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NFL Predictions for Week 1 Late Slate: Raiders vs. Chargers, Giants vs. Titans Popping as Sharp Sunday Bets

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  • The latest NFL predictions for Week 1's late slate are showing Raiders vs. Chargers and Giants vs. Titans as two of Sunday's sharpest betting picks.
  • In both cases, smart money from respected bettors is taking big positions on these two Sunday NFL Week 1 games.
  • With the help of the Action Network's NFL predictions, we dive into the smartest ways to bet Raiders vs. Chargers and Giants vs. Titans in Week 1.

Handicapping NFL odds movement can be difficult for Week 1.

Because NFL Week 1 odds have been available since May, simply comparing opening to current lines can be very misleading.

For example, the Browns opened as 4.5-point favorites over the Panthers for Week 1, a line that’s now essentially a pick’em.

Of course, there has been plenty of news surrounding both teams, including Deshaun Watson’s suspension and the acquisition of Baker Mayfield, which clearly had an effect on NFL odds for this matchup.

So it’s inaccurate to try and draw any conclusions based on the 4.5-point line move by itself.

However, late odds movement that can’t be tied to specific pieces of player news is significant because they are more likely to be based on money from respected bettors.

Using the combination of the Action Network’s PRO betting tools and NFL odds histories, let’s dig into Sunday’s two sharpest Week 1 picks.

NFL Picks for Week 1

*NFL odds as of Sunday morning

Raiders vs. Chargers Pick

4:25 p.m. ET | CBS

Raiders vs. Chargers is a textbook example of big bets from respected players moving NFL odds.

For example, Las Vegas opened as a 4-point underdog against Los Angeles in this matchup and 51% of the spread tickets have come in on the Raiders, suggesting relatively balanced betting.