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7 Things Bettors Should Know for NFL Week 1 (2020)

| September 10, 2020 4:31 am PDT
NFL Tips and Tidbits For Betting Week 1 of the 2020 Season

Tonight’s kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium marks the much-anticipated start of the 2020 NFL season. Intensified drama is added due to no preseason games being played, and lots of fans are anxious to place their week 1 bets.

Here are seven things you might want to know before you lock anything in.

Check Out the “Performance Double” Wagers

Week 1 betting isn’t all about picking sides or deciding between overs or unders. There are all sorts of manufactured parlay bets already set up at BetOnline – many of which are going to grab your attention when you see the odds that are attached.

Check out Noah Davis’ top TNF prop bets as an example. The fact that BetOnline letting us grab hold of Travis Kelce going over 80 yards and the Chiefs winning the game at +122 is quite the bargain.

This is just an example of one of the many “performance doubles” available. Once you sift through the selection, you’ll see a fair amount of these wagers provide a good chunk of value.

Pump the Brakes on Backing the Bears

I’m one of the many who think the Bears are due for a bounce-back year, especially the play of quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Nevertheless, I’m not in any hurry to back them on the road in Detroit in week 1. Getting three points against the Lions might sound great on paper, but that noise fades away once you do a little bit of digging.

Chicago was 1-6 against the spread as a visitor in 2019. Throw in their three-point loss to the Raiders as a 6.5-point favorite in London and they were 1-7 ATS in games not played as Soldier Field. As a favorite in general, the Bears covered just 20% of the time (2-8).

The Lions depth chart is vastly improved on both sides of the ball, and you can throw away the Bears two victories against Detroit last year. They won’t be facing Jeff Driskel or David Blough again, it’ll be a rejuvenated Matthew Stafford who’s ready to put the league on notice.

The Ravens Are Fast Starters

So maybe you’re not impressed by the Ravens 59-10 drubbing of the Dolphins last year in week 1. But what about their opening performance the year before? And how about 2018, or 2017?

I’ll help you out.

Ravens Week 1 Performances – By the Numbers
Year Result Opponent Final Score
2019 W @ Dolphins 59-10
2018 W vs. Bills 47-3
2017 W @ Bengals 20-0
2016 W vs. Bills 13-7

The Browns not only got pounded by the Titans 43-13 last season in week 1, but they haven’t won a season opener since 2004. That takes me back to when I was in high school and when Lance Armstrong was still being celebrated.

Kevin Stefanski has hands full in his first game as a head coach, and let’s not forget the narrative attached to Baltimore owing Cleveland some payback.

Baker Mayfield and company went into M&T Bank Stadium in 2019 and laid a beatdown on the Ravens. My guess is Lamar Jackson and his crew are ready to return the favor.

Philly Getting Healthy; Rounding Into Form

I’m one of the many Miles Sanders owners in fantasy football waiting for that “Q” tag in week 1 to disappear. While it hasn’t vanished into thin air, Sanders was among the key Eagles starters who returned to practice on Wednesday.

Joining the stud RB back on the practice field were Carson Wentz, rookie wideout Jalen Reagor, and right tackle Lane Johnson. Defensive ends Vinny Curry and Genard Avery were both back in pads after each missed more than two weeks. 

If this news doesn’t help Philly fans breathe a big sigh of relief, it helps to know that the Washington Football Team has lots of kinks to work out. The first of which would be fully committing to Dwayne Haskins – that way Haskins isn’t looking over his shoulder waiting for Alex Smith to start warming up.  

The Vikings Defense Is Facing an Uphill Battle

Minnesota’s defense was already set to take a hit due to losing so many contributors from last year’s squad. The secondary was completely decimated through free agency, and I don’t say that lightly.

Xavier Rhodes joined the Chargers, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander both signed with the Bengals. Andrew Sendejo inked a deal with the Browns while Jayron Kearse bolted for the Lions.

And while trading for Yannick Ngakoue helps fill the voids from losing Everson Griffen and Stephen Weatherly, the Vikings will be without Danielle Hunter in their week 1 matchup.

That’s a major blow, as Hunter is one of the premier pass rushers in all of the NFL. Aaron Rodgers should be able to take advantage of extra time in the pocket, which puts the “over” 45 firmly in play as a wager.

Bengals Officially Hand Keys Over to Joe Burrow

We knew Joe Burrow was going to be Cincinnati’s week 1 starting quarterback from the moment they drafted him in April. Announcing him as one of the captains simply cements his status as the leader of this unit.

Zac Taylor has lauded Joe’s leadership qualities throughout training camp, and running back Joe Mixon echoed his head coach’s sentiments.

“To be honest, I think what popped off the most about Joe Burrow is his leadership and how he takes the huddle. He’s a very confident guy. He goes about things so professionally. I think he does a great job leading.”

Don’t look now, but squaring off against a Chargers defense minus Derwin James should allow Burrow to have a field day at Paul Brown Stadium. Whether that means backing the Bengals +3 or betting on them to win the game outright, that’s up to you.

Broncos Pass Rush In Trouble on MNF

Remember that deadly duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb that John Elway was so excited about in Denver?

Unfortunately, we may have to wait another year until we see the tandem back in action.

No Von Miller and no Bradley Chubb open the door for Ryan Tannehill to exploit the Broncos coverages. All of the major NFL betting sites have taken notice and swung this line from Denver laying 1.5 points to the Broncos getting 2.5.

However, it’s a mistake if you are naïve enough to assume the Titans are now a lock. Denver is playing at home with a really fast offense, and Drew Lock should prosper behind what is a stout offensive line.

In fact, if I see this line breach Titans -3, I’ll be hammering a bet in on the Broncos.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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