As the nation is in utter chaos, there’s one thing still very present in the minds of millions of Americans… When is football? Well, ladies and gents, the NFL released its schedule several weeks ago and doesn’t appear to be budging. Football fans around the world will be treated to the NFL regular season starting Thursday, September 10th, and for all the betting enthusiasts out there we already have the NFL Week 1 Odds fully loaded. Be sure to check em and pick your favorites!
NFL Week 1 Matchups Overview
Patrick Mahomes vs. DeShaun Watson, Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady, Kyler Murray vs. Jimmy Garoppolo, Baker Mayfield vs. Lamar Jackson. Sounds good right? Well, that’s what the NFL Week 1 has for us. Take a quick preview of all the matchups right here, below, and don’t forget to check the NFL Week 1 Odds for online betting.
The AFC race can be summarized as the world against the Kansas City Chiefs. The reigning Conference and Super Bowl Champs open the season against the Houston Texans, while some other favorites like the Baltimore Ravens and the rising Buffalo Bills have more manageable matchups.
Defense wins championships? Not so fast. Last year the San Francisco 49ers came up short at the Super Bowl, and this year winning the NFC title looks like a much more complicated job. Teams like the Saints, Buccaneers and Falcons are heavily betting on their offense and they are planning to send a pretty clear message starting in NFL Week 1.
We have you covered with the latest news, stats, info and NFL Week 1 Odds for all matchups.
NFL Games of the Week
We all know every game counts in the NFL, there are so very few of them.
Sometimes baseball has as many games in two weeks as the entire NFL plays in a whole season!
Even as we head into December and the last few weeks, if it isn’t for a potential playoff spot, a regular season win or loss might mean a different pick in the next draft.
Every game counts. This is especially true in the first few weeks, as every NFL team starts with the same record and, at least in theory, has the same chance to make the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl. In Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, all we have to go on for ranking the importance of games is whether or not they are divisional games, which always carry extra weight, and those pesky preseason expectations.
Without further ado, here are our very first BetUS Games of the Week to kick off this soon-to-be-spectacular 2020 NFL season!
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-10)
September 10, 8:20pm ET
Showtime Mahomes and the Super Bowl defending champion Kansas City Chiefs will kick off the 2020 season at home against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs sent Houston packing in the AFC Divisional Playoffs earlier this year. After getting off to a 24-0 start early in the first quarter, the Texans could never account for how the rest of the game would go. Before the half was over, Kansas City had scored 28 straight points, including three Mahomes-to-Kelce touchdowns.
By the time it was all over, the Chiefs had won 51-31. It was the Chiefs’ second win over Houston last season.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints (-4)
September 13, 4:25pm ET
The biggest sports news before COVID-19 hit was Tom Brady’s arrival to Tampa Bay. The fact that he brought Gronk with him just made the move even bigger.
Brady’s Bucs will be put to the test immediately when they visit Drew Brees in New Orleans in their season opener.
Recently, Brees has found himself at odds with other players due to comments he made regarding the American flag. Current and former players immediately flamed him, including his #1 receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas has since forgiven him, but we’ll have to wait and see how his team, and New Orleans fans, respond when he steps back onto the field to represent the city.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
September 13, 1:00pm ET
There’s trouble in paradise in Green Bay. After expecting help on offense in this year’s draft, Aaron Rodgers was caught by surprise to see the Packers draft quarterback Jordan Love with their first round pick. It was a pick that sent shockwaves through the NFL. It was clear that Aaron Rodgers just got Aaron Rodgered.
The future Hall of Famer has since said he finds it unlikely to retire a Packer much like his predecessor, Brett Favre.
Minnesota had over a dozen picks in the draft. They focused on defense early and often with improvements in the secondary and on the defensive line.
The world saw one of the best versions of Kirk Cousins we’ve ever seen. The Vikings offense properly utilized Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen and moved the ball well consistently.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills (-6)
September 13, 1:00pm ET
The Jets got off to a rough start in 2019. It wouldn’t be accurate to say that expectations were high, however they were higher for some players at the time.
