This past weekend, the new NFL season got underway and we saw just why Gridiron is perhaps the most dramatic of all games in what was one of the most exciting, and closest, opening weekends in living memory.
Nine of the 16 games were decided by a single score or less plus we had one tied game and almost had another. Five of those games saw the gap between the teams three points or fewer.
We also had the usual drama of an NFL weekend, some players shining with exceptional performances, some rookies catching the eye while others struggled, we also had a fair few surprises with some of the teams expected to be struggling this season, surprising their opponents by landing a victory on the opening weekend.
On the flip side, we also saw a number of key players go down with injuries which could well keep them out for several weeks, or even considerably longer.
Of course, bet365 Sport has plenty of great betting available on the NFL this season, including betting on which team will win the Super Bowl, who will win each Conference and also each Division.
Remember too, every week you can get a wide choice of pre-match and In Play betting markets available on every game in the NFL, offering you an extensive choice of bets on every single fixture.
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Let’s now check out how this week’s games panned out in the NFL.
NFL Matchday 1 – Results
Buffalo Bills 31-10 Los Angeles RamsPhiladelphia Eagles 38-35 Detroit LionsSan Francisco 49ers 10-19 Chicago BearsPittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Cincinnati Bengals (OT)New England Patriots 7-20 Miami DolphinsCleveland Browns 26-24 Carolina PanthersIndianapolis Colts 20-20 Houston Texans (OT)New Orleans Saints 27-26 Atlanta FalconsBaltimore Ravens 24-9 New York JetsJacksonville Jaguars 22-28 Washington CommandersGreen Bay Packers 7-23 Minnesota VikingsNew York Giants 21-20 Tennessee TitansLas Vegas Raiders 19-24 Los Angeles ChargersKansas City Chiefs 44-21 Arizona CardinalsTampa Bay Buccaneers 19-3 Dallas CowboysDenver Broncos 16-17 Seattle Seahawks
The Top Performers – Teams
Buffalo Bills – The Bills were expected to be a very strong team this season, but the way they dismantled the Super Bowl holders in Los Angeles was hugely impressive.
Kansas City Chiefs – There may question marks about their defense, but with Patrick Mahomes at QB and Travis Kelce at TE, plus a solid receiving corps, even minus Tyreek Hill, ths Chiefs are still very, very talented.
Los Angeles Chargers – Starting with a divisional win against a talented Raiders side bodes well for the Chargers, the team I feel have improved the most in the NFL over the off-season period. They have a big test this week though facing the Chiefs on Thursday Night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs and Tom Brady didn’t need to be at their best once Dak Prescott went down injured, but they still held the Cowboys to just a field goal in a comfortable week one win.
The Top Offence Performers – Individuals
QB Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) – 30/39, 360 yards, 5TD, 0INTQB Justin Herbert (Chargers) – 26/34, 279 yards, 3TD, 0INTRB Saquon Barkley (Giants) – 18 Rushes, 164 yards, 1TDRB Jonathan Taylor (Colts) – 31 Rushes, 161 yards, 1TDRB D’Andre Swift (Lions) – 15 Rushes, 144 yards, 1TDWR Justin Jefferson (Vikings) – 9 Receptions, 184 yards, 2 TDWR Davante Adams (Raiders) – 10 Receptions, 141 yards, 1TDWR Cooper Kupp (Rams) – 13 Receptions, 128 yards, 1TDWR A.J.Brown (Eagles) – 10 Receptions 155 yardsRams
Rookie Performers Of The Week
WR Jahan Dotson (Commanders) – 3 receptions, 40 yards, 2 touchdownsRB Isiah Pacheco (Chiefs) – 12 carries, 62 yards, 1 touchdownEDGE Travon Walker (Jaguars) – 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interceptionK Cade York (Browns) – 4/4 Field Goals, 2/2 Extra Points, 58-Yard Game Winning FG.
Did Better Than Expected
Minnesota Vikings – Arguably the most impressive of the teams not expected to start well as they kicked off with a superb win over the much-fancied Green Bay Packers.
Chicago Bears – Not expected to do much against the 49ers, a strong defensive showing was followed by an improved second half on offense as the Bears snagged a huge Week 1 win.
Seattle Seahawks – Rated by many as one of the poorer teams in the NFL, the Seahawks ensured former QB Russell Wilson got off to a losing start as they upset the much-fancied Broncos.
New York Giants – Saquon Barkley was excellent and the Giants defense took advantage of some poor play calling by the Titans to defeat the top AFC seed of last season in Nashville.
Back To The Drawing Board
Green Bay Packers – Keeping Aaron Rodgers is all well and good, but if he has nobody to pass the ball to that he trusts in his receiving corps, how effective will he be?
Tennessee Titans – Some really confusing and dubious offensive play calling ended the Titans campaign last year. It got no better against the Giants with that TE Sweep call late in the fourth.
San Francisco 49ers – The conditions weren’t great in Chicago but Justin Fields won the battle of the 2nd year QB’s although it was more how the 49ers could not score on the Bears defense that was key.
New England Patriots – Simply put, the Patriots looked awful against Miami on both sides of the ball. Belichick has a lot of work to do if this team is to be relevant in the AFC East.
NFL Standings After Matchday 1
NFC North NFC West NFC East NFC South Vikings1-0Seahawks1-0Eagles1-0Saints1-0Bears1-0Cardinals0-1Commanders1-0Buccaneers1-0Lions0-1Rams0-1Giants1-0Panthers0-1Packers0-149ers0-1Cowboys0-1Falcons0-1AFC North AFC West AFC East AFC South Steelers1-0Chargers1-0Dolphins1-0Texans0-0-1Ravens1-0Chiefs1-0Bills1-0Colts0-0-1Browns1-0Broncos0-1Jets0-1Titans0-1Bengals0-1Raiders0-1Patriots0-1Jaguars0-1
Matchday 2 – Fixtures And Betting Tips
Thursday 15th September
Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
Tip – Over 54.5 Points (10/11)
Sunday 18th September
Miami Dolphins (1-0) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Tip – Ravens (-3.5) to cover the spread (20/21)
New York Jets (0-1) @ Cleveland Browns (1-0)
Tip – Under 40.5 Points (10/11)
Washington Commanders (1-0) @ Detroit Lions (0-1)
Tip – Detroit Lions to win (20/27)
Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Tip – Jacksonville Jaguars to win (17/10)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) @ New Orleans Saints (1-0)
Tip – Saints (+3) to cover the spread (10/11)
Carolina Panthers (0-1) @ New York Giants (1-0)
Tip – Giants to win by 1-6 points (3/1)
New England Patriots (0-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Tip – Steelers to win by 13-18 points (9/1)
Atlanta Falcons (0-1) @ Los Angeles Rams (0-1)
Tip – Los Angeles Rams to win and over 47.5 Points (11/10)
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
Tip – 49ers to win and under 42.4 points (29/20)
Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Tip – Bengals to win by 25-30 points (12/1)
Houston Texans (0-0-1) @ Denver Broncos (0-1)
Tip – Denver Broncos to be the first team to reach 30 points (6/5)
Arizona Cardinals (0-1) @ Las Vegas Raiders (0-1)
Tip – Las Vegas Raiders to win by 7-12 points (17/4)
Chicago Bears (1-0) @ Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Tip – Chicago Bears to win and under 43.5 points (6/1)
Monday 19th September
Tennessee Titans (0-1) @ Buffalo Bills (1-0)
Tip – Buffalo Bills to win by 25-30 points (10/1)
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Tip – Philadelphia Eagles to win and over 51.5 points (23/10)
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport at the time of writing but may change in the meantime.