Week 1 of the NFL season was a doozy. While Vegas sportsbooks took a big hit thanks to the favorites cleaning up, some supposedly strong squads stumbled out of the gate (Super Bowl favorites Seattle included).
Meanwhile, the rookie QB battle between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston was a decidedly one-sided affair, with the former looking like a future league MVP (completing 13 of 16 passes with four TDs) and the latter looking more like this (going 16 of 33 with two TDs and two INTs).
Up in the rarified air of Denver, Peyton Manning continued his decline. His Broncos won (19-13 over Baltimore), but it was no thanks to the future Hall-of-Famer. Manning only managed 175 passing yards in the game, his lowest total as a Bronco. One of his tosses went for a major; unfortunately, it went the other way as Peyton tossed a pick-six to Jimmy Smith.
Adrian Peterson suffered a similar fate in Week 1, rushing for just 31 yards in what was supposed to be his triumphant return. The Minnesota coaching staff, somewhat inexplicably, only gave the two-time rushing champ ten carries.
At least Manning and Peterson will have opportunities for redemption in Week 2. The same can’t be said for Dez Bryant, who was sidelined with a foot injury and will miss anywhere from four to 12 weeks.
In sum, the Week 1 action has created some interesting new questions and issues. Given our penchant for props, we set the odds on the interesting-est of them, below.
2015-16 NFL Odds and Props after Week 1:
Changes to Super Bowl odds based on Week 1:
Green Bay: 5/1 (from 8/1)
Seattle: 6/1 (from 9/2)
Indianapolis: 12/1 (from 8/1)
Buffalo: 25/1 (from 35/1)
Atlanta: 28/1 (from 40/1)
New York Giants: 66/1 (from 40/1)
Odds a team goes 16-0 this season: 300/1
Odds on which team goes 16-0:
Green Bay: 310/1
New England: 350/1
Odds a team goes 0-16 this season: 220/1
Odds on which team goes 0-16:
Tampa Bay: 250/1
Odds on which team will be the last to lose this season:
New England: 5/1
Green Bay: 8/1
Odds on which team will be the last to win this season:
Tampa Bay: 4/1
Odds this is Peyton Manning’s final season: 1/3
O/U on TD passes for Marcus Mariota this season: 24.5
O/U on TD passes for Tom Brady this season: 33.5
O/U on interceptions for Jameis Winston this season: 14.5
O/U on games started by Johnny Manziel this season: 2.5
Odds Adrian Peterson’s Week 1 rushing total (31 yards) is his lowest for the season (not counting any games missed): 5/2.
Odds on when Arian Foster will return from injury:
Week 2: 11/2
Week 3: 1/2
Week 4 or later: 4/1
Odds on when Dez Bryant will return from injury:
Week 5: 9/1
Week 6: 13/2
Week 7: 6/1
Week 8: 4/1
Week 9 or later: 4/3
Odds on another New York Giant issuing a written apology this season: 1/9.
O/U on the total number of fines handed out by the league in the regular season: 167.5.
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