NFL Betting Trends- Week 1 Matchups

League: NFL
By: Admin Published on: 09/03/2013

The start of another NFL regular season is just days away and to get you ready for all the action each week from now until the end of the year, NFL Betting Trends will dig a bit deeper into the numbers for a few of the bigger matchups on the schedule. All betting lines and odds quoted have been provided by 5Dimes.

The first game on Week 1’s slate pits the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on the road against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens come into Sports Authority Field at Mile High as 9.5-point underdogs with the total set at 48. Baltimore is 6-2 straight-up in its last eight road games and it has won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Broncos SU. Denver is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games and the total has gone OVER in four of its last five home games.

The most anticipated matchup in this opening day showdown is Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco against future ‘Hall of Fame” quarterback Peyton Manning. Whichever signal caller shines the brightest under the prime time lights will go a long way towards getting their team that all important first win.

Looking at the early games on Sunday’s schedule, you have to circle Atlanta at New Orleans in a crucial NFC South Division battle. The Falcons have been opened as three-point road underdogs with the total set at 54. They are 3-6-1 against the spread in their last 10 games while the Saints are 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 home games against Atlanta.

This game marks the return of New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended by the NFL for an entire season for his role in a player bounty program.

The big late game on Sunday is a potential NFC Conference Championship preview between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, who are each one of the top favorites to go all the way to the Super Bowl this year. Green Bay is 14-6 SU in its last 20 road games and 12-4-2 ATS in its last 18 games against San Francisco.

Aaron Rodgers will be kicking off what could be another run to the league’s MVP award while third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be trying to prove that his performance in taking the 49ers all the way to last year’s Super Bowl was not a fluke.

The first of two big NFC East showdowns takes place on Sunday night with New York pitted against Dallas in a Week 1 clash. The Giants have been opened as three-point road underdogs with the total set 48.5. New York has won six of the last eight games against Dallas SU including five of the last six on the road. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Dallas.

The Giants’ first-team offense did not look too sharp during its limited action in the preseason, but the real pressure in this game could fall on Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ offense, which will be under the gun all season long to get this team get back into the playoffs.

The other big NFC East matchup is a Monday night showdown between the new-look Philadelphia Eagles, who are now led by head coach Chip Kelly and the Washington Redskins, who will have their starting quarterback Robert Griffin III back in the lineup after suffering a knee injury in last season’s playoffs. Philadelphia is a three-point road underdog for this game with the total set at 51.5. The Eagles are just 1-11 SU in their last 12 games, but 15-8 SU in their last 23 games against the Redskins.