One thing is true when it comes to legal sports betting. It is always football season. That rings true as DraftKings Sportsbook and many others have released early Week 1 betting lines for the NFL season, which means that football betting is officially here for the regular season. You can wager on each and every game in Week 1, and attempt to beat the closing line before kickoff.

Let’s take a look at the Week 1 NFL odds, as sportsbooks have released spreads, totals, and moneylines for each game in Week 1. Below we show the odds, a look at Cowboys vs. Buccaneers, and our early picks for Week 1 of the NFL season.

 

 

Live NFL Week 1 Odds 

Here’s a look at the live odds for week 1 from various legal sportsbooks.

 

Week 1 NFL Public Betting Info

A look at the Week 1 public betting consensus from DraftKings Sportsbook.

NFL Week 1 Splits
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Teams Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
DAL Cowboys +7.5 14% 15% Over 49.0 33% 46% +280 53% 19%
TB Buccaneers -7.5 86% 85% Under 49.0 67% 54% -365 47% 81%
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Teams Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
ARI Cardinals +3 7% 16% Over 51.5 73% 61% +140 69% 24%
TEN Titans -3 93% 84% Under 51.5 27% 39% -160 31% 76%
JAX Jaguars -3 84% 85% Over 45.5 14% 39% -160 89% 73%
HOU Texans +3 16% 15% Under 45.5 86% 61% +140 11% 27%
LA Chargers -1 76% 70% Over 44.0 68% 61% -120 49% 50%
WAS Football Team +1 24% 30% Under 44.0 32% 39% +100 51% 50%
MIN Vikings -3.5 82% 60% Over 48.0 26% 49% -195 35% 66%
CIN Bengals +3.5 18% 40% Under 48.0 74% 51% +165 65% 34%
NY Jets +5 32% 28% Over 43.0 93% 47% +190 59% 19%
CAR Panthers -5 68% 72% Under 43.0 7% 53% -235 41% 81%
PHI Eagles +3.5 59% 52% Over 48.0 59% 64% +175 96% 47%
ATL Falcons -3.5 41% 48% Under 48.0 41% 36% -210 4% 53%
PIT Steelers +6.5 20% 37% Over 50.0 31% 33% +260 71% 21%
BUF Bills -6.5 80% 63% Under 50.0 69% 67% -335 29% 79%
SEA Seahawks -1.5 88% 74% Over 48.5 55% 42% -130 67% 86%
IND Colts +1.5 12% 26% Under 48.5 45% 58% +110 33% 14%
SF 49ers -7.5 69% 69% Over 45.5 42% 44% -380 69% 84%
DET Lions +7.5 31% 31% Under 45.5 58% 56% +290 31% 16%
CLE Browns +6.5 22% 28% Over 53.0 73% 47% +220 61% 12%
KC Chiefs -6.5 78% 72% Under 53.0 27% 53% -275 39% 88%
DEN Broncos -2 71% 63% Over 42.5 33% 50% -135 18% 46%
NY Giants +2 29% 37% Under 42.5 67% 50% +115 82% 54%
GB Packers -3 89% 91% Over 50.0 40% 33% -165 96% 83%
NO Saints +3 11% 9% Under 50.0 60% 67% +145 4% 17%
MIA Dolphins +3 10% 34% Over 44.5 13% 33% +140 51% 51%
NE Patriots -3 90% 66% Under 44.5 87% 67% -160 49% 49%
CHI Bears +7 30% 20% Over 45.0 10% 78% +290 58% 13%
LA Rams -7 70% 80% Under 45.0 90% 22% -380 42% 87%
Monday Night Football Splits
Teams Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
BAL Ravens -4.5 81% 89% Over 51.0 60% 46% -250 69% 87%
LV Raiders +4.5 19% 11% Under 51.0 40% 54% +200 31% 13%
Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

 For Cowboys vs. Bucs in Week 1, each sportsbook has either -6.5 or -6 as the spread, favoring the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Getting the best number (Bucs -6 at FanDuel Sportsbook) will be key as you shop for value for the first week of the NFL season, albeit months away.

Keep an eye on the NFL public betting consensus, as NFL bettors will always pounce on early lines.

 

Odds Movement for NFL Week 1 Spreads

With the NFL season rapidly approaching as training camp opens, the odds for Week 1 have already shifted. Most importantly, here is a look at which games have shown significant odds movement for Week 1.

Opening Spread Current Spread
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5) Cowboys at Buccaneers (-6)
Los Angeles Chargers (-1.5) at Washington Football Team Chargers at Football Team (-1)
Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) at Cincinnati Bengals Vikings (-3) at Bengals
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) Seahawks (-3) at Colts
Denver Broncos (-1.5) at New York Giants Broncos (-1) at Giants
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (-2.5) Packers (-2.5) at Saints

As you can see, six games have changed from the opening lines on DraftKings Sportsbook. Each games’ odds movement looks as follows:

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5 to -6)
  • Washington Football Team (+1 to -1)
  • Minnesota Vikings (-3.5 to -3)
  • Seattle Seahawks (+2.5 to -3)
  • Denver Broncos (-1.5 to -1)
  • Green Bay Packers (+2.5 to -2.5)

Both teams with the largest movement, Packers and Seahawks, saw movement due to the quarterback situations. The Packers moved five total points as Aaron Rodgers is ready to go for Week 1, along with Davante Adams. As for the Seahawks, they moved a total of 5.5 points given the injury to Carson Wentz. The Colts lost Wentz for Week 1, and will likely be without Quenton Nelson as well. Five-point moves are rare, but we saw two of them for Week 1 this year.

