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What Is The Atlanta Vs Chicago Spread?

What Is The Atlanta Vs Chicago Spread?

Ryan and Atlanta Falcons Look For Fresh Start in Windy City Against Rebuilding Bears

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will be looking for a fresh start following their Super Bowl 51 collapse when they kick off their 2017 regular season with a road date against the rebuilding Chicago Bears. With Chicago looking pretty good in the preseason and the Falcons going winless during the scrimmage season, let’s find out if the Falcons can get the win and ATS cover as decisive road favorites.

Atlanta Falcons Vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 1 Spread & Pick

Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: FOX
Spread: Atlanta -7
Total: 51

Why Bet the Atlanta Falcons Spread At -7

The Falcons didn’t look very good at all in losing to Miami, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Jacksonville this preseason while scoring 20 points or less in every game. Last season, Atlanta ranked first in the league in scoring by putting up a whopping 33.8 points per game although they were just as disappointing defensively after finishing 27th in points allowed (25.4 ppg).

Still, the Falcons are expecting to contend with the core group of their offense back in Ryan, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones and fellow wideout Mohamed Sanu. The Falcons lost offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who bolted to take the head coaching job in San Francisco, so it remains to be seen how his departure will affect Atlanta this coming season.

To address their needs on both sides of the ball, the Falcons hired the widely respected Steve Sarkisian to replace Shanahan while signing veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe and defensive end Jack Crawford in free agency. Atlanta also drafted defensive end Takkarist McKinley in the first round and linebacker Duke Riley in the third round.

Why Bet the Chicago Bears Spread At +7

The Bears looked pretty solid in the preseason by beating Arizona and Tennessee in Weeks 2 and 3 and putting up a good effort in their Week a scrimmage loss to Denver, their 25-0 shutout loss to Cleveland in their preseason finale notwithstanding.

The Bears finished the 2016 season ranked a dismal 28th in scoring (17.4 ppg) and equally uninspiring 24th in points allowed (24.9 ppg) and are looking for big improvements after making some moves in the offseason. Chicago signed veteran signal-caller Mike Glennon to be their short-term answer at quarterback while drafting Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the draft as their long-term franchise quarterback.

Chicago found out they had a real gem in running back Jordan Howard with the former Alabama-Birmingham star rushing for a completely surprising 1,313 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season. To address their needs on both sides of the ball, the Bears signed veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, tight end Dion Sims, wide receiver Kendall Wright and safety Quintin Demps in free agency although they parted ways with former No. 1 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive backs Tracy Porter, and wide receiver Eddie Royal among others.

Atlanta Falcons Vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 1 Pick

I’ve got to admit that, after seeing Chicago in the preseason, I’ve had to adjust my thinking a bit on the Bears and their near future. However, for this Week1 matchup against Atlanta, I don’t see how Chicago can keep up with a Falcons offense that will definitely be looking to get in gear after struggling in the preseason.

The Bears appear to have found an answer in both, Glennon and Mitchell at quarterback and they definitely have a gifted running back, but again, Atlanta looks like they’re going to be just too explosive offensively for the bears to keep up with in this contest,

The Falcons are 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on grass while Chicago has gone 0-7 ATS in their last seven games in the month of September and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four regular season openers. The Falcons cover with room to spare!

Pick: Atlanta Falcons -7 Points

NFL Week 1 Line Arizona Vs Detroit

NFL Week 1 Line Arizona Vs Detroit

Are Palmer and Arizona Cardinals the Pick as Slight Road favorites Against Stafford and Detroit Lions in Week 1 Matchup?

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions went 9-7 and reached the playoffs a year ago. Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals went 8-7-1 last season to bring their two-year playoff run to an abrupt halt.

So why are Palmer and the cards favored to beat Stafford and the Lions in their 2017 Week 1 regular season opener and more importantly, are they the right pick to win and cash in? Let’s find out right now. These two NFC playoff hopefuls will square off on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, live from Ford Field with this game airing on FOX.

NFL Week 1 Betting Line Arizona Cardinals Vs Detroit Lions

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
TV: FOX
NFL Odds: Arizona -1
Total: 48

Why Bet the Arizona Cardinals Line At -1

The Cardinals went 2-3 in the preseason, including their ‘unofficial’ Hall of Fame game matchup against Dallas. Arizona beat Oakland and Atlanta in Weeks 1 and 4 while losing to Dallas, Chicago in Week 2 and Denver in Week 4. Last season, Palmer and company ranked a stellar sixth in scoring by averaging a healthy 26.1 points per game, although their defense took a step backward in finishing 14th in points allowed at 22.6 per game.

To address their needs, Arizona signed veteran safety Antoine Bethea, linebacker Karlos Dansby and linebacker Jarvis Jones in free agency while drafting linebacker Hassan Reddick in the first round and safety Budda Baker in the second round. On offense, Arizona drafted wide receiver Chad Williams in the third round and guard Dorian Johnson in the fourth round while signing veteran kicker Phil Dawson and backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert in free agency.

Why Bet the Detroit Lions Line At +1

The Lions went 2-2 in the preseason by beating the Colts and Jets in Weeks 1 and 2 before losing to the Patriots and Bills. In their Week 4 loss, rookie quarterback Brad Kaaya went 12 of 20 for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns and one pick to make his case for being the backup to Matthew Stafford. Last season, Detroit ranked an uninspiring 20th in scoring (21.6 ppg) and a respectable 13th in points allowed (22.4 ppg).

