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Early Sunday Games

The opening Sunday of the 2009 NFL season features nine early kickoffs, each loaded with awesome wagering opportunities. Among the highlight games scheduled for 1:00 PM ET kickoffs are Miami-Atlanta, Philadelphia-Carolina, Jacksonville-Indianapolis, and Dallas-Tampa Bay.

As always, check out all of the odds for each of these games at Sportsbook.com.

MIAMI at ATLANTA

Miami & Atlanta try to build on playoff seasons when they open the 2009 campaign in one the two inter-conference games scheduled for Week 1. Miami was the league’s biggest surprise in ’08, improving by 10-wins from ‘07. Oddsmakers don’t expect it to continue though, dropping the Dolphins’ regular season wins prop bet to 7.5 this fall. Perhaps that has something to due with the fact that the Fish had the best turnover ratio in the NFL. HC Tony Sparano’s team was 3-1 SU but 0-4 ATS vs. the NFC last year. Atlanta also experienced a meteoric rise, going from 4-12 to 11-5 behind new offensive weapons QB Matt Ryan & RB Michael Turner. Like the Dolphins however, the Falcons were beat in the wildcard round. In this h2h series, Atlanta has won four straight ATS.

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PHILADELPHIA at CAROLINA

Top contenders in the NFC go head-to-head Sunday when Philadelphia visits Carolina. The Panthers are 1-point favorites, hoping to get off to a fast start and erase the memory of January’s embarrassing playoff loss. They rolled to a 12-4 regular season mark but were beaten 33-13 as a 10-point favorite vs. Arizona in the divisional round. Philadelphia also lost to the Cardinals a week later in the NFC title game, but has made several well received changes since in the offseason. The Eagles are 8-1 ATS as a road underdog over the last two seasons, and 33-15 ATS in that role under HC Andy Reid. They have won two straight in the h2h series, but haven’t visited Carolina since ’03. The Panthers were 5-3 ATS at home in ’08, their first winning mark since ‘02.

JACKSONVILLE at INDIANAPOLIS

There are seven divisional games scheduled for opening week in the NFL, perhaps none bigger than that in the AFC South between Indianapolis & Jacksonville. The AFC South is expected to be one of the most competitive divisions in football, and both the Colts and Jaguars boast playoff expectations. This has been a back-and-forth series as well, with road teams owning a 6-4 SU & 7-2-1 ATS record in the L10 h2h games. The last three games have been decided by a TD or less. Ironically, the pointspread for Sunday is set at Colts -7. They were just 3-8 ATS last year as favorites despite winning 12 games. Indy will begin a new era under Jim Caldwell, the former quarterback coach. The Jaguars are hoping to forget ‘08 after losing six of the L7 games, both SU & ATS.

DALLAS at TAMPA BAY

Dallas & Tampa Bay were 9-7 a year ago, but the teams don’t share similar aspirations for 2009. The Cowboys have re-tooled, the Bucs are rebuilding. HC Wade Phillips’ team moves on without WR Terrell Owens among others, but seems poised to make another charge at an NFC East title. In ’08, the Cowboys were outscored by 0.2 PPG and finished 7-9 ATS, including 3-5 ATS on the road. Dallas is a 3-point favorite, as Tampa has made massive change since January, having cut several recognizable veterans while turning to HC Raheem Morris to take over for John Gruden. As of presstime, Morris had yet to name his starting QB. In this series, home teams are on a run of 4-1 SU & 5-0 ATS. The Bucs are on a run of 27-6 UNDER the total in the first two weeks of the season.

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