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NFL Week 1 Top Three Picks

NFL Week 1 Top Three Picks

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This Thursday night marks the start of the 2015 NFL regular season, which means it is time get back to work when it comes to handicapping the games. After breaking down all the matchups on this Sunday’s NFL slate, I have come up with my “Top Three Picks” for this Sunday’s games using BetOnline’s NFL betting odds.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Take Green Bay (-6.5) over Chicago

I am really big on the Packers in this early NFC North clash given just how close they came to winning last season’s NFC title. With veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers carrying that chip on his shoulder, he knows that these are the kind of road games Green Bay needs to win to stay on top in the NFC North. The good news for Sunday is that wide receiver Randall Cobb has been upgraded to probable with a tweaked knee. It also helps that the Packers are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games against Chicago.

Take Carolina at Jacksonville Jaguars Under 41.5

Both of these teams really struggled to put points on the board last season with Carolina finishing the year ranked 19th in the league in points per game (21.2) and Jacksonville bringing up the rear among all 32 NFL teams with an average of just 15.6 points. The Panthers’ offense has already taken a major hit with the loss of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and the Jaguars’ recent betting trends on the total line also support this pick with the total staying UNDER in five of their last seven home games.

Take New York Giants (+6) over Dallas Cowboys

The Giants have not had all that much success beating their bitter NFC East rivals the past few seasons with a 1-5 straight-up record in the last six meetings, but they do know how to keep things close with a profitable 4-2 record against the spread. I would also be very concerned with a Dallas offense that looked way out of sync in the preseason. While head coach Jason Garrett remains confident that his offense can replace the loss of running back DeMarco Murray, if quarterback Tony Romo has to try and win this game throwing the ball, the Cowboys could be in trouble. I definitely like New York’s chances to cover with the six points in what should remain a three-point game, but it would not shock me to see Dallas lose this game SU.

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