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.
- Scott Rickenbach
- November 30, 2015 - 8:30 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ 4.5 -105 Baltimore
Monday Night NFL *1* Free Pick from Scott 'The Bulldog' Rickenbach
Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach NFL Free Pick *1* on Baltimore @ Cleveland @ 8:30 PM Monday - Both teams have so many issues right now that I decided to pass on releasing a star rated pick on Monday Night's NFL match-up. However, that doesn't mean that I don't see any value here. In fact, as this line has now climbed up to a 4.5 in some spots, I do feel the Ravens are worth a look here. Again, it's not a star rated play for me but making the key numbers of 3 and 4 now winners for the Ravens as a dog means there is some additional value here. Cleveland is going with Josh McCown at QB because of all the issues with Johnny Manziel. The Ravens are forced to go with Matt Schaub at QB after the injury to Joe Flacco. While neither QB situation is ideal are the Browns really 4.5 points better than the Ravens at this point in the season? Cleveland has only won two games all season and one of those came by just three points and that was the victory at Baltimore which also gives the Ravens the added 'revenge factor' here. As for the Ravens, sure their 3-7 record on the season is ugly but Baltimore has had 4 losses by 4 points or less this year. In other words, give the Ravens +4.5 in every game this year and their record would be 7-3 ATS. Have the Browns laying 4.5 in every game this season and their record would be 1-9 ATS. The point is that this line is now reaching a value point and in what is likely going to be an ugly game that could be anybody's game, the Ravens plus the significant points is certainly worth a look in this one. *1* Free Pick on Baltimore Monday Night.