NFL Season Opener Odds: Bettors Backing Chiefs to Win but Texans to Cover

Bettors like the defending Super Bowl champs to win outright, but the 10-point spread is a little too steep for most
Brian Good
Thu, August 27, 1:20 PM EDT

It’s Thursday, and that means we’re officially just two weeks from the start of the NFL regular season. Without a preseason and the fanfare of a regular offseason, it almost feels like the season opener, scheduled for September 10 between the Texans and Chiefs, is sneaking up on us.

Even so, bettors have started going to the window in preparation of the 2020 NFL season, and they’re almost all expecting the defending Super Bowl champions to start out 1-0, but the majority are backing the Texans to cover the massive 10-point spread.

As of Thursday, 93.88% of all moneyline bets for the September 10 season opener are on the Chiefs.

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That’s not a total shock, seeing as the last thing bettors saw from the Chiefs was a comeback performance in the Super Bowl, but when these two teams met in the AFC Divisional Round last season, the Texans got out to a commanding 24-0 lead before falling apart.

Houston’s +375 moneyline odds imply just a 21.1% chance of victory. Meanwhile, Kansas City has an 81.8% implied probability of starting the season 1-0 based on their -475 best odds.

As for the point spread, bettors are pivoting and taking the points with the underdog Texans. 66.66% of all point spread wagers are on the Texans to cover at -10. The other 33.3% are expecting a Kansas City blowout.

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