NFL Betting: Week 1 – Sunday Matches Preview
It’s the day that football fans have been waiting for, the first full day of NFL games. This Sunday, we’ll see 13 different games being played on our television screens. Let’s take a look at the NFL odds, and briefly analyze each of the 13 contests.
NFL Week 1 Sunday Matches Betting Preview
Las Vegas Raiders (-3) at Carolina Panthers: Over/Under 47.5
If Derek Carr can put things together, the Raiders offense has the potential to be one of the top offenses in the league. With Josh Jacobs running the ball, Darren Waller being a legitimate threat, and a receiving corps that was helped when the Raiders drafted Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas should be able to put up some points.
Carolina coach Matt Rhule let Cam Newton go and brought in Teddy Bridgewater as his quarterback. Bridgewater will have arguably the league’s best running back, Christian McCaffrey, at his disposal. DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Robby Anderson make for a nice receiving group.
The Raiders are the better team in this one. Take them and the under.
Indianapolis Colts (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars: Over/Under 45
The Colts signed Philip Rivers to lead the Colts into the playoffs. With one of the top offensive lines in the league and a plethora of offensive weapons, Rivers should be able to make that happen. If the defense can hold strong, the Colts should have a nice season.
As for the Jaguars, they’re in rebuild mode. Gardner Minshew will lead the offense. DJ Chark Jr. will be his top receiving threat.
The Colts are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games against teams from the AFC South. We’re going with the Colts and the over.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-8.5): Over/Under 48.5
The reigning league MVP, Lamar Jackson, will try to take the Ravens to the Super Bowl. They open the season against fellow AFC North member, the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland made a lot of offseason improvements, including the hiring of a new head coach. Baltimore brings back much of last year’s team. The Ravens are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games. However, we think this one will be close. The Ravens win by a field goal.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6): Over/Under 43
Things will look very different in New England. Tom Brady is gone, and Cam Newton will now be the starting quarterback. New England had some defensive players opt out, so that could lead to some issues.
The Dolphins made some strides at the end of last season. They’ll be looking to ride that momentum into this season. The Dolphins are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight trips to Gillette Stadium.
Combine that with the fact that the home team is 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 meetings, and we’re going to take the Pats by a touchdown and go with the over as well.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5): Over/Under 46.5
The teams that most predict will finish 1-2 in the NFC North will meet to open the season. Green Bay went to the NFC Championship Game last season, while the Vikings’ playoff run was ended by the Niners.
Green Bay did little to address its largest need, a downfield receiving threat, in the offseason. We think their offense will take a step back under the aging Aaron Rodgers. Their defense played well at times last season but still gave up too many points.
Dalvin Cook should have a monster season for the Vikings. If Kirk Cousins can manage the offense, the Vikings will put up some points. The Vikings lost some key defensive players in the offseason.
We like the Packers in this one. We also think that there will be a lot of points scored, so go with the over.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (+1): Over/Under 49
Matt Ryan and the Falcons will once again be an offensive force. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley should be a dominant duo. If the Falcons can get their defense to play better than in the past, the Falcons could be a sneaky team.
Russell Wilson is one of the game’s top quarterbacks. When Seattle’s offensive line keeps him upright, he can pick a defense apart. Speaking of defense, Seattle has made some improvements to their defense, and they could be the second coming of the “Legion of Boom.”
Seattle is 11-4-1 in their last 15 road games against the spread. We think that they’ll beat the Falcons by a touchdown.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-3): Over/Under 44
The Lions are a popular choice as a sleeper pick this season. If Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, the Lions have the chance to make some noise.
The Chicago Bears have announced that Mitchell Trubisky will be their starting quarterback. Unless he has improved, the Bears offense will once again be subpar.
The Bears are 3-7 against the spread the last 10 times they’ve traveled to the Motor City. Detroit wins this one outright, but it won’t cover. We also like the under in this one.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-6.5): Over/Under 40
The Bills are many experts pick to win the AFC East. If Josh Allen can stay consistent, the Bills offense could be a very strong unit. The Jets are a dumpster fire. They’ve done very little to get Sam Darnold some weapons to use on offense. We’re not sure how good Le’ Veon Bell still is.
We’re taking Buffalo and the under in this one.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team (+6): Over/Under 43
The Eagles come into this one looking to make a playoff run. If their offensive line can stay healthy, and Carson Wentz can stay injury-free, the Eagles should be in the playoffs.
As for Washington, the whole franchise has been in turmoil. If the players can put all of the off-field issues aside, and Dwayne Haskins improves, they could be better than people think.
We don’t think they’ll get off to a good start. Washington is 2-8 against the spread in its last 10 home games. Go with the Eagles in this one.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-7): Over/Under 47
The 49ers have one of, if not the best defense in the league, a solid running game, and arguably the league’s best pass-catching tight end. With all of those attributes, what’s not to like about San Francisco?
Well, the one thing that everyone will question is the quarterback position. Many feel that Jimmy Garoppolo is holding the 49ers back from being a great team.
Former No. 1 pick Kyler Murray has some weapons in his arsenal. With the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins, he’ll have a very good receiving corps.
With Kenyan Drake in the backfield, Murray will have a ton of options. If the upgraded offensive line can protect Murray, this could be a good group.
The defense still has a lot of holes to fill. This group could give up a lot of points this year. They do have promising young players, but they’re not ready for the big time just yet.
In their last 26 games, the Niners are 7-18-1 against the spread as favorites. We like the Niners to win, but not cover the spread. It’ll be a close one. We also like the under.
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals(+3): Over/Under 44
The Chargers will look different, as Rivers will no longer be under center. Tyrod Taylor won the starting nod over rookie 1st round pick, Justin Herbert.
Austin Ekeler will be the focal point of the Chargers offense. Their defense could be one of the top units in the league.
As for the Bengals, let the Joe Burrow era begin. Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, and the returning AJ Green should give Burrow some weapons to throw to. The Bengals defense is still a work in progress.
We like the Bengals to upset the Chargers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-4.5): Over/Under 49.5
Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees in a divisional matchup. The Bucs made a splash in the offseason by signing Brady and coaxing Rob Gronkowski out of retirement. Tampa Bay has a very good defensive unit to go with its high-powered offense.
Drew Brees and company will be able to score some points. No longer is the defense the weak link in New Orleans.
Tampa Bay is 4-9 against the spread in its last 13 season openers. Even though there won’t be a raucous crowd at the Superdome, we still like the Saints to cover and the under.
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (+3): Over/Under 52
This game should see a ton of offense, as Dak Prescott and his arsenal of weapons travel to Los Angeles. The Rams have yet to name a starting running back, but Jared Goff will still have Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Tyler Higbee to help move the ball down the field.
We like the Cowboys in this one, along with the over.