Sunday’s Den: Trends, notes for AFC teams

Baltimore Ravens:
— Ravens have three consecutive prime-time games, in Weeks 12-14.
— Baltimore won its last four Week 1 games, by combined score of 139-20.
— Ravens won 13 of last 15 home openers (10-5 ATS)
— Baltimore is 8-4 ATS in last dozen road openers.

Buffalo Bills:
— Buffalo is 5-35 vs New England since Belichick has been coach.
— Bills won six of last nine home openers (8-5 ATS in last 13, 5-2 ATS in last seven as a home favorite).
— Under is 5-2 in Buffalo’s last seven home openers.
— Buffalo lost 10 of last 15 road openers (4-2 ATS in last six).

Cincinnati Bengals:
— Four of rookie QB Joe Burrow’s first six games are on the road.
— Bengals covered five of their last six road openers, with Dalton at QB.
— Over is 9-2 in Cincy’s last 11 road openers.
— Two prime-time games for Bengals: Week 2 in Cleveland, Week 15 at home against the Steelers. 

Cleveland Browns:
— Browns have consecutive December games in the Meadowlands, vs Giants/Jets.
— Expectations are lower; only two primetime games this year, only one 4:00 game.
— Last six years, Cleveland is 4-1-1 ATS in its home opener; from 1999-2013, they were 2-13 ATS.
— Since 2003, Browns, are 6-9-2 ATS in road openers.

Denver Broncos
— Broncos have a Week 3 home game, then a Thursday night game in New Jersey, against the Jets; tough scheduling spot.
— Denver is 20-10-1 ATS in its last 31 home openers.
— Over is 8-4-1 in their last 13 home openers.
— Broncos lost their last three road openers, by 10-13-8 points (0-3 ATS).

Houston Texans:
— Only one primetime game (Week 1 at KC), one 4:00 game (Week 2).
— They play Thanksgiving Day in Detroit four days after hosting New England.
— Houston covered twice in last seven home openers.
— Texans lost four of last five road openers (6-4-1 ATS in last 11).

Indianapolis Colts
— Only one primetime game, three 4:00 games; surprising.
— Only five of their 16 games are outdoors- they play three road games in domes.
— Colts lost five of their last six home openers (1-5 ATS as a favorite)
— Indy lost eight of its last ten road openers, five of last six season openers.

Jacksonville Jaguars
— Week 3 vs Miami is their only primetime game.
— Old friend Nick Foles brings his Chicago Bears to Jacksonville in Week 16.
— Jaguars lost seven of last eight home openers, last four of which went over total.
— J’ville won two of last three road openers (3-0 ATS) , after losing previous nine.

Kansas City Chiefs
— KC has three primetime games in the season’s first six weeks.
— Chiefs started out 1-0 the last five years, scoring 36 ppg in openers.
— Over is 4-0-1 in Chiefs’ last five home openers.
— KC covered six of its last seven road openers.

Las Vegas Raiders
— Raiders open Allegiant Stadium with a Week 2 Monday night home game against the Saints.
— Six days later in Week 3, they’re in Foxboro for a 1:00 game; difficult scheduling spot.
— Raiders covered four of their last five road openers.
— Do you have home field advantage, playing in a city you’ve never played in before, in a stadium with no fans? Could be a big question for the Raiders.

LA Chargers
— Two primetime games, both on road, in New Orleans, Las Vegas.
— Chargers play their first game in SoFi Stadium in Week 2, against the Chiefs.
— Nov 22 in Denver, Nov 29 in Buffalo figure to be cold weather games.
— Chargers covered six of their last eight road openers. 

Miami Dolphins
— Miami plays New England in weeks 1-15, Buffalo in weeks 2-17, but they play the Jets in Weeks 10-12, with a bye in between.
— Dolphins won seven of their last ten home openers.
— Over is 14-3 in their last 17 home openers.
— Miami covered six of its last eight road openers.

New England Patriots
— Play consecutive games in LA in Weeks 13-14, against Chargers first, then a Thursday game with the Rams.
— Five primetime games, three 4:00 games; lot of TV time.
— Patriots won 16 of last 18 home openers (9-7-2 ATS).
— New England won seven of last nine road openers.

New Jersey Jets
— Two primetime games, both at home, vs Denver, New England.
— Host Patriots on Monday night in Week 9, then visit Miami six days later.
— Jets are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 road openers.
— Five of their last seven home openers stayed under.

Pittsburgh Steelers
— Opening on the road for the six year in row (1-3-1 ATS last five)
— Consecutive primetime games in December, at Buffalo/Cincy….brrrrrr!!!!
— Lost last two home openers, 42-37/28-26.
— 10 of their last 13 road openers stayed under the total.

Tennessee Titans
— Three primetime games; December 27 in Green Bay should be fun.
— Don’t play a road game in October; five of their last seven games are on road.
— Lost five of their last six home openers.
— Won six of last seven road openers, covered nine of last 12. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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