The 2018 NFL schedule is out, and Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles commence their campaign against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, September 6. Meanwhile, the first Monday Night Football game of the season pits the New York Jets against the Detroit Lions on September 10.
Of course, the opening week is highly anticipated as the defending champions Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. It’s interesting to see that the Super Bowl LII winners are a 3.5-point favorite, even though Carson Wentz or Nick Foles will play. In contrast, Wentz was a contender for regular-season MVP and Foles claimed Super Bowl LII MVP honors by taking point and leading the Eagles to their first-ever Lombardi Trophy. Hence, the Eagles should be safe regardless of who holds the quarterback once the season begins.
Simultaneously, the reigning Jimmy Garoppolo (7-0 in seven career starts) is a six-point favorite to open his first full season as a San Francisco 49er. He claimed all five starts with the team in 2017 after transferring from New England Patriots, and he was subsequently rewarded with a five-year $137.5 million deal. He faces Minnesota Vikings–a team that made an appearance in the NFC Championship Game in the previous season.
The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off the Patrick Mahomes era as three-point underdogs facing the Los Angeles Charges despite winning both meetings in the 2017 season on their way to the AFC West crown.
Jon Gruden faces a tenacious matchup in his first match back in the NFL after a decade of absence, hosting the Los Angeles Rams. The Oakland Raiders start the year as three-point underdogs despite playing at home, even after the addition of Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, and Martavis Bryant. Meanwhile, the Rams further strengthened their defense with Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Brandin Cooks, and Aqib Talib.
It is true that these scenarios can change due to circumstances like injuries, unexpected trades, and signings. However, these predictions put into consideration the handicap of the first week of the regular season based on current standings.
With the NFL regular season about to take off in two week’s time, several oddsmakers give Bitcoin NFL betting enthusiasts a glimpse of Week 1 matches.
ATL @ PHI -3.5 OU 46
BUF @ BAL -6 OU 41
JAX @NYG +3 OU 43.5
TB @ NO -9.5 OU 49.5
HOU @ NE -7 OU 51
SF @ MIN -6 OU 46
TEN @ MIA +1.5 OU 45
WSH @ ARI PK OU 44
CIN @ IND -3.5 OU 46
PIT @CLE +6 OU 46.5
KC @ LAC -3 OU 47.5
SEA @ DEN -2.5 OU 42
DAL @ CAR -2.5 OU 44
CHI @ GB -8 OU 47.5
NYJ @ DET -7 OU 44
LAR @ OAK +3 OU 49.5
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