The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will quickly need to refocus on September 6. They will open the NFL betting regular season in a Thursday night home game with Atlanta. The Eagles are a 4.5 point chalk over the Falcons. Both teams are top tier playoff contenders. Philadelphia was the surprise champion last year. Now they will catch nobody off guard. The Falcons and Eagles kickoff begins an outstanding first week.
2018 NFL Regular Season Week One
Date and Time: September 6 and 9, 2018
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Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh
One of the great NFL betting rivalries will renew on Sunday, September 9. Cleveland will host Pittsburgh. The Browns have nowhere to go but up after a winless 2017 season. For the Steelers this is a pivotal year. Head coach Mike Tomlin has a much warmer seat. Many Pittsburgh fans believe the team has gone stale. That Tomlin’s shelf life is over. And quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is running out of prime years. Will the Steelers show urgency? They will enter Cleveland as 6.5 point chalks.
Super Bowl Contenders
Few teams are getting more preseason love than San Francisco and Minnesota. Both are touted as Super Bowl contenders. The Vikings came very close last year. Minnesota lost the NFC title game at Philadelphia. For the 49ers expectations may be a reach. They are improved but still unproven. Minnesota is a 5.5 home chalk against the Niners in this opener. This first game may set tone and expectations for the rest of the year. But Minnesota is the more proven choice.
Kansas City vs. LA Chargers
Two ancient rivals from the old American Football League renew hostilities in week one. Kansas City and the LA Chargers have been battling since 1960. The Chiefs are perpetual playoff failures. They made the playoffs the past four years. And have one win in five games to show for it. KC is a team that likes to tease. The Chargers were a pleasant surprise at 9-7 last year. But was that a portent of things to come? Patrick Mahomes takes over as quarterback for the Chiefs. Will he get Kansas City over the hump? KC is a three point dog.
Sunday Night Football
Sunday Night Football gets a traditional classic. Green Bay hosts Chicago in the oldest NFL rivalry going. The Packers changed assistant coaches and management over the winter. The 2010 Super Bowl season has faded into frustration. The Pack has yet to be back on Super Sunday. Green Bay suffered without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers last year. The Bears remain a dysfunctional joke. And an eight point dog at Lambeau Field. Rodgers and Green Bay will be eager to step out. The eight points may not matter with the betting lines.
Monday night features the traditional doubleheader for week one. Detroit hosts the New York Jets. It’s a matchup of perpetual failures. Oakland will host the LA Rams. The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas next year. The Rams are emerging as a top team.
Matchup to Watch
The Sunday night game at Green Bay offers NFL betting opportunity.
The Packers are primed for a resurgent season. And Chicago offers nothing in the way of a proven quality opponent.
Top Week One NFL games Betting Odds Pick
Green Bay over Chicago is a top week one best bet!
NFL Betting Online Pick: Green Bay Packers
NFL Betting Online Score Prediction: Packers 31, Bears 17
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