Complete 2016 NFL Season Week 1 Betting Guide

Written by on July 11, 2016

As we move a week closer to NFL training camps, you may be thinking about putting down your bets for Week 1 action. Let’s take a look at where things are right now as far as the NFL lines and the under/over totals go, and then I’ll give you some suggestions for where to begin.

Take A Look At Our Complete Betting Guide for NFL Week 1

Thursday, September 8

  • Carolina at Denver (-3), O/U total 43.5

Sunday, September 11

  • Tampa Bay at Atlanta (-3), 48
  • Minnesota (-3) at Tennessee, 42.5
  • Cleveland at Philadelphia (-7.5), 46
  • Cincinnati (PK) at N.Y. Jets, 43.5
  • Oakland at New Orleans (-1.5), 51
  • San Diego at Kansas City (-7.5), 43.5
  • Buffalo at Baltimore (-3), 43.5
  • Chicago at Houston (-4.5), 45.5
  • Green Bay (-3.5) at Jacksonville, 48
  • Miami at Seattle (-7.5), 45.5
  • N.Y. Giants at Dallas (-5.5), 49.5
  • Detroit at Indianapolis (-5.5), 49.5
  • New England at Arizona (PK), 51

Monday, September 12

  • Pittsburgh (-2.5) at Washington, 51
  • Los Angeles (-2.5) at San Francisco, 47

Carolina at Denver

I think that this line is misguided on a couple of fronts. I see Carolina entering this game still hungry after losing Super Bowl 50 to these same Broncos. So that means that their offense will be revved up, and their defense will be even more intense. The Broncos are trotting out Mark Sanchez at quarterback, who is a lot more likely to cough up the ball at the wrong time than Peyton Manning was. The Broncos still feature that solid defense, but I just don’t see them playing at the same intensity. So I like Carolina to win (and cover).

Minnesota at Tennessee

The Vikings head down to Tennessee still chafing from that unbelievable loss to Seattle in the wild card round of the playoffs, where a missed chip-shot field goal ended up sending the Seahawks to the next round. Tennessee comes in with a new running back (DeMarco Murray) to go along with Marcus Mariota in an improved offense, but the Titans still haven’t developed a competitive defense. So I definitely like Minnesota to win and cover.

Oakland at New Orleans

So we have a young upstart team with a talent (Oakland) going into a very difficult place to play (the Superdome) against an aging quarterback (Drew Brees) with an iffy offense. You also have a pair of defenses that don’t particularly do much to stop the opposition, particularly through the air. The time is ripe for Oakland to stomp all over that voodoo in the Big Easy. I like Oakland to win (and cover).

N.Y. Giants at Dallas

Dallas always starts slow. It’s just what they do. The Giants don’t have much going on defense, though, while the Cowboys have a pretty solid unit when it comes to stopping the ball. Dallas should win this, but I’m going to wait a week or so to bet on them to see how this new three-headed offense works. For now, though, I’m taking the under here.