Kareem Hunt’s three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of last year’s AFC Divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs pulled the Cleveland Browns within five points. While it didn’t ultimately lead to a Browns’ win, it did lead to a Browns’ cover. Eight months later, NFL sharp bettors like the Browns to cover again in Kansas City.
In the hours before the Browns’ return to Kansas City for a Week 1 matchup, sharps at the BetMGM sportsbook are betting on the Browns to cover a spread that’s dropped from +6.5 to +5.5 (after opening at +6 in May). Despite the drop, it remains the fourth-largest spread in NFL odds for Week 1. As of Sunday morning, only the San Francisco 49ers (-8.5 at the Detroit Lions), Los Angeles Rams (-7.5 vs. the Chicago Bears), and the Buffalo Bills (-6.5 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers) are bigger favorites.
Also as of Sunday morning, 52 percent of the spread tickets are on the Chiefs, along with 68 percent of the handle. Only the Rams (88 percent) and 49ers (75%) have a bigger handle share.
Sharps are also taking positions on the New York Jets (+3.5 at the Carolina Panthers), Washington Football Team (-1 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers), and Atlanta Falcons (-3.5 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles).
You can view all updated NFL betting odds, including NFL player props and live betting odds, at the BetMGM online sportsbook. And you can enter BetMGM’s free-to-play challenge, King of the Weekend, and win $50,000 by selecting the six highest-scoring teams from a pool of five Week 1 games.