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The Inside Scoop: NFL Week 1 Takeaways

The Inside Scoop: NFL Week 1

Takeaways from the Tipico Sportsbook Team

Category: Thrill of the Game |
by Danny Scaramella - Tipico - September 13, 2022

Insider’s Guide to predictions and hot takes for a sport or a game. This edition is from the Tipico Sportsbook Team to share their thoughts from Week 1 and a preview into Week 2.

What we learned from opening weekend

The first football Sunday of the year was nothing short of thrill and excitement. Missed field goals, overtimes, upsets, and reunions highlighted the Sunday slate. Both conference winners from last season started 0-1 out of the gate. So, is it time to overreact yet? Season opening matchups tend to be very unpredictable, but with injuries to star players and unlikely poor individual performances from the best, it's safe to say this season will be one for the ages.

The Inside Scoop: NFL Week 1 Takeaways

Week 1 Takeaways

Andre Zammit, VP of Tipico Sportsbook: If there are two things teams need right now it’s a reliable kicker and a miracle worker doctor. There were several missed FG's and PAT's during the final seconds that decided the outcome of games. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers now both lost their star players (Dak Prescott and TJ Watt) to injuries that leaves them sidelined until further notice.

Vincent Pepe, Quantitative Trading Analyst: Another tie! Third year in a row where teams have tied, and the first ever tie in a season opener. The real take question to ask from week one is: What’s brewing in New York? The New York Giants with the upset of the season already, coming back from a 13-0 deficit to win the game against Tennessee. Buffalo already looks Super Bowl bound and will be hard to stop.

Ryan Taylor, Sportsbook Analyst: The home teams in Week 1 went 8-7 against the spread, while the Overs went 5-10. Surprisingly, the Seahawks were the only team to win in the NFC West, thanks to Geno Smith who had himself a day, defeating his successor, Russell WIlson.

Brian Gilmartin, Sportsbook Analyst: Away teams had a great weekend as they went 9-5-1. The underdogs went 7-8 against the spread and the under total points prop went 11-5, with only four teams scoring 30+ points. In a surprising outcome, the NFC "Least" went 3-1, with division favorite Dallas Cowboys the only team to lose.

The Inside Scoop: NFL Preview

From our book to you, let's take a look at the most interesting plays from the weekend.

Most Bet on Player Props Week 1

Did you take any of our most popular play props?

  • Josh Allen Over 1.5 Passing TD's (-365)
  • Jonathan Taylor: Anytime Touchdown Scorer (-270)
  • Derrick Henry: Anytime Touchdown Scorer (-175)
  • Davante Adams: Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+120)
  • Cooper Kupp O/89.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

Most Bet on Games

Top 5 games with the most bets received.

  • Bills @ Rams
  • Ravens @ Jets
  • Buccaneers @ Cowboys
  • Eagles @ Lions
  • Steelers @ Bengals

Biggest WOWs from Week 1

Money left on the board. Pregame Odds that cashed out.

  • Colts Texans Tie +20000
  • Steelers ML +250
  • Bears ML +220
  • Giants ML +190
  • Vikings ML -110

Biggest Shift in Odds:

Changes in odds after Week 1 performances. Are you taking any of these long shots after opening weekend?

  • Kirk Cousins MVP: from +4000 to +2000
  • Cowboys to win NFC: from +900 to +2000
  • Steelers to win AFC: from +4000 to +3000
  • Aaron Rodgers MVP: from +1000 to +1500
  • Vikings to win NFC: from +1500 to +1000
The Inside Scoop: NFL Week 1 Takeaways

Week 2 Game to Watch

Andre Zammit: Bears @ Packers. It seemed to be opposite day out in the mid-west. Rodgers and the Packers couldn’t get their offense going only being able to muster up one touchdown. Meanwhile, Justin Field the Bears looked like a serious threat in great comeback against a very goodSan Francisco defense.

Vincent Pepe: Cardinals @ Raiders. Both teams will be looking to bounce back this week after tough losses to start the season. If the Raiders can keep that second half momentum going against a strong Cardinals team, we could have a Game of the Week on our hands.

Ryan Taylor: Buccaneers @ Saints. Tom Brady has notoriously struggled against the Saints, but despite that, his team opens as a -3.5 favorite on the road. It will be interesting to see how their first matchup post-Sean Payton goes.

Brian Gilmartin: Chargers @ Chiefs. Both teams have Superbowl aspirations going into this season, and this is a great test to see who’s going to be the team to beat in the AFC West to start the season. Mahomes vs Herbert will be a showdown.

It’s no question that week one always provides the thrill and excitement we expect from the NFL. As great as Week 1 was, Week 2 has the chance to be even better. With possible future playoff match up in the Chiefs and the Chargers, and huge rivalry match-up in the Packers and Bears, there is no shortage of games that could be instant classics.

The Inside Scoop: NFL Week 1 Takeaways
Danny Scaramella serves as the Digital Content Lead at Tipico.


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