Most of us are well aware of the doings-a-transpirin’ in Foxborough this offseason and how Tom Brady’s possible four-game suspension has impacted the Patriots’ Week 1 spread hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener on Thursday Night Football. If not, New England has moved from a 7-point fave to as low as a 1-point dog, and back up to -2.5.
But there are other Week 1 spreads jumping around this offseason, with money making enough of a statement to force books to adjust those early-bird odds. Here’s a look at the most notable line moves for Week 1 of the NFL season:
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets – Open: -2.5, Move: -3
The Jets turned heads this offseason, getting the band back together in the secondary – Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie – and giving Geno Smith plenty to play with in new targets Brandon Marshall and rookie Devin Smith. According to online book CarbonSports.ag, 99 percent of the early action is on New York, facing a Browns team that has a QB battle bubbling if Johnny Manziel can get his act together.
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills – Open: +1.5, Move: +2
Wiseguys have sided with the Colts in this matchup, while the betting public likes the new faces in Buffalo. According to CG Technology in Las Vegas, this is a classic “sharps vs. squares” matchup. Buffalo will be still getting used to head coach Rex Ryan and trying to figure out who its starting QB will be, as well as getting RB LeSean McCoy adjusted to life in the AFC East.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Open: -5, Move: -6
This NFC East rivalry jumped to the key number of six at some books with early money hitting the Cowboys at home in Week 1. Things seem to be differing between online books and Nevada, though. CG Technology says it’s been all Dallas action, on the spread and moneyline, while CarbonSports.ag reports that Giants money makes up the bulk of this current handle.
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Open: -4, Move: -3.5
As if the betting public needed any more reason to fade the Niners in this Week 1 Monday night matchup, Adrian Peterson has buried his beef with the Vikings – for now – and has reported to camp. Even before that, San Francisco’s stock was plummeting among football bettors. CarbonSports.ag says Minnesota is drawing 97 percent of the moneyline action and 86 percent of spread plays for this opener.