Ahead of the NFL’s first 17-game regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened with the highest winning totals at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.
Odds makers for William Hill opened the Chiefs at 12 p.m. and the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers opened at 11.5 a.m. Kansas City won 14 games last season while the Buccaneers won 11.
The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers opened 11 wins each, followed by the Buffalo Bills (10.5) and the Los Angeles Rams (10.5).
Ten teams opened with double-digit winnings, including three teams in NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers opened at 10 a.m. each.
Sportsbooks publish the winnings and offer weather rates for bets above or below the number. For example, the price for more than 12 wins on the Chiefs is -130, which means a bettor would have to risk $ 130 to win $ 100.
This year’s winnings will be published before the regular season schedule is announced and before the draft. The 17 opponents of the regular season are known for each team, although the match dates are not yet known.
Adam Pullen, William Hill’s assistant commercial director, told ESPN that the raise to 17 games would not affect his oddsmaking process and that he did not expect the NFL draft to make any significant changes to the opening totals.
The NFL draft begins April 29th.
Pullen said teams making quarterback changes are usually the hardest ones to get a sense of the winning totals. He pointed to the New Orleans Saints trying to replace Drew Brees with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. The saints opened at 9 a.m.
“Any time a team loses a great quarterback, it’s a bit of a challenge,” said Pullen.
The Indianapolis Colts are making a change to the quarterback as well. The Colts were traded for former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz to replace retired Philip Rivers.
“It’s a wash,” said Pullen of the move from Rivers to Wentz.
The Colts open at 10 a.m. and the Eagles at 7 a.m.
The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions opened with the lowest winning totals at 5. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who own the first overall selection and are led by new coach Urban Meyer, opened with the New York Jets at 6am.