Despite the season being about three weeks away, it’s never too early to check out some of the NFL betting odds for what is always a very interesting week one. One of the most interesting lines on the board for week one is the stellar matchup in San Diego as the Chargers battle the NFC Champion Chicago Bears. The Bears, fresh off the Super Bowl loss to the Colts, enter the game as a four to five point underdog. No question that that Bears will go into that game with a chip on their shoulder feeling disrespected.
There’s a battle opening day between the number one and number two picks in the draft, as the Raiders will host the Lions. That is, if number one pick JaMarcus Russell of the Raiders can somehow find a way to get a deal with the team done before September 9th. The Raiders are 1.5 point favorites to take home a win in week one of that contest. The Philadelphia Eagles head to Green Bay in week one, as Donovan McNabb takes on Brett Favre in a solid QB matchup. The NFC East champs are 3 point favorites in what should be a good game. Then there is the debut for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, as he and his Steelers head to play arch-rival Cleveland at Browns Stadium. Who will be the Browns starter? Maybe it will be another flip of the coin deciding it. Whatever the case, the Browns are 4 to 4.5 point underdogs in their opener vs the black and gold.
Maybe the best game on the docket will be the Thursday night opener as the Saints travel to the RCA Dome to take on the Colts in the first game of the season on September 6th. The defending champion has yet to lose on opening night since they started this trend two years ago, and a lot of free NFL picks sites have the Colts taking home the win. They are 5.5 to 6 point favorites to start the defense of their title with a win over the NFC South Champion Saints.