NFL Week 1 – Early Line Moves of Interest

1. New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

In the upcoming 2011 season opener, the defending Super Bowl champs opened as 4.5-point home favorites at CRIS. However, early betting action is all over New Orleans, pushing the line down to -4.5 at both CRIS and Pinnacle.

Team # Bets Spread Current
Open
New Orleans Saints 632 75% 4.5 5
Green Bay Packers 25% -4.5 -5

2. Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville opened as a 2.5-point favorite at CRIS and quickly moved to -3 across the marketplace. While the point spread has remained steady at 3 since the initial line move, the odds with Tennessee have increased to -115. Sports Insights’ Betting Trends data shows the public is relatively split in this game, so the adjustment of the vig is most likely due to the free agent acquisition of Matt Hasselback by Tennessee.

Team # Bets Spread Current Open
Tennessee Titans 210 45% 3 (-115) 2.5
Jacksonville Jaquars 55% -3 (-105) -2.5

3. Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona opened as a 3-point favorite at CRIS and the public is split right down the middle, with 51% of early spread wagers taking the Cardinals. Even though Carolina has resigned big-name players like Deangelo Williams and Jon Beason, Arizona’s acquisition of quarterback Kevin Kolb grabbed the attention of the sportsbooks, like CRIS, who increased the line to -4.5.

However, some books, like Pinnacle, have taken a less drastic approach and moved only half of a point to -3.5.

SBG Global, which was recently added to Sports Insights’ list of available Real Time Odds sportsbooks, is holding steady at -3, if you’re willing to lay -125 with Arizona.

Team # Bets Spread Current Open
Carolina Panthers 95 49% 4.5 3
Arizona Cardinals 51% -4.5 -3

* Open and Current Lines from CRIS

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