We didn’t glean much from four preseason games so we head into Week 1 of the NFL regular season relying on information we’ve obtained from past years. What we do know is that there are a couple of teams in each conference that are poised for another stellar season. And there will certainly be a surprise team or two, but that comes further down the road. For now, its opening weekend and we’ll take a look at some picks that will win you some cash at offshore sportsbooks.
It looks like the Miami Dolphins are tanking the season. They made a number of trades and stockpiled draft picks for the next few years. That bodes well for the team’s future, but the present is going to be a mess. And the public haggling between the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott ended with Zeke signing an extension just before the opener. With Elliott likely to have his workload closely monitored against the Giants in Week 1, the news didn’t push the needle on the spread.
How will the Colts do without Luck? They’ll need plenty of luck to win a few games with Jacoby Brissett at the controls. Indy went this route a few seasons ago when Andrew Luck missed the year with a shoulder injury. Brissett took over in Week 2 and the Colts finished the year 4-12. Shortly after news of Luck’s sudden retirement was announced the Colts went from +3 for their opener against the Chargers to +6. That still might not be enough.
Green Bay and Chicago kick off Week 1 of the NFL regular season on Thursday, September 5. The schedule concludes with a Monday Night Football doubleheader. BookMaker.eu will have spreads and point totals for every game on the 2019 NFL schedule.
NFL Week 1 Schedule and Odds
Thursday, September 5
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears ( -3, 46.5 ), 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, September 8
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns ( -6, 45.5 ), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens ( -6.5, 39 ) at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings ( -3.5, 48 ), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets ( -3, 40.5 ), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles ( -10, 45 ), 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Los Angeles Rams ( -2.5, 50 ) at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs ( -3, 51.5 ) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers ( -6.5, 45 ), 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks ( -9.5, 44.5 ), 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys ( -7, 45.5 ), 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Detroit Lions ( -3, 46 ) at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( PK, 51 ), 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots ( -5.5, 49.5 ), 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Monday, September 9
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints ( -7, 52 ), 7:10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders ( PK, 43.5 ), 10:20 p.m. ET (ESPN)
NFL Week 1 Picks
Kansas City Chiefs ( -3, 51.5 ) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The genius of Andy Reid was on full display last season when he helped Patrick Mahomes win MVP. Mahomes became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season. Kansas City’s scorching offense will be in place again this season and I don’t believe the Jacksonville defense is up to the task of stopping them. KC upgraded a porous defense and is the favorite to win the Super Bowl. That journey starts with a win and cover on the road.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears ( -3, 46.5 )
I’m not sold on Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense, but I am buying their defense. That group was insanely good last year leading the NFL in takeaways and interceptions, and all the pieces are back in place. I’m wavering on the outcome of this matchup, but I do like the teams to cash the under on a current total of 46.5.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots ( -5.5, 49.5 )
When the Raiders are bitching about Antonio Brown you know the Steelers are happy he’s no longer poisoning their locker room. Sure, AB is a talent and he put up some eye-popping numbers during his tenure, but there comes a time for a separation. The Steelers are a better team without him, Big Ben and JuJu Smith-Schuster will find a rhythm, and Pittsburgh will hang around in this game thanks to a pretty good defense. The points are hard to pass up.
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers ( -6.5, 45 )
For reasons mentioned above I’m backing the Chargers minus the points in this one. No offense to Brissett, but he’s probably a better backup. The Colts are a better team now than they were two years ago with Brissett at the helm, but I can’t see them doing enough offensively against a strong Bolts’ D. Even without Melvin Gordon the Chargers have enough firepower with Philip Rivers and a strong group of receivers. I see the Bolts winning this one by at least a touchdown and PAT.
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