Posted: September 8, 2022, 07:45 AM.
Last updated: September 8, 2022, 7:45 AM.
The wait is over for NFL fans around the world. The regular season kicks off today with the opening game between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss escapes Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II in the teams’ preseason matchup. The Bills take the field against the Rams today and are looking to start the season with a win. (Image: Associated Press)
Last season, the Rams won the Super Bowl LVI after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. It was their second title, but this campaign is expected to get even closer.
Several teams are favored this year to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. However, there is a lot of football between now and February 12, 2023.
Rams seek repetition
For their part, the Rams come into tonight’s game with a 1-2 preseason record. But when you consider that they kept some of their starters in the bank, it’s not surprising.
The Rams are entering their seventh run at the title since their return to LA, but this will be the first in which they start as reigning NFL champions. They count on veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, who finished his first season with LA as the third best in passing yards, with 4,886, second in touchdown passes (41) and sixth in passer rating (102.9).
The Bills arrive in Week 1 with a 2-1 preseason record. They got their first two before getting a painful 21-0 shutout at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. They made it to the playoffs last season before the Kansas City Chiefs stopped their run. No doubt they will take revenge this season.
Josh Allen will start under the center of the Bills, ready to overcome some of last season’s difficulties. He even hired a private QB coach to help him improve.
Buffalo had six defeats last season, with five games decided by a TD or less. Allen wants to do everything he can to prevent this from happening again.
He’s going to get help. His go-to tight end, Dawson Knox, just signed a four-year, $53.6 million extension. Plus, the Bills now have Von Miller on the defensive. The lead pass rusher continues from the Rams, where he was vital in helping the team all the way to the Super Bowl.
Bills for the win and the Super Bowl?
The Rams opened as a half-point favorite over the Bills. That didn’t last long, though. Several sportsbooks put the bills all on top with a hefty pillow. Backing the Bills to win the opener, with Allen improving and Miller breaking up, is a strategic win.
DraftKings and Caesars both have the Bills moneyline at -135, while the Rams get +115. This matches pretty much all the major sportsbooks, although FanDuel is a bit leaner. It has the bills at -134 and the rams at +114.
Books are also expecting a high-scoring competition today. Almost across the board, the Over/Under is 52. However, bettors can take the Under. The opening match brings in new players for the first time, and since 2000, the Under has reached Week 1 52.6% of the time.
It’s also not too early to start thinking about who you can support as the season’s Super Bowl champions. Currently, the Bills receive the most support.
Caesars leads them with +600 for the title. If they win as favorites tonight, it will improve their chances. Since the beginning of the Super Bowl era, 80% of the teams that won their opener have won the season.
Sports betting is big business
The NFL has always been popular with sports gamblers, even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned PASPA in 2018. Since then, however, it has gained significant ground. There are now 36 states that offer some sort of legal sports betting.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) predicts that approximately 47 million Americans will bet on NFL games this season. This is an increase of 3% compared to last year’s results. Online sportsbooks cost half, a 20% increase.
It’s not just the US either. Mexico is the NFL’s second largest market in terms of popularity. That’s why the league sends teams there every season to play matches. This year there will be one in the country, as well as three in the UK and, for the first time, one in Germany, according to the competition’s schedule.
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