NFL Special: What football bettors should watch for in NFL Week 1

The opening slate of NFL games is almost here. There’s no shortage of storylines for Week 1 of the 2015 season, but football bettors and sports handicappers should be aware of the couple angles and situations to look out for when the NFL season kicks off and you begin to make your football bets online:

Super Bowl impact

If you think momentum doesn’t carry over from season to season, think again. Defending Super Bowl winners have backed up their championship status the following year with an impressive 12-3 SU and 10-4-1 ATS record in Week 1 since the 2000 season.

That’s good news for Patriots backers, who are still waiting on Tom Brady’s suspension appeal to sort itself out. Books are also waiting on word from the NFL pertaining to New England’s star quarterback and have the Thursday season opener between the Patriots and Steelers off the board.

On the other side of this trend, Super Bowl losers haven’t been able to shake their Big Game hangover in time for Week 1, with a 6-9 SU record and dismal 3-12 ATS mark the last 15 seasons. Does that mean the Seahawks are fade bait for their opening game with the Rams? Oddsmakers have Seattle set as a 3.5-point road favorite.

Coaching changes

Teams with new head coaches and/or coordinators can be a dangerous play in Week 1 of the season. Sure, they’ve had all spring and summer to familiarize their players with the new playbooks and schemes, but nothing prepares you for the intensity of the regular season – no matter how much time they put in during training camp or the preseason.

Teams like Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Buffalo, Oakland, San Francisco, and the N.Y. Jets have undergone major overhauls in the coaching ranks, while Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Baltimore all have new offensive coordinators. If you haven’t noticed, most teams with new coaches weren’t great teams to begin with.

The seven teams with new head coaches were a collective 51-59-2 ATS last year and only one – Buffalo 9-7 ATS – covered above .500. However, last season, there were also seven teams debuting new head coach and those clubs went 5-2 ATS in Week 1 of the season.