The opening NFL odds are out for all of Week 1's action. Find out our NFL picks and predictions for all of the first week's betting card.

Does anyone else miss football as much as I do? With the season still just under two months away, we here at SBR Forum would like to give you some early picks for Week 1 of the NFL season. Although these are official picks, I can’t guarantee they will stay the same by the time September rolls around. However, given the current odds, these NFL picks are worth jumping on early while the lines are holding great value.

Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

The first official game of the season will feature the defending champion NY Giants as they battle the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants have opened as -3 favorites, but after losing so much during the offseason, Eli Manning will have to play as if it is another Super Bowl game. At this point, I think the Cowboys will be looking to make a statement early, and even though they are on the road, I think the Boys from Big D will win it.

My Pick: Cowboys +3

Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears 

The Bears have been one of the big spenders this offseason, and they get a nice warm up game for their aging defense when they host the Colts. Indianapolis will be better this season, but a first game of a rookie’s career against one of the NFL’s best defenses and a very good offense does not spell good news for Andrew Luck and the Colts

My Pick: Bears -9 ½

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns 

The Eagles will be another team looking to make a statement early and often, and even though the Browns are hosting this game, I don’t think they have enough defense to beat the Eagles. 

My Pick: Eagles -7 ½

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets 

This one could end up being one of the better games of the Week 1 schedule. We all saw the hot start that the Bills managed to pull off last season, and we all know that the Jets can either show up to play, or just come out in pitiful form. So the question is, which side how will these teams will show up? At this point, I have to give the nod to the home team with the best defense. 

My Pick: Jets -3 ½


Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints 

No matter what drama that has surrounded the Saints this offseason, they will still be one of the toughest teams in the NFL. That being said, the Redskins will also be much improved. Even though RGIII will be an amazing NFL talent, the Skins don’t stand a chance in this game. If it was in Washington, the spread would be much less, but this will be an easy win for New Orleans. 

My Pick: Saints -9 ½

New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans 

The Pats are the Super Bowl odds favorites going into this season, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that they should be. They have been adding more talent and improving their defense all off season long. They still have Tom Brady, and no team will be better suited to win a road game in Week 1 than New England. I would lay 8 or 9 points with them; so 6 ½ is a bargain. 

My Pick: Patriots -6 ½

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings 

If this game isn’t blacked out, I will be surprised. This is the least desirable game on the Week 1 schedule, and even though I have been beating up on the Jags and how bad they will be this season, I like the taking points as long as MJD is on the field. Adrian Peterson will not be playing, so the Vikings will have zero offense. I like the under as well.

My Pick: Jaguars +4 ½ & UNDER 38

Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans

This one is easy. I love the Texans. They will roll in this one. Enough said. 

My Pick: Texans -7


St. Louis Rams vs. Detroit Lions 

This game might be better than some expect, but on the road, I don’t see the Rams putting up a full game worth of fight. The Lions’ defense will be all over the injury prone Sam Bradford, and the Lions’ offense will be all over an average St. Louis defense. I like the home team laying points again.

My Pick: Lions -9

Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs 

This one will be another great game, as the spread is almost dead even. The Chiefs should have their full lineup back and healthy, most importantly Jamaal Charles. With that being said, I like the over in this one. These two teams are good offensively, and average defensively. The total is very low and I like this game to be a high scoring one.

My Pick: OVER 41

San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers 

This one could be the game of the week and a potential NFC Championship game. Two great teams square off against one another and both will be trying to make a statement. The only reason I like the Packers here is because they are at home. The 49ers have a lot of new parts, and I think it will take a few weeks to get it going.

My Pick: Packers -6 ½

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs 

One of the other less than desirable games of the week 1 schedule is the late game between the Panthers and the Bucs. Even though they are on the road, the Panthers’ offense will be pretty good this season, so I feel comfortable at this point laying points with the road team. Go Cam! 

My Pick: Panthers -2 ½

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals 

This is one of the only divisional games in Week 1, and it might be a better game than most fans expect. Both of these teams should be improved from last season, and even though both are dealing with a quarterback controversy, I’m leaning with the team with the best defense and the best coach. 

My Pick: Seahawks ML

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos

Oh yes! This one should be a monster of a game. The return of Peyton Manning to national television and he has to face a Steelers team who will be trying to lay him out all game. Manning’s first football in over a year, he will be seeing blitz after blitz after blitz. However, no one in the league is better suited to handle that blitz than Peyton. 

My Pick: Broncos -1 ½

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens 

Another divisional game will be the first of the Monday night Football double header, and this one should be a great one. Both of these teams have great defenses, and both were playoff teams last season. However, I think the sophomore slump will hit the Bengals in this game, and the Ravens will be looking to hit someone after their disappointing loss in the playoffs last season. 

My Pick: Ravens -6

San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders 

Week 1 will end with another Monday night divisional battle, and it might be worth staying up to watch. Both teams will be battling for the AFC West title, and at this point in the season, I think Phillip Rivers will not lose this game, even though the Chargers are known for starting slow.

My Pick: Chargers ML