NFL Week 1 Picks & Betting Lines 2013
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PREVIOUS UPDATE OF 2013 NFL WEEK 1 PICKS
It’s not even July yet, but you can’t tell die hard NFL fans it’s too early to start thinking about the 2013 NFL betting season. After all, the NBA Finals are over, and if you’re not a baseball or golf fan, you’re dying for some competition at an elite level.
We still have a ways to go before those NFL faithful can get their weekly fix, but for now a preview and breakdown of week one NFL odds will have to do. It’s truly never too early for a look at odds and NFL predictions, so we’re diving head first into the first week of the 2013 season and seeing who you may want to pick to win.
THURSDAY NIGHT SEPT. 5, 2013
Baltimore Ravens (+8.5) @ Denver Broncos (-8.5) Over/Under: 49.5
The reigning champs kickoff the 2013 NFL season against the team they beat in the playoffs. It’s crazy Baltimore has to take this one on the road, being that they’re the champs, but scheduling issues demand it happens. With that said, Peyton Manning rules the regular season and the emotion Ray Lewis provided Baltimore is all sapped up.
My pick: Broncos 31, Ravens 24
SUNDAY SEPT. 8, 2013
New England Patriots (-7.5) @ Buffalo Bills (+7.5) O/U: 52
There’s no doubt the Bills are getting better on defense, but going from Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback to Kevin Kolb or a raw rookie passer seems like a regression on offense. Even if it’s not, the Bills will have all they can handle when they take on Tom Brady and the Patriots in week one. Even at home, they’re likely no match for Tom Terrific.
My Pick: Patriots 40, Bills 27
Tennessee Titans (+6.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5) O/U: 43.5
There’s reason to have optimism with Jake Locker being healthy and the Titans improving a formerly pathetic offensive line, but their defense is still shaky and they’re facing the Steelers on the road. Maybe Tennessee gives the Steelers a game, but it’s unlikely they put Pittsburgh in an 0-1 hole on their own field.
My pick: Steelers 30, Titans 17
Atlanta Falcons (+2.5) @ New Orleans Saints (-2.5) O/U: 54
This is a modern day classic, as these two are bitter division rivals who can both pile on the points. Drew Brees and the Saints should have a chip on their shoulder after a disastrous 2012 season, and with head coach Sean Payton back in the saddle, a hot start is plausible. New Orleans at home could be enough to pull it off in this heated battle.
My pick: Saints 34, Falcons 31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) @ New York Jets (+3) O/U: 41
The Buccaneers may not be primed for a Super Bowl run in 2013, but they are visibly better on both sides of the ball. You can knock Josh Freeman in his contract year all you like, but he’s still got the leg up on Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith. A huge sub-plot here is Darrelle Revis versus his former team, but this one really shouldn’t be the dog fight it will be hyped up to be. The Jets just aren’t very good.
My pick: Buccaneers 29, Jets 16
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3) O/U: 39.5
The Chiefs and Jaguars were both abysmal in 2012 and completely revamped their front offices and coaching staffs. The difference? KC actually appears to have gotten markedly better, and the Jaguars aren’t likely to be selling out any home games anytime soon. Count this as one that could be blacked out in Florida.
My pick: Chiefs 20, Jaguars 16
Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) @ Chicago Bears (-3.5) O/U: 45
Chicago is probably better than people think, and it’s probably the exact opposite for the Bengals. Marc Trestman comes into Chi-town to give the Bears’ lethargic offense a lift, while their defense should still be elite, even without Brian Urlacher. Cincy can get it done on both sides of the ball, but I’m not a believer in Andy Dalton on the road – or ever.
My pick: Bears 27, Bengals 13
Miami Dolphins (-1) @ Cleveland Browns (+1) O/U: 39.5
Two teams that could be very much on the rise clash in this one, and it could surprisingly yield a good amount of points. Both offenses want to stretch the field with second-year passers Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden, respectively, and they might be able to get that done in week one. I’m expecting a bit of a barn-burner with the Browns pulling off the mild upset at home.
My pick: Browns 26, Dolphins 23
Seattle Seahawks (-3.5) @ Carolina Panthers (+3.5) O/U: 45
Cam Newton lead a late-season charge last season that suggests the Panthers are on the upswing, but you could say that even more for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle might have some trouble with this one being on the road, but I doubt it.
My pick: Seahawks 33, Panthers 24
Minnesota Vikings (+3) @ Detroit Lions (-3) O/U: 47
A classic division rivalry to start the season that isn’t expected to be very low scoring. Both defenses should be better than last year, but I can’t see the Lions stopping Adrian Peterson or the Vikings stopping Calvin Johnson. Prepare for a fairly unpredictable shootout in Detroit.
My pick: Lions 34, Vikings 33
Oakland Raiders (+7) @ Indianapolis Colts (-7) O/U: 48.5
The Raiders are once again a bottom-feeder, regardless of who starts under center in week one, while the Colts have their franchise passer at get to kickoff the new year in style at home. Surprisingly, I think newly acquired running back Ahmad Bradshaw might be able to steal the show against a weak Oakland run defense. Regardless, Colts are going to win this one.
My pick: Colts 37, Raiders 17
Arizona Cardinals (+6) @ St. Louis Rams (-6) O/U: 40
Two nasty and aggressive defenses butt heads in this one, and both should be even better in 2013. On top of their stout defenses, though, both the Rams and Cardinals have made smart changes on offense, making this an even more interesting division showdown. I think this is more of a toss-up than people think, and am taking a chance on Carson Palmer making a difference right away.
My pick: Cardinals 27, Rams 20
Green Bay Packers (+5.5) @ San Francisco 49ers (-5.5) O/U: 50.5
A rematch of both last year’s divisional round playoff showdown and last year’s week one battle – this game is likely to end the same way. Green Bay can match the 49ers on offense all day, but it’s the defense that is worlds apart. It could still be close, but the 49ers should continue their new stranglehold of the NFC.
My pick: 49ers 38, Packers 30
SUNDAY NIGHT SEPT. 8, 2013
New York Giants (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys (-3) O/U: 49
Another heated rivalry game to start the year here, as Eli Manning and co. will look to erase a bad start against the Cowboys in 2012 with a win on the road. That’s easier said than done, as a healthy DeMarco Murray balanced the Cowboys’ offense out and lets Tony Romo play at his best. It will be a heated contest, but the home team should prevail.
My pick: Cowboys 28, Giants 24
MONDAY NIGHT SEPT. 9, 2013
Philadelphia Eagles (+4.5) @ Washington Redskins (-4.5) O/U: 51
The Eagles come in refurbished with some upside under rookie head coach Chip Kelly, but there’s a pretty good chance that doesn’t mean much improvement from their turnover-riddled ways from a year ago. As long as RG3 is good to go for this one, there are too many reasons to like Washington to pick up right where they left off last year.
My pick: Redskins 26, Eagles 19
Houston Texans (-3) @ San Diego Chargers (+3) O/U: 46
The final game of week one could be a high-scoring affair or a complete blowout by the hands of the Texans. San Diego’s once solid defense is looking a little depleted these days, but the addition of offensive guru Mike McCoy as head coach could help off-set that. Houston could drop the first game of the year on the road, but that defense at full health is going to be all turnover-machine Philip Rivers can handle.
My pick: Texans 34, Chargers 23