We’ll be posting regular NFL predictions throughout the new season, starting with a 13/1-plus treble from Sunday’s Week 1 fixtures.
With 13 matches to choose from, our gridiron guru Josh Luckhurst has picked out a trio of bets for American football fans to consider.
Saints to score over 30.5 points against Buccaneers @ 7/4
New England Patriots great Tom Brady will don a new jersey for the first time in his 20-year professional career as he lines up for the Buccaneers.
Six-time Super Bowl winner Brady will hope to get off to a winning start with Tampa, but his side face fellow NFL great Drew Brees – in possibly his swansong season – and the talented New Orleans Saints.
Both quarterbacks are in their 40s, so will hope to be challenging to add another Super Bowl ring to their impressive CVs.
The Saints are an expansive attacking team under 41-year-old Brees and he holds NFL records for career pass completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
New Orleans scored 31 points or more in 10 of their 17 matches last season and are an appealing price to do so again in what should be an entertaining opening match.
Philadelphia vs Washington over 46.5 match points @ 29/20
The visitors rewrote their history during the off-season by renaming the franchise to Washington Football Team.
Formerly known as the Redskins, Washington also rebuilt their line-up after winning only three of 16 matches and finishing bottom of the NFC East, with Ron Rivera now leading the team after nine seasons in charge at Carolina.
They open up with an NFC East clash to begin their new era against a Philadelphia side who topped the division.
The Eagles, guided by quarterback Carson Wentz, averaged 24.1 points per match last season, while Washington recorded a lowly 16.6 points per game.
However, they faced each other in two entertaining contests in 2019, with Philadelphia winning 32-27 and 37-27, and we reckon they will follow suit in their season curtain-raiser.
Raiders to beat Panthers by five or more points @ 11/10
The Raiders relocated over 500 miles during the off-season from Oakland to Las Vegas, moving to a state-of-the-art 65,000-seater Allegiant Stadium in July, but will not host their first NFL match in Sin City until Week 2 against New Orleans.
Las Vegas begin their new era with a trip to Carolina Panthers, who released 2015 MVP quarterback Cam Newton ahead of the 2020 season, replacing him with Teddy Bridgewater.
A first-round draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, he has been given the responsibility to take the reins of a Panthers outfit which lost their final eight games of the previous campaign.
Bridgewater is a competent quarterback and it will be interesting to see how Carolina operate with new head coach Matt Rhule, who will take control of his first NFL match against Las Vegas.
However, the Raiders’ experience under proven QB Derek Carr and veteran boss Jon Gruden should be enough to see them to a convincing victory.
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