Get ready to strap on the helmets and the pads, as NFL Week 1 of the 2018 season is almost upon us. Players will be reporting to training camps all across the country later this month, with the start of the season now just about a month and a half away. We will have some preseason action to entertain us while we wait, but we all know that Week 1 of the season is when the real action kicks off.
The opening week of the 2018 NFL season has some rather tasty looking treats on offer, and we have chosen what we believe are the best games on the schedule. These are the match-ups that will make you want to get online and get in on the NFL betting action, so let’s take a look at what’s coming.
NFL Week 1 Must Bet Games – 2018 Season
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Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles
- When: Thursday, September 6th
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field
- NFL Week 1 Odds: Philadelphia Eagles -4
The new NFL season will open, as always, with the defending Super Bowl champions raising the banner at home. The Philadelphia Eagles have not been given any favors in the opening week, though, as they will need to cut the celebrations and focus on the visiting Atlanta Falcons, a team likely to push the champs all the way in the race for the NFC crown this season.
The Eagles will certainly be hoping for more of a party than the Patriots got last season when they were pounded by the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. No time for a hangover here, as the Eagles will need to come out with guns blazing against a killer Falcons offense.
Houston Texans vs New England Patriots
- When: Sunday, September 9th
- Where: Gillette Stadium
- NFL Week 1 Odds: New England Patriots -6.5
Much has been made about the alleged in-house issues in New England over the past few months, and there is talk that this season will mark the end of the Brady/Belichick era. If that is indeed to be the case, then who can we expect to see become the kings of the AFC.
The Houston Texans would like to believe that they are part of the conversation, especially since they appear to have landed their franchise QB in DeShaun Watson. The young man certainly looked the part before going down with an injury in his rookie year, and it is going to be interesting to see how he matches up with the GOAT.
Kansas City Chiefs vs LA Chargers
- When: Sunday, September 9th
- Where: StubHub Center
- NFL Week 1 Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -3
What we have here are a pair of teams with a legitimate shot at being in the playoffs this season. The Chiefs are going to have a period of adjustment, as they will be going with an unproven QB in Patrick Mahomes after shipping out Alex Smith. They will have a tough start on the road to an LA Chargers team that just missed out on the postseason last year.
We won’t know the whole story on Mahomes after just one game, but we could get an idea on what kind of season it could be for the Chiefs when we see how this one plays out.
LA Rams vs Oakland Raiders
- When: Monday, September 10th
- Where: Oakland Coliseum
- NFL Week 1 Odds: Los Angeles Rams -3
We have a double-header on the opening Monday night of the season, but it is the late game that is the one worth staying up for. The LA Rams had a breakthrough season in 2017, although their one and done in the playoffs made for a disappointing end.
The Raiders had a poor year after coming into 2017 as one of the favorites, and they will be looking to bounce back under new head coach Jon Gruden. I would argue that this one has the potential to be the game of the week.
Rest of the Schedule (Week 1)
Sunday, September 6th
- Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Giants
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints
- San Francisco 49ers vs Minnesota Vikings
- Tennessee Titans vs Miami Dolphins
- Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns
- Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos
- Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers
- Washington Redskins vs Arizona Cardinals
- Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers
Monday, September 10th
- New York Jets vs Detroit Lions