The National Football League has announced that it will have five international games on the schedule next season.
While there has to be a home team in the game, there is not the same kind of home-field advantage because both teams are traveling, and the crowd will not be wildly invested on the home side.
Let’s look at the early odds for those games recently released from DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Minnesota Vikings (-1) at New Orleans Saints - October 2 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The Vikings and Saints both missed the playoffs in 2021 and will have new head coaches, as Kevin O’Connell and Dennis Allen take charge of Minnesota and New Orleans, respectively.
Minnesota was 8-9 straight-up last season and 9-8 against the spread (ATS). New Orleans was 9-8 straight-up and ATS.
New York Giants (+6.5) vs. Green Bay Packers - October 9 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
After a 2021 season in which they were 4-13 straight up and 6-11 ATS, the Giants will be underdogs when facing the Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Rodgers and company were 13-4 straight up last season and 12-5 ATS.
Green Bay traded star receiver Davante Adams and then drafted defensive players with its two first-round picks before securing Christian Walton, a 6-foot-5 receiver out of North Dakota State in the second round.
The Giants had two early first-round picks and used them on pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and mauling right tackle Evan Neal. Will they be impact players by the time these teams meet in London?
Denver Broncos (-6.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - October 30 – Wembley Stadium
After acquiring quarterback Russell Wilson from Seattle, the Broncos are rejuvenated and expecting to contend in 2022, following a 2021 season in which they were 7-10 straight-up and 8-9 ATS.
Jacksonville endured a miserable season under head coach Urban Meyer in 2021, going 3-14 straight up and 5-12 ATS. They used the top pick in the draft on pass rusher Travon Walker and added linebacker Devin Lloyd with another first-round pick, so the new-look Jaguars defense will try to make life miserable for Wilson and the Broncos.
Former Jags offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is the new head coach of the Broncos.
Seattle Seahawks (+8.5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - November 13 – Allianz Arena
With Wilson gone to Denver, Drew Lock is the quarterback expected to lead the Seahawks into this game in Munich against Tom Brady and the Bucs.
Seattle was 7-10 last season with a 9-8 record ATS. Of course, that was mostly with Wilson at quarterback, so that could be optimistic in terms of expectations for next season.
While Tampa Bay was 13-4 straight-up last season, they were only 9-8 ATS. Turns out that the market might tend to inflate the value of a team led by the most successful quarterback ever.
San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) vs. Arizona Cardinals - November 21 – Estadio Azteca
NFC West rivals the 49ers, and the Cardinals travel to Mexico City for a Monday night game.
The 49ers may have some uncertainty at quarterback, with Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance competing for the starting job. At the same time, the Cardinals will figure to have suspended wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins back in the lineup at that point of the season.
San Francisco had a 10-7 straight-up record last season, going 9-8 ATS, while Arizona was 11-6 straight-up, with a 10-7 record ATS.