NFL Week 1 Lines: Champs Getting Little Respect

Ben Burns | May 1, 2013 | ARCHIVE

As far as I'm concerned, its never too early to think about the NFL.

Some shops have posted early Week 1 lines. I'm not recommending on getting down on any at the moment.

However, I do find it interesting - and often informative - to compare these early "spring" lines to the ones that we'll see after the preseason is finished.

The opening night game features Baltimore traveling to Denver. The Ravens may be the champs but its the Broncos who are currently laying more than a touchdown.

Some other potentially interesting matchups include the Packers visiting San Francisco to take on the 49'ers and the Giants and Cowboys renewing their rivalry at "Big D." The latter is the Sunday night game.

The Monday night double-header includes another NFC East battle, as the Eagles invade the nation's capital to take on the Redskins. That's followed by Houston at San Diego in the night cap.

A complete list of the Week 1 odds appears below. Lines courtesy of Sports Interaction, as of May 1st.

Thursday, Sept. 5
Baltimore at Denver (-8.5)

Sunday, Sept, 8
New England (-7) at  Buffalo
Tennessee at Pittsburgh (-7)
Atlanta at New Orleans (-2.5)
Tampa (-2) at NY Jets
Kansas City (-1.5) at Jacksonville
Cincinnati at Chicago (-3.5)
Miami (pk) at Cleveland
Seattle (-3.5) at Carolina
Minnesota at Detroit (-2.5)
Oakland at Indianapolis (-8.5)
Arizona at St. Louis (-6)
Green Bay at San Francisco (-5)
NY Giants at Dallas (-3)

Monday Sept. 9
Philadelphia at Washington (-5.5)
Houston (-3) at San Diego

Famous for his success in the NFL, Ben Burns won from wire-to-wire last season, capping off a massive campaign with a stellar performance in the playoffs.