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NFL Betting Tips: What We Saw Week 1

NFL Betting Tips: What We Saw Week 1 There were a few surprises in the opening weekend of NFL action, but the real headline was the number of injuries to star players. Among the notable injuries were wide receivers TY Hilton, DeSean Jackson, and Dez Bryant, quarterbacks Josh McCown and Derek Carr, and running backs Andre Ellington and Reggie Bush.

We’ll have to wait and see how those injuries affect the play on the field, but overall there were a few notable performances from a team perspective that caught our eye.

The Brady-to-Gronk connection looks to be one of the league’s best, as that combination accounted for three touchdowns in their seven-point win (as a seven-point favorite) against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

With RB LeGarrette Blount done serving his one-game suspension, the Pats offense has more options this week as they travel to Buffalo. New England is currently listed as a pick ‘em.

Cleveland and Tampa Bay have all kinds of problems offensively. Neither team was able to do much of anything – other than turn the ball over. Johnny Manziel took over for an injured Josh McCown early, but didn’t do much as the Browns finished with five turnovers in a 31-10 loss against the Jets.

The much anticipated debut of rookie quarterbacks Mariota and Winston ended in an early-round knockout, as the Titans built a 35-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 42-14 win. Winston looked lost at times, taking four sacks, throwing two interceptions, and fumbling twice (although he didn’t lose any fumbles).

Not surprisingly, the Buccaneers are the biggest underdog on the board, getting ten points against the Saints. Tennessee destroyed Tampa’s offense, and now goes up against the previously mentioned Cleveland scoring unit this week. Many a sports betting software company list the Titans as a small favorite despite being on the road.

The final game of the opening weekend of NFL action was one of the more surprising, with underdog San Francisco crushing the Minnesota Vikings 20-3. RB Adrian Peterson finished with just 31 yards rushing as the Vikings offense couldn’t do anything against the 49ers defense. RB Carlos Hyde put on a show, and easily transitioned into the spotlight of SF’s offense after Gore left town to Indy.

Despite that lopsided result, the Vikings are a three-point home choice against the Detroit Lions, while the 49ers are a sizeable dog on the road against Pittsburgh.

The Colts and Broncos were disappointments offensively early in their first games, but came along somewhat in the second halves and could be due for bounce-back efforts this week.

We’ll be back next week to review the highlights and lowlights of the second week of NFL betting action.

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