It might only be the beginning of August but it is never too early to think about NFL football. This week the Week 1 opening lines were released for the NFL and while the opening kickoff of the regular season is still a month away, football has invaded our brains ago.
Here are a few thoughts about a few matchups for the first week of play.
The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks and are +5 dogs at home. Last season the Packers reached the playoffs despite Aaron Rodgers their star quarterback missing half the regular season.
Rodgers came back during the last week of the regular season. Green Bay was the NFC North champions, but lost during the Wild Card round to San Francisco.
With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 5-2 straight up and against the spread in games to open the season.
Seattle is 2-3 ATS in the season opening matchups. The team has lost the past two outright to the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Green Bay was the last defending champion of the Super Bowl to win its opening game of the regular season.
The line might be inflated, as Green Bay is tough at home against any opponent.
The Denver Broncos visit the Indianapolis Colts to start their regular season. Denver was in the Super Bowl last season and that might be why the line Denver -7, is so high.
Indy had as strong season winning the AFC South and one playoff game. Andrew Luck the Colts star quarterback leads a young team. Offensively Luck has a number of receivers to throw to.
Last season, the Colts defeated the Broncos during the regular season in a Sunday night matchup and this matchup is at the same time.
According to Bovada and topbet, the highest opening line for the first week of the season goes to the Philadelphia Eagles at -11 over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last season was a positive season for the Eagles. Nick Foles had 27 touchdown passes and only 2 picks. The Eagles finished the regular season 7-1, but lost at home in the Wild Card round to New Orleans.
The Jaguars started the season 0-8 but finished it 4-4. Jacksonville was 4-1 ATS over their last 5 games of the regular season.
According to betonline and sportsbook.com, the Eagles at home last season were just 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS.
The OVER in games during week won over the past three seasons is 29-18-1.
Favorites by double digits in week 1 the last eight seasons are 4-6.
Favorites on Monday Night Football in week 1 over the last eight seasons are 6-10.
Over the last eight seasons, the favorites are 65-62-1 ATS in week 1.