Week 1 NFL Lines At Pennsylvania Sportsbooks

Posted By Juan Carlos Blanco on September 1, 2019 - Last Updated on October 23, 2019
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After five weeks long weeks of preseason (when factoring in the Hall of Fame Game), the NFL finally kicks off in earnest Thursday night at Soldier Field. As venerable a rivalry as exists in the football world, Packers-Bears, will cut the ribbon on the 2019 NFL season. For a change, the defending champions aren’t one of the first two teams in action. The Patriots opted to take the Sunday night primetime slot and face off against long-time conference rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It shapes up as a particularly momentous upcoming football season in Pennsylvania. The state is commemorating its first full NFL campaign with legalized sports betting and Keystone State residents will have multiple online options to choose from, including the latest entrant into the space, Fox Bet.

SugarHouse Casino, FanDuel Sportsbook, Rivers Casino and Parx Casino preceded Fox Bet in the Pennsylvania online betting segment. An online skin of the forthcoming Mount Airy Casino retail location, Fox Bet begins mandatory Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) three-day testing Tuesday, Sept. 3, which gives it plenty of time to be ready for unrestricted operations by Sunday, Sept. 8, when the largest portion of the Week 1 slate naturally unfolds.

NFL Week 1 lines in PA

 SugarHouseParxBetRivers
Green Bay
Chicago
46
-3.5
46
-3.5
46
-3.5
Atlanta
Minnesota
47.5
-3.5
47.5
-3.5
47.5
-3.5
Baltimore
Miami
-4
37
-4
37
-4
37
Buffalo
NY Jets
38.5
-3.5
38.5
-3.5
38.5
-3.5
Cincinnati
Seattle
43.5
-8.5
43.5
-8.5
43.5
-8.5
Kansas City
Jacksonville
-3.5
51.5
-3.5
51.5
-3.5
51.5
LA Rams
Carolina
-3
51
-3
51
-3
51
SF 49ers
Tampa Bay
48.5
-1
48.5
-1
48.5
-1
Tennessee
Cleveland
45.5
-5.5
45.5
-5.5
45.5
-5.5
Washington
Philadelphia
46.5
-9
46.5
-9
46.5
-9
Indianapolis
LA Chargers
47.5
-3
47.5
-3
47.5
-3
Detroit
Arizona
-2.5
48.5
-2.5
48.5
-2.5
48.5
NY Giants
Dallas
46.5
-7
46.5
-7
46.5
-7
Pittsburgh
New England
52
-6
52
-6
52
-6
Houston
New Orleans
54
-7.5
54
-7.5
54
-7.5
Denver
Oakland
43
-2.5
43
-2.5
43
-2.5

Week 1 betting analysis

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. EDT

SugarHouse Casino Odds

FanDuel Sportsbook Odds:

  • Moneyline: Eagles -400/ Redskins +500
  • Point spread: Eagles -9.5
  • Total Points: 45.5

Rivers Casino Odds:

  • Moneyline: Eagles -435/ Redskins +325
  • Point spread: Eagles -9.5
  • Total Points: 45.5

The Eagles’ status as monumental favorites (by today’s standards) is justified when considering the talent gap between the two teams. In fact, the spread has actually inched upward another half-point at both SugarHouse and Rivers since the start of training camp. Philadelphia made it through preseason unscathed and will therefore trot out a team, especially on the offensive end, that seems to dwarf that of Washington’s in terms of talent.

The Redskins will surprisingly enter the regular season with what appears to be a borderline NFL receiving corps. The throws that dubious group of pass catchers will see will come off the arm of journeyman Case Keenum, who came back down to earth a bit in his one year in Denver last season. And at running back, Washington is banking on a 34-year-old coming off a 251-carry season (Adrian Peterson) and a “redshirt rookie” who lost his first pro season to a torn ACL (Derrius Guice).

Meanwhile, the Eagles reloaded through the trades and the draft. They also have their franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz at full health after last season’s back fractures. His new toys include Jordan Howard and second-round pick Miles Sanders in the backfield and returning “prodigal son” DeSean Jackson and promising J.J. Arceaga-Whiteside at receiver. That’s in addition to holdovers like Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

Philly comfortably prevailed in both meetings between the teams last season and has won four straight against Washington overall. The Eagles were also 5-3 (62.5 percent) as home favorites last season, while the Redskins were 3-4 (42.9 percent) as road underdogs. Philadelphia was just 3-5 (37.5 percent) versus the spread when favored at the Linc and the Over was 2-6 (25.0 percent) under those conditions as well.

The Eagles shape up as one of the most likely teams to come through as heavy moneyline favorites in Week 1, and they still retain a better-than-average shot at a cover despite the expansive spread getting even slightly wider recently. The total has also come down a point on the original 46.5 it checked in at pre-training camp, but it also remains a solid proposition at the standard -110. Both teams should have above-average defenses, and it’s not a stretch to think the Eagles could hold the Redskins to a point total in the high single digits.

