What an offseason it has been. With the Covid-19 craziness, the professional world has been flipped upside down, left to navigate this troubling and uncertain time. Even with the challenges, the return of football is still not too far away. To celebrate the return, let’s take a look at some early season games that could be worth the gamble. There are three early season games in particular that could be of high interest.
Kicking off the season with a little Thursday night football action, the Houston Texans travel to the Kansas City Chiefs for a little primetime matchup. The reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs currently sit 9.5 point favorites in the matchup, a massive spread considering the Houston Texans are coming off a respectable 10-6 campaign in 2019. Their offseason has been mired by questionable decision making by their head coach and GM Bill O’Brien.
Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press has cited a variety of questionable decisions that O’Brien has made since becoming the team’s general manager on top of his head coaching duties. The target will be firmly on Kansas City’s back but look for Mahomes and crew to have some early season fireworks as a part of the prime time action against the DeAndre Hopkin less Houston Texans.
Among the early Sunday slate of games, the Seattle Seahawks take a long trip Southwest to take on the Atlanta Falcons at 1 P.M. Eastern Time. Despite holding the home field advantage, the spread seems a little low for the improved Seattle Seahawks (-1). The bets and money are currently split 50-50, right down the middle. Odds makers seem to see this game going either way. I’m opting for the favorite again with the Seahawks. The team went 7-1 on the road in 2019 and appears the much better roster on paper.
Also a part of the early game action, the Philadelphia Eagles travel a couple hours south to take on the newly dubbed Washington Football Team in a week one NFC East battle in the last game on the slate. Expectations seem to be going completely opposite for the teams in this matchup. With a short trip down to D.C., this is the safest bet on the docket.
The Washington Football Team is in a state of flux offensively, cited as an offseason loser by Chris Roling of Bleacher Report. With the loss of perennial pro bowl left tackle Trent Williams and massive question marks at the quarterback position, it could be rough sailing for Washington early on in the season. With some new tools in Philly, the Eagles offense should be too much for Washington’s offense to keep pace. Expect a big output from Wentz and the gang. The money seems to be going to the Eagles early.
Looks like we are picking favorites to start the season off. With a limited offseason, it could be a smart play, betting on known quantities with proven winners. With controversy swirling around the Texans and so much turnover for Washington, early season success appears unlikely. The Falcons are a tough team to gauge. They are talented on paper but have had underwhelming/ uneven performances over the last couple seasons since their Super Bowl debacle. Look for the favorites to rule the day in Week One.