The Chiefs didn’t cover as 8½-point favorites over the Chargers but they cashed countless teasers and money-line parlays on a day that saw favorites start 12-1 straight up.
Fresh off their biggest August ever, sportsbooks followed that up with a huge betting handle — or amount of money wagered — on Week 1 of the NFL season.
New England almost singlehandedly made Sunday a losing day for BetMGM in Nevada when a bettor won a $525,000 wager on the Patriots (-7) placed at the counter at The Mirage.
The Bills traded for receiver Stefon Diggs and drafted running back Zack Moss to help spark an offense that has averaged only 18.1 points per game the past three years.
The Westgate offered 25-1 odds on Washington quarterback Alex Smith to win the award. After taking two $200 wagers on Smith at 25-1, the book lowered his odds to 12-1.
Lamar Jackson was a 200-1 long shot to win MVP last season, and a professional sports bettor turned $500 into $63,000 at Circa (at 125-1) when Jackson won the award.
Jeff Whitelaw went 3-1 on his NFL win totals in the Review-Journal last year, with winners on the Bills Over 6½ (10-6), Browns Under 9½ (6-10) and Redskins Under 6½ (3-13).
South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews made point values for all 32 starting QBs based on a one-game adjustment to the line from each team’s starter to backup.
Las Vegas was dealt the league’s most difficult home schedule, with its eight Allegiant Stadium opponents totaling an NFL-high 71½ wins at the Westgate sportsbook.
The consensus was that the biggest impact would be on a team’s home-field advantage, which has historically been worth approximately three points to a line on an NFL game.