The 100th season of the NFL opened Week 1 of the schedule and it has been a week to remember. From the ongoing Antonio Brown saga, to the multitude of upsets, and maybe the biggest disappointment in Cleveland Browns recent memory, here is VIP Bets recap.
As written in our previous NFL blog, the Packers traveled to Chicago to face their old rivals with Chicago being a heavy favorite to open the season with a win at home. Green Bay did not only beat the Bears, they held them to a single Field-Goal which came in the first quarter. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers did not exactly blow them out of the water, other than the short 8-Yard Touchdown to Jimmy Graham they also only managed a Field Goal. The final score was 10-3, and the odds have already changed since our last blog in favor of Green Bay to win the NFC North. GB is now at +160 and Chicago has dropped to +200. Another upset (dependant on how much you give in to all the offseason talk) was the Cleveland Browns week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans. There was a lot, and I mean A LOT of chatter about the Browns after their end to last season with Baker Mayfield followed by their off season acquisitions. We are still considering Cleveland a favorite to come out of the AFC North, and granted it is only 1 game to critique, but they got absolutely dominated by the Titans. The Browns were not only inundated with hype about their offense, but their defense is also said to be one of the better lineups in the league. Well, Tennessee ran the ball like they were playing a practice squad and Titans QB Marcus Mariota had 10.3 yards per attempt. Losing 43-13 in your season opener at home, followed by all the hype, is in our opinion one of the bigger surprises of this young season. Add in the Baltimore Ravens 59-10 convincing win on the road in Miami, and the Browns line to win the AFC North has dropped to +190 while Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have leap-frogged them to a divisional favorite of +175. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots looked like their ever-strong-selves in a steamrolling 33-3 win over their divisional rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Foxborough hasn’t been kind to the Big Ben and the Steelers in recent memory, but New England’s home win was a bit of a statement to the rest of the league on Sunday. All of this, after the drama-filled Antonio Brown saga that ended in him signing with the defending champion Patriots. New England looked very, very good on Sunday, and it was without arguably one of the best Wide Receivers in Brown. If Antonio and the Patriots can get him focused on just playing ball, we here at VIP can see them hoisting a 7th Lombardi trophy at the end of the ’19-’20 Season. To put it into perspective, N.E. is the odds on favorite (still) after week 1 with a -1428 line to win the AFC East. Before week one’s dismantling of Pittsburgh and the signing of AB they were a reasonable -500. Clearly the line-makers are all in on New England after week 1. See all lines here https://www.vipbets.com/sports/european-1#/AmericanFootball/selected-leagues