The low-limits are lifted and real betting for Week 1 NFL picks has taken place. Though promotional and very low-limit lines were posted during the summer, a lot has taken place injury wise. The Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, ditto for the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo, plus deflategate finally caught up to the Patriots Tom Brady, who will be watching from the sidelines.
In addition, the World Champion Denver Broncos traded Brock Osweiler, the presumed successor behind center to Peyton Manning, to the Houston Texans. As a result, 75 percent of the public is betting on the Carolina Panthers to get revenge on the opening Thursday night traditional Super Bowl rematch to Denver. However, the strongest consensus is with another road favorite, as 80 of bets are on the Green Bay Packers laying four-points at the allegedly improved Jacksonville Jaguars.
Various sportsbooks and price per head also have the Cincinnati Bengals at 72 percent playing on the road to the New York Jets. As Cy McCormick of the MasterLockLine informs, “The public betting road favorites, especially early in the year, is very much expected.”
The top total public bet is Buffalo and Baltimore over the total with 80 percent of the tickets written on a high scoring game projected. Green Bay and Jacksonville also over is next at 76 percent. The final game of the week, Los Angeles at San Francisco is the most popular under bet, with 70 percent anticipating little scoring.