Without further ado...Here are the week 1 picks. Lines taken from the Las Vegas Hilton, as posted on covers.com
Home team in CAPS.
Seattle (+1) over BUFFALO
This opened up as a pick, so the bookies are having lukewarm feelings about a) the Seahawks headed East and b) Buffalo in general. I'm excited to see what this defense can do. I think they're out to make a statement. I expect some blitzing and a short field for our offense.
Washington (+4) over NY GIANTS
The season opens with what many will call an upset, but isn't really. The Giants didn't win the Super Bowl because of Eli Manning, they won it thanks to their defensive line. Two main cogs of that line are gone, so I'm looking at a nice road win for the Redskins.
NEW ORLEANS (-3) over Tampa Bay
Maybe the extra travel will wear on the Saints, but I doubt it. Also, if Reggie Bush wants to shed his "BUST" label, week 1 would be an ideal place to start.
PHILADELPHIA (-7.5) over St. Louis
The Rams are better because they're healthy, but Bulger is going to have to look hard for weapons on this team. If the Eagles stop Jackson, they can win in a laugher.
NY JETS (+3) over Miami
The Jets debut Favre at quarterback, ensuring this shittastic game will be covered by ESPN better than the Olympics.
NEW ENGLAND (-16) over Kansas City
Nice to see the bookies wasting no time jacking up the spreads for Pats games. Brady may not have been playing the pre-season, but somehow I think they'll manage to hang 40 on a lousy Chief's D.
PITTSBURGH (-6.5) over Houston
Houston's early season schedule is brutal, which will cover up that they're a pretty good team. Sadly, Matt Schaub doesn't get a chance to do much in week 1.
Cincinnati (-1.5) over BALTIMORE
Joe Flacco? The blitz. The blitz? Joe Flacco. You'll get to know one another quite well over the next 17 weeks.
Detroit (-3) over ATLANTA
Time for the Lions to go 1-0 and put the NFC North "on notice". Especially the Bears.
Jacksonville (-3) over TENNESSEE
Lots of home dogs this week, also a lot of conservative lines. Not a lot to say about this game.
Dallas (-5.5) over CLEVELAND
I think that last season's fire power was a fluke for the Browns, and they won't be able to catch up with the sheer ammo that Dallas has. After all, they did bring in Tank Johnson. haHA!
SAN DIEGO (-10) over Carolina
There are some who say the Panthers are improved, I'm taking a wait and see approach.
Arizona (-3) over SAN FRANCISCO
I really like the Cardinals' weapons on offense against what's a mediocre at best defense.
Chicago (+9) over INDIANAPOLIS
The Bears won't win this game, but I think they can keep it close. They're defense is healthy, Peyton is banged up, I think this has all the makings of a close game.
GREEN BAY (-3) over Minnesota
Give the Vikings' defense, I was surprised at this line, but I think Rogers makes a statement and the Packers come out with a great week 1.
Denver (-3) over OAKLAND
Why do the Raiders keep getting MNF spots? Week 1, they're on Monday Night Football. All they've done is spectacularly suck the past few years. Yet, the nation is apparently captivated by Raiders-Broncos. This match-up was intriguing five years ago. Get with the times, ESPN.
Enjoy the games, and happy betting!