- The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Houston Texans all have over 50% of the handle on the moneyline as underdogs.
- The Green Bay Packers to cover four points against the New Orleans Saints is the public’s favorite bet of the week.
- The Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders is among the most popular bets.
LAS VEGAS – The term, “fade the public” is often thrown about in the sports betting community. However, in order to do so, what exactly the public is betting on needs to be known first.
Underdogs On The Moneyline
Everybody loves a plus-money payout. The public has a handful of underdogs that sports gambling sites are taking plenty of action on.
Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Philadelphia Eagles are receiving just 44% of the bets on the moneyline against the Atlanta Falcons, but have 95% of the handle. The Eagles are 3-point underdogs and have a +160 betting line currently attached to them.
Miami Dolphins Vs. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots will be starting Mac Jones at quarterback as a rookie and the public seems to like the idea of going against him; 55% of the handle is on the Miami Dolphins at +140 against the Pats.
Houston Texans Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Houston Texans are receiving just 30% of the moneyline bets against the Jacksonville Jaguars but have locked in 63% of the handle. The Texans are 2.5-point underdogs and +135 on the moneyline. NFL betting sites do not expect a good season from the Texans, but the public seems confident in their ability to win in Week 1.
Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Buffalo Bills
In maybe one of the more surprising games of the week, the Pittsburgh Steelers have more of the handle than the Buffalo Bills in their Week 1 matchup. Pittsburgh is bringing in just 21% of the bets but 61% of the handle on their +250 moneyline.
New York Giants Vs. Denver Broncos
The New York Giants are receiving a good amount of respect in their matchup against the Denver Broncos as +135 underdogs. The Giants are taking 71% of the handle on 46% of the moneyline bets.
New York Jets Vs. Carolina Panthers
Sam Darnold will be quarterbacking against his former team when the Carolina Panthers face the New York Jets. New York is far from the more popular bet with just 21% of the bets on the +210 moneyline but is holding 59% of the handle.
Most Popular Spread Bets
Those more interested in betting on the spread can find a couple of games in which the public is heavily backing on sportsbooks.
Green Bay Packers Vs. New Orleans Saints
The Green Bay Packers are getting the most action on the spread on sports betting sites for Week 1. As four-point favorites over the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay is taking 81% of bets and 91% of the handle.
Baltimore Ravens Vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders will play on Monday night. In this meeting, Baltimore is by far the more popular bet, having taken on 92% of the bets and 88% of the handle on their -4 betting line.
Minnesota Vikings Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Minnesota Vikings are also getting a lot of action in their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings have 82% of the handle on their -3 line on just 54% of the bets.