Early 2016 NFL Regular Season Bets for you Should Place Now

Posted by Joe Solari on Thursday,April 28, 2016 2:12, EST in

With more than four months before the official kickoff of the 2016 NFL season, it seems way too early to start thinking about placing wagers on NFL odds. But don’t tell that to CG Technology in Las Vegas that has already released the odds for every NFL game on the 2016 calendar from Week 1 to Week 16. With a good number of the NFL lines guaranteed to change after the 2016 NFL draft and once the regular season begins, here are some hot NFL picks and bets you should jump on right now when the odds are still favorable and affordable.

Early 2016 NFL Regular Season Bets for you Should Place Now

 

 

WEEK 1: Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos (-1.5)

The Denver Broncos are the defending champs and many bettors are likely to back them up in this game, especially because of their solid defense. The problem, however, is that Cam Newton and Co., who’ve largely remained intact from their gruesome loss to the Broncos in the Super Bowl 50 game, will come into this game with nothing but vengeance on their mind. Meanwhile, Denver (as we speak) don’t have a go-to guy at QB—given Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler are no longer in Mile High—and whoever gets the starting job will need time to gel with his teammates. With that, going with Carolina sounds like the best way to go in this trap game that is meant to hook up Denver supporters.

WEEK 1: Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints (OVER: 50)

As two teams that had some of the weakest defenses last year (and many years before that as well), it doesn’t look like we will be seeing too many changes from them this year. Yes, the free agency saw some noteworthy names join both teams and the NFL draft will equally see some valuable pieces boost both defenses, but there are too many holes to trust both defenses in the upcoming season. On the opposite side of the field, it is the exact opposite; Oakland brings back a proven and talented group, led by quarterback Derek Carr, running back Latavius Murray, wideouts Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper and tight ends Mychal Rivera and Clive Walford. The Saints are just as good, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, who is a master of exploiting weak defenses, as he did in his career-high 7-touchdown performance against the New York Giants. With leaky defenses and solid offenses, this total is likely to go up as the season approaches, so the sooner you can lock an OVER 50 total, the better it is likely to be for you in terms of cashing in from this sumptuous pick. And for good measure, be on the lookout for a possible win by the upswing Raiders over

WEEK 6: Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots (-4)

The Patriots seldom lose at home and their best football often comes midway through the season, so this should be a sweet opportunity for the Patriots to dismantle the overvalued Bengals. This should be particularly possible if Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season, making him come into this game with an extra chip on his shoulder to make up for lost time. So, you better jump on this line before it goes up to -6 or even more.

WEEK 15: Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick) at Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are perennial questionable performers when the season is about to come to an end, complemented with their well-known underperformance in the playoffs. The Steelers, meanwhile, are a force to reckon with and had it not been for their injuries in the 2015-16 season, they would have performed much better. It’s hard to predict who will be healthy or injured at this time of the year, but barring any major injuries, Pittsburgh’s extremely talented offense and up-surging defense should be able to get the job done here rather comfortably. So, before Pittsburgh starts performing well in the regular season and this line begins to go up in favor of the Steelers, take Pittsburgh at a pick-em price and don’t look back.

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Chicago Bears (Regular Season Win Total OVER 6.5)

Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers will always be a force to reckon with in the NFC North while third-year QB Teddy Bridgewater, mercurial running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings look to be on the upswing. But the team we are concerned with here is the maligned Chicago Bears. Despite having a disappointing campaign last year, the Bears (we believe) have the pieces needed to bounce back with 7-or-more wins. QB Jay Cutler is a talented player and he will be getting a load of receiving talent this season, led by WR Alshon Jeffery (54 receptions, 807 yards in 2015) and 2015 Round 1 pick Kevin White (West Virginia), who will finally get his chance to shine in the Windy City after a shin injury sidelined him for his entire rookie campaign. Besides those two receivers, the Bears also have the likes of Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy and Marc Mariani in the WR department, with TEs Martellus Bennett and Khari Lee and RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jeremy Langford capable of offering a wide variety of offensive support. Along with a projected improved defense and the fact that both the Packers and Lions aren’t playing in their scary-best as was the case a few years back, Chicago should make a good value for OVER 6.5 regular season wins this year.