NFL odds for Week 1

NFL odds for Week 1

Sure the adage “Football is Back” applied to the Thursday night game between the Eagles and Falcons. Most people though would agree the NFL season starts when the first slate of 1:00 PM EST games start on September 9. With 13 games filling up the schedule on Sunday and two more scheduled for Monday night, there is no shortage of betting options available in Week 1.

Although the season kicked off on Thursday, the National Football League is not officially back until the Sunday after. The league has scheduled a few exciting Week 1 matchups and bettors have the opportunity to get the season started right with some smart picks. Looking at the schedule, teams and lines, we have the top options to bet on to start the 2018 NFL season.

NFL Week 1 Preview and Predictions

Best Moneyline to Bet Week 1

The Carolina Panthers open their NFL season at home against the Dallas Cowboys. The Panthers went 11-5 last season, making the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Dallas regressed from 13-3 in 2016 to 9-7 in 2017. While Carolina is still a possible Super Bowl contender, Dallas bled offensive talent in the offseason and could see 2018 look more like 2017 than 2016.

Despite the head-to-head history (Dallas is 8-2 against Carolina in their last ten meetings), Carolina has the advantage on Sunday. Carolina is 14-6 in their previous 20 home games. Dallas is a good road team overall. However, they are only 4-6 straight up in their last ten as a road underdog. While the game should be competitive, the Panthers are the better bet to start the season 1-0.  

Best Point Spread to Bet Week 1

Even though the Washington Redskins are one of the more enigmatic teams entering the 2018 season, betting on them in Week 1 is a smart move.

While Washington head coach Jay Gruden is 0-4 in Week 1, their new starting quarterback Alex Smith is 6-1 in season openers since 2011.

The Reskins are also a pretty good road underdog, going 10-8 ATS as a road underdog since the start of the 2015 NFL season.

The Arizona Cardinals has a new head coach, new quarterback and not much of a positive outlook in 2018. They are in a rebuilding year, and even when they were a strong team, they were not great against the spread going 8-11-1 in their last 20 home games. Overall, Alex Smith at quarterback and his Week 1 success is enough to give bettors confidence they can bet the Cardinals to kick off the 2018 NFL season. 

 

Bonus Pro Betting Tip: Bet on the Under

Although the new helmet rule could throw play a bit of an effect on scoring in Week 1, historically speaking, the under is the best bet early in the season.

Last season, the under occurred in two-thirds of all Week 1 games.

Offseason rule changes and teams resting players have offences looking a little flat earlier in the season (which leads to less scoring). The best under game totals to wager are: