Analyzing the NFL Las Vegas Odds 2017 Week 1 Matchups
Kansas City Chiefs at New England PatriotsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Patriots -9 Total: 48.5
Analysis: Oddsmakers are apparently expecting Tom Brady and the the New England Patriots to beat the hell out of every team they face in 2017, but I’m thinking that’s not gonna’ happen this coming season and that Kansas City and the Under are both looking good in this regular season opener.
New York Jets at Buffalo BillsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Bills -6.5 Total: 42
Analysis: The Bills are a near touchdown home fave, but things have changed since they jettisoned their top wide receiver and cornerback for a bag of trinkets.
Atlanta Falcons at Chicago BearsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Falcons -7 Total: 51
Analysis: Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are touchdown road favorites which clearly shows oddsmakers expect them to be far superior to Chicago in 2017. I’m thinking a double-digit road win is in the works here.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston TexansNFL Las Vegas Odds: Houston -4.5 Total: 40.5
Analysis: The Jacksonville Jaguars changed everything – except they forgot that Blake Bortles is atrocious. The Houston Texans will enter the 2017 regular season with a real quarterback for the first time in the Bill O’Brien era and look like locks to cover the spread in Week 1 if you ask me.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington RedskinsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Washington -1 Total: 48
Analysis: Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins are only 1-point home favorites in their NFC East divisional showdown against Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles which says that oddsmakers believe the Skins lost too much in the offseason. This one should be a classic field goal finish people.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit LionsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Lions -1 Total: 48
Analysis: Matthew Stafford and the perennially underachieving Detroit Lions are slight 1-point home faves against Carson Palmer and an Arizona Cardinals team I’m expecting to bounce back in a big way in 2017.
Oakland Raiders at Tennessee TitansNFL Las Vegas Odds: Raiders -1 Total: 51.5
Analysis: Make no mistake about it, there won’t be a whole lot of defense being played in this Week 1 matchup of playoff hopefuls. Whatever the Over is…I say, take it.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami DolphinsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Buccaneers -2 Total: 45.5
Analysis: Miami’s foolish move to acquire cry-baby quitter Jay Cutler after Ryan Tannehill was injured say a lot to me. Like, maybe Adam Gase isn’t nearly as smart as he looked in leading the Fins to 10 wins last season. The Bucs are looking good as slight road faves to me.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati BengalsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Cincinnati -3 Total: 43
Analysis: Joe Flacco will likely miss this AFC North divisional clash for Baltimore, making the Bengals the ‘super easy’ pick to win and cash in at home as surprisingly low 1-point home faves.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland BrownsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Pittsburgh -9 Total: 47
Analysis: I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but suddenly, I’m thinking the Browns could cover the spread at home in this AFC North showdown as they keep the final score closer to a touchdown finish than a double-digit one.
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles RamsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Indianapolis -3 Total: 47
Analysis: Andrew Luck is likely going to miss this one for the Colts and if he does, the rams could not only cover, but win outright.
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay PackersNFL Las Vegas Odds: Packers -3 Total: 49.5
Analysis: You can fully expect another knock-down, drag-out thriller that ends in a field goal finish when the Seahawks and Packers stage their latest ‘Instant Classic.’
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ersNFL Las Vegas Odds: Panthers -6 Total: 48
Analysis: Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers look like easy pickings in this regular season opener.
New York Giants at Dallas CowboysNFL Las Vegas Odds: Cowboys -3.5 Total: 47.5
Analysis: The Cowboys lost to the Giants twice last season and I don’t look like they should be a 3.5-point home favorite against the G-Men in their regular season opener, but hey, that’s just me!
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota VikingsNFL Las Vegas Odds: Minnesota -3.5 Total: 48
Analysis: I like the Minnesota Vikings and their outstanding defense, but I’m thinking future Hall of Fame signal-caller Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are looking good with the extra half-point.
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver BroncosNFL Las Vegas Odds: Broncos -3.5 Total: 44
Analysis: Denver was much better than Los Angeles last season, but I’m thinking the Broncos could fail to cover in an AFC West divisional showdown that looks like a three-point finish to me.