To address their needs, the Lions signed veteran guard T.J. Lang, linebacker Paul Worrilow, defensive end Cornelius Washington, cornerback D.J. Hayden, defensive tackle Akeem Spence and tackle Rick Wagner in free agency while drafting linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round. The Lions lose wide receiver Anquan Boldin, guard Larry Warford and tackle Riley Reiff from last year’s squad.

NFL Week 1 Line Arizona Vs Detroit Betting Pick

Maybe it’s me, but I can’t understand why Detroit didn’t look to improve their offense when it clearly needs to add some more playmakers and their defense was at least respectable a year ago. The Lions have a Pro Bowler in wide receiver Golden Tate and an elusive running back in Ameer Abdullah, but they don’t have the kind of athleticism at the skill positions that ‘scares’ other teams.

I like the way the Arizona Cardinals looked to improve their defense and I believe they’re in for a bounce-back kind of season in 2017, starting with a big win over the Lions in this Week 1 opener. Arizona is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in the month of September and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while Detroit is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against their NFC counterparts. Cardinals running back David Johnson will be the best player on the field in this one while leading Arizona to the outright road win!

Pick: Arizona Cardinals -1

NFL Week 1 Spread Ravens Vs Bengals

NFL Week 1 Spread Ravens Vs Bengals

Can Flacco Shake Off Rust to Help Baltimore Win in Cincinnati in Week 1 AFC North Divisional Battle?

The Baltimore Ravens will be hoping that starting quarterback Joe Flacco can shake off the rust when they hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in an intriguing Week 1 regular season opener for both longtime AFC North division rivals. Not only will Flacco be making his 2017 debut after missing the entire preseason with an injury, but he’ll be doing so against a Bengals team that looks like it significantly improved because of a series of smart offseason moves.

The NFL Week 1 spread favors Cincinnati by 3-points to beat Baltimore. Now, let’s find out which AFC playoff hopeful is going to get the win on Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 PM ET, live from Paul Brown Stadium with this matchup airing on CBS.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 1 Spread & Pick

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
NFL Odds: Cincinnati -3
Total: 42.5

Why Bet the Baltimore Ravens Spread At +3

The Ravens went 4-0 in the preseason by beating the Redskins, Dolphins, Bills, and Saints. In their Week 4 win, the Ravens narrowly got past New Orleans 14-13 as backup quarterback Chase Daniel went 11-for-19 for 103 yards and one touchdown. Now, they’re turning to their longtime starter and hoping for the best although Flacco hasn’t thrown to any of his top three receivers in more than a year.

“It feels good to be back out here with the guys and be a part of everything again,” Flacco said after a recent practice. “Really, it’s been a weird situation the last few weeks, because it’s just something you have to wait out.

When asked about Flacco potentially being rusty, head coach John Harbaugh replied, "I think it’s always a concern as far as the timing and the precision and all that with what you do," Harbaugh said. "I’m sure that’ll be something that we’ll be working on all year.

Baltimore went 8-8 last season and I believe they needed to improve an offense that finished an underwhelming 21st in scoring (21.4 ppg) instead of a defense that finished a respectable ninth in points allowed (20.1 ppg). Instead of addressing their offensive needs, Baltimore did actually improve their defense, particularly in the secondary where they added strong safety Tony Jefferson and veteran cornerback Brandon Carr.

Why Bet the Cincinnati Bengals Spread At -3

Cincinnati went 1-3 in the preseason by beating Tampa Bay in their opener and losing to the Chiefs, Redskins, and Colts. In their 7-6, Week 4 loss to Indianapolis, backup quarterback A.J. McCarron went 20-for-30 for 216 yards. The Bengals went 6-9-1 in 2016 to see their five-year run of reaching the playoffs unceremoniously snapped while finishing third in the AFC North behind both, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

However, Cincinnati made a bunch of excellent moves in the offseason by drafting speedy wide receiver John Ross and gifted running back Joe Mixon while adding veterans like linebacker Kevin Minter and tackle Andre Smith.

The Bengals finished 2016 ranked a solid eighth in points allowed (19.7 ppg) but they struggled offensively by sinking all the way to 24th in scoring (20.3 ppg) after having previously been one of the more potent offenses for a handful of seasons. Now, after their additions that bring both, youth and speed, the Bengals are hoping to become explosive again offensively in 2017.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 1 Pick

While Baltimore beat Cincinnati at home last year 19-14 to snap a five-game losing streak against the Bengals, but Cincinnati extracted their revenge by handing the Ravens a 27-10 loss in their second meeting last season.

More importantly, I can’t understand why the Ravens wanted to improve their secondary but didn’t look to improve their offense more than they did in the offseason when it was clear that they needed to. With the Bengals ranked in the top 10 in points allowed last season, but struggling to score the ball, they addressed their offensive needs in a big way.

The Ravens are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against their AFC North division rivals but they’re also 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games.

Cincinnati has gone 3-0-1 ATS in their last four Week 1 games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Ravens have not won a game in Cincinnati since January 1st, 2012 and they won’t win this one either.

Pick: Cincinnati -3