Week 1 NFL Betting Lines

Week 1 NFL Betting Lines

The 2014 NFL season is less than 36 hours from beginning. Hallelujah! No more pointless preseason borefests, no more overreacting to meaningless stats, no more fretting about August injuries. The quest to win Super Bowl XLIX is upon us. Just like college, Week 1 games can be a bit tricky to handicap. Oddsmakers think they have a good idea which teams will be good this season, but few if any predicted the Chiefs would start 9-0 in 2013, or Atlanta would be 1-4 through five weeks. Here’s a look at the Week 1 lines for the 2014 NFL season.

Green Bay at Seattle -5.5 – Schedule-makers really know how to pick a kickoff game. This could very well be a preview of the NFC title game. Aaron Rodgers versus the league’s most dominant defense. Russell Wilson against Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers. Percy Harvin versus himself.┬áMore on this beauty tomorrow.

New Orleans at Atlanta +3 – Mad respect for the Falcons, who should be improved with a healthy Julio Jones and Roddy White. If this wasn’t on a fast turf, the Saints could be in trouble. Brees indoors, no matter the stadium, is solid gold.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh -6.5 – How long will Brian Hoyer last until he’s benched in favor of Johnny Football? A half? The Steelers defense has question marks, as does the wide receiving corps after Antonio Brown. On the flipside, the Browns defense could be pretty darn stout. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if Cleveland covers.

Jacksonville at Philadelphia -10 – The lone matchup with a double-digit point spread. Sure, the Eagles offense is dangerous, but it might take a couple weeks for Foles and Co. to adjust to life without DeSean Jackson. Jags were solid against the number down the stretch a year ago.

Cincinnati at Baltimore -1.5 – Divisional grudge match in Week 1. Gotta love it. Bengals long-term should be okay. Ravens might have their number on Sunday, though.

Buffalo at Chicago -6.5 – This has blowout written all over it. Bills have nothing under center and a shaky defense. Marc Trestman’s offense should be even more potent in Year 2. Trio of Forte, Marshall, and Jeffery is downright scary.

New England at Miami +5 – If the Dolphins want to prove they belong in the Patriots’ class, they can’t get thumped at home. Will Gronk play? He says yes. Will he last the entire game? Hmm…

San Francisco at Dallas +5 – If you own Niners or Cowboys in fantasy, get them in your lineup pronto. Colin Kaepernick is in for a huge day against a defense held together with popsicle sticks and Scotch tape. Romo might need to toss for five scores to keep the score close.

Indianapolis at Denver -7.5 – Peyton Manning threw for seven touchdowns in his last opening game. He probably won’t repeat those stats with Wes Welker possibly suspended, but if the revamped Broncos defense is legit, this one will be ugly.

NY Giants at Detroit -5.5 – As awful as Big Blue looked in the preseason (don’t be fooled by the 5-0 record), upsetting the Lions in Detroit wouldn’t be shocking in the least. Eli actually looked decent in last year’s 23-20 victory.