It’s finally football season. The NFL returns this weekend with a salivating slate of action and for bettors there is plenty to stick your teeth into. Here are our best bets going into the NFL week 1 slate.
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NFL Week 1 picks
Eagles vs Lions: Eagles -4
Bias aside, this line still feels too small. The Eagles offense has come on leaps and bounds this offseason and while Detroit’s has taken some big jumps too, they’re largely offset by just how rampant the Philly defense could be. Sprinkle in the fact that it will be Jared Goff trying to utilize these playmakers and the narrative writes itself. Eagles -4 is the play.
Colts vs Texans: Colts -7
I still think the Texans are a mess and this Colts team only fell short of the final hurdle last year because of one man and one man only. Their new QB is still one of the most surgical arms in the game and while this is a lot to lay, I just can’t back Houston not to collapse…especially once the league catches up to Davis Mills. In this NFL Week 1 matchup against the Colts, I can’t see him withstanding the defense for too long before making some errors.
Ravens vs Jets: Ravens -7
I loved this line at -4.5 and then it was announced that Joe Flacco would be the starting QB. Sure, the Ravens lack weapons at wideout, but it won’t really matter here when all is said and done against a defense that ranked 32nd in time of possession last year. The Ravens are going to run and they’re not going to stop.
Falcons vs Saints: Saints -5.5
A healthy Jameis Winston with an eclectic group of receivers is more than enough to give them an edge in this grudge match. I do actually like the Falcons and the trajectory they’re headed, but the Saints have won four straight in Atlanta and the Falcons didn’t cover the spread once at home last year. I don’t expect that to change here.
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