Your fantasy roster is set, your TV subscription for every NFL game is renewed and you have saved up a few hundred bucks as your bankroll for betting the 2017 season.
Now the questions of how and where to bet the NFL season opener – the marquee matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the perennial contender Kansas City Chiefs – are the final pieces of your NFL fandom puzzle.
The “how to bet the season opener” question is relatively simple to answer – pop open the wallet or grab your bitcoin keys and complete the signup and deposit process at one of the many credible sportsbooks online (or if you are lucky enough to be in Las Vegas, visit the ticket window of the book in your casino).
With a bankroll established, you can decide whether the Patriots deserve to be 9-point favorites against the Chiefs, a spread bigger than any other K.C. has faced since coach Andy Reid came to town in 2013. Of course, the Patriots went 16-3 ATS last season while facing big point spreads on a weekly basis, including 5-0 as a double-digit favorite!
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The “where to bet the Patriots vs Chiefs answer” depends on the type of player you are and if you are more motivated by a big bonus or intrigued by a huge variety of betting lines or even whether the sportsbook accepts bitcoin or allows you to easily play a few hands of poker at halftime.
Where to Bet Patriots vs Chiefs
The first choice for many NFL fans – new and old alike – is Sportsbook, one of the longest-standing and most trusted brands in the industry. The welcome bonus is competitive with all the other main sportsbooks (usually around $250), but on top of that is the huge array of NFL props (like will Tom Brady’s passing yards be over or under the posted total, who will score the first TD and literally hundreds more).
Fans also enjoy the acknowledged best customer service in the industry, a seamless transition from the online sportsbook to the poker room to the blackjack tables. They also get the best NFL underdog odds in the business – at press time, most books had the Chiefs at +9, but Sportsbook was at +9.5, meaning bettors get a little extra value for betting the underdog.
Another popular choice in recent years has been Sportsbook, a book with 20 years of experience that made an awesome comeback to rejoin the top sportsbooks for NFL wagering. With a huge assortment of NFL bet types (parlays, teasers, props, futures), they also boast a terrific live betting platform, meaning fans can make and change bets during the action.
Choice is important and OddsShark.com reviews all the sportsbooks and ranks them. Then it’s up to the fan to decide how to rank the teams – the Patriots, love them or hate them, have covered eight straight games and are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games when giving up 9 points or more. Or do they give some respect to the Chiefs, who are 5-1 ATS in six games since 2011 when an underdog of 9 or more points?
Whatever the choice of sportsbook or side of this NFL season opener, find the best information here.