As the summer days continue to slip away, we get ever closer to the start of the 2016 NFL season. Training camps will soon be in full swing, and the pre-season will give us a tiny glimpse into what we might expect from each team in this league. The online NFL betting odds for Week 1 are up, other than the morning line, of course, so let’s take a look at all the games, and what might be some solid betting picks for the opening week of the season.
Analyzing The 2016 NFL Week 1 Expert Picks
Panthers at Broncos
Things get rolling on Thursday, September 8 with a rematch of Super Bowl 50. The Panthers come into this one as a 2.5-point road favorite. That’s a little too tight for my tastes, and I would probably be happier going with the UNDER 43 points.
Buccaneers at Falcons
These are two teams who are probably looking down the barrel of losing seasons, so a Week 1 win might be essential to build some confidence. Gotta like the Falcons at home -3 in this one.
Vikings at Titans
Two of the best young QB’s in the game will be on display in this one, but I think it will be Teddy Bridgewater who get the edge here. I have to go with the Vikings -3 on the road, and would not be surprised if the OVER 42 points hit here.
Browns at Eagles
Not really sure what to expect from either of these two teams this season, but given that the Browns are routinely bad, the -6.5 odds for the Eagles looks pretty tempting.
Bengals at Jets
It’s likely going to be Cincinnati and Pittsburgh going for the AFC North crown, and the Bengals will be looking for a winning start against a tough Jets team. I like the Bengals -1.5, and I also like the OVER 41.5.
Raiders at Saints
Oakland could well be one of the dark horse teams this season, and this is a chance for them to get off to a winning start. I like the Raiders +1.5 as a surprise road winner here.
Chargers at Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs are notoriously tough to beat at Arrowhead Stadium, and they look as though they are going to have a good defense again this season. That said, I think the -7 is a little too much, and I like the Chargers to cover.
Bills at Ravens
One of the trickier Week 1 match-ups, in my opinion. The Ravens are a 2.5-point home favorite, but I am leaning more towards the UNDER 43 here.
Bears at Texans
Houston is once again considered a dark horse, but that is where they seem to start every season. Still, I think they are good value at -6 in this one.
Packers at Jaguars
This Jacksonville team has a real chance to compete this season, but this I a tough way to start the season. I like the Packers -4, and the OVER 47.
Dolphins at Seahawks
Seattle are always a good bet at home, but I have to say that the -8.5 does not sit well with me. I like the Dolphins to cover here.
Giants at Cowboys
This screams field goal game to me, which is why I like the Giants +3.5. The UNDER 49 also seems very tempting.
Lions at Colts
This is where life without Calvin Johnson begins for the Lions, and that period of adjustment will probably have them falling to the Colts who are a 5-point betting favorite.
Patriots at Cardinals
No Tom Brady in the line-up versus what is likely to be one of the best defenses in the league equals an Arizona win on Sunday night.
Steelers at Redskins
Tough road game for the Steelers, but I still like them at -3, and I also like the chances of the OVER 50.5.
Rams at 49ers
Todd Gurley is going to go off in this one, IMHO. I like the Rams as a 2-point road favorite, and I also like the UNDER 46.