NFL Week 1- Betting Insider

NFL Week 1- Betting Insider

Written by: Bobby Engelhard.

Each Saturday afternoon I am going to give my picks for the NFL and try to win everyone some money.  I will also give my pick for survivor pools here each week as a bonus.  So lets not waste anytime and get to the games.

Season Record To Date- 0-0

1 pm Games

JETS @ BILLS 

SPREAD JETS +8

PICK- JETS +8-  We are all well aware that the Jets are tanking the season in order to draft one of the stud Quarterbacks in this upcoming NFL draft.  What people are not as aware of is that the Bills are pretty much doing the same thing.  In all honesty the Bills are only slightly better than the Jets on paper. The one thing the Bills do well is run the football with Shady Mccoy and the only thing the Jets can do well is stop the run.  I see this being a very close low scoring game with the Jets at least covering the spread.

FALCONS @ BEARS

SPREAD FALCONS -7

Pick-Falcons -7- Super bowl hangover or not the Falcons have one of the most talented offensives in football and the Bears do not have the talent on defense to keep up.  The Falcons have a ton to prove this year after the Super Bowl Meltdown and this being the first real game action for this team since that day I can see this game getting very ugly quickly even though I think the Bears will be better than people think this year.

JAGUARS @ TEXANS

SPREAD TEXANS – 5

Pick- Jaguars +5-  This is going to be a defensive battle because both teams do not have a good quarterback and both boast very strong defenses.  I am taking the points here because I see this game being more like a 1 point spread if you matched them up on paper but I think Vegas knows the public money is going to be on the Texans no matter the spread because of Hurricane Harvey and the idea the Texans will be emotionally charged up.  So I will gladly take the extra points here and expect a late field goal winning this one.

EAGLES @ REDSKINS

SPREAD EAGLES -1

PICK-Redskins -1-  Bottom line is the Redskins have more talent than the Eagles and have the home field advantage in this one so I was kind of surprised to see the line being just 1.  Should be high scoring but the Redskins have just a little more firepower in this one.

CARDINALS @ LIONS

SPREAD LIONS +2.5

PICK- CARDINALS -2.5-  The Lions just made Mathew Stafford the highest paid QB in the league and a lot of people like the Lions as a sleeper this year.  With that said the Cardinals lost a handful of games last year on special teams alone and could have had a much different season than they did.  The talent is there for the Cardinals once again this season and with the defense they boast I think the Lions will have their hands full in week 1.

RAIDERS @ TITANS

TITANS -3

PICK- RAIDERS +3- The Titans are everyone’s preseason darlings and surprise team but lets not forget something in this game, the Raiders have already shown they have the talent to win.  This is a classic line of hype for the Titans in a home opener even though the Raiders in my opinion are the stronger team.

STEELERS @ BROWNS

SPREAD BROWNS +10

PICK- BROWNS +10-  The Browns are not a great football team but when looking at their roster they do have some talent and I am a big fan of Deshone Kizer.  I think their offense should be able to put up points and keep this game close.  Watch for Corey Coleman to have a big year with Kizer’s big arm.

4 PM GAMES

COLTS @ RAMS

SPREAD COLTS +4

PICK-RAMS -4-  The Rams are not a very good team but the Colts without Andrew Luck are as bad as it gets in the NFL.  Scot Tolzien is awful and the Colts Defense is just as bad. I see the Rams being able to pound the ball with Todd Gurley all game and their defense being able to make some plays against the Colts which is all you need to cover in this one being at home.

SEAHAWKS @ PACKERS

SPREAD PACKERS -3

PICK- SEAHAWKS +3-  Plain and simple the Seahawks defense will be able to contain Aaron Rodgers enough and the Packers Defense will have a very hard time containing a healthy Russell Wilson.  You worry about the Seahawks offensive line but the Packers do not have the personal to blow up the Seahawks offense. Should be a great game but I could see the Seahawks winning this one outright so take the points.

PANTHERS @ 49ERS

SPREAD PANTHERS -6

PICK- PANTHERS -6-  Cam Newton only threw 2 passes all preseason but who cares he has a lot to prove and probably has the best weapons he has ever had in his career.  The 49ers roster is thin and will simply be outmatched in this one against a Panther team that is ready to put last season injury riddled year behind them.

SUNDAY NIGHT GAME

GIANTS @ COWBOYS

SPREAD GIANTS +4

PICK-Giants +4 – I do not care that Zeke is playing the Giants are a superior team to the Cowboys this season.  The Giants defense is as good as it gets and the offense will be able to do enough to win games.  The Cowboys offensive line took a step back and their defense which played above their heads last year did not do anything to improve.  Jaylon Smith who hasn’t played football in 2 years is their starting middle linebacker for this game.  Giants win this one outright.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

SAINTS @ VIKINGS

SPREAD SAINTS +3

PICK- Saints +3-  I think the Vikings defense is not as good as it played last season and I think the Saints offense going to keep rolling.   Drew Brees in domes is a problem for any team and Sam Bradford is just not a good QB so I am going with the Saints here.

CHARGERS @ BRONCOS

SPREAD BRONCOS -3

PICK- CHARGERS +3-  I am down on the Broncos this year as I think the defense could take a step back and the offense is going to struggle all year with their QB situation.  The Chargers I really like this season from a betting stand point because I think they have the talent to compete with any team week in and week out and due to them being relocated and playing in a soccer stadium they may not get the respect i feel they deserve.

BONUS- SURVIVOR POOL PICK

FALCONS-  Not a clear-cut week but I see no way the Falcon do not dismantle the Bears this week.  To much offense and not enough defense for the Bears plus a team that has plenty of motivation going into this season.

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