The NFL season is mere weeks away, and Week 1 figures to be an exciting start to the season. With every team playing, there are plenty of games to consider betting on.
Here are the top three games with the most betting value. Week 1 odds are up now on MyBookie.
Week 1: Top Three Games with Most Betting Value
Washington Football Team +1 vs Los Angeles Chargers
Both Washington and Los Angeles are coming off 7-9 teams, though thanks to a weak NFC East, Washington made the playoffs.
At home, it’s surprising to see Washington as underdogs. This is a team that had an elite defense in 2020, led by young, dynamic pass rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat.
The Washington defense is loaded throughout, and while Justin Herbert had a strong season in 2020, winning Rookie of the Year, this Chargers offense still leaves something to be desired.
It feels like the offense only has Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler, and then a steep drop-off. Washington should have no issues slowing down the Chargers’ offense, especially at home.
Flipping the units, there’s also reason to get excited about Washington’s offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick joined this team this offseason, steadying the quarterback position for at least one year.
Wide receiver Terry McLaurin has emerged as a star pass-catcher, and he’s joined by new WR Curtis Samuel and returning do-it-all back Antonio Gibson. The trio should give defenses fits all season, and it will start against the Chargers.
Washington went 10-7 against the spread in 2020 and got a chance to build on their success with a home game to start the year.
Bet on Washington to cover the +1 and win the game.
Philadelphia Eagles +3½ at Atlanta Falcons
This is an intriguing spread, as these teams with much familiarity meet up to begin their seasons.
The Eagles are coming off a rocky 4-11-1 season, but the Falcons were an equally incompetent 4-12 in 2020.
Both teams are hoping for a rebound, and it’s easier to see that happening for Philadelphia, thus making their +3½ spread a good bet. Jalen Hurts takes over a new offense, with new weapon Devonta Smith joining the fold. The Eagles still have an offense that can put up points when healthy, and they should all be good to go for Week 1. Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, and Jalen Reagor round out the group of weapons, and the offensive line remains one of the NFL’s best.
Atlanta shipped out Julio Jones this offseason, signaling a rebuilding effort. Matt Ryan is getting up there in age, and this Falcons defense was atrocious in 2020.
The bet here is on Philadelphia starting the season hot with new coaches and fresh play-calling. Atlanta has less tape to prepare, given the uncertainty of what new coach Nick Sirianni will implement on the offensive end.
Bet the Eagles to cover the +3½.
Jacksonville Jaguars -3 at Houston Texans
This is a bet against the mess that is the Texans far more than it is an endorsement of the Jaguars.Houston is in for a rough season. Deshaun Watson will likely never play for the team again, and no team added more random free agents than the Texans. This team has no identity and should be one of the worst teams in the entire league this season, if not the worst.
There’s a reason for optimism in Jacksonville, with the top overall pick Trevor Lawrence joining the team. Lawrence is a massive upgrade for the Jaguars, who have surrounded him with an intriguing group of skill-position players. The Jaguars also invested heavily on the defensive end of the ball and should be better than their 1-15 record in 2020.
Bet against the Texans all season, and get that trend started in Week 1.