If you’re a pro football betting lines aficionado that just can’t wait until the start of the 2016 regular season, then you’re in luck! If you’re already turning your eyes toward what promises to be another absolutely exhilarating NFL season, then you’re going to enjoy the expert analysis you’re about to get on seven scintillating matchups that are scattered across the course of the 2016 regular season. With that said and the 2016 NFL Draft quickly approaching, let’s get started.
2016 NFL Season Schedule Expert Betting Analysis
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Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos
Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 8
Analysis: This is a fantastic Super Bowl rematch that will have a far different look to last season’s title tilt with the Broncos trotting out either veteran Mark Sanchez as their starter or some other still unknown (Colin Kaepernick?) signal-caller.
Despite losing defensive tackle Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan in free agency, the Broncos will still be formidable on defense. For Carolina, quarterback Cam Newton will be back at it in trying to lead Carolina to consecutive Super Bowl appearances. The good news for Carolina is that they’ll have No. 1 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin back on the field after he missed the entire 2015 campaign.
The Broncos are 8-2 SU but just 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 home games while Carolina has gone 7-3 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in its last 10 road games. Denver is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five meetings against the Panthers overall.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 18
Analysis: The Vikings will open their U.S. Bank Stadium against their longtime NFC North division rivals looking to improve on their division crown and accompanying playoff appearance in 2015. Mike Zimmer and the Packers will look to get back into legitimate Super Bowl contention under incomparable quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers are 6-4 SU and a robust 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Vikings are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 home games. Green Bay is 3-1-1 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five divisional matchups against Minnesota.
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4
Analysis: Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Carolina’s Cam Newton will be in the spotlight as they look to lead their elite teams to victory in a contest that will be very telling as it comes late in the season in Week 13. Make no mistake about it, Wilson versus Newton could be a dream match up for the league for years to come.
Carolina has gone 7-3 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in its last 10 road games. The Seahawks are 6-4 SU but just 4-6 ATS in their last 10 home games. Carolina has gone 2-3 SU and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against Seattle.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 24
Analysis: The Texans have a new starting quarterback in former Denver signal-caller Brock Osweiler and that decision to sign the former Broncos backup in free agency has altered the course of the 2016 campaign for both franchises. Osweiler gets a chance to become an unquestioned starter for the first time in his career and Denver is left scrambling for options like Mark Sanchez.
Houston has gone 8-2 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Broncos are 7-3 SU and 5-3-2 ATS in their last 10 home games. Denver is 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five meetings against Houston.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23
Analysis: The Seahawks will look to get their NFC West division title back from Arizona after coming up short in their quest for division supremacy last season. Arizona added elite pass-rusher Chandler Jones in free agency while Seattle lost running back Marshawn ‘Beast Mode” Lynch to retirement.
The Seahawks are 6-4 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. Arizona has gone 7-3 SU but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Seahawks are also 3-2 SU and ATS in the last five games against Arizona.
Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13
Analysis: The Seahawks will get another crack at New England after falling short against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX two years ago.
The Seahawks are 6-4 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. Tom Brady and the Patriots have won nine of their last 10 home games while going 6-1-3 ATS along the way. The Patriots have gone 6-4 SU but just 4-6 ATS in its last 10 road games while the Seahawks have gone 6-4 SU but just 4-6 ATS in their last 10 home games. New England is 3-2 SU and ATS in the last five games against Seattle.
New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 11
Analysis: Tom Brady and Carson Palmer will be in the spotlight, but it will be Arizona’s elite defense trying to stop Brady that decides the outcome of this affair. Then again, backup Jimmy Garoppolo could be under center for the Patriots if the NFL wins its appeal in the Deflategate case against Brady.
The Patriots are 6-4 SU but just 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games while Arizona has gone 7-3 SU but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. New England is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five meetings against the Cardinals.