NFL Week 1 Filled With Home Underdogs

NFL point spreads hit the sports betting chart Thursday shortly after the league released its schedule for the 2022 season. Week 1 is packed with home underdogs.

Ten home teams are underdogs in Week 1, the most in an opening week in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Houston Texans and Chicago Bears are the biggest home underdogs in Week 1. The Texans are 7.5-point underdogs of the Indianapolis Colts, and the Bears are 6-point underdogs of the San 49ers. Francisco.

The New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos are also the home underdogs. in the front rows for their Week 1 matches.

The value of home-field advantage in the NFL regular season has been declining for years, according to the betting market. Home teams were favored by just 1.65 points last season, the third-lowest in the Super Bowl era, trailing only 2020 (1.10) and 1969 (-1.65). Home teams covered the spread in 48% of games last season and had a losing ATS record in 15 of the past 18 seasons, including four in a row.

In the season opener on Sept. 8, the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams are 1-point favorites over the visiting Buffalo Bills.

The Bills are the consensus favorites to win the Super Bowl in sports betting. At Caesars Sportsbook, Buffalo has drawn more than the amount wagered on the odds of winning the Super Bowl than any other team.

“This is a big year for them and definitely a big step for them to open the season as Super Bowl champions,” said Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, in a company statement. “They will have to prove it from the start.”

While the Bills are the favorites, the long-term Jets have caught the eye of bettors. At the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, there are more bets on the Jets to win the AFC than any other team, and only the Bills have attracted more bets to win the Super Bowl than the Jets. The Jets are 5-point home underdogs to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.

Opening lines on other notable Week 1 matches via Caesars Sportsbook include:
Buccaneers -2.5, 51.5 at Cowboys
Chiefs -3, 53 at Cardinals
Raiders to Chargers -4, 51.5
Broncos -3.5, 41 at Seahawks (Monday)

Matt Willis, ESPN Stats & Information Researcher, contributed to this report.

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