Undefeated Seattle, led by -150 NFL MVP favorite Russell Wilson, is coming off a bye, and Arizona is coming off a short week after crushing Dallas 38-10 on Monday night.
Books had a banner day thanks to underdogs going 8-4 ATS with five outright upsets, including Tampa Bay’s 38-10 win over Green Bay and Denver’s 18-12 victory over New England.
A veteran Las Vegas oddsmaker translates common refrains from bookmakers describing how the sportsbook did, from food references to “Even the Mush wins this week.”
Leave it to a team from Las Vegas to beat the odds and pull off the biggest upset of the NFL season.
Three Las Vegas oddsmakers put Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers at the top of the list of most valuable quarterbacks.
Seattle, last in the NFL in total defense, had 25 names appear on this week’s injury list. Safety Jamal Adams and running back Chris Carson are questionable for Sunday’s game.
The Bears were 33-1 underdogs on the in-play money line at BetMGM before rallying for a 30-26 win behind three TD passes by Nick Foles, who replaced Mitch Trubisky.
The Ravens, led by reigning MVP Lamar Jackson, are 3½-point home favorites over the Chiefs after the line opened at 2½. Baltimore is the +350 favorite to win the Super Bowl.
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.