After sitting out all of 2018 due to a contract dispute only to sign with the Jets in the offseason, Le’Veon Bell struggled mightily in the Jets offense. The superstar running back failed to get anything going for this stagnant group.
He had the worst season of his career (outside of 2015 when he played in just six games). Bell rushed for just 789 yards and three touchdowns on 3.2 yards per carry. He caught for 461 yards and one touchdown.
The upside for the Jets is that while they started 2019 at 1-7, they finished 6-2 while playing pretty good defense.
Buffalo is in a good position this year. They have a bright young quarterback in Josh Allen who is discovering what type of player he wants to be. The Bills defense is coming off a fantastic year in which they gave up the second fewest points in the NFL (16.2). To make matters better, they won’t have to deal with Tom Brady twice a year.
The Bills and Jets split games last year, each winning on the road.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots (-6.5)
September 13, 1:00pm ET
2020 for the Patriots will be interesting. The fact that Bill Belichick has not even attempted to pick up one of the many established quarterbacks that have been available leads me to believe that his goal this year is to prove to the world that he, not Tom Brady, is the reason for New England’s success.
All signs point to Jarrett Stidham taking the helm for New England this year. Stidham is a second year quarterback from Auburn with four career pass attempts.
At Auburn, Stidham seemed to regress from his second to third year. In 2018, he connected on 5.8% fewer passes and threw for 364 fewer yards. In both seasons, Stidham passed for 18 touchdowns. He threw one less interception in 2018 (5).
Even if Stidham turns out to be good, to whom is he going to throw the ball?
The Dolphins selected Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua, the former starting quarterback at Alabama is a decorated college quarterback with stellar football IQ, mobility, and an arm.
I like Tua, and I believe he can perform in today’s NFL. I don’t like that his first test is against a Bill Belichick-led defense. We’re still talking about a Miami Dolphins team that gave up 494 points last year.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens (-9)
September 13, 1:00pm ET
Lamar Jackson earned himself an NFL MVP his second year in the league. As the season went on, Jackson improved in all facets of his game. He has established himself as a new and improved Michael Vick.
The Ravens are a well-rounded and super effective team. They were the best offense and a top ranked defense in 2019.
How Freddie Kitchens kept his job is beyond me. The Cleveland Browns are stacked with talent on both sides of the ball and they hired Kevin Stefanski, former Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator, as their new head coach. Baker Mayfield needs to improve his QB play, and the offensive mindset of Stefanski can help, if that’s the case Cleveland could take a big leap forward in 2020.
Baltimore is a tough test for a quarterback with the tendency to throw interceptions, like Mayfield. He’ll be put to the fire immediately.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Indianapolis Colts (-7) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
September 13, 1:00pm ET
The retirement of QB Andrew Luck prior to the 2019 season changed all the Indianapolis Colts plans. Jacoby Brissett (2,942 yards/18 TD/6 INT) took over under center and did a decent job but not enough to lead the team to the playoffs.
For 2020, the Colts brought veteran Philip Rivers, who played for the Los Angeles Chargers between 2004-2019. Rivers is 38 years old, but ended last season with 4,615 passing yards, fourth around the league and just behind youngsters like Jameis Winston, Dak Prescott and Jared Goff.
The Colts objective is clear: return to the playoffs and give Philip Rivers an opportunity to win the Lombardi Trophy by surrounding him with talent such as WR T.Y. Hilton, WR Zach Pascal, RB Marlon Mack, and TE Jack Doyle. But first, they have to dethrone the Houston Texans as AFC South Champions, and their journey begins against another divisional foe on the road. Yes, a weaker divisional foe, but the Colts last victory at EverBank Field was in 2014.