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots — Sunday, Sept. 8, 8:20 p.m. EDT

SugarHouse Casino Odds

  • Moneyline:Patriots -235/ Steelers +188
  • Point spread: Patriots -5.5
  • Total Points: 49.5

FanDuel Sportsbook Odds:

  • Moneyline: Patriots -250/ Steelers +215
  • Point spread: Patriots -5.5
  • Total Points: 49.5

Rivers Casino Odds:

  • Moneyline:Patriots -235/ Steelers +188
  • Point spread: Patriots -5.5
  • Total Points: 49.5 

The Steelers are getting what could arguably be their toughest opponent this season out of the way early. They have the unenviable task of facing the defending champions on their home turf in prime time to kick off the new season. However, after a solid preseason for Pittsburgh during which they went 3-1 and saw several of their young players deliver promising returns, the Steelers have seen their underdog status decrease by a half-point and their moneyline odds also slightly bump down accordingly. Additionally, the point total in this contest has now come down a full 2.5 points from its original 52 prior to the start of training camp.

The Patriots have been the proverbial thorn in Mike Tomlin and company’s side. The Steelers did prevail in last year’s December meeting by a 17-10 score. However, they’d lost five of the prior six meetings with New England dating back to 2010.

The defending champion Patriots no longer have the oft-injured Rob Gronkowski on the payroll. But keen NFL observes long ago learned to stop putting much stock into what a New England roster looks like on paper as long as Tom Brady is under center. Yet the Steelers already adjusted to life without Bell last season in surprisingly fine fashion.

James Conner should be even better in his second year as a full-time starter, and the preseason seemed to bear out reports that both Jaylen Samuels (who ripped through the Pats for 142 rushing yards last season) and fourth-round pick Benny Snell will have consistent complementary roles.

The receiver cupboard doesn’t seem as bare as it did immediately following Brown’s departure. JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 111-1,426-7 line from last season serves as pretty convincing evidence of his readiness to assume the top wideout role. Then, James Washington’s 10-208-2 preseason line went a long way toward answering some pre-training camp questions about his readiness to help pick up the slack this season.

Washington is still slated to open 2019 just below veteran No. 2 Donte Moncrief, but he could well surpass the latter before long. Talented but oft-injured tight end Vance McDonald (50-610-4 over 15 games in ’18) does enter the season healthy as well and could certainly be of great help to Ben Roethlisberger.

The last two regular-season encounters between the teams have been decided by three and seven points, respectively. However, the last three games at Gillette Stadium specifically – all New England victories – have been by margins of 19, seven and 24 points.

Therefore, the 5.5-point spread looks coverable by New England upon first glance. The Over on the current total of 49.5 points is certainly conceivable as well, although Pittsburgh’s defense did look particularly impressive in the second and third preseason games. Both teams bring plenty of firepower and project at full health on offense coming into the season. And notably, two of the last three games between the two have finished with totals of 53 and 51 points.

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Looking at another pair of potentially exploitable Week 1 lines

In addition to the two games involving Keystone State teams, there are a couple of other Week 1 lines that appear interesting as training camps approach:

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears — Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:20 p.m. EDT

  • Point spread: Bears -3 (all three sportsbooks)

Quick take: Packers played all of last season with a gimpy Aaron Rodgers, who should be back at full health. The rest of the offense returns in force, while the defense, middle of the pack last season, should at least be league average again. GB had prevailed over the Bears in five straight and nine of 10 prior to a late-season loss last December. The spread has shrunk a half-point since its initial release, but this is still a spot where Green Bay could very well cover against an opponent it is intimately familiar with.

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. EDT

  • Total points: 52 (SugarHouse, Rivers)/ 51.5 (FanDuel)

Quick take: It remains to be seen if the non-Eagles Nick Foles 2.0 is any better than the original version we saw in a Rams uniform a few years ago. Training camp and preseason did little to shed light on the subject, as Foles only saw action in one game.

On the other side, a lot has changed since we first looked at this line in July. Tyreek Hill somehow avoided any type of league-imposed discipline and will therefore be a full go in Week 1. And the only component of Kansas City’s high-powered offensive machine that had even a slight element of doubt associated with it, the running back position, just got some pretty formidable reinforcement. That comes in the form of LeSean McCoy, who reunites with the coach under which he had his greatest career success under in Andy Reid.

However, the Jags defense isn’t exactly a pushover (league-low 13.9 points per game allowed at home last season), and this total has climbed another half-point at Sugarhouse and Rivers while going even higher at FanDuel. While the Chiefs offense should be lethal once again, Jalen Ramsey should have a role in making life more difficult than usual for Hill in a purported shadow role on him. Particularly on FD, the Under seems like a viable proposition, as it still allows for KC to score a fair share of points that nevertheless checks in somewhere below their average.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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