NFL Odds: 2017-2018 NFL Week 1 Preview
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NFL Handicapping Insight
The NFL regular season will be here before you know it. With less then 100 days left before the opening kickoff it’s time to start taking a look at week one. Below I will provide a quick preview and pick for each game on the slate.
Chiefs vs. Patriots NFL Week 1 Odds: Patriots -7.5, O/U 48.5
The Patriots will raise their banner to kick off the NFL season. I think that the Patriots will use the momentum from that to beat a Chiefs team that isn’t great on the offensive side of the football.
NFL Free Pick: Patriots -7.5
Falcons vs. Bears NFL Week 1 Odds: Falcons -7, O/U 50.5
The Falcons will get their first chance to bounce back from their heartbreaking Super Bowl loss when they take on the Chicago Bears.
It should be a very good opportunity for them to get their first win and try to move on against a Bears team that is picked to be near the bottom of the NFL.
The Bears still have questions at quarterback and that will keep their scoring low. The Falcons win in a game that covers the under.
NFL Free Pick: Under 50.5
Eagles vs. Redskins NFL Week 1 Odds: Redskins -2.5, O/U 48
Carson Wentz will try to take a big step forward in year two and his first chance to do that will be against a division rival, the Washington Redskins. In this game though I don’t think that will happen.
The better quarterback in this game is Kirk Cousins and I think he will lead them to victory. The Redskins will win and cover.
NFL Free Pick: Redskins -2.5
Steelers vs. Browns NFL Week 1 Odds: Steelers -9, O/U 47.5
One of the projected best teams in the AFC in the Steelers face off against one of the worst projected teams in the Browns.
The Steelers are clearly the better team in this one, and will come out ahead in this one, but I don’t think the Browns are going to be as bad this year as people think. The Browns will cover.
NFL Free Pick: Browns +9
Ravens vs. Bengals NFL Week 1 Odds: Bengals -2, O/U 43
Two of the teams that hope to be near the top of the AFC North face off in week one. I really think the Bengals are going to struggle this year and this might be the year Marvin Lewis gets fired. The Ravens will get off to a good start and pull the upset in this one.
NFL Free Pick: Ravens +2
Cardinals vs. Lions NFL Week 1 Odds: Lions -2, O/U 48
Carson Palmer is getting old and the beginning of the end is near for him. I think Matthew Stafford comes out this season with something to prove. The Lions will win this game easily.
NFL Free Pick: Lions -2
Buccaneers vs. Dolphins NFL Week 1 Odds: Dolphins -2, O/U 47
Both of these teams are expected to be competing for playoff spots, and both might be competing for Wild Card Spots. Although they are in different conferences every win is going to be important for this team.
Both of these teams have good offenses and I think this will be a shootout. The Buccaneers win a game that covers the over.
NFL Free Pick: Over 47
Jets vs. Bills NFL Week 1 Odds: Bills -6, O/U 42.5
These are two teams who have a ton of questions about their teams, but both are projected to finish near the bottom of the standings. Both of these teams have offenses who are going to have problems doing much.
I think the Bills will win this game because their quarterback is a bit better, and this game will cover the under.
NFL Free Pick: Over 42.5
Raiders vs. Titans NFL Week 1 Odds: Raiders -1, O/U 52
I am surprised to see these odds as close as they are. The Titans are at home in this one but I don’t think it will matter. The Raiders offense is just too good and that will be the difference.
NFL Free Pick: Raiders -1
Jaguars vs. Texans NFL Week 1 Odds: Texans -4, O/U 42
This game is hard to predict because we aren’t sure who the Texas Quarterback is. But as long as Blake Bortles is the Jaguars quarterback they are going to struggle. I think the Texans defense will shut him down and that will be the difference.
The Texans win this game and cover.
NFL Free Pick: Texans -4
Colts vs. Rams NFL Week 1 Odds: Colts -3, O/U 47
Jared Goff tries to take the step forward this year, and he has a good chance to do that when he faces a Colts team that has really struggled on the defensive end. I don’t think he will make good of that opportunity though.
The Colts will win this game big.
NFL Free Pick: Colts -3
Seahawks vs. Packers NFL Week 1 Odds: Packers -3, O/U 49.5
The most exciting match up of week one will probably take place between the Seahawks and the Packers. They have had some classic battles over the last few years and I expect another one in this game.
It’s a tossup in who will win but the Seahawks will do enough to cover.
NFL Free Pick: Seahawks +3
Panthers vs. 49ers NFL Week 1 Odds: Panthers -5, O/U 48
Optimism is high around this 49ers squad is going to be able to do in a few years. But they don’t have all the talent in place yet and I think they are still at least a couple of years out.
The Panthers led by Cam Newton will win this game and cover.
NFL Free Pick: Panthers -5
Giants vs. Cowboys NFL Week 1 Odds: Cowboys -5, O/U 49.5
In a surprise to no one the Giants and Cowboys start week one in prime time. This game is as big as they get in week one and in a division that is usually very close it’s important to each of these teams that they get this win.
I think the Cowboys will win but with the Giants offense they will do enough to keep it close, and cover.
NFL Free Pick: Giants +5
Saints vs. Vikings NFL Week 1 Odds: Vikings -3.5, O/U 48
Adrian Peterson will make his return to Minnesota on Monday night football. The Vikings defense is good and that will be the difference in this one. The Vikings will win and cover in a relatively low scoring game.
NFL Free Pick: Vikings -3.5
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