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How the public is betting Week 1 NFL slate heading into Thursday

NFL betting is back! Week 1 gets underway Thursday night, and we have a full rundown of public betting splits heading into the weekend.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the field following the game at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL returns to action tonight, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans opening the 2020 regular season. The NFL offseason always feels lengthy, but this year felt especially so due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We don’t know what kind of impact the virus will have on the 2020 season, but for now we at least know it will start on time.

The return of football also means the return of football betting. You can start with tonight’s Chiefs-Texans game, but there will be plenty to keep us all occupied on Sunday and Monday.

DraftKings Sportsbook has updated their odds for Week 1, and on Thursday provided us with a look at how the public is betting the full range of matchups. Below you’ll find a table with splits for betting on the point spread, the point total, and the moneyline. Handle means money bet on the given option, while bets is individual wagers placed.

Tonight’s opener has the Chiefs currently sitting as a 9.5-point favorite, and the betting public is backing them in a big way. Two-thirds of the handle on point spread betting and nearly 80 percent of the handle on moneyline betting is on the Chiefs. The public also expects a lot of scoring, with 62 percent of handle on over 54 points.

The biggest percentage of point spread handle on one team belongs to the Seahawks. They are currently two-point favorites on the road against the Falcons and 89 percent of the money is on them covering. 80 percent of the moneyline handle is on the Seahawks.

One interesting spit is for the rivalry matchup between the Vikings and Packers. Minnesota is a 2.5-point home favorite, and they are getting 53 percent of the betting handle. However, 60 percent of the wagers placed are on the Packers. Additionally, 80 percent of moneyline handle and 71 percent of moneyline bets are on the Packers.

Here is a full rundown of Week 1 betting splits heading as of Thursday morning.

Week 1 NFL betting splits 2020, Thursday AM

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
HOU Texans +9.5 33% 39% Over 54.0 62% 66% +340 22% 14%
KC Chiefs -9.5 67% 61% Under 54.0 38% 34% -455 78% 86%
CHI Bears +3 62% 51% Over 43.5 42% 29% +128 85% 68%
DET Lions -3 38% 49% Under 43.5 58% 71% -155 15% 32%
CLE Browns +8 34% 35% Over 48.5 40% 61% +290 14% 12%
BAL Ravens -8 66% 65% Under 48.5 60% 39% -375 86% 88%
GB Packers +2.5 47% 60% Over 46.0 36% 56% +118 80% 71%
MIN Vikings -2.5 53% 40% Under 46.0 64% 44% -143 20% 29%
IND Colts -8 84% 75% Over 45.0 23% 31% -400 98% 87%
JAX Jaguars +8 16% 25% Under 45.0 77% 69% +320 2% 13%
LV Raiders -3.5 82% 71% Over 47.5 67% 47% -182 47% 53%
CAR Panthers +3.5 18% 29% Under 47.5 33% 53% +150 53% 47%
MIA Dolphins +6.5 44% 47% Over 42.0 43% 44% +230 39% 25%
NE Patriots -6.5 56% 53% Under 42.0 57% 56% -295 61% 75%
NY Jets +6.5 33% 20% Over 39.5 34% 46% +225 17% 14%
BUF Bills -6.5 67% 80% Under 39.5 66% 54% -286 83% 86%
PHI Eagles -5.5 88% 83% Over 43.0 37% 47% -250 89% 90%
WAS Football Team +5.5 12% 17% Under 43.0 63% 53% +205 11% 10%
SEA Seahawks -2 89% 81% Over 49.0 49% 70% -130 80% 66%
ATL Falcons +2 11% 19% Under 49.0 51% 30% +107 20% 34%
LA Chargers -3 49% 52% Over 43.0 13% 44% -165 51% 51%
CIN Bengals +3 51% 48% Under 43.0 87% 56% +135 49% 49%
ARI Cardinals +6.5 76% 58% Over 48.0 90% 68% +250 28% 20%
SF 49ers -6.5 24% 42% Under 48.0 10% 32% -315 72% 80%
TB Buccaneers +3.5 61% 62% Over 48.5 82% 83% +148 80% 60%
NO Saints -3.5 39% 38% Under 48.5 18% 17% -182 20% 40%
DAL Cowboys -3 66% 78% Over 52.0 66% 52% -162 58% 63%
LA Rams +3 34% 22% Under 52.0 34% 48% +133 42% 37%
PIT Steelers -5.5 87% 77% Over 46.0 14% 42% -240 75% 81%
NY Giants +5.5 13% 23% Under 46.0 86% 58% +195 25% 19%
TEN Titans -2.5 54% 65% Over 41.0 57% 85% -141 67% 67%
DEN Broncos +2.5 46% 35% Under 41.0 43% 15% +117 33% 33%

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