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5 best bets for NFL Week 1 schedule

Finally, we are almost to the first Sunday of the NFL season. We already saw the first NFL Week 1 game take place with the Philadelphia Eagles taking down the Atlanta Falcons, but now we get to the frantic, full slate that a weekend brings.

So which games are the ones you might want to lay a little bit of cheddar down? Here are five NFL Week 1 worth considering.

All lines are courtesy of OddsShark.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants (+3)

The Jaguars are coming off an AFC Championship Game appearance, so logic might tell you they should beat a team that just went 3-13. That would be faulty logic, when you realize the NFL is such a year-to-eyar proposition. The Giants have improved on both sides of the ball and most importantly, added a new head coach in Pat Shurmur. Look for New York to be vastly superior to last year’s addition, and for a 1-0 record in 2018.

4. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7)

Normally, you don’t want to be taking on such a high number. The Packers are laying a touchdown here, actually down from the 7.5. points is was earlier in the week. However, Green Bay is dominant at Lambeau Field when Aaron Rodgers is under center, and while the Bears have made legitimate moves to become a tougher squad, they aren’t on the Packers’ level. If Mitchell Trubisky steps up the Bears could cover, but that’s a big ask in this spot.


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3. Los Angeles Rams (-4.5) at Oakland Raiders

If you are going to bet and do so on a favorite, this is the best line of the week. Look, everybody is down on Jon Gruden and the Raiders, so perhaps there is a bit of nervousness that things are about to course correct. If you’re feeling that way, consider that Gruden has jettisoned Khalil Mack while acquiring AJ McCarron and Martavis Bryant, the latter of which was cut after being fetched for a third-round pick. Meanwhile, the Rams are an innovative offense and an absolutely loaded defense.

2. Houston Texans (+6) at New England Patriots

New England should win this game, but the Texans are going to cover. These two teams might well see each other again come January, and this could determine whether the host is Houston or New England. The Texans have the better roster, but the Patriots have Tom Brady, which means a close game that likely goes toward’s Brady in the end.


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1. Cincinnati Bengals (+2.5) at Indianapolis Colts

This is simple. The Bengals aren’t good, but they are clearly better than the Colts. It’s incredible that Indianapolis is favored in this game, even if it is at home against the Bengals. Marvin Lewis’ group is lacking offensively beyond A.J. Green, but the defense is fierce and will carry the day.

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