Sure Winners NFL Week 1
Even though we’re still more than two months away from Week 1, it’s not too early to look at some of the matchups. If you lock in your sure winners now, you might be able to take advantage of lines that will shift more toward your team later, making a bigger win necessary to bring home the money. Let’s take a look at some sure winners from the opening week in NFL betting.
Sure Winners NFL Week 1
Thursday, September 8: Carolina (-2.5) at Denver
Peyton Manning is gone, and it looks like Mark Sanchez is going to be the likely starter going in. It’s been a long time since Mark Sanchez took the New York Jets to the AFC Championship; since then, he’s had the “butt fumble” and a number of other awful endings at the hands of the New England Patriots. I’m honestly not sure what John Elway had in mind in Denver when he inked Sanchez to this deal, but this will be a lot easier for the Panthers than the Super Bowl matchup was, thanks to Sanchez’s penchant for turnovers. I’m picking Carolina to cover.
Sunday, September 11: San Diego at Kansas City (-7.5)
This was a Chiefs team that fought within a touchdown of beating the New England Patriots and making it to the AFC championship, so despite their poor second half, the Chiefs left the table hungry. They host their division rivals from San Diego, a team that basically had no meaningful resistance on defense last year. I think this game could end up much like the beating that the Chiefs delivered to Houston last year in Week 1. I’m picking Kansas City to win and cover.
Sunday, September 11: Cleveland at Philadelphia (-7.5)
The starting quarterbacks in this game are likely to be Robert Griffin III for the Browns and Sam Bradford for the Eagles. Traditionally, Bradford has started seasons slowly, and if Griffin blossoms in Cleveland, a place that loves its teams but where the legacy is so poor that pressure will be at a minimum, the Browns could deliver a surprise. Cleveland has a solid defense, and if Bradford gets hurried and makes some poor decisions, this could be a disappointing home opener at “The Linc.” I’m picking Cleveland to cover.
Monday, September 12: Pittsburgh (-2.5) at Washington
Kirk Cousins was pure gold at home for the Redskins, especially down the stretch, and we will be seeing the first regular season action for Ben Roethlisberger since his shoulder fell apart in their playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In Week 17, Cousins threw for three first-quarter touchdowns against a Dallas defense that had been better than that for most of the season. Because the Redskins have inked Cousins to a long-term deal he will be playing with confidence and security for the first time, so the stage is set for good things in the nation’s capital. I’m predicting Washington to cover (and win).