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Friday’s Lead: NFL Week 1 Betting Previews

Sep 07, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

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NFL

Sunday Means Something Again

The Browns haven’t won a Week 1 game since 2004. Jeff Garcia was the quarterback. Dub-ya was the president. You get the idea. It was a long arse time ago. But everyone’s undefeated heading into the NFL’s opening week, which presents opportunity abound betting-wise. Our experts preview all 32 teams’ seasons and highlight their favorite Week 1 angles in the Internet’s most thorough 2018 Betting Guide…

Survivor Strategy
Congratulations for being alive in your survivor pool. We’re so proud. Travis Reed gives you all the advice you need to make sure you’re still playing at this time next week…

Koerner’s Tiers
Want the No. 1 fantasy football ranker in the business to set your lineup? Well, Sean Koerner can’t quite do that, but his Week 1 tiers are the next best thing

Not Playing Favorites
Over the last 25 years, Week 1’s biggest favorite has gone 12-22 (35%) against the spread. You can still play the Saints (-9.5) vs. Tampa Bay. But don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Playing Favorites
We launched our new betting podcast “The Favorites” with the help of “The Sports Pope” Mike Francesa. Episode Two dropped this morning and features Chad Millman and BlackJack Fletcher taking listeners through their Week 1 Super Contest picks


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NCAAF

Pony Down

SMU’s season didn’t get off to the best start as the Mustangs made North Texas look like the Dallas Cowboys en route to a 46-23 shellacking. Things don’t get any easier for the Pony Express tonight as it takes on No. 16 TCU as 22.5-point home underdogs. Our brightest college football minds break down Friday’s lone football game

Jump, Jump
For Dan Rubenstein, Week 2 is “Jump Week.” It’s where you jump on underrated teams, and jump off the teams who won their first game, but demonstrated more holes than a Dunkin’ Donuts display case. Amongst his leaps? Texas A&M


TOP EXPERT PICKS

Geoff Schwartz

Cincinnati +3 over Indy. Geoff is fading Andrew Luck in what will be his first NFL game since the 2016 season…

See All of Geoff’s Picks

Paul Lo Duca

Arizona vs. Houston (over 71). Lo Duca expects this one to have less defense than an And1 street ball game…

See All of Paul’s Picks


Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports, Pictured; Tiger Woods

THE TOP 5

Inside Job: Is Mike Pence “Deep Throat Jr.”? Offshore sportsbook MyBookie posted odds on which White House official penned the op-ed slamming Donald Trump in the New York Times and listed the VP as second favorite behind the field…

Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods spent his Thursday afternoon tearing up the course at the BMW Championship, shooting a 62 to share the lead with Rory McIlroy. Can he keep it up over the weekend? Jason Sobel says he can, thanks to his putter

US Open Semifinals: The US Open semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro figures to be one of the sweatiest matches of all-time. And the players may perspire, too

FanDuel: Quite the coincidence that FanDuel launched its mobile betting app on the same day the NFL season kicked off. Quiiiite the coincidence…

Dodgers-Rockies: One of the scariest bets you can make is playing the under at Coors Field. But Paul Lo Duca ain’t afraid of no stinkin’ altitude

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports, Pictured; New Orleans Saints safety Chris Banjo (31) and linebacker Demario Davis (56) and cornerback Justin Hardee (34) and safety Vonn Bell (24) and cornerback Arthur Maulet (37) and linebacker Jayrone Elliott (55) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) and cornerback Marcus Williams (25) and linebacker Craig Robertson (52)

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