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We have finally made it. With how this year has been, doesn’t it feel a little better knowing we will be watching NFL football this Sunday? How about we also leave this weekend with some money in our pocket.
Here are the best bets for Week 1.
Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens (-7.5)
The Cleveland Browns have lost six consecutive roads game going into this game. Their last road win? Against Baltimore in Week 4 last season. Do I think it will happen again? Nope. After that loss, Baltimore would go on to win 12 straight games and the AFC North title.
Baltimore had a league-leading 206 rushing yards-per-game last year and Cleveland allowed 144.7 per-game which was 30th in the league. The Ravens decided that still wasn’t good enough as they drafted Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins in the second round this year. Lamar Jackson has also covered the spread in eight of his last nine games. I’m rolling with that.
Dog Of The Week
Arizona Cardinals (+7) vs San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are the NFC Champions and the better the team, but Kyler Murray played great in both matchups last season. Add the fact that Arizona went out and helped their sophomore quarterback by trading for DeAndre Hopkins.
The 49ers are just 3-15-2 against the spread as the home favorites while the Cardinals are 4-0-1 recently against San Francisco. Arizona may not come out of the bay with a win, but it’ll keep it close.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers (Over 47.5)
One thing that these defenses did a lot last year was give up points; Carolina ranked 31st in points allowed-per-game (29.4) and Las Vegas ranked 24th (26.2).
Both teams have offensive weapons, including two premier running backs. This will be an offensive showdown.
As an added bonus, it’s tough not to take the Panthers as a home underdog. I like Teddy Bridgewater, he was good in his short tenure with Minnesota and the same when he stepped in for an injured Drew Brees in New Orleans. The Saints were underdogs in all four of his starts last year and they won all four. I’d also feel comfortable taking them at +3 plus the over.
Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams (Under 51.5)
What we saw last year was a Rams squad that go exposed on offense and did not show the dynamic power that previously got them to the Super Bowl. They took a huge dip with the same personnel; scoring eight points less per-game in 2019 than the previous season. Now LA is minus Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks as both left for other teams.
What the Rams do have is a defense that can prevent points. They have recently extended Jalen Ramsey and two-time Defensive Player Of Year Aaron Donald.
Dallas has a good offense, but it won’t need to score a lot to win this game.
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