Week 1 NFL Odds
The odds have been established for the first week of the NFL season. Let’s take a look at each match up. For a full preview of each game just click on the link for each game (updated often!).
Thursday September 8, 2011
8:30 PM EST | Saints at Packers (Packers -4.5, O/U 48) - The Super Bowl Champs of the last two years meet at Green Bay to open up the NFL season. I can’t think of a better way to kick it off. Both teams are still contenders and both teams feature QBs at the top of their game.
Sunday September 11, 2011
1:00 PM EST | Bills at Chiefs (Chiefs -6, O/U 40) - KC was a surprise playoff team last year, while Buffalo finished the season strong. Expectations are low again in Buffalo, while Chiefs fans are hopeful that their 2010 season wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
1:00 PM EST | Lions at Buccaneers (Bucs -1, O/U 41) - With both teams you get the feeling that their heading in the right direction. They are also both still young, but this game will be a great first test to see where each squad is at.
1:00 PM EST | Falcons at Bears (Falcons -3, O/U 40.5) - The Bears aren’t getting much respect heading into the season, despite winning the NFC North last year. Meanwhile, most “experts” are ready to crown the Falcons the new Kings of the entire conference. It will be interesting to see how this first game shakes out for both teams.
1:00 PM EST | Eagles at Rams (Eagles -4.5, O/U 44) - I think everyone is interested to see how the Philly “Dream Team” performs in their first regular season game. The real treat might be watching the Rams and their second-year QB Sam Bradford, who looks like a future star in this league.
1:00 PM EST | Colts at Texans (Texans -8.5, O/U 43.5) - No Peyton Manning sent this line sky-high, but don’t sleep on Indy if old man Kerry Collins limits his mistakes. Texans always give the Colts fits, however, and Manning’s status can only bolster their confidence.
1:00 PM EST | Bengals at Browns (Browns -6.5, O/U 36) - The Bengals don’t have much to be excited about this season other than an early look at two potential rookie stars in Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Cleveland, on the other hand, is a young team with some emerging talent that’s worth getting worked up about.
1:00 PM EST | Steelers at Ravens (Ravens -1, O/U 36) - One of the best rivalries in the NFL over the last decade, I don’t know an NFL fan who isn’t excited to see these to bump heads in their season openers. Both have received criticism for their aging defenses, but my bet is they’ll both be just fine.
1:00 PM EST | Titans at Jaguars (Jags -1, O/U 37) - Pretty hard to get excited for this one unless you are a fan of either team or have some of their players on your fantasy team. The great thing about the NFL is, it could still end up being one of the best games of the day.
4:15 PM EST | Panthers at Cardinals (Cards -7, O/U 37) - Expectations are high for Arizona after bringing in Kevin Kolb at QB as their “missing piece”, but the jury is still out. The Panthers….maybe Cam Newton will be fun to watch?!
4:15 PM EST | Seahawks at 49ers (49ers -5, O/U 38) - There’s still no clear-cut winner in the NFC West. I guess that makes this game intriguing? I guess it does.
4:15 PM EST | Giants at Redskins (Giants -3, O/U 38) - Good East Coast matchup here, but the Washington QB situation has a lot of Redskin fans scratching their heads. The Giants are pretty much the same team they were last year, minus a few new players on the IR. Hopefully Eli doesn’t get sympathy pains for Peyton.
4:15 PM EST | Vikings at Chargers (Chargers -9, O/U 42) - The Vikings still have AD (or AP), but little else worth watching. San Diego will be one of the most fun teams to watch this year, provided you don’t punch your TV every time you see Philip Rivers throwing a tantrum like a five-year old you won’t let watch Dora one more time before bed, which will be often.
8:20 PM EST | Cowboys at Jets (Jets -4.5, O/U 41) - I’m very interested to see how the Cowboys look here. They were one of my picks for the biggest turnarounds this year, but this is a tough spot. The Jets still look strong in just about every phase of the game and if Mark Sanchez continues to improve (see: doesn’t throw INTs) they’ll be contenders again this year.
Monday September 12, 2011
7:00 PM EST | Patriots at Dolphins (Patriots -7, O/U 46) - The Dolphins have to fix whatever was wrong last year when they lost all but one game on the road (1-7). This probably isn’t the spot to do it, but it still needs fixed. The Patriots still look great and I’m not just talking about Brady’s hair.
10:15 PM EST | Raiders at Broncos (Broncos -3, O/U 40) - This is one of the better rivalries in the NFL, even if neither team is expected to go anywhere this season. These teams hate each other and it usually makes for some great football.