NFL Week 1 Preview


The NFL preseason is in full swing and NFL fans are getting to see their teams on the field for the first time this year. It’s been a wild offseason, with multiple high-profile stars dawning new jerseys, including two of the best receivers in the game in Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. In addition, there remain some unknowns as we approach the start of the regular season, such as the contract status of the defending rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott. To get you ready for Week 1, we’ll discuss the top-10 matchups to watch for and give you some insight into the NFL betting odds, so you can be prepared to bet on the NFL with confidence.


2019 NFL Week 1 Best Odds and Matchups


Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears (-3)

Packers’ rookie head coach Matt LaFleur will be thrown into the fire in this NFC North division rivalry against the 3.5-point favourite Chicago Bears. The Bears led the NFL ATS at 12-4 last season (also 12-4 SU), and it’ll be a tough matchup for Rodgers against what should be an elite defense in Chicago again this season.


Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings (-4.0)

Despite the immense talent in both of these locker rooms, both the Falcons and Vikings missed the playoffs last season. One of these clubs will get a head start to turning their fortunes around in Week 1 with a victory, but Minnesota has the edge playing in the friendly confines of US Bank Stadium.


Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite being on the road against a defense that ranked fifth in the league last season, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs enter as 3.5-point favourites in the NFL odds. It’ll be Nick Foles’ first start for the Jags, however, so he’ll be looking to get his team off to a good start with an upset.


Los Angeles Rams (-3.0) vs. Carolina Panthers

Both the LA Rams and Carolina Panthers have the potential to score big points, and that’s why the O/U has been set at 51.0. If Todd Gurley is healthy, the Rams should have no problem holding up their end of the scoring total against a Carolina team that ranked in the bottom half of the league in points allowed per game (23.9) last season.


Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns (-6.5)

The odds on NFL Sunday heavily favour Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns, who will be at home against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Can they fulfill the hype?


Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-6.0)

We still don’t know who will start at the QB position for the ‘Skins. That doesn’t bode well for a Washington team that’ll be up against what is expected to be one of the better defensive lines in the NFL this season after the Eagles acquired Malik Jackson to compliment the rushing attack of Fletcher Cox. As a result, the Eagles are strong NFL betting favourites at -6.0.


Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Chargers (-3.0)

The Colts and Chargers each share +1600 odds to win Super Bowl LIV as we enter the regular season, and the three-point margin in their Week 1 matchup shows just how close this matchup is expected to be. This one will no doubt be a QB duel between Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers, so secondaries will likely make the difference in this head-to-head matchup.


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots (-6.0)

This will be the first time the Pittsburgh Steelers open a season without Antonio Brown since 2010, and we’ll get a sense for how Ben Roethlisberger manages the Steelers’ offence without his go-to receiver against the defending champion New England Patriots in Week 1. The Pats were a respectable 9-7-0 ATS last year, so expect more of the same at home where they were 8-0 in 2018-19.


Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints (-7.0)

The NFL lines are in love with the New Orleans Saints (-7.0) at home against the Houston Texans in the early Monday nighter despite the Texans finishing with an impressive 5-3 road record last year. New Orleans was second in the league at 10-6-0 ATS last season and they’ll be up against a Texans’ defence that ranked fifth-last in defending the pass. That said, Houston did a lot to upgrade their defence this offseason, such as signing free agents CB Bradley Roby and S Tashaun Gipson.


Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders (-1.5)

The other Monday night matchup will showcase the newly-acquired Antonio Brown in black and silver. After settling the helmet fiasco, Brown is expected to be ready for Week 1 and has his Raiders as narrow 1.5-point home favourites versus a Denver squad that has undergone significant offseason change, including bringing in Joe Flacco as their new starting quarterback.


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