The opening weekend of the 2021 NFL season introduced a number of new legalized states into the world of sports activities betting (growing the general complete to 26) and what’s certain to be a rise in cash wagered. It additionally reminded bettors new and previous that the oddsmakers are fairly good at this.
Coming into Monday night time, underdogs had been 11-4 towards the unfold and Unders had been 9-6, often a foul mixture for the betting public. Maybe the sportsbooks’ week might be finest summarized by Ed Salmons, VP of danger at SuperBook Sports activities: “It was an important week.”
Let’s run via among the notable choices and larger bets in Week 1.
Lions with an all-time backdoor cowl
The San Francisco 49ers had been heavy public favorites with almost each ebook I spoke with having at the least 70 p.c of bets and 75 p.c of the cash wagered on San Francisco to cowl the unfold. WynnBet had a staggering 96 p.c of the cash wagered on the 49ers to cowl the unfold and Caesars Sports activities wasn’t far behind at 83 p.c. The 49ers closed as consensus 9.5-point highway favorites towards the Detroit Lions, the very best line on Sunday, although it was at 7.5 a lot of the week.
San Francisco was comfortably forward 41-17, earlier than Detroit scored two touchdowns (aided by an onside kick restoration) and transformed two two-point conversions to make the ultimate 41-33. The Lions even had a ultimate probability to attain a landing earlier than turning the ball over on downs.
Saints demolish Packers
Any sportsbook you contacted on Sunday was loaded with cash on the Inexperienced Bay Packers (-3.5) to beat the New Orleans Saints, however the line really dipped from -4 to -3.5, indicating some revered cash was on New Orleans to cowl. The Saints did a lot greater than cowl, dominating Inexperienced Bay and crushing many moneyline parlays and Packers bets. A outstanding 87 p.c of bets and 92 p.c of the cash at DraftKings had been on the Packers to cowl, and the story was related at different books.
“The Pack recreation was essentially the most lopsided recreation by way of splits (86 p.c of deal with on Inexperienced Bay unfold, 90 p.c on moneyline,)” mentioned BetRivers sportsbook supervisor Zach Schlouch. “And the Inexperienced Bay unfold generated essentially the most deal with of any particular person wager on all the board.”
Seahawks not daunted by the highway
Seattle at Indianapolis had a spread of Colts -2.5 to its closing line of Seahawks -2.5 after being as excessive as Seahawks -3. Seattle overlaying the unfold was the very best legal responsibility of the early video games at TwinSpires Sportsbook and a large choice for many sportsbooks. Over 80 p.c of the bets and 86 p.c of the deal with had been on Seattle to cowl at DraftKings, although PointsBet was one of many few books that wanted the Seahawks as a consequence of a $15,000 wager on the Colts +3. The Seahawks gained 28-16 in a recreation that wasn’t as shut because the rating, resulting in one of many few wins of the day for public bettors.
“The 2 finest video games for the gamers had been the Seahawks and the Broncos [over the Giants],” Stations sportsbook director Chuck Esposito mentioned. “However total it was a very good opening week for the books.”
Notable profitable bets
$110,000 on second-half Over 28 in Browns-Chiefs at BetMGM; $100,000 on Panthers moneyline (-200) vs. Jets at FanDuel.
Notable dropping bets
$110,000 on Colts +2.5 at BetMGM; $110,000 on Packers -3.5 at BetMGM; $120,000 on New York Giants ML at Caesars Sports activities; $100,000 on Packers ML -141 at FanDuel.
Ben Fawkes writes for VSiN.com. VSiN programming might be heard on iHeart Radio platforms.