Jacksonville thought that former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles was the answer for their problems under center, but Nick Foles is now playing for the Chicago Bears. It turns out that the answer was Gardner Minshew III, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Minshew ended playing in 14 games, 12 starts, with 3,271 yards, 21 TD and 6 INT, not bad for a rookie with a banged receivers corp.
The offense received a boost with the signings of TE Tyler Eifert and RB Chris Thompson, but the defense lost a ton of talent in Calais Campbell (Ravens), A.J. Bouye (Broncos) and Cody Davis (Patriots).
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Las Vegas Raiders (-1.5) vs. Carolina Panthers
September 13, 1:00pm ET
The Raiders have a stud on their hands in Josh Jacobs. The second year back out of Alabama ran out of the gates like a powerhouse. He gives Oakland a credible running threat to go along with a talented receiving corps that boasts Tyrell Williams, Henry Ruggs III, Darren Waller and Jason Witten.
Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota will be battling it out for the starting QB position. The competition will be a constant push for both men, adding interest to the preseason games.
Carolina, on the other hand, has their quarterback situation all set. The Panthers picked up Teddy Bridgewater and parted ways with longtime quarterback and former NFL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NFL MVP, Cam Newton, as well as Kyle Allen.
The addition of the speedy WR Robby Anderson from the Jets is one I’m excited for.
Christian McCaffrey just keeps getting better. In 2019, he made a real argument for why a running back could win NFL MVP. McCaffrey was responsible for 19 Panthers touchdowns. He rushed the ball for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards. McCaffrey also caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns.
The third year running back parlayed that production into a four-year $64 million contract. The $16 million he’ll earn per year makes him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Seattle Seahawks (-1) vs. Atlanta Falcons
September 13, 1:00pm ET
The Seahawks prioritized their defense early in this year’s draft. With the 27th pick, they selected Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks. Brooks will compliment Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright in the linebacker corps. That’s a pretty scary trio for any team. Darrell Taylor, a defensive end out of Tennessee, was Seattle’s second draft pick.
Seattle will be bringing back the heart of their offense. Russell Wilson and Chris Carson return in the backfield. Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and Phillip Dorsett II round out the receiving corps. Greg Olsen will accompany Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister as possibly the best tight end trio in the game.
The Falcons added a ground threat in Todd Gurley to complement their deep game in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. They shouldn’t see much of a drop after the loss of Devonta Freeman.
Atlanta got off to a very slow start last year, losing seven of their first eight games. They returned from their Week 9 bye to win six of their last eight, including the last four to close out the season.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (-1.5)
September 13, 1:00pm ET
It seems Mitchell Trubisky’s days in Chicago are numbered. Trubisky has been an anchor to this offense—as in keeping them from moving. The defense has kept the Bears in games only to get little-to-no production from the offense.
Enter Nick Foles. Foles, who as we all know won a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, will be giving Trubisky a run for his money in August. I fully expect Foles to win the starting job.
Chicago has won four straight over Detroit. They’re 3-1 against the spread in those games.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Philadelphia Eagles (-6) vs. Washington Football Team
September 13, 1:00pm ET
The Eagles left fans scratching their heads after using their second round pick to draft Jalen Hurts. I get it. Hurts is a proven quarterback that’s stepped up to lead his college teams. Hurts is an athletic yet accurate quarterback that can step in on a moment’s notice should Carson Wentz go down again.
The addition of Jalen Reagor to the receiving corps is big. Philadelphia has been notoriously understaffed at the WR position. A lack of depth and injuries have contributed to Philly’s receiving woes for years.
Still, Philly is a well-rounded team that’s been plagued by injuries. I’ll take a healthy Eagles team over Washington any day.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Los Angeles Chargers (-3) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
September 13, 4:05pm ET
I am excited to see what the Heisman-winning Joe Burrow will do in Cincinnati. Burrow, the overall #1 draft pick in this year’s draft, will have a receiving corps that includes A.J Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and John Ross III, in addition to tight end C.J. Uzomah and running back Joe Mixon.
My only concern is the protection Burrow will receive. The Bengals allowed 48 sacks in 2019 after allowing just 37 the previous year. Thankfully for Burrow, L.A. is not particularly good at rushing the quarterback. They ranked 28th in the league with just 30 sacks in 2019, however penetration wasn’t their bread and butter. The Chargers ranked fifth in the NFL with just 200.3 passing yards allowed per game.
The Chargers offense has seen a big change from last year. With the departure of Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor and rookie Justin Herbert will battle it out for the starting QB spot. Melvin Gordon also finally found his way out of L.A. and Austin Ekeler will lead the rushing attack for the Chargers.
While I like Herbert, we may be seeing the Chargers at the bottom of the AFC West for a while.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers (-7.5)
September 13, 4:25pm ET
Kyler Murray hit the lottery this offseason. Houston’s loss is Arizona’s gain. After player-coach differences caused DeAndre Hopkins to ask for a trade, the Cardinals jumped on the opportunity to grab the star receiver.
Hopkins will join a receiving corps that already boasts Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.
San Francisco snapped an eight-game losing streak versus Arizona with two wins last year. They’re 1-4-1 against the spread against the Cardinals since 2017.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams
September 13, 8:20pm ET
As of writing this, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have not yet come to an agreement regarding the future of the starting quarterback. They have until July 15th to strike a new contract deal. Unless something drastic changes between now and September 13, Prescott is expected to start for the Cowboys.
Just in case things go south, and to have a viable #2 quarterback, the Cowboys signed veteran Andy Dalton.
Dallas heads into this season with a new coach in Mike McCarthy after finally parting ways with long-time head coach Jason Garrett.
The Cowboys are coming off a very disappointing season in which they let an injury-decimated Philadelphia Eagles team sneak in and steal the division.
The L.A. Rams hope to bounce back from a 9-7 finish last season. Cooper Kupp excelled at WR along with Robert Woods. After splitting with Todd Gurley, the Rams drafted Florida State running back Cam Akers early in the second round and bumped up Darrell Henderson Jr. in the depth chart.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5) vs. New York Giants
September 14, 7:15pm ET
Big Blue will host Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first Monday Night Football game of the season.
Pittsburgh will be happy to see the return of their star quarterback after he missed almost all of last season with an injury. Roethlisberger will be joined in the backfield by James Conner. JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Diontae Johnson will make up the Steelers receiving corps alongside the quick and talented Eric Ebron at tight end.
Pittsburgh ended their season on a three-game losing skid in which they scored just 10 points each game with Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph at QB.
The Giants drafted OT Andrew Thomas out of Georgia with the fourth pick in the draft. They also addressed the holes on the line by drafting three offensive linemen. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will both benefit from the improved line.
This will be a tight game. Don’t be surprised to see the home team take it.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports and odds.
Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos (-2)
September 14, 10:10pm ET
Tennessee and Denver close out Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.
The Titans have placed all of their confidence in Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. As long as Derrick Henry remains healthy and in the Titans backfield, Tannehill’s job will be easier.
The Broncos shut out the Titans when they came rolling into town in Week 6 last year. Denver won 16-0 while holding Derrick Henry to a season-low 28 rushing yards. Ryan Tannehill was also held to a regular season low of 144 passing yards.
Drew Lock will take over as the starting quarterback in Denver, and boy does he have an arsenal of weapons at his disposal.
Courtland Sutton established himself as a deep threat last year. He’ll be joined by newcomers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler drafted by Denver with their first and second round picks. Noah Fant should continue to improve at tight end.
Keep an eye on this team in 2020, starting here in Week 1.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports odds.
NFL Week 1 Free Picks
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NFL Week 1 News
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NFL Week 1 Scores
NFL Week 1 FAQ’s
When does the NFL season start?
Thursday, September 10th with the Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs.
Which team is the defending Super Bowl champions?
The Kansas City Chiefs
Who is the reigning league MVP?
Lamar Jackson, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens.