Week 1 NFL Odds
The 2014 NFL season is still months away from even getting into training camp, let alone the games that count during the regular season. Still, you can always place futures bets on what is going to happen in the coming season. The one I’m going to focus on right now is the Week 1 NFL odds recently posted by the Las Vegas Hilton (LVH), which is one of the most respected sports books in Nevada.
Oddsmakers at the LVH have gone through and set spreads on all 16 Week 1 games. It starts with the 2014 season opener on Thursday, September 4th as the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks. There will be 13 more games Sunday, followed by a double-header on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Giants visit the Lions in the first game, while the Chargers take on the Cardinals in the second. Here is the entire Week 1 schedule.
Thursday, September 4
|Green Bay @ Seattle||NBC||Seahawks -5.5|
Sunday, September 7
|New Orleans @ Atlanta||FOX||Falcons -2|
|Buffalo @ Chicago||FOX||Bears -6.5|
|Tennessee @ Kansas City||CBS||Chiefs -5.5|
|Minnesota @ St Louis||FOX||Rams -5.5|
|New England @ Miami||CBS||Patriots -3.5|
|Oakland @ NY Jets||CBS||Jets -4.5|
|Jacksonville @ Philadelphia||CBS||Eagles -11|
|Cleveland @ Pittsburgh||CBS||Steelers -5|
|Cincinnati @ Baltimore||CBS||Ravens -2.5|
|Washington @ Houston||FOX||Texans -2.5|
|San Francisco @ Dallas||FOX||49ers -4|
|Carolina @ Tampa Bay||FOX||Panthers -2.5|
|Indianapolis @ Denver||NBC||Broncos -7|
Monday, September 8
|NY Giants @ Detroit||ESPN||Lions -4|
|San Diego @ Arizona||ESPN||Cardinals -3.5|
The home team is favored in all but three games in Week 1. The only exceptions are the Patriots (-3.5) at Dolphins, 49ers (-4) at Cowboys, and the Panthers (-2.5) at Buccaneers. However, most of the games are expected to be competitive. There is only one team that is more than a 7-point favorite, which is the Eagles (-11) hosting the Jaguars.
There are certainly some incredible match-ups to kick off the 2014 season. Obviously, the Packers at Seahawks on Thursday features two teams that made the playoffs last year. It’s also a rematch of the blown call by the refs that gave the Seahawks the win on Monday Night Football a couple of years ago. New Orleans at Atlanta, Cincinnati at Baltimore, San Francisco at Dallas and Indianapolis at Denver are four more games to keep an eye on.
There is a risk factor involved with betting games this early, but there is also plenty of value to be had. It would certainly be disappointing if you bet a team now and then a couple key players got injured or suspended in the preseason and were out for Week 1. However, I believe the value makes it worth it because most of these lines are sure to move by the start of the season. Here are my three favorite bets for Week 1, which I recommend betting as soon as you can before they do move.
Top 3 Week 1 NFL Bets
- Bills +6.5 (@ Bears)
- Titans +5.5 (@ Chiefs)
- Raiders +4.5 (@ Jets)