What happens when a team goes 16-3 vs. the spread and wins the Super Bowl? They become even more of a public team than ever. With that in mind, the Vegas books got the 2017 season off to a profitable start with the Chiefs upset over the Patriots in Thursday’s season opener. With New England bet up to nine-point favourites at one point, it was a result the books wanted and needed and led to a big win ... Yes, the Jets are awful and tanking and with a putrid offence are hard to envision scoring much more than a field goal. But you really have to swallow hard to bet the Bills at minus-9, don’t you? Let’s see them do something first ... Do the sharp bettors believe in the Eagles or are they against Washington? The Eagles were once a full field goal underdog and have been bet up to 1½-point favourites ... Reasonable chance the bookies are going to be rooting for the Cowboys in the Sunday nighter, a rarity for a notoriously public team. With the Giants as four-point underdogs, they’re getting plenty of action. Fair enough, given Eli and his pals have won their past three clashes with the division-rival Cowboys and covered the last five ... An addendum to that Patriots loss? You daredevils who took 15-1 on an undefeated season can rip that ticket up ... Interesting to see the line in the Raiders-Titans game headed Tennessee way, especially since the Raiders are such a popular team in Los Angeles and are expected to have a light it up offence. Many feel the Titans could be a serious threat this season ... Think the old office pool offers a tempting first prize? Check out the Supercontest at the Westgate sports book in Las Vegas. The popularity of the weekly contests has exploded in the past decade but no more so than this year when a whopping 2,748 entries were received when the windows closed Saturday afternoon. That’s almost a thousand more than last year and at a whopping $1,500 per entry. With that volume, the winner of the seasonlong contest will take home more than $1.3 million. Participants are required to pick five teams vs. the spread in each of the 17 weeks of the NFL regular season.