NFL Week 1 Betting: Early Ticket & Handle Breakdown

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM May 25, 2022, 2:31 PM

Week 1 of the season is still months away, but the NFL betting lines are already out.

There are a number of intriguing matchups, including the Rams taking on the Bills, but which teams are generating the most action so far at the BetMGM online sportsbook?

Here’s a ticket and handle breakdown for the first week of the NFL season.

Week 1 NFL Tickets

It’s interesting to note that the Saints are currently the most bet team for Week 1 games against the spread with 88% of bets being placed their way.

Their Week 1 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons is one where the Saints have won four of the last five contests and would have covered the four points in each of their wins.

Divisional games are always tough to get a read on, especially early in the season, but there’s clearly a lot of faith in how this Saints team matches up with the Falcons.

Behind the Saints in terms of most tickets against the spread are the Philadelphia Eagles, who are 3.5-point road favorites against the Detroit Lions. The Eagles are currently receiving 62% of bets against the spread.

The Buffalo Bills are the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season and they’ll head into Week 1 on the road as slight favorites against the defending Super Bowl Champion Rams.

Buffalo is currently sitting at -1 and they’ve drawn the third-most tickets for Week 1. The Bills are getting 81% of bets against the spread and 89% of bets on the moneyline.

NFL Week 1 Handle

After acquiring Russell Wilson in a blockbuster trade during the offseason, the Denver Broncos (-4.5) will travel to his former home in Seattle Week 1, which has presented a great first matchup on Monday Night Football.

There’s definitely confidence in Wilson and the Broncos in Week 1 against the Seahawks, with Denver boasting the highest current handle percentage against the spread at 93%. That’s a large discrepancy, but likely one that shouldn’t be all that surprising for Wilson’s homecoming against a team that should see a quarterback competition during preseason action.

The second highest handle belongs to a team that also boasts the most tickets on them in Week 1 for the spread which is the Saints.

New Orleans owns 89% of the handle for their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons and that number probably shouldn’t be a surprise with the success they’ve had against them in prior seasons.

The Kansas City Chiefs made some significant changes in the offseason after losing in the AFC Championship to the Cincinnati Bengals. Patrick Mahomes will be tasked with finding a new No. 1 wideout, with his prime new targets likely to be JuJu Smith-Schuster and Skyy Moore.

Even with that in mind, the Chiefs are still being backed by the public in Week 1 action on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, where they boast 84% of the handle against the spread.

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