The NFL is trying to project a business-as-usual attitude during the coronavirus outbreak by mostly staying on schedule with its offseason calendar. The 2020 schedule release was pushed back some weeks, but free agency and the draft went off on time.
Now there’s another attempt at normalcy: the release of Week 1 betting lines and point spreads in Las Vegas.
The Superbook at the Westgate resort printed up cards listing each of the 16 Week 1 games (yes, that includes the Raiders game). For those who like to be “entertained” by these numbers, here’s a quick review. First, the card itself:
The biggest spread of the week is in the opening game. The Super Bowl champion Chiefs are favored by 10 1/2 points over the Texans, who have had an odd offseason, to say the least. The Ravens (vs. the Browns), Colts (at the Jaguars) and 49ers (vs. the Cardinals) are also hefty favorites.
The Sunday and Monday prime-time games should catch bettors’ attention: All three road teams are favored.
Las Vegas sportsbooks and casinos remain closed because of COVID-19, but the Westgate reopened its betting app Thursday with the schedule being released (per Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times). There’s no guarantee these games will be played (although the fine print on the card gives them until Aug. 1, 2021, to take place), but the NFL populace can feel a little more normal thanks to seeing point spreads assigned to them.