With the start of Week 1 in the NFL kicking off this week, it will bring about another exciting year of not only football action leading up to the Super Bowl in February but also plenty of opportunities to bet on your favorite team or games.
Beginning this week all throughout the year, Wonder Punter will handicap favorite select games that will give you the best shot of winning a wager through any of our top-rated and most trusted sportsbooks.
Here is our “6-Pack of Games” to watch for in Week 1 with each games point spread and over/under.
Saints vs Buccaners
New Orleans (-9.5) (O/U 49.5) vs. Tampa Bay: Tough matchup for the Bucs to have to go into the ‘Big Easy’ and secure a win against what is expected to be a very good Saints team that will be in the hunt for an NFC South title. The spread on this game is anywhere from (-9.5) points from BetNow to (-10) from MyBookie to (-10.5) from 5Dimes leading up to game time. The Over/Under of 49.5 is the consensus amongst the books.
With just a 4-10 record in September and 3-10 SU in their last 13 trips into New Orleans, I see Tampa Bay having their issues against a Saints teams that is 13-5 versus their own division over their last 18 games and always shines at home. Even with a spread by as much as (-10.5), I see too much fire power from Drew Brees and company scoring early and often to cover the spread. Give me the Saints MINUS the (-9.5) points to cover and win easily over the Buccaneers.
Ravens vs Bills
Baltimore (-7) (O/U 40.5) vs. Buffalo: A pair of AFC teams will open their season in a game where the Ravens lost out to a postseason berth from the Bills, who stole one away on the final game of the season last year. Opening up at home, the consensus of the books is predicting Baltimore a touchdown favorite, while 5Dimes and MyBookie is giving the underdog Bills (+7.5) points.
With the way the season ended last year for Baltimore losing out to the Bills for a playoff spot, the AFC Central contenders will be out for revenge. Liking the way the Ravens looked in the preseason and simply seeming to be the better team, I will favor Baltimore MINUS the (-7) points to cover the spread and win.
Patriots vs Texans
New England (-6.5) (O/U 50.5) vs. Houston: In a game where the home Patriots open up their season, the spread on this game varies from (-6) from BetNow to (-6.5) from BetOnline to (-7) from MyBookie with a heavy consensus feeling the Pats should win this game as they usually dominate teams going into Gillette Stadium.
Winners of just 1 of their last 5 on the road, the Texans will be hard-pressed to pull off an upset in New England where they are 0-5. With the odds stacked against the Texans, I will take the Patriots MINUS the points (-6) from BetNow to cover the spread and win going away.
Panthers vs Cowboys
Carolina (-2.5) (O/U 42.5) vs. Dallas: Great opening week matchup as the Cowboys will be seeking better success in 2018 starting with a contest against a Panthers teams some have picked to go to the Super Bowl. Carolina opens at home as (-2.5) point favorites from 5Dimes to (-3) from BetNow and MyBookie. The sportsbook consensus has this one with an Over/Under of 42.5 total game points scored.
The Cowboys have handled Carolina well in head-to-head matchups where they are 5-1 straight-up. However, with too many question marks on the Dallas offensive side of the ball heading into the new season versus what I feel will be a hungry Carolina team, I will easily favor the Panthers MINUS the points (-2.5) over Dallas to cover the spread and win and also see this game going OVER 42.5 points scored.
Broncos vs Seahawks
Denver (-2.5) (O/U 42.0) vs. Seattle: Not the same Seattle team we have seen in season’s past, the Seahawks open up their 2018 campaign with a tough matchup on the road at Mile High against an improved Denver squad from a year ago. Whereas the Seahawks seem to have lost some talent as they look to compete in the NFC West, the Broncos have made some improvements on both sides of the football.
5Dimes is backing the Broncos at home with (-2.5) points, while books such as BetNow and MyBookie are giving the visiting Seahawks (+3) points. The consensus of sportsbooks has the Over/Under at (42.0) total game points scored. A different team away from home, I don’t see Seattle being able to take care of business on the road… give me the Broncos MINUS the points (-2.5) to cover the spread and win.
Rams vs Raiders
Los Angeles Rams (-4) (O/U 49.5) vs. Oakland: A Monday night matchup should be an entertaining contest between the Rams, a team many have picked to go to the Super Bowl going up against an Oakland team seeking to return to glory with the hiring of Jon Gruden. Liking the talent and improvements of this Rams team, the books have LAR favored from (-4) points from BetNow, with MyBookie giving the underdog Silver and Black (+5) points.
The ‘Black Hole” of the Oakland Coliseum isn’t the same as in year’s past and with a talented Los Angeles team looking to make their mark on national television, I’m not sold on Gruden having his team with the right game plan in slowing down what is good LA team on both sides of the ball? I see too much on the Rams side to feel the Oakland upset on this one; give me the Rams MINUS the points (-4) to cover and win over the Raiders.