NFL Betting Tip: How to Play Big Week 1 Favorites


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Sep 03, 2019, 08:35 PM EDT
  • The Seahawks and Eagles are 9.5-point favorites in NFL Week 1, the largest favorites of the season-opening week.
  • Using Bet Labs, we analyze how large favorites have performed in the first game of the season.

The Seahawks and Eagles are tied as the biggest favorites in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season. According to the consensus odds, Seattle and Philly are favored by 9.5 points against the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, respectively.

The Seahawks are expected to be playoff participants and Super Bowl contenders after trading for Jadeveon Clowney. The Eagles are one of five teams with a win total of 10 or more games and are +1200 to lift the Lombardi Trophy.

Expectations are considerably lower for the Bengals and Redskins. Each franchise has a win total of six games for the upcoming season and are two of five teams with 200-1 or greater odds to win the Super Bowl.

The clear mismatches have led to the large spreads. Unsurprisingly, the majority of spread dollars are on the Seahawks and Eagles, but is it smart to bet these big favorites in Week 1?

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