The first Sunday of the NFL season sees 13 matches being played in the two regular Sunday slots as the majority of the league get their campaign underway on a day which is always hugely anticipated in the American sports world.
Two of those matches are live on TV in the UK for us to enjoy and in terms of having a bet on the others and following it we have the RedZone show and the other matches are all being streamed with certain bookmakers.
1pm Kick Offs (6pm UK time)
The televised offering in the first part of the evening sees two of the fancied runners in the race for the AFC title battling it out when the Buffalo Bills play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a blockbuster week one clash. Eight other matches take place over the course of the early kick off slot. One of those is a divisional battle as the Houston Texans welcome the number one draft pick Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars to the NRG Stadium.
The other matches see the Atlanta Falcons taking on the Philadelphia Eagles while the Carolina Panthers will begin the Sam Darnold era when they host his former team New York Jets. Cincinnati Bengals take on the Minnesota Vikings in another match while the San Francisco 49ers take their powerful side to face the Detroit Lions. The other three matches sees the Indianapolis Colts hosting the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans welcoming the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Football Team hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.
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4.25pm Kick Offs (9.25pm UK time)
Two more rivals in the race for the AFC title meet in the second of the live matches for us in the UK on Sunday evening. That sees the beaten Super Bowl LV team Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Cleveland Browns in what should be a powerfully offensive and entertaining sort of match. Three other games take place in this kick off slot with one of them an all-AFC East clash as the New England Patriots host the Miami Dolphins in a big match for both teams.
The biggest match of the other two is very much the one between two of the most successful teams in the NFC as the Green Bay Packers make the road trip to take on the New Orleans Saints, in a match which has been moved to Jacksonville because of the damage Hurricane Ida left in its wake last week. The other match comes from the MetLife Stadium where the New York Giants welcome the Denver Broncos in the season opener for both.
I’ll take a couple of bets over the course of the night with the first of them coming in the match between the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks, a match where I think the visitors can not just win but also cover a field goal. Indianapolis have added Carson Wentz to their ranks to lead them into a new era but he has only recently recovered from surgery so how ready he is for the season, and this Seattle defence in particular, remains to be seen. There is a lot of attention on him anyway, as there has been every Colts quarterback since Andrew Luck retired, so he’ll be playing with pressure. Seattle aren’t getting talked about much this season but that can only be because of the division they are in. They still have Russell Wilson, elite receivers and a defence that will make plays. I like the Seahawks -3 here.
The other bet I like is for the Green Bay Packers to cover 3.5 points against the New Orleans Saints. I should say that if this match was actually in New Orleans I would leave the 0.5 part out of the equation but the fact it isn’t means I’m not so sure that 0.5 is worth as much as it sounds. This has been a wretched close season for the Saints. Not only the damage done to the area which has forced this game away from New Orleans but also the amount of talent gone from the roster. It was always going to be a hard time for the Saints when a legend like Drew Brees retired but this season they have it all to do after caning the salary cap in a bid to send Brees off into the sunset with a Super Bowl crown. Alvin Kamara is still there but there is no standout receiving talent for Jameis Winston to target. The entire off season was will Aaron Rodgers stay or won’t he. He did and he has a point to prove here in what could be his last dance in Green Bay. The Packers have the talent to do a bit of a job on this transitional Saints team.
Back Seattle Seahawks (-3) to beat Indanapolis Colts for a 3/10 stake at 1.95 with Bet365
Back Green Bay Packers (-3.5) to beat New Orleans Saints for a 3/10 stake at 2.00 with Sky Bet