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Takeaways And Tips From Sunday’s NFL Action – Matchday 1

It’s fair to say that the first matchday of the regular season had its fair share of surprises, shocks and stunning performances, all of which have had an impact on the betting for the winner of next year’s Super Bowl!

A look at BetRivers Sportsbook odds to win the Super Bowl in 2022 reveal that we have some teams whose odds have drifted markedly, while others have seen theirs come in following a much stronger start to the season than anticipated.

Let’s now take a look at some of the winners and losers from this weekend’s action in the NFL.

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Matchday One Winners

    • Chandler Jones & Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals went to the playoff-fanciedTitans and not only emerged with a commanding 38-13 victory on the road, but Chandler Jones put his pre-season issues behind him to put in a dominant performance sacking the Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill five times. The Cards odds on a Super Bowl came in markedly to +2800 with BetRivers as a result.

  • New Orleans Saints – Jameis Winston began as the starter and threw five touchdown passes (and no interceptions) for just 148 yards against the hapless Green Bay Packers. The Saints defense forced three turnovers, allowing their offense plenty of opportunity to put the Packers to bed, which they did emphatically with a 38-3 victory.
  • Houston Texans – The Texans were meant to be the whipping boys of the NFL and sure, a win against the Jags doesn’t make them Super Bowl contenders, Same Game Parlaybut Tyrod Taylor passed for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 40 more on the ground, while Brandin Cooks burned the Jags secondary for 132 yards in what was a good showing from the Texans. Is it a flash in the pan or something more?
  • Miami Dolphins – The ‘Fins don’t win many games up north, but their 17-16 win over the Patriots with rookie Jaylen Waddle scoring a touchdown as well as picking up 61 yards receiving, was a huge result in the AFC East. With the Bills losing to the Steelers, the Fins and Bengals lead the way.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – The Buffalo Bills were meant to be the Chiefs main threat in the AFC and despite taking an early lead against the Steelers, they crumbled in the second half in the face of a Steelers onslaught, including a Diontae Johnson TD pass and a crucial special teams score by Ulysees Gilbert III from a blocked Miles Killebrew punt. A strong showing by kicker Chris Boswell ensured the Steelers surprised a few (including me) with an excellent win on the road.

Matchday One Losers

  • Tennessee Titans – The Titans are supposed to have one of the best offenses in the
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    NFL. Nobody told the Cardinals that as they shut down Henry, Brown and Jones, sacked Tannehill five times and then picked apart the Titans defense at will. This performance was miles away from a team hoping for the playoffs and they need to improve in all aspects of the game, and fast with the Seahawks and Colts in their next two games.

  • Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers stayed in Wisconsin but may be wondering why he bothered after a torrid time against the New Orleans Saints defense who held the once freescoring Packers to just three points. Ouch!
  • Atlanta Falcons – Dean Pees Falcons struggled to do anything on offense against an ordinary Eagles team. Matt Ryan passed for 164 yards, but no touchdowns, their best rusher had 54 yards (Patterson) and receive 51 (Ridley). In contrast, the visiting Eagles racked up 32 points with rookie DeVonta Smith torching the Falcons secondary for his first TD in the NFL. This was a dreadful start for the Falcons.

The Jury Is Still Out…

  • Trevor Lawrence – The Jags quarterback had a solid start passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns, but also having three interceptions. Yes the Jags lost, they’ll do a lot of that this season, but Lawrence will know he needs to cut down on those turnovers. However, the signs are excellent that he will and the Jags long-term future at QB looks solid.
  • New York Jets – Sure the Jets lost to Carolina, but Zach Wilson had an impressive start, especially in the second half, while Corey Davis’ two touchdowns will give them some hope. However, with just 45 yards rushing, the Jets need to find a running game to support their Rookie QB otherwise he is going to find things tough.

The Chiefs remain the +475 favorites to win the Super Bowl with the Buccaneers drifting slightly to +600. The 49ers and Rams are big movers here both in to +1300, the Seahawks have come in to +1700 and the Saints to +2000.

 

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