Ryan Fitzpatrick

Top NFL SU Picks Week 1

Written by on September 5, 2016

Thursday marks the opening of the 2016 regular season in the National Football League. Make your NFL betting pay big dividends by taking a look at our SU picks from the very first week of the season.

Top NFL SU Picks Week 1

Sunday: Atlanta over Tampa Bay

The Atlanta Falcons underperformed for most of the 2015 campaign, although many bettors may have forgotten that they actually started the season 5-0 — and they were the only team to knock off the 15-1 Carolina Panthers in the regular season. With Dan Quinn entering his second season at the helm of the Falcons, the defense will have more of his personality stamped on it — the personality that formed the Legion of Boom in Seattle. While the Buccaneers come in having improved dramatically over the course of the 2015 season, they won’t be ready for the Falcons on either side of the ball.

Sunday: Cincinnati over New York Jets

The Cincinnati Bengals have been waiting for redemption ever since their bizarre loss to Pittsburgh in the wild card round of last year’s playoffs. Andy Dalton’s hand has healed, and he has thrown the ball well so far in the preseason. The Jets will bring one of the best secondaries in the NFL, but the Bengals’ defense is no slouch of a unit either, and the Jets feature Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback once again. While Fitzpatrick is solid when it comes to game management and the minimization of turnovers, he has the rap of not making the big play at a crucial moment in the game. I like the Bengals to make a statement in Week 1 that they are back to contend in the AFC.

Sunday: Dallas over New York Giants

The Giants almost won this Week 1 matchup down in Texas last year, but Tony Romo led two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lead the Cowboys to victory. This year, Romo will be watching from the sideline as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott leads Dallas in the season opener. Given the fact that the Cowboys still have wideout Dez Bryant, along with the best offensive line in the NFL and exciting rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys should still be able to control the action against a Giants team that impressed almost no one during the preseason, at least when their starters were in the game. The Giants have a difficult time blocking for pass protection and for the run, and their secondary has a tendency to give up big plays.

Monday: Pittsburgh over Washington

Now that Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder has healed, he should be more than ready to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the Washington Redskins in the 2016 opener. The Redskins did win the NFC East last year, but that was thanks to Tony Romo’s season-ending collarbone fractures. Kirk Cousins is a talented quarterback, but the Redskins don’t have the defense to hold the Steelers in check. Even with Le’Veon Bell suspended, the Steelers have enough offensive weapons to move the ball, and if the Steelers can shut down the Redskins’ running game, they’ll have what they need to wrap up this win.