Maybe you’ve already got your side bets decided for Week 1, but focusing only on point spreads, moneylines or fantasy robs you of potential opportunities to make money on over/unders.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (OVER 43)
This is low considering that the Lions have quarterback Matthew Stafford back while Chicago is pretty defensively worn down outside of Khalil Mack. Stafford was one of the highest-rated passers in the league before hurting his back last season, while Mack is dealing with a knee injury and his pass-rushing partner, Robert Quinn, has an injured ankle.
These teams combined for 44 points when they met down the stretch last year, and that was when the Lions were without Stafford and the two teams had Eddie Goldman and Darius Slay on defense. Look for this one to potentially push 50.
Not that we believe in trends too much, but the Lions have been OVER machines in Week 1 games. If you blindly bet the Lions to go OVER in every season opener, you would have won nine straight, 12 of 13 and 17 of 23 dating back to 1997.