 

Top NFL Week 1 Games to bet on

After the opening lines were released, NFL bettors immediately set their sights on the top games for Week 1. While NFL public betting information will be available closer to the start of Week 1, it is still quite easy to tell which games are set to have the heaviest handle in terms of dollars wagered on the game. Here are the top 5 games to bet on in Week 1.

1. New York Jets at Carolina Panthers Week 1 Odds

All Jets fans have been waiting for is happening right away in Week 1. Jets’ rookie quarterback Zach Wilson will make his NFL debut against Sam Darnold, the Jets’ former quarterback in a battle of young QBs looking to take the next step in their NFL careers. The Panthers open as -4.5-point favorites with the total being a low 43-points.

  • Spread: Panthers (-4.5)
  • Total: 43
  • Moneyline: Panthers -200, Jets +160

 

2. Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Week 1 Odds

This potential AFC playoffs matchup between the Steelers and Bills will be one for the ages, as one of the best offenses and best defenses in the NFL face off against each other in Week 1. Betting on the over seems to be the lean so far, as the opening total is over seven touchdowns at 50 points. Here is a look at the opening odds.

  • Spread: Bills (-6.5)
  • Total: 50 points
  • Moneyline: Bills -278, Steelers +220

 

3. Denver Broncos at New York Giants Week 1 Odds

Two very popular teams when it comes to sports betting are the Broncos and the Giants. While neither may be a title contender, both teams are located in or near legal sports betting states with fans that love to wager on either side. This makes for a terrific game to watch when it comes to public betting percentages, as the public may heavily wager on one side. This is a great time to take advantage of the public with local bias and capture a winning wager. Here are the DraftKings odds.

  • Spread: Broncos (-1.5)
  • Total: 42.5 points
  • Moneyline: Broncos -117, Giants -105

 

4. Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs Week 1 Odds

The best team in the NFL is often one of the most popular to wager on, and the Chiefs have been thought of as the best team in football despite losing in the Super Bowl last year. This could very well be an AFC Championship preview between the Browns and Chiefs, which makes it quite the popular game for sports bettors. Here’s a look at the odds.

  • Spread: Chiefs (-6)
  • Total: 52.5 points
  • Moneyline: Chiefs -275, Browns +215

 

5. Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints Week 1 Odds

In what may be the NFC game of the week when the time comes, the Packers and Saints have been two of the best teams in the NFC for the better part of a decade. With Drew Brees retiring and Aaron Rodgers on the fence in Green Bay, could we see Taysom Hill/Jameis Winston vs. Jordan Love in this game? Expect bettors to be all over the Saints if Rodgers leaves, but there is some value if you believe the Packers and Aaron Rodgers make up and he remains Green Bay’s quarterback.

  • Spread: Saints (-2.5)
  • Total: Off the board
  • Moneyline: Saints -137, Packers +112

 

Week 1 Opening Lines – NFL 2021

A look at each Week 1 matchup, with opening odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (-1.5) at Washington Football Team
  • San Francisco 49ers (-7.5) at Detroit Lions
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5) at Houston Texas
  • Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
  • Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (-2.5)
  • Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)
  • Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5)
  • New York Jets at Carolina Panthers (-4.5)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (-6.5)
  • Denver Broncos (-1.5) at New York Giants
  • Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-2)
  • Clevland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-6)
  • Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (-2.5)
  • Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams (-7)
  • Baltimore Ravens (-4.5) at Las Vegas Raiders

 

Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1

The first game of the season is Thursday Night Football, a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of course, the Bucs are reigning Super Bowl champions, but the Dallas Cowboys are returning their quarterback in Dak Prescott and a revamped defense from the offseason, including the NFL Draft. Here is a look at the opening odds.

Team Spread Total Moneyline
Dallas Cowboys +6.5 o52.5 +220
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6.5 u52.5 -278

Tampa is favored by 6.5, with the total at a high 52.5 points. With the Bucs bringing back literally every member of the Super Bowl team, 6.5 points at home seems like a bargain. Expect this line to move towards Tampa Bay as the offseason progresses. After all, they did just win the big one.

 

NFL Week 1 Betting Picks

It is never too early for NFL Week 1 betting picks, and given that many legal sportsbooks have the three main markets available: spreads, totals, and moneylines, here are our picks for Week 1.

Top 5 NFL Week 1 Bets

Our five favorite bets for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, odds are current as of 

  1. Tampa Bay Bucs -6.5 (-108 at DraftKings)
  2. Eagles vs. Falcons OVER 46.5 (-115 at William Hill)
  3. Bills -6 vs. Steelers (-110 at PointsBet)
  4. Colts -2 vs. Seahawks (-110) at FanDuel
  5. Jaguars -1.5 vs. Texans (-109) at DraftKings

Looking for more NFL betting action? Check out the latest NFL rookie betting props and the 2022 NFL Draft first overall pick odds.

 

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