Now that the lockout is settled and the free agent frenzy has slowed down a lot, it is now time to look at the early week #1 odds. Bettors should be careful as injuries could occur in the pre-season games especially with the lack of off-season conditioning by some players because of the lockout. Here is a look at the games and their lines courtesy of Bookmaker Sportsbook who is offering a 25% signup bonus to all NFL bettors this season.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Packers and Saints open the season in Green Bay in a battle of the last two Super Bowl Champions. The Packers are 4 1/2 point favorites with a total of 46. The Packers will raise their championship banner over the not yet Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Steelers and Ravens renew hostilities in Baltimore to start the season. The Ravens are 2 1/2 (-115) point favorites as home and the total is 36 1/2. This is one the NFL’s most heated rivalries, and the two teams usually play each other close. Last season Pittsburgh eliminated the Ravens in the AFC divisional round with a 31-24 win.
In a battle of up and coming teams in the NFC, The Buccaneers host the Lions. Tampa Bay is -3 (-125) and the total is 40.
Atlanta and Chicago had the two best records in the NFC last year, but both were beaten by the Packers at home in the playoffs. The Falcons are 2 1/2 point road favorites and the total is 40 1/2.
Kansas City hosts Buffalo. The Chiefs are -6 1/2 with a total of 40 1/2.
Last season, Houston upset Indianapolis in the opener in a coming out party for running back Arian Foster. Houston is -3 (-105) with a total of 46 in Houston against the Colts. Peyton Manning is recovering from off-season neck surgery but is expected to be ready by the regular season.
The Eagles have been the big spenders in free agency this season. They travel to St. Louis in the opener to take on Sam Bradford and the Rams. Philly is -5 and the total is 43 1/2.
In the battle of Ohio, Cleveland hosts Cincinnati. The Browns are -4 1/2 and the total is 36. The Bengals will most likely start rookie Andy Dalton at quarterback.
Jacksonville hosts Tennessee in the debut for new Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The Jaguars are -3 and the total is 39. For the first time since 1994 a coach other than Jeff Fisher will lead the Titans as Mike Munchak takes over the reins.
It is always emotional when the Giants and Redskins get together but expect it to be even more as the two NFC East rivals meet on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Giants are 4 point favorites on the road and the total is 38.
Arizona hosts Carolina in the debuts for new Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb and #1 draft pick Cam Newton of the Panthers. The last time Cam Newton played at University of Phoenix Stadium, he was leading the Auburn Tigers to a BCS championship game win over Oregon in January. The Cards are -5 1/2 and the total is 36 1/2.
It’s Alex Smith and Tavaris Jackson! Seahawks at 49ers! It’s the NFL on Fox! I am being sarcastic of course. Not every game can be great, and unless you live in one of these fine cities you won’t see this game unless you have the Sunday Ticket Package. If you care, San Francisco is -5 with a total of 39 1/2.
Donovan McNabb makes his debut for the Vikings as Minnesota travels to San Diego to take on the Chargers. San Diego is – 8 1/2 and the total is 40 1/2.
The Cowboys travel to New Jersey to take on the Jets in the Sunday night game. Both teams have gotten a lot of hype, mainly due to the Ryan brothers. Rex is the head coach of the Jets, and Rob is the new defensive coordinator of the Cowboys. Both love to hear the sound of their own voice and aren’t afraid to talk trash. Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo plays his first game after breaking his collarbone midway through last season. The Jets are -4 1/2 and the total is 41.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The Patriots travel to the Dolphins in the first game of a Monday night double header. The Patriots have added such high profile players as Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco, and Shaun Ellis. New England is -5 on the road and the total is 44 1/2.
The Broncos host the Raiders in the second game. Denver has a quarterback controversy with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. The Denver fans and front office want Tebow as the starter but Orton has performed much better in training camp. Denver is a pick and the total is 40 1/2 against their rivals.
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