The sports betting industry has taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic, but things are starting to turn around. Live sports have resumed, and there are three professional sports leagues set to begin play in July.
Major League Baseball will be kicking off its 2020 regular season on July 23, and the NBA will start a week later. The NHL is also looking at a late July start, and the months of August and September will be full of action.
The real excitement, though, comes from the NFL, as it is the most popular sport to bet on in the US. Sportsbooks have already released Week 1 betting lines, and the market has already started to heat up.
Sportsbooks are expected to see a huge amount of action on the first week of the NFL season as bettors have also struggled to find bets. With that in mind, sportsbooks have wasted little time in releasing their Week 1 betting lines.
Here are the lines for each game provided by FanDuel Sportsbook:
The Kansas City Chiefs open up as 10-point favorites over the Houston Texans. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs will be featured in the first game of the season.
The Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears in Week 1 and are listed as 2.5-point favorites over their division rivals. Both teams are looking for bounce-back seasons.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to bounce back after a tough loss in their first playoff game in 2019. The Ravens are 8.5-point home favorites over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
Minnesota will host Green Bay in Week 1, and the Vikings are 2.5-point favorites in that game. Both teams made the playoffs in 2019, and are the top two teams in the NFC North Division.
Indianapolis travels to Jacksonville for a Week 1 showdown against the Jaguars. The Colts are seven-point road favorites in this game.
The Las Vegas Raiders will be in Carolina for Week 1, and they are currently listed as one-point favorites. The Buffalo Bills are 6.5-point favorites over the AFC East rival New York Jets in Week 1.
Post Brady Era
Life without Tom Brady begins for the New England Patriots in Week 1, and they will host the Miami Dolphins. New England is a 6.5-point favorite in this game.
Philadelphia is a 6.5-point road favorite in its Week 1 matchup with the Washington Redskins. The Seattle Seahawks are slim one-point road favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.
The Los Angeles Chargers are 3.5-point road favorites over rookie Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. San Francisco has opened up as an 8.5-point favorite over the Arizona Cardinals.
Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently 4.5-point underdogs in their Week 1 road game against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in Week 1, and they are 2.5-point favorites.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are four-point road favorites over the New York Giants in what looks to be a bounce-back year. The final matchup has the Denver Broncos as 1.5-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.