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Was it worth the wait? The first week of NFL action delivered plenty of drama for bettors, including six fourth-quarter comebacks and a historic mark by a pesky group of ‘dogs.
Here are five NFL betting takeaways from Week 1.
Historic week of upsets
Underdogs didn’t have the best overall performance in Week 1, but a trio did shock the betting community on Sunday.
The Cardinals (+7), Jaguars (+7), and Washington (+5.5) all pulled off outright upsets – a feat with roughly 40-1 implied odds entering Sunday. It was the first time three underdogs of at least 5.5 points won in Week 1 since 2005, and two of those wins came at home, marking the first time that’s happened in Week 1 since Sports Database started tracking NFL data in 1989.
The biggest winner is Arizona, which entered the year as a fringe playoff contender and strengthened its case with a win over the defending NFC champions. DeAndre Hopkins (14 catches, 151 yards) played as advertised for the Cardinals’ offense, but their defense stole the show, holding San Francisco to 2-of-11 on third down and below 21 points for just the fourth time in the 49ers’ last 24 games.