With just under two months to go before the start of the new season, excitement is beginning to mount amongst NFL fans.
Reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs are amongst the favorites to win the Super Bowl again, but retaining the title is never easy.
The New England Patriots were the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004, highlighting the size of the task the Chiefs face.
Read on as we take a look at some of the standout games from the opening weekend in the NFL and pick out our five top bets.
Chiefs a Banker Bet
Most bookmakers rate the Chiefs as 10-point favorites to beat the Houston Texans and they look a banker bet to kick-off the campaign with a comfortable victory.
The Chiefs are 5-2 against the Texans under head coach Andy Reid – a run that includes a 51-31 win in their most recent meeting.
Houston’s decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins leaves them looking weaker and Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes could take full advantage.
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Bills to Fly Past the Jets
Buffalo have had a tough time of things since playing in four successive Super Bowls during the 1990s, but the Bills could be set for a better season this time around.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019, a significant increase on his points production during his rookie season.
The Bills are strong defensively and the addition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings has boosted their attacking options.
With that in mind, Sean McDermott’s team look extremely good value at odds of 10/11 to cover a six-point spread against the New York Jets.
Bengals Fancied to Defeat the Chargers
The Cincinnati Bengals are another team aiming to bounce back after what has been a really tough period for the franchise.
The Bengals last claimed top spot in AFC North back in 2015, but recorded just two victories last term to take their record to 21-43 since then.
However, having secured the services of quarterback Joe Burrow with the number one draft pick, the Bengals should improve this season.
They have won four of their last six meetings with the Los Angeles Chargers and look too good to ignore at odds of 6/4 to start the new campaign with a victory.
Ravens’ Revolution Set to Continue
Baltimore Ravens romped to a franchise best 14-2 season in 2019, before coming up short against the Tennessee Titans in the play-offs.
Star quarterback Lamar Jackson has a point to prove after that defeat and improvements to the Ravens’ defence should help him do just that.
The additions of Derek Wolfe and Calais Campbell have strengthened the Ravens’ defensive options, while first round draft pick Patrick Queen looks an exciting prospect.
The Ravens triumphed 31-15 the last time they faced the Cleveland Browns and are more than capable of covering an 8.5 point spread in their next meeting.
Seahawks not to be Missed in Atlanta
The Seahawks came close to winning the NFC West title last season and were desperately unlucky not to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the play-offs.
Seattle has been one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL in recent times, recording winning seasons in each of the last eight years.
They kick-off the new season with a visit to an Atlanta Falcons team that hasn’t made the play-offs for the past two seasons and are being tipped to struggle again.
The Seahawks won 27-20 on their last trip to Atlanta and are an outstanding bet at odds of 10/11 to repeat the trick on September 13.