2018 NFL Week 1 Picks

2018 NFL Week 1 Picks

The NFL is back, and that means so are my weekly NFL picks. Week 1 kicks off on Thursday, Sept 6th so let’s jump right in with my NFL Week 1 picks.

2018 NFL Week 1 Picks

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles -2½
Thursday, Sept 6th, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

The season opener features the Super Bowl 51 runner-up facing the Super Bowl 53 winner. The two foes last met in last season’s divisional playoff round. The Eagles won as 3-point dogs. The NFL betting odds may have favored the Falcons back then and let’s face it the 2.5-points the Falcons are getting this week are because they are on the road. Why does everyone continue to doubt the Eagles? Because Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles has played ten drives that resulted in zero points this preseason. That isn’t enough for me to call Philly a lame duck. The defending champs have won 12 of the 14 NFL Kickoff games it’s hosted. I am betting that NFL betting trend continues this time around. The Falcons are my top NFL Week 1 pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers -3½ at Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Sept 9th, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Steelers are missing Le’veon Bell. The Browns are the most improved team. With Bell as a no-show, Pittsburgh is now a 3½-point favorite after opening at -5½. In last season’s opener, Cleveland lost by a field goal to Pittsburgh. This is a better Browns team. Even though the Browns have lost 13 straight season openers, my second NFL Week 1 pick is Cleveland with the points.

Houston Texans at New England Patriots -6
Sunday, Sept 9th, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

The Texans get Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt back from injury. Will that be enough to beat a Patriots team that has zero weapons on offense for Tom Brady? I say yes! My final NFL Week 1 pick is the Texans straight up at +220 on the moneyline to beat the Patriots straight up.

Those are my top three 2018 NFL Week 1 picks. Here are the remaining NFL Week 1 odds.

  • San Francisco 49ers (+215) at Minnesota Vikings (-255) | Spread: Vikings -6 | Game Total: 46
  • Cincinnati Bengals (+145) at Indianapolis Colts (-165) | Spread: Colts -3 | Game Total: 47
  • Buffalo Bills (+250) at Baltimore Ravens (-300) | Spread: Ravens -7.5 | Game Total: 40.5
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (-160) at New York Giants (+140) | Spread: Jaguars -3 | Game Total: 43.5
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+350) at New Orleans Saints (-440) | Spread: Saints -10.5 | Game Total: 49.5
  • Tennessee Titans (-120) at Miami Dolphins (+100) | Spread: Titans -1| Game Total: 45
  • Kansas City Chiefs (+158) at Los Angeles Chargers (-180) | Spread: Chargers -3 | Game Total: 47.5
  • Seattle Seahawks (+135) at Denver Broncos (-155) | Spread: Broncos -2.5 | Game Total: 42
  • Dallas Cowboys (+125) at Carolina Panthers (-145) | Spread: Panthers -2.5 | Game Total: 42.5
  • Washington (-110) at Arizona Cardinals (-110) | Spread: PK | Game Total: 44
  • Chicago Bears (+300) at Green Bay Packers (-360) | Spread: Packers -7.5 | Game Total: 47
  • New York Jets (+240) at Detroit Lions (-280) | Spread: Lions -7 | Game Total: 44 .5
  • Los Angeles Rams (-200) at Oakland Raiders (+170) | Spread: Rams -4 | Game Total: 49.5
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