NFL Week 1 Lines: Champs Getting Little Respect
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.
- Ben Burns
- February 9, 2016 - 8:30 PM
- Offered at:
- sbgglobal @ -1.5 -110 Dallas
WHITE HOT Ben Burns followed up a PERFECT 5-0 Sunday by delivering a PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP w/ his basketball on Monday. Burns is a PERFECT 5-0 in the NBA the past four days, going a BLISTERING 8-1-1 his L10 basketball overall. When Ben gets in this type of zone, he makes it look EASIER THAN SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL. BANK on more of the same Tuesday!
The Jazz come in on a roll, having won six straight. That winning streak has led to a low line here, which I feel is providing value with the home team. A closer look at the Jazz's winning streak shows that they've been fortunate to play some weak and/or struggling teams and that five of those six games came at home. The one road game was at Phoenix against a depleted Suns team. The Jazz are still just 8-15 away from Salt Lake City and I expect them to have their hands full this evening.
The Mavs got back on track last time out, winning at Memphis. (Arguably a more impressive feat than any of Utah's recent wins.) They've had two days off since then and they don't play again until after the All Star Break. They should be fresh and focused on the task at hand. The Jazz, on the other hand, play at New Orleans tomorrow.
While the Jazz are 8-15 on the road, the Mavs are 15-10 at home. Dallas outscores teams here. Utah gets outscored on the road. Note that the Mavs are 3-1 SU/ATS as home favorites of three or fewer points while the Jazz are just 1-4 ATS as road underdogs of three or less.
The Mavs, 7-1 ATS against teams from the Northwest Division, have dominated the Jazz here for years. Indeed, they're 22-2 as a host in this series, a perfect 10-0 the last 10. That streak will eventually come to an end. I just don't see it happening tonight. Consider Dallas.