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Odds and Ends

Division market shopping after NFL Week 1

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: September 17, 2020, 2:00 am ET

The Cleveland Browns were a wise guy sleeper pick heading into the 2020 NFL season. It was nowhere near as ridiculous as last year, when it felt like everybody was talking about them making a run under Freddie Kitchens. 

Cleveland was actually bet this year pretty noticeably to win the division and to make the playoffs. One Las Vegas sportsbook was down to Browns +100 to make the postseason before kickoff on Sunday.

Then Baltimore blasted 'em 38-6. So that's a wrap, the Ravens won the division! Right?

Wrong. 

PointsBet Sportsbook is now offering the Browns at +1000 to win the AFC North after one loss. So Cleveland went from +300 to +1000 after 60 minutes of football. That's insane. Baltimore is clearly the division favorite (-250), but dropping a team that much after one loss seems like quite an overreaction.

Elsewhere around the NFL, the Colts fell to +175 to win the AFC South after their ridiculous loss at Jacksonville. The Texans slid all the way to +435 after their opening night loss Thursday at Kansas City. Indianapolis and Houston had the best odds in the division a week ago, now Tennessee leads the pack at +120. 

Football Team was the biggest mover in the NFC East, seeing their odds cut almost in half. Washington is now +750 to win the division, behind Dallas (-115) and Philadelphia (+175). The New York Giants are a 12-to-1 long shot and that number will only get higher if Saquon Barkley rushes for around 10 yards a game. 

Seattle and San Francisco are co-favored to win the NFC West at +190. Then, it's Los Angeles (+350) and Arizona (+450) right on their heels. This could be the most fun division to monitor all season. Those teams are going to beat up on each other. 

And maybe the biggest winner of all this past weekend was the Green Bay Packers. All they did was drop 43 points on the Vikings and move to the top spot on PointsBet's NFC North odds sheet. It's now Green Bay +110, Minnesota +250, Chicago +300, Detroit +900. 

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Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot