If you’re an NFL betting enthusiast that loves to maximize you’re wagers by betting on value-packed underdogs, then you’re in luck!
Thanks to this informative betting analysis on three intriguing Week 1 matchups, you’re going to have a great opportunity to cash in on a trio of underdogs that all look like they could bring home the bacon against their favored opponents.
With the start of the 2014 NFL regular season here let’s get started.
3 Underdogs Picks to Bet On During NFL Week 1
Carolina +2.5 at Tampa Bay
Would someone please tell me how the hell the Carolina Panthers (12-5 SU, 9-7-1 ATS) are an underdog against the rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12 SU, 6-10 ATS) in their Week 1 NFC South division battle?
Maybe it’s me, but I’m still a bit surprised about this, but the fact of the matter is that this opening spread makes the Panthers even more attractive.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 6, 2014
The Panthers won 12 games a year ago and have brought home the bacon in four of their last six matchups against Tampa Bay .
Carolina has gone 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their NFC South division rivals and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against teams from the NFC.
Tampa Bay is just 2-6 ATS in their last eight Week 1 games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
The favorite in this series has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings, but I like the Panthers to put a dent in this trend by cashing in as the underdog.
My Pick: Carolina -3 Points
Minnesota +4 at St. Louis
St. Louis has one of the best defensive lines in the game today and they’re playing in the comfy confines of their home stadium, but it is the underdog Minnesota Vikings that I like to cover the spread in this Week 1 matchup.
St. Louis lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the season due to another torn ACL and did a poor job of acquiring a promising backup. Now the Rams are forced to turn to veteran backup Shaun Hill and things don’t look very promising as they get set for the start of the 2014 season if you ask me.
Minnesota recorded a perfect 4-0 SU record in the preseason while also going 3-1 ATS. More importantly, both, veteran signal-caller Matt Cassel and underrated rookie, Teddy Bridgewater, looked mostly fantastic throughout the preseason.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 6, 2014
I also love the Vikings’ hiring of widely-respected first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and I expect them to show their newfound, more aggressive playing style in this Week 1 regular season opener.
St. Louis is 1-6 ATS in their last seven Week 1 games while Minnesota has recorded a pristine 4-0 ATS mark in their last four games against their NFC counterparts while also going 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
My Pick: Minnesota +3.5 Points
Miami +5 at home against New England
Miami (8-8 SU, 9-7 ATS) looked very solid all preseason and won their last three scrimmage games after dropping their opener. More importantly, Miami ‘s vastly underrated defense never gave up more than 20 points this preseason which is why I like them to cover the NFL betting line in this affair.
New England (13-5 SU, 9-9 ATS) played solid football in the preseason in going 2-2 SU and 2-1-1 ATS and I expect them to reach the AFC title game at the least in 2014. However, I think the Pats could start their 2014 campaign off with an SU loss to a Miami team that has serious postseason hopes after narrowly failing to reach the postseason a year ago.
Miami beat New England 24-20 at home last season to snap a seven-game SU losing streak to the Pats and I like them to win their second straight over the Pats in this one. New England has won 14 of its last 21 road games, but the Pats are also just 1-6 ATS in its last seven road games.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 6, 2014
Miami won five of its final seven games in 2013 and has compiled an impressive 4-1 ATS mark in its last five home games. I’m not a real big fan of Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but I can’t say the third-year signal-caller is clueless – even if he does lack arm strength.
I expect Miami to take this contest as a serious measuring stick against a New England team that has legitimate Super Bowl 49 hopes.
My Pick: Miami +4 Points