Sportsbook operators are acting faster than ever. The days of waiting on a line for a game are a thing of the past. The NFL schedule for the season wasn’t even out for a day by the time BetOnline was able to release lines for the first week of the NFL season.
Here are the season-opening sides and totals along with any line moves as of the writing of this article. All games are -110 unless noted:
Thursday, Sept. 6
Philadelphia Eagles -4½ (now -4)
Sunday, Sept. 9
Pittsburgh Steelers -6½
San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings -5 (now 4.5)
Indianapolis Colts -1½ (now 1 -115)
Baltimore Ravens -3 (-130)
Jacksonville Jaguars -3 (now 3.5)
New York Giants
Total: 43½ (now 44)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints -7
Total: 52 (now 51.5)
New England Patriots -6½
Tennessee Titans -1½ (now 2.5)
Total: 46 (now 46.5)
Kansas City Chiefs +3 (-115)
Los Angeles Chargers -3 (-105)
Denver Broncos -1 (now 1.5)
Carolina Panthers -2½ (now pick)
Washington Redskins pick
Green Bay Packers -8
Monday, Sept. 10
New York Jets
Detroit Lions -6½
Los Angeles Rams pick (now -1.5)
Tota: 50 (now 49.5)
As you’d expect the maximum limit for these games are low to start. Sides have a maximum of $1,000 and totals have a maximum bet of $500. There have been several small line moves in less than a day of the bets being posted.
However, with the re-bet function, players can re-bet that “limit” again after every odds move and/or 61 seconds (whichever comes first). BetOnline is the only online sportsbook that offers this feature. The limits will change to $25,000 the week before kickoff.
The largest move after opening day was with the Los Angeles Rams who went from pick ‘em to a -1.5 point road favorite at the Black Hole in Oakland on Monday Night Football against the Raiders.
For reference, the first batch of games are fairly close to the opening lines at the Westgate in Las Vegas. Both the Westgate and BetOnline will be adding NFL Games of the Year in the near future.
There is often value in betting these early NFL lines. However, not many people take advantage of the opportunity. BetOnline’s sportsbook brand manager Dave Mason says that only about 3% of Week 1 NFL bets will come from these early lines.
While these early lines are fun to talk about the majority of sports bettors aren’t handicapping this far before the NFL season.