NFL Week 1 features record number of home underdogs

NFL point spreads out strike the board at sportsbooks Thursday quickly after the league launched its schedule for the 2022 season. Week 1 is loaded with house underdogs.

Ten house groups are underdogs in Week 1, the most in an opening week in the Super Bowl age, according to ESPN Stats & Information research study. The Houston Texans and Chicago Bears are the most significant house underdogs in Week 1. The Texans are 7.5-point underdogs to the Indianapolis Colts, and the Bears are 6-point underdogs to the San Francisco 49ers.

The New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks likewise are house underdogs in the early lines for their Week 1 video games.

The worth of home-field benefit in the NFL’s routine season has actually been decreasing for many years, according to the wagering market. Home groups were preferred by just 1.65 points last season, the 3rd most affordable in the Super Bowl age, behind just 2020 (1.10) and 1969 (-1.65). Home groups covered the spread in 48% of video games last season and have had a losing record versus the spread in 15 of the previous 18 seasons, consisting of 4 straight.

In the season opener on Sept. 8, the protecting Super Bowl champ Los Angeles Rams are 1-point favorites over the going to Buffalo Bills.

The Bills are the agreement favorites to win the Super Bowl at sportsbooks. At Caesars Sportsbook, Buffalo has actually drawn in more than the quantity of cash bet on the chances to win the Super Bowl than any other group.

“This is a big year for them and certainly a big stage for them to open the season at the Super Bowl champions,” Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, stated in a business release. “They’ll have to prove it right off the bat.”

While the Bills are the favorites, the long-shot Jets have actually been gathering attention from gamblers. At the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, there are more bets on the Jets to win the AFC than there are on any other group, and just the Bills have actually drawn in more bets to win the Super Bowl than the Jets. The Jets are 5-point house underdogs versus the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.

Opening lines on other significant Week 1 matches through Caesars Sportsbook consist of:
Buccaneers -2.5, 51.5 at Cowboys
Chiefs -3, 53 at Cardinals
Raiders at Chargers -4, 51.5
Broncos -3.5, 41 at Seahawks (Monday)

ESPN Stats & Information scientist Matt Willis added to this report.

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