Sunday Sports - - WEEK 1 -

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.

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