NFL Week 1 Spreads Are Here!
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We’re 141 days from the start of the NFL season, and yes, you can already bet every Week 1 game.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was kind enough to post spreads and totals for the NFL’s opening weekend shortly after Thursday’s schedule release. Don’t forget that Week 1 does matter, as the past 52 Super Bowl champions have a combined 42-9-1 record on opening weekend.
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Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
Spread: Eagles -3.5
Super Bowl hangover? Playoff revenge? No shortage of storylines in the season opener for your defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. (Read that sentence again and cherish it, Philadelphia.)
Remember the Falcons were one fourth-down conversion away from sending the Eagles home in the first round. Atlanta will have no shortage of motivation, but keep in mind that defending Super Bowl champions are 11-6-1 against the spread on opening weekend since 2000.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Spread: Steelers -7
Contrarians and sharps have already circled the Browns in this AFC North rivalry on opening weekend. Cleveland has won just four of its last 36 games against Pittsburgh, but at least the Browns covered the spread in both meetings last year.
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Spread: Vikings -4.5
Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Kirk Cousins. Can Jimmy G improve to 8-0 as an NFL starter? Cousins better hope not or talk radio in Minneapolis will start blowing up right off the bat about his contract. This is an important early season NFC measuring-stick game.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
Spread: Colts -1
The Frank Reich era begins in Indianapolis. He can’t do much worse than Chuck Pagano did in opening weeks, as the Colts have lost four straight season openers. In fact, they’ve started 0-2 in each of the past four years.
Expect a busy day in Indianapolis, as the Brickyard 400 will take place the same afternoon as the Colts opener.
Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
Spread: Ravens -3.5
Very cheeky move by the NFL to pit these two teams against each other at M&T Bank stadium in Week 1. The Ravens ended their 2017 season in devastating fashion on their home turf against Cincy, which allowed the Buffalo Bills to sneak into the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Baltimore will try to avoid looking too much ahead to avenging that loss to the Bengals, who happen to be their Week 2 opponent. These two teams also met in Baltimore on opening weekend in 2016 in a game the Ravens won 13-7.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants
Spread: Jaguars -4
Wait, the Giants aren’t playing the Cowboys in Week 1? I was beginning to think that was a new rule after seeing that matchup on opening weekend each of the last three seasons. I guess not — although wide receiver Dez Bryant could potentially end up playing in this game.
Nobody should complain about this matchup. We get to see cornerback Jalen Ramsey take on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — assuming he stays put. Jacksonville better not get caught looking ahead to its Week 2 matchup with the Patriots, who knocked them out of the playoffs in dramatic fashion last season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Spread: Saints -7.5
With how their season ended last season, the Saints have to be eager to get their 2018 campaign underway. Home games against the Bucs and Browns to start the year should help wash off some of that stink, but it won’t get any easier from there — 10 of their final 14 opponents finished with a record above .500 in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Bucs just want to avoid having to deal with countless injuries to key players again this year. It will be nice to see what Jameis Winston can do in his fourth season with a fully healthy roster.
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Spread: Patriots -7
We know we will see the return of Deshaun Watson, but will we also see Tom Brady back in uniform? As rumors of Brady’s retirement swirl, I’m assuming we’ll see No. 12 back in uniform once again to kick off his bid for a sixth Super Bowl ring.
If you are looking for a reason to fade the Patriots, you’ll like this trend: Super Bowl losers have gone a miserable 2-16 ATS in Week 1 since 2000.
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins
Spread: Titans -2.5
Home dog alert for the return of Ryan Tannehill under center. I can already see bookies across the country pulling out their old Dan Marino jerseys for this one.
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
Spread: Chargers -3
Can the Chargers actually get off to a good start this season? Well, if they want to flip the script from last season, they’ll need to do so against a Kansas City team that has beat them eight straight times.
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Spread: Broncos -2.5
The Broncos own a 44-13-1 (.772) record in home openers — the best mark in NFL history — including wins in 24 of their past 27. Denver is also tied with the Cowboys for the best Week 1 record in NFL history at 38-19-1.
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
Spread: Panthers -2.5
Like the Broncos, the Cowboys are the kings of opening week, as they have the most Week 1 wins (38), highest week 1 winning percentage (.667) and longest opening weekend historical winning streak of 16 games. Carolina is just happy to open up its season at home for the first time since 2013.
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals
Spread: Cardinals -1
Alex Smith vs. Sam Bradford. Still feels weird to say for a Redskins-Cardinals game. I’m willing to bet this is the least watched and wagered game of Week 1.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Spread: Packers -9
As of now, Chicago is listed as the largest underdog on opening weekend. Since 2010, the Bears are just 2-14 against the Packers — although those two wins surprisingly both came at Lambeau Field for all of those Chicago fans looking for any hope.
New York Jets at Detroit Lions
Spread: Lions -6
If you looked at the schedule and wondered why in the world this game is on Monday night in Week 1, you are not alone. After some digging, I found out we can blame Ed Sheeran.
Having said that, it will be interesting to see what the Lions look like under new head coach Matt Patricia and who ends up butt-fumbling under center for the Jets.
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
Spread: Rams -1.5
Chucky on Monday night feels right, but he will be on the sidelines for this one in what could be the last season opener in Oakland. Get used to seeing the Rams in prime time, as they will play five times at night for the first time in franchise history.