursday night at -4.5, where it remained Friday.

Early bettors certainly liked the Bucs, but Caesars sportsbooks director of trading Jeff Davis thinks wiseguys will beg to differ.

“The bets we took on Tampa Bay +6.5 and +5.5 were solely because the market opened Saints -4 in other spots. No one with an actual opinion bet these,” Davis said. “We think the sharper dollars will look to fade Tampa.”

 

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos Week 1 odds

The Titans made a surprising run to the AFC Championship Game last season and even took a 10-0 lead at Kansas City, but went on to lose 35-24. Meanwhile, the Broncos got good reviews on their draft class, including first-round pick Jerry Jeudy, the talented wide receiver from Alabama.

Denver got the standard home-field advantage in this game and nothing more, and Tennessee drew the early dollars.

“We have seen some sharp money on the Titans +3. We moved to +3 (-120),” Osterman said. “We think that the Broncos are improved over last year, but I can see why people are willing to take the key number with the Titans. It will be interesting to see how (Broncos quarterback) Drew Lock & Co. handle a tough team in Game 1.”

 

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars Week 1 odds

Both these teams finished sub-.500 last year, with the Colts going 7-9 SU (7-7-2 ATS) and the Jaguars 6-10 SU (7-9 ATS). Yet this matchup is drawing dollars at The SuperBook, where Jacksonville opened -8.5.

“The game seeing the most action so far is the Colts at Jags. We have seen steady action on the Jags,” Osterman said. “We haven’t moved off that number, though. Mostly, the money is from people betting the difference in the market. We like the Colts and dislike the Jags in general, so this is a spot where we feel strongly about our number.”