Top Betting Picks for NFL Week 1

Posted by Aaron . on May 21, 2016 in

In the sports news, most of the chatter involves whether or not LeBron can lead an undefeated playoff run and whether the Cubs are actually for real this time (I’m betting no on the first but a big yes on the second). However, NFL betting fans are waiting for the regular season to begin, and lines are out for the first week of action. Let’s take a look at some of the top betting picks right now.

Top Betting Picks for NFL Week 1



Thursday, September 8: Carolina at Denver (-3)

The annual Super Bowl rematch has Denver favored right now, but just by the three-point gimme that home teams in the NFL get. While it was certainly that Bronco D that brought them a Super Bowl, the Broncos have downgraded at the quarterback position, going from a hobbled Peyton Manning to a Mark Sanchez who, in the distant past, did get the Jets to an AFC championship game, but more recently has done nothing except commit turnovers at crucial times in key games. At least Manning was able to manage games without giving the opposition gifts down the stretch run. On the other side of the field will be a hungry Panthers team that most certainly will not be suffering Super Bowl hangover. I’m picking the Panthers in this one.

Sunday, September 11: Minnesota (-3) at Tennessee

The Titans will have DeMarco Murray at running back behind Marcus Mariota, so their offense should be a little more multidimensional (by the way, do you think DeMarco Murray wishes he hadn’t called Chip Kelly two offseasons ago to see if he could get a better deal than what the Cowboys are offering him? I’m betting a big yes on that one). However, the Titans still don’t have a credible defense, and the Vikings are going to show up with Adrian Peterson carrying the ball and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, a combination that won the NFC North last year and was only an awful field goal away from advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs. I’m picking the Vikings in this one.

Sunday, September 11: Green Bay (-3.5) at Jacksonville

If you don’t think the Packers have been waiting to take out some of those playoff frustrations on someone, then you don’t know Aaron Rodgers very well. Awaiting them will be a Jacksonville team that has a decent offense but does not play defense well at all. You saw Rodgers slice and dice teams down the stretch last year, and the Jaguars will be easy pickings. I’m picking Green Bay to win and cover in a big way in this one.

Monday, September 12: Pittsburgh (-2.5) at Washington

The over-under total for this game is a whopping 51 points. Neither one of these teams has a high-octane offense, and I also don’t expect a blowout, as Washington played solid ball down the stretch at home, and Pittsburgh was competitive with a quarterback who had a blown-out shoulder. Given that the Steelers are likely to pursue a conservative game plan in this one, I’m definitely taking the under in one of my most confident betting picks from Week 1.