The opening week of the NFL season continues on Sunday with the usual two sets of early kick offs as the majority of teams in the league take to the field for the first time in around nine months or so after Covid-19 meant that there was no pre-season.
It might be the first week of the season but there are still plenty of top clashes for us to enjoy, either on the Sky coverage, Game Pass or through RedZone over the course of what should be an excellent evening of NFL.
1pm Kick Offs (6pm UK time)
There are nine matches on in the early kick off time on Sunday with the televised match being one of seven divisional battles that are on show in this set of matches. That sees the New England Patriots beginning life without Tom Brady when they host the Miami Dolphins. Also in the AFC East the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets. The NFC North face each other on the opening day as well with the Green Bay Packers heading to the Minnesota Vikings while the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears.
The other three divisional matches sees the Washington Football Team facing the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens welcoming the Cleveland Browns. The two matches which do not have divisional rivals colliding see the Atlanta Falcons going up against the Seattle Seahawks while the Carolina Panthers are the first opponents for the new Las Vegas Raiders although we have to wait another week for the first action in Nevada as this one takes place in Carolina.
4.05/4.25pm Kick Offs (9.05/9.25pm UK time)
Given that there are two Monday Night Football matches this week there are only three matches in the later kick off slot with the one on TV coming from the Superdome where the New Orleans Saints are the first opponents for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their new quarterback Tom Brady and friends in the one NFC South battle over the course of the opening week of the season.
Two other matches feature on the card in this kick off time. There is an all-NFC West clash as the team beaten in the Super Bowl last season, San Francisco 49ers, kick off their campaign to go one better when they host the Arizona Cardinals who spent big in the off season to pick up DeAndre Hopkins while in the other one the number one draft pick Joe Burrow will make his NFL bow when the Cincinnati Bengals welcome the Los Angeles Chargers.
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I like a couple of bets over the course of Sunday evening and they both come in the later matches. The TV game sees the New Orleans Saints going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I expect to see plenty of points here from two of the longest serving quarterbacks in the game. We know the way that Tampa Bay are going to play. They have loaded their offense and will be out to put a marker down in the division here. New Orleans are always a powerful outfit at home so points should come pretty naturally here. We saw defences tire quite quickly on Thursday night and if that happens here these two offenses should feast on the space. I like over 47.5 points here.
The other bet I like is for the Cincinnati Bengals to stay close to a Los Angeles Chargers side who had their plans affected earlier in the week when key defensive player Derwin James picked up a season ending injury. That happening this close to the season starting is going to have a big effect on a Chargers side who might well have had their work cut out anyway with the Bengals buoyed by the number one draft pick being on show and having key receiver AJ Green back. In truth there are plenty of question marks over the Chargers, not just because of that defensive issue but also at the quarterback position. I’ll take Cincinnati to stay within a field goal at the very least here.
WON – Back Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints – Over 47.5pts for a 3/10 stake at 1.91 with Betfair
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PUSH – Back Cincinnati Bengals (+3) to beat Los Angeles Chargers for a 3/10 stake at 1.85 with 888sport
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