Nfl week 1 odds 2020

NFL odds: Early spread, Week 1 betting lines after 2020 schedule release

The 2020 NFL schedule was announced Thursday, and there are several exciting Week 1 games to kick off another football season.

One of those matchups features a battle between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Buccaneers and Saints both are among the top Super Bowl LV contenders entering the season, and now each team will have an early opportunity to make a huge statement in their Week 1 showdown. The Saints have opened as 4-point home favorites over the Bucs in what will be Brady’s debut with Tampa Bay.

The Patriots will begin the post-Brady era hosting the rival Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in a rematch of last season’s regular season finale. New England has won 11 consecutive AFC East titles, and even with Brady gone, oddsmakers still like the Patriots chances of claiming another division crown.

Score predictions for every 2020 Patriots game

Here are the latest point spreads for every Week 1 game following the official release of the NFL schedule (all lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook).

Thursday, Sept. 10
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-10)

Sunday, Sept. 13
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-7.5)
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-6.5)
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-1)
Philadelphia Eagles (-5) at Washington Redskins
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
Indianapolis Colts (-6.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-7.5)
Las Vegas Raiders (-1) at Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks (-1) at Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-4)
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-8.5)
Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) at Los Angeles Rams

Monday, Sept. 14
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at New York Giants
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (-1.5)

How Logan Ryan ‘finessed’ the Patriots ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft

How Logan Ryan ‘finessed’ the Patriots ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft

The New England Patriots were big fans of the Rutgers football program during the 2013 NFL Draft. The team had just seven picks yet spent three of those picks on players that went to Rutgers.

Two of those players were defensive backs, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon. The duo turned into key cogs on the Patriots Super Bowl teams of the mid-late 2010s and found ways to impact the game with their ball skills.

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That said, when preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, they had a little bit of an advantage over the competition. As Ryan detailed on a recent episode of Devin and Jason McCourty’s “Double Coverage” Podcast, Ryan used his connections to the NFL defensive backs to “finesse” the Patriots a bit.

We finessed the Patriots because I called Dev (Devin McCourty) after I saw his Pro Day, me and Du (Duron Harmon) were doing the Pro Day workout in the weight room like two a days. You know me, I’m a worker. So after we would lift in the summer, at six or seven at night, we’d go back to the weight room and do the Pro Day workout all year. So, we were doing them drills all year.

The preparation would pay off for Ryan and Harmon. The Patriots ultimately held a private pre-draft workout with the draft-eligible Rutgers players. And Ryan was able to get the inside scoop from McCourty about what the workouts would entail so he knew how to prepare for them.

I knew the Patriots warm-up drills. So, me and Du were practicing these drills all week, and so when Bill [Belichick] comes, I’m like shirt off, eight-pack, catching the ball one-handed, sprinting back, I’m in great shape. I know all the drills. Like, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, I know that drill.’ ‘You ever do it before.’ ‘No, I’ve never did it.’ Do the drill with my eyes closed.

I was just working. And straight up, Dev would tell me, ‘Oh Dev, what’s it like? What’s this? What’s that? What do they like to see?’ And me and Du both get drafted in the third round, we both go up there, and the rest is history. But we were working those drills for a year and it paid off.

While the finessing paid off for Ryan and Harmon, it did work for the Patriots as well.

Ryan was a key versatile player on the team’s defense and he played in every game over the course of his four years with the Patriots. He intercepted 13 passes and held his own on the back end. He was key during the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons and actually tied for the team lead in tackles with six.

As for Harmon, he spent seven years with the Patriots serving as a key backup safety and logged 17 interceptions for the squad. He was traded to the Detroit Lions this offseason in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Patriots ended up trading that selection to move up and draft tight end Devin Asiasi.

Needless to say, neither side would trade those selections based on how things turned out. Ryan and Harmon may not be with the team now, but they’ve each had very productive NFL careers and did a lot to help the Patriots win a few Super Bowls this decade.

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