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Goff Clear Betting Favorite Over Wentz on NFL Draft Odds

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California Golden Bears pivot Jared Goff is listed as a heavy -850 betting favorite to be taken by the Los Angeles Rams with the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Rams made headlines earlier this month when they shipped a bevy of picks, including their first-round selections in both 2016 and 2017, to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the top pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

Goff threw for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns in his junior year last season, leading the Golden Bears to an 8-5 record. Goff twice took home Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors and was named 2015 Armed Forces Bowl MVP after leading his team to a 55-36 win over Air Force for their first bowl game victory in seven years.

Carson Wentz, a 6’5″ senior who led the North Dakota State Bison to the FCS national championship last season, follows Goff with +500 odds to be the first overall pick, while the odds of any other player going first overall sit at a longshot +5000.

Wentz missed considerable time last season after suffering a broken wrist, returning in time for the national championship game, and is an expected target of the Philadelphia Eagles, who moved up to the second pick in the NFL Draft in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

With Wentz and Goff leading the way on the NFL Draft odds this week, the betting line on the total number of quarterbacks taken in the first round is set at 2.5, with the OVER a heavy -1200 favorite while the UNDER pays out at +650.

Ohio State Buckeyes rusher Ezekiel Elliott and 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry are viewed by most observers as the top two running backs available in this year’s NFL Draft.

However, oddsmakers do not expect both Elliott and Henry to be selected in the first round of the draft, setting the total number of running backs picked in the first round at 1.5, with the UNDER at solid -350 odds while the OVER is a +260 bet.

Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss, the Baylor Bears’ Corey Coleman, and Buckeyes wideout Michael Thomas then lead a strong class of wide receivers at this year’s NFL Draft.

The line on the total number of wide receivers selected in the first round of the draft is set at 3.5 at the sportsbooks, with a wager on the OVER paying at +110 odds; the UNDER is set as the -140 favorite on the prop.

Defending champion Patriots among early NFL Week 1 betting favorites

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With the completion of the NFL draft, it’s a bit easier to get a handle on how teams will come out of the gate when the regular season begins in early September.

The Week 1 slate of games begins with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots listed as 7.5-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Tom Brady and the Patriots are 8-2 straight-up and 6-2-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games where they were favored by at least 6.5 points.

New England is 9-1 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 home games played in September. The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog.

The Dallas Cowboys are favored by 5.5 points against the New York Giants in the first Sunday Night Football matchup of the season. Dallas is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games against the Giants when it was favored. The total has gone under in eight of the teams’ last 10 matchups in Dallas, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Atlanta Falcons, the defending NFC champion, are favored by 6.5 points on the road against the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Atlanta is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Since 2009, the Bears are 2-6 SU as a home underdog of 4.0 or more points.

The Detroit Lions are 2.5-point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games in September. Detroit is 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 home games as a favorite of 4.0 or fewer points.

The Tennessee Titans host the Oakland Raiders in a pick’em. Oakland is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 regular-season road games. Tennessee is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 conference home games.

The Washington Redskins are 2.5-point favorites on the NFL point spreads for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is 0-3 ATS in its last three games as an underdog of 3.0 or fewer points. Washington is 4-6 SU in its last 10 divisional home games.

The Green Bay Packers are listed as three-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is 2-8 both SU and ATS in its last 10 road games in September. Green Bay is 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven home games against Seattle.

The Minnesota Vikings, who could potentially be facing their former star running back Adrian Peterson, are 3.5-point favorites against the New Orleans Saints in a Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup. Minnesota is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 home games. New Orleans is 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 conference road games.

And the Denver Broncos are four-point favorites against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second Monday Night Football matchup of opening week. Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) is 1-9 SU in its last 10 divisional road games. Denver is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 home games against the Chargers at sports betting sites.

NFL must play its cards right when it comes to Las Vegas

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It’s official.

The NFL has approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, and with the move comes the pressure the league must now face in a city that embraces its gambling and vibrant nightlife.

Not only could this cause problems for the league, which has been outspoken against gambling on sports, but it could impact its players, who now have to deal with being in and around gambling year round.

With so many questions, the NFL must embrace these realities of being a part of Sin City in the future.

PFT’s Mike Florio breaks down the NFL’s future in Sin City in the video above from the owners’ meetings in Arizona.