Aside from Thursday night’s action, Sunday marks the exciting start of the NFL season. With 13 matches on the schedule, there’s plenty to get involved in. Typically, straight bets on individual games or outcomes are viewed as the best way to bet, but I beg to differ.
Parlays have the potential to make an alright week of betting turn into a serious payday. Below is a four-team parlay ticket that is sure to be a winner with some strong odds.
Four Team Parlay Ticket:
Buffalo Bills Moneyline: +120
Atlanta Falcons/Minnesota Vikings Over 48: -110
Detroit Lions Moneyline: -137
Philadelphia Eagles Spread (-10): -110
Total Odds: +1285
Potential Payout: $10 to win $128.50 profit
Buffalo Bills (+120) @ New York Jets, CBS, 1:00 PM:
The start of the NFL season always begins with some unanswered questions for each franchise. In this matchup, both the Bills and Jets have some explaining to do with where they stand in the AFC East.
New York will be at home debuting brand new jerseys, a new head coach Adam Gase, and an elite offensive addition in Le'Veon Bell. All signs are pointing towards the Jets rolling with the momentum and winning the season opener. Yet, I’m holding off on the Jets in Week 1 and could see some good value in the Bills as underdogs in this divisional game.
Quarterback Josh Allen enters his second year under center for Buffalo and will actually have some new weapons to get the ball to in rookie running back Devin Singletary, and wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley.
Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings (Over/Under 48, -110), CBS, 1:00 PM:
Although I have my doubts about the quarterback play from both sides in this matchup, there is no denying the fact both Atlanta and Minnesota have elite wide receiver and running back talent.
Last season, the Falcons ranked 10th in the NFL averaging 25.9 ppg while the Vikings ranked in the bottom half of the league with 22.5 ppg. With that said, both teams’ starting running backs were hurt for a significant part of the season.
Aside from the receiver star power of Julio Jones, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs, I anticipate Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman and Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook to leave their footprints in this game resulting in the over.
Detroit Lions (-137) @ Arizona Cardinals, FOX, 4:25 PM:
Initially, this matchup seemed like a trap game for bettors and a game you’d like to stay away from on a parlay, mainly due to the unknown nature of what the Arizona Cardinals will be this season.
Number 1 overall pick Kyler Murray lines up under center for the Cardinals with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury calling the plays which could result in a high scoring offense. Although, if any team knows about a high scoring offense it’s the Detroit Lions.
Last season’s numbers won’t reflect it (20.3 ppg), but quarterback Matthew Stafford is no stranger to scoring a ton of points.
With second-year running back Kerryon Johnson poised for a breakout season, and established wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. on the outside, the Lions’ offense should take advantage of a questionable Arizona defense and outduel the Cardinals.
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles (-10), FOX, 4:45 PM:
The lone game with a spread on the parlay is the Philadelphia Eagles to cover 10 points. The main reason behind going with spread instead of moneyline is solely based off potential profit.
Philadelphia has four consecutive games against Washington and without getting into too much detail, the Eagles will have home-field advantage and are an overall better team (at least on paper).
The Redskins have improved on defense with the additions of All-Pro safety Landon Collins and rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat, but the offense is a cause for concern. Washington sends out veteran quarterback Case Keenum, and I have serious doubts that he’ll be able to keep up with an Eagles team lead by potential MVP candidate Carson Wentz.