Why wait until the official start of the 2016 NFL regular season to get your latest pro football wagering campaign underway? Thanks to the recently released Week 1 NFL odds and the handful of accompanying NFL futures bet predictions that you’re about to get, you can kick off your quest for gridiron betting success right now!
The Oakland Raiders are hoping for big things heading into 2016 while the New Orleans Saints are looking to get back to simply being a respectable franchise. For this Week 1 match up I believe an Over/Under total wager is the best wager for this contest. Behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Dew Brees, the Saints ranked eighth in scoring (25.5 ppg) while Oakland ranked 17th in scoring by putting up 22.4 points per contest. Defensively, New Orleans finished dead last in points allowed (29.8 ppg) while the Raiders ranked 21st by giving up 24.4 points per game.
Both of these teams have explosive offenses and I suspect the Raiders will be forced to keep up with the Saints in a high-scoring affair.
The Pick: Saints 31 Raiders 28
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5, 43.5)
I really like the Kansas City heading into 2016 and believe the Chiefs will win the AFC West this coming season, starting with an important home division win over San Diego in this opener. Alex Smith and company have won two straight and four of their last six home games against San Diego, but with Philip Rivers and the Bolts going 3-1 ATS in their last four road dates against K.C. I say it doesn’t bode well for the Chiefs.
I think the point spread for this contest is a few points too high, making the Bolts my pick to narrowly cover the spread as road dogs.
The Chargers added defensive lineman Joey Bosa with the third overall pick in the draft and the former Ohio State star can only help a Chargers defense that was mostly abysmal a year ago. The Chiefs added defensive lineman Chris Jones ad will have veteran running back Jamaal Charles back on the field this season after he missed nearly all of 2015.
With Kansas City going 5-5 ATS in their last 10 home games and San Diego going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road dates, I say the handwriting is on the wall for a Chargers ATS cover!
The Pick: Kansas City 27 San Diego 24
Monday, Sept. 12
Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5, 51) at Washington Redskins
Analysis: The Washington Redskins (9-7) are feeling pretty good about themselves heading into 2016 after winning the NFC East last season and apparently finding their new franchise quarterback in Kirk Cousins, but for me, the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) are the pick to win and cash in as road favorites.
Firs and foremost, I don’t think Washington head coach belongs on the same field as Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin. Not only that, but no matter how well Kirk Cousins plays for the Skins, he’ll never be anywhere ear the quarterback that future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger is. The Steelers ranked fifth in scoring last season (26.4 ppg) and 11th in points allowed (19.9 ppg) while Washington finished 17th in points allowed and 10th in scoring (24.3 ppg).
I expect Pittsburgh to contend for a berth in Super Bowl 51 if they can improve their pass defense in 2016. While it’s quite possible that Washington could win the NFC East for the second consecutive season, I don’t think the Skins are in the same caliber of NFC title contenders as teams like Seattle, Arizona or Carolina. The Steelers rarely visit the nation’s capitol, but they’re 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS in their two road trips to D.C. dating back to 1998.
The Pick: Pittsburgh 30 Washington 21