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Bet on 2019 NFL Week 1
After weeks of training camp and preseason games, the time is here. It’s the start of the NFL season and bettors around the world are salivating. Sure, there were those exhibition games to get your mind off the six months where there was no football. Some sharp bettors may have won some coin going after the basketball, hockey or baseball odds. But the NFL is a money machine because it’s easy and fun to wager on. And now the games count.
The NFL’s 100th season will open on Thursday, September 5 with the most storied rivalry in the game. The defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears aren’t going to sneak up on anyone this season after their fantastic run in 2018. The Green Bay Packers are hoping to squeeze a full season out of Aaron Rodgers and inject some life into the offense with new coach Matt LaFleur. However, the Packers don’t have a Khalil Mack-type player on defense, and that was their weakness last season.
Taking a page from the Rams book, the Bears enjoyed their first division title in several years with the combination of rookie coach Matt Nagy and second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky running the offense. But it was Chicago’s defense that helped them win 12 games in 2018. The architect of that group Vic Fangio bolted to become Denver’s head coach, but the pieces remain in place to again be one of the best.
And we’ve seen a shift in coaching philosophy for teams hiring new head guys. The craze started by Sean McVay in 2017 continued with Nagy last season. And we’ve seen other teams follow suit this year. Young coaches with bright offensive minds are in hot demand and several teams opted to go that route in 2019.
McVay’s coaching tree grew a few branches during the offseason with the Packers hiring LaFleur and Zac Taylor taking over the Bengals. Some will say the Marvin Lewis era lasted a few years too long in Cincinnati. After 16 years with the defensive-minded coach, the Bengals turned the page looking to find lightning in a bottle. Taylor gets baptized on Sunday when his club makes the trip to Seattle for a Sunday afternoon encounter with the Seattle Seahawks.
Kliff Kingsbury has never been an NFL assistant and was fired from his Texas Tech gig, making him an unusual choice for the Arizona Cardinals. He did help evolve the games of Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield, and now he gets No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray to run the show. Don’t mistake the Cards for a playoff team, but they have nowhere to go but up after last year’s disaster. Arizona opens on Sunday afternoon at home against the Detroit Lions.
We typically see a new coach on a team that has struggled. That’s why he got the job in the first place. That’s not the case in Cleveland and there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Browns after a 7-win season. Mayfield took over the starting job early in the season and proved he could play. Add Odell Beckham Jr. to the mix and the Browns have visions of playoffs dancing in their heads. Freddie Kitchens got the job and has an impressive roster to play with. The Browns open at home against Tennessee.
A classic AFC West duel between the Broncos and Raiders closes the first week of the regular season, and the game will be played at the Oakland Coliseum. Antonio Brown is the newest weapon for Derek Carr and Oakland had three first-round picks after purging its roster last season. The only question is whether the fans will show up to support the lame-duck club.
NFL Week 1 Betting Schedule - September 5-9
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