- Buffalo (+500) remains the Super Bowl 57 favorite after a 31-10 pummeling of the Rams (+1600) on opening night
- The Buccaneers (+750) and Chiefs (+800) opened the season strong with convincing victories over the Cowboys and Cardinals
- Green Bay (+1600), San Francisco (+2000), and Cincinnati (+2800) all suffered upsets in Week 1
NFL opening weekend always delivers its fair share of surprises, and this year was no different. Cincinnati was upset by the division-rival Steelers, Minnesota manhandled Aaron Rodgers, and the New York Giants rode Saquon Barkley to a 21-20 comeback victory over Tennessee.
Super Bowl 57 futures
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+750|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+800|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+1100|
|Green Bay Packers||+1600|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1600|
|San Francisco 49ers||+2000|
|New Orleans Saints||+2800|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+4500|
|New England Patriots||+6600|
|New York Giants||+10000|
|New York Jets||+30000|
Bills favored over Chiefs
Here’s a scary thought for opponents of the Bills (+500): Josh Allen might be even better this year. Buffalo’s superstar quarterback shredded the reigning-champion Rams through the air (297 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs) and on the ground (10 rushes for 56 yards) while showing improved decision-making and accuracy in the 31-10 win.
However, could the Chiefs be the better bet at +800? Putting the entire NFL on notice, Patrick Mahomes passed for 360 yards and five scores in a 44-21 beatdown of the Cardinals on Sunday. Kansas City will now host Justin Herbert and the 1-0 Chargers (+1100) on Thursday Night Football.
Most games w/ 5+ pass TD:
Drew Brees: 11 287
Tom Brady: 9 318
Peyton Manning: 9 266
Ben Roethlisberger: 6 249
Dan Marino: 6 242
Patrick Mahomes: 6 64 pic.twitter.com/7YiZoXWoU6
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 11, 2022
Bucs embarrass Cowboys
Tom Brady’s Buccaneers (+750) only managed one trip to the end zone in a decisive 19-3 victory over Dallas on Sunday Night Football. Hall of Famer Julio Jones is a nice complement to Mike Evans, but the hamstring injury to Chris Godwin looms large. Next up is the Saints (+2800), who have beaten Brady in all four regular-season meetings since he joined the NFC South.
Meanwhile, the poor Cowboys plummeted to +5000, with Dak Prescott expected to miss almost half the season with a thumb injury.
Eagles and Vikings are trending up
Philadelphia (+1400) proved their mettle as a trendy off-season pick with a 38-35 victory over Dan Campbell’s lovable losers from Detroit (+15000). Jalen Hurts connected with A.J. Brown on 10 of 13 targets for 155 yards. A statline that was somehow topped by the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson, who diced up the Packers for a career-high 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-7 victory.
The Eagles will host Minnesota (+2200) on Monday Night Football in-game that will go a long way in establishing the pecking order in the NFC this year.
Jalen Hurts had 333 total yards
243 yards passing
90 yards rushing
AJ Brown 10 catches 155 yards
Miles Sanders 96 yards rushing pic.twitter.com/SiEeU7rl29
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 11, 2022
Jimmy Garappolo may start sooner than you think. The 49ers (+2000) fell 19-10 to the Bears as Trey Lance completed just 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards and a pick while taking two sacks. Making it worse, he was outplayed by fellow sophomore Justin Fields, who will face Green Bay (+1600) this Sunday Night on NBC.
Joe Burrow also had a day to forget, tossing four interceptions in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Steelers. With matchups on tap with the Cowboys and Jets, Cincinnati’s odds (+2800) will only shorten from here, so get your bets in if you believe the Bengals can make a return trip to the Super Bowl.
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