If only we could all start our own bookie website. Action from Week 1 of the NFL was fierce, and plenty of bettors and bookies alike walked home with a little extra in their wallets. Now we bring you the NFL Week 1 in review.
Well, almost everyone.
Adam Vinatieri’s missed extra point early in the Colts-Chargers game proved to be a difference-maker in the game ending as a push.
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Five underdogs stepped up and won in Week 1 starting with the NFL’s kickoff game in Chicago. Green Bay went in and gave the Bears a dose of their own medicine in a 10-3 Packers win. Green Bay was one of four road dogs – Buffalo, Tennessee, and San Francisco – that won in Week 1. Oakland, a three-point underdog with the Antonio Brown saga finally solved, went on to pound Denver at home on Monday night.
New England, a 5.5-point favorite over the Steelers absolutely pounded Pittsburgh and won by 30. Similarly, the Ravens made Miami look like a high school defense in putting up 59 points easily covering the seven-point spread.
Minnesota, Kansas City, and Dallas all covered. The Chiefs and Cowboys got big days from their quarterbacks – Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott – while the Vikings ran the ball 38 times for 172 yards in a 28-12 win over Atlanta.
Probably the biggest news on the injury wire from Week 1 was the Chiefs loss of WR Tyreek Hill. Hill, who had some offseason legal difficulties, hurt a shoulder early in Kansas City’s win over Jacksonville on Sunday. Hill will likely miss several weeks, but it doesn’t appear that he will be placed on injured reserve.
In the same game, Jaguars QB Nick Foles broke his left clavicle in the first quarter and was replaced by rookie Gardner Minshew. Foles will have surgery and will probably be placed on injured reserve and will be expected to return late in the season.
Other injuries in Week 1 that could affect any budding pay per head business include both Baker Mayfield and Mahomes. Mayfield bruised his right wrist and Mahomes suffered a sprained ankle. Neither should miss any time. Colts WR Devin Funchess may have a broken collarbone. Bengals RB Joe Mixon suffered an injury to his right ankle against Seattle and Chargers WR Mike Williams hurt a knee in the second half of their win over Jacksonville.
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Hopefully fantasy football owners drooling over Tyreek Hill were smart enough to draft Sammy Watkins as a backup. With Hill out, Watkins became Mahomes go-to guy and ended up with nine catches, 198 yards, and three touchdowns.
Those with Foles as their starting quarterback (or even as a backup) will have to scramble. Foles’ backup, Minshew, actually played pretty well completing 22-of-25 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He will become the starter until Foles returns.
Pittsburgh’s JuJu Smith-Schuster is now questionable for Week 2. Add him to the list of Foles, Mixon, Tevin Coleman, and Derrius Guice. For those scouring waiver wires, take a long look at guys like WR Marquise Brown and RB Malcolm Brown.
Brown, the receiver, caught two touchdown passes from Lamar Jackson in Baltimore and Brown the running back had 53 yards on 11 carries backing up Todd Gurley for the Rams. Before we move on, don’t miss our latest social media posts, and follow us on Twitter @Wagerhome today!
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