Colts are Biggest Week 1 Betting Favorites

Colts Week 1 NFL Background

  • The Indianapolis Colts are the biggest betting favorites in Week 1 at -7.5 against the Houston Texans.
  • Defending Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams have the smallest spread among favorites at -1 against the Buffalo Bills.
  • Only six home teams are favorites in Week 1 led by the Tennessee Titans who are a -6.5 against the New York Giants.

The betting odds for Week 1 of the 2022-23 NFL season are out after the league released the 16-game slate earlier this week.

Looking at the list, the Indianapolis Colts are the biggest betting favorite in Week 1 as they are the only team favored to win their game by more than one touchdown.

According to the best NFL betting sites, Indianapolis is a -7.5 point spread betting favorite to beat the Houston Texans in their opening game of the season.

Colts Have Lost 8 Consecutive Week 1 Game

Week 1 hasn’t been kind to the Indianapolis Colts in the last 8 seasons. Indianapolis has not won a season opener since 2013 and has the third-longest opening week losing streak in NFL history at 8 games. Only the Cleveland Browns, who lost 13 straight Week 1 games from 2005-17, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who dropped 9 season openers in a row from 1968 -76, have been worse.

This season, however, the Colts have a good chance of ending that dubious streak as they face a Texans team that is still in the early stages of a massive rebuilding project. Last season, the Colts went 2-0 SU in their season series against the Texans and won via an aggregate score of 62-3, including a 31-0 shutout at NRG Stadium. Houston however, is 2-0 against Indianapolis when playing in Week 1, doing so in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.

The Colts will have a new quarterback under center this season in the person of 15-year veteran Matt Ryan whom they traded for from the Atlanta Falcons. Indianapolis will also parade defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Stephon Gilmore so it’s easy to easy why they are sizable favorites against a team with Davis Mills as starting quarterback.

Rams Host Bills in NFL Kickoff Game

Meanwhile, Super Bowl LVI winners Los Angeles Rams will open their title defense bid at home against the preseason Super Bowl LVII betting favorites Buffalo Bills in the 2022-23 NFL season kickoff game on September 8th. The Bills are the +700 favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy this season while the Rams are listed at 12/1 at the top NFL sportsbooks. Los Angeles is currently a -1 point favorite to beat Buffalo, the smallest betting spread in Week 1.

Los Angeles is one of only six home teams that are favored in Week 1. The Tennessee Titans are the largest Week 1 home favorites at -6.5 points against the New York Giants. The AFC champions Cincinnati Bengals are also six-point spread betting favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers while the Washington Commanders are the -4.5 point chalk against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Los Angeles Chargers are a -4 against the Las Vegas Raiders and the Miami Dolphins are three-point favorites against the New England Patriots.

Among the 10 teams that have opened as home underdogs, three have seen the spread line move by one-half point to their favor. The Detroit Lions have gone from a +4 against the Philadelphia Eagles to +3.5 and the Chicago Bears saw the spread line shift from +4.5 to +4.0 against the San Francisco 49ers. On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys are now a +2.5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after opening at +3.0

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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