With the NFL season underway, the largest gambling platform in the world has renewed itself for 2018. Week 1 showed a lot of action and excitement which should translate to an exciting season. According to ESPN, this season there are a total of 15 teams who started a different quarterback last year during Week 1.
The change in NFL landscape comes from the trades of Jimmy Garrapolo to the San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, and Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns. It also comes on the heels of the free agent signings of Kirk Cousins to the Minnesota Vikings, Case Keenum to the Denver Broncos, and Sam Bradford to the Arizona Cardinals.
In addition, notable former starters returning from injury Andrew Luck (Upper body) of the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Tannehill (Torn ACL) of the Miami Dolphins, and Deshaun Watson (Torn ACL) of the Houston Texans all returned from the injured reserve this season.
Next, you have guys like Nathan Peterman of the Buffalo Bills in place of Taylor, although he was benched for rookie Josh Allen (who will start going forward) in the second half of their Week 1 loss to Baltimore. Rounding out the carousel is rookie Sam Darnold of the New York Jets and second-year pro Patrick Maholmes of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Oh and of course, reigning-Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is still filling in for starter Carson Wentz.
Given all of those names traded and signed, returned from IR, promoted, drafted etc, the landscape of the NFL has greatly changed. These changes have a tremendous effect on the betting lines around the league.
TNF: Baltimore Ravens (-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (+1), Over/Under 44
This clash of AFC North Rivals is a more well-noted narrative.
Baltimore’ Joe Flacco and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton have been the starting quarterback for their respective franchises, each with at least eight years experience. The coaches know each other’s schemes well as Marvin Lewis and John Harbaugh have coached against one and other for years. Also, each team performed well and won in Week 1.
In the past, Cincinnati has been a good pick when the underdog at home, in this case they are. They relied heavily on Joe Mixon in last week as he gashed the Colt’s defense.
Both teams are two defensive-oriented teams so expect the score to be around or lower than 44 total points. The outcome of this game will come down to how Baltimore’s defensive line responds to the performance of Mixon and their secondary against the duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
While for Cincinnati, it will be limiting the Baltimore arsenal of Flacco with receivers John Brown and Michael Crabtree to compliment the ground attack led by Alex Collins.