Ultimate 2018 NFL Week 1 Betting Guide
Christmas comes early for top sports betting sites. The sixth of September is the new December, 25th. And that’s because on the night of that day, the 2018 NFL season will kickoff. And it doesn’t even matter where you are (though you better be glued to the TV double-fisting. Beer, that is). You can get in on the action with a little something called mobile betting. And speaking of action… (lower your gaze now).
- Atlanta Falcons +3 (-115) +130 O 46 (-110)
- Philadelphia Eagles -3 (-105) -150 U 46 (-110)
The bad news is that Carson Wentz is probably not going to start under center for the Philadelphia Eagles. The good news is that Philly still has Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. That’s good news, right? Let’s put it like this. Foles won’t be winning preseason MVP. If there were such a thing. Go with Atlanta to cover.
- Pittsburgh Steelers -6 (-110) -250 O 46½ (-110)
- Cleveland Browns +6 (-110) +200 U 46½ (-110)
The new-look Browns will set out to shock the world. And a shock indeed it would be if they were to upset Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, et al. Pittsburgh all the way.
- San Francisco 49ers +6 (-105) +210 O 46 (-110)
- Minnesota Vikings -6 (-115) -260 U 46 (-110)
The Niners and the Vikes are pretty much even at QB (Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins, respectively). However, Minnesota has the much better defense. Take the Vikings.
- Cincinnati Bengals +3 (-110) +145 O 47 (-110)
- Indianapolis Colts -3 (-110) -170 U 47 (-110)
It’s pretty much safe to expect that Andrew Luck, even after missing last season, can still throw circles around Andy Dalton. The Colts are 5-2 against-the-spread in their last seven home games when favored by at least a field goal. That’ll probably 6-3 after this game.
- Buffalo Bills +7 (-110) +250 O 41 (-105)
- Baltimore Ravens -7 (-110) -310 U 41 (-115)
One should bet against any team who starts Nathan Peterman under center. Just on principle.
- Jacksonville Jaguars -3 (-110) -160 O 43½ (-110)
- New York Giants +3 (-110) +135 U 43½ (-110)
One could repeat the last sentence verbatim. Just substitute Blake Bortles for Nathan Peterman. However, head coach Doug Marrone has found a way to work around that hurdle. That said, the Jags have not covered 10 of their last 14 road games when favored by at least three points. Meanwhile, the Giants have covered seven of their last 10 home games as a dog of at least three points
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +10 (-110) +370 O 49½ (-110)
- New Orleans Saints -10 (-110) -460 U 49½ (-110)
The Saints will come marching in. And you want to be in that number. Praise Breesus!
- Houston Texans +6½ (-110) +225 O 51 (-110)
- New England Patriots -6½ (-110) -275 U 51 (-110)
Deshaun Watson leads Houston’s offense, as JJ Watts does the defense. Not too shabby, but they’re both returning from injury. And the Pats are the Pats. Even more so at Foxboro. So let’s go with them.
- Tennessee Titans -1½ (-110) -120 O 45 (-110)
- Miami Dolphins +1½ (-110) +100 U 45 (-110)
The Titans brought in Mike Vrabel to get Marcus Mariota to break the glass ceiling and grab the brass ring. But since we have no evidence that’s going to be the case, let’s take Miami.
- Kansas City Chiefs +3½ (-110) +150 O 47½ (-110)
- Los Angeles Chargers -3½ (-110) -180 U 47½ (-110)
Second-year QB Patrick Mahomes has yet to prove himself. The Bolts have a tendency to start strong as far as covering is concerned. And they closed out the 2017 season on a high note. Our money is on the Chargers sustaining the momentum.
- Seattle Seahawks +3 (-105) +135 O 42 (-110)
- Denver Broncos -3 (-115) -160 U 42 (-110)
You should take the ‘Hawks if you can find them at +3 or better. As in the line above taken from one of the top sports betting sites.
- Dallas Cowboys +3 (-120) +125 O 42½ (-110)
- Carolina Panthers -3 (+100) -145 U 42½ (-110)
The Panthers are the superior team on both sides of the ball. And the Cowboys are kind of road shy. Carolina wins and covers.
- Washington Redskins PK (-110) O 44 (-110)
- Arizona Cardinals PK (-110) U 44 (-110)
Alex Smith is a much, much better QB than Sam Bradford. However, the Cards can trust Bradford to lean on the team’s other offensive weapons, such as the returning David Johnson. In a PK situation like this, go with the home team.
- Chicago Bears +8½ (-110) +305 O 47½ (-110)
- Green Bay Packers -8½ (-110) -390 U 47½ (-110)
To put it bluntly, with Aaron Rodgers under center, da Bears stand no chance against the Packers.
- New York Jets +6½ (-105) +235 O 44½ (-110)
- Detroit Lions -6½ (-115) -290 U 44½ (-110)
Sam Darnold is good. Or, rather, will probably be very good. But chances are he won’t be from the get go. This game is the Lions’ to win or lose.
- Los Angeles Rams -3½ (-110) -185 O 49½ (-110)
- Oakland Raiders +3½ (-110) +155 U 49½ (-110)
Top sports betting sites favor the Rams and with good reason. There are just too many unknown unknowns concerning the Raiders.
All lines taken from MyBokie.ag, one of the best online sportsbooks.