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After what felt like an endless offseason, NFL football is officially back.
The Bears and Packers kick off the action in Chicago on Thursday night, followed up by a full slate of games on Sunday.
To celebrate, we’re once again picking every game on the schedule against the spread, with the hopes of enjoying some good ol’ fashioned gambling — and maybe making some money along the way.
Take a look below at our best bets against the spread for Week 1 of the NFL season (* indicates home team).
I’m betting big on Aaron Rodgers to have a huge year.
Finally free from the toxic relationship he shared with former head coach Mike McCarthy, Rodgers should have room to do what he does best — win football games.
The Bears defense is still one of the best in the league, but it’s hard to imagine they can replicate the success they had in turnover differential last season.
Any time I can bet on Rodgers getting points against Mitchell Trubisky, I’m going to take it until proven wrong.
AP Photo/Gail Burton
Usually, I love betting Florida teams at home in September. The weather is still swampy, and teams that are still often playing themselves into shape tend to struggle, but this Dolphins team is a disaster.
According to a report from Adam Beasley at the Miami Herald, there was a “revolt” brewing among the players as the team was rumored to be shopping offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Since then, the Dolphins dealt Tunsil to the Texans in exchange for a pile of picks that signal loud and clear that the Miami front office is thinking about next year.
Players are always going to go out there and play their best, but it feels like the mood in the locker room in Miami must be at an all-time low, and they seem primed to be run out in their home stadium.
The Cleveland Browns have more pressure on them than any other team in the NFL to get off to a strong start.
In many cases, I’d suggest going against the team that seemingly has fans across the league buying in as the Browns do, but this time I have faith in Baker Mayfield and company to get the job done.
Tennessee is no pushover, but I think