So the NFL season has somehow snuck up on you and you haven’t lifted a finger to handicap this week’s games to found a place to play.
Call this the NFL Odds Cheat Sheet, a Two-Minute Drill of sorts that will help you get up to speed on Week 1 odds and specials in a single story.
Home Underdogs – There are only 4 of them (Dolphins +8, Rams +4.5, Bears +2.5 and Redskins +3) and many handicappers love to bet them early in the
season. The line has moved in favour of all four in the past day, meaning more people are betting on these home underdogs. Where are the best NFL underdog lines? Usually a .
Biggest Favorites – Believe it or not, the Texans at home to the Peyton Manning-less Colts (he’s injured in case you have not heard) are 9-point favorites. It was 10 points on Friday. But Houston is 2-16 SU lifetime vs the Colts, they struggle in Week 1 ATS and the Colts are nonetheless a tough out on the road. Arian Foster has a tender hammy but has stated he will play. The Pats are 7-point chalk in Miami.
Player Prop Odds – So you’re a fantasy football expert looking to supplement your action and competitive nature by betting on a few player props. Did you know Jamaal Charles is the 3/1 fave to have the most rushing yards this week? They don’t include Tom Brady, but guess who has the best odds among QBs for most passing yards in Week 1? (Visit and click on player props to see hundreds of props)
Best Trends of the Week – The Rams are 1-8-1 ATS past 10 against Philly and are also 1-8-1 ATS in their past 10 Week 1 games. Does that mean much starting off a fresh season? Not really, but it’s the most one-sided series of NFL trends to consider. (Best Rams dog line is +4.5, -115 at , while the best Philly line is an aggressive -3.5 at 5Dimes)
Best sportsbook bonus of the Week – Many new and returning players like to see the best bonuses before depositing and starting the season fresh. This year, the 100% DOUBLE YOUR DEPOSIT up to a maximum of $250 is the best one out there at . Honorable mentions to the ongoing 25% bonus at BetOnline and the 50% sign up bonus to a max of $250 at new shop TopBet.
Falcons vs Bears – is this a guaranteed UNDER play? – All kinds of trends point to an UNDER in the Bears home game vs Atlanta. Read more and decide for yourself.
Lowest total of the Week – The Cincy vs Cleveland gang is a minefield for point spread bettors but the total is the lowest of the week at 35. The Browns have been a disaster in Week 1, the Bengals almost never cover the spread as a underdog.
Coolest Book Perk of the Week – we like this one. If your bet is hopelessly lost at halftime (example you bet the Rams and the Eagles are up 35-0, you can give the bet back and get half your money back). This is a new one at BetOnline which is promoting as much as $00 in total bonuses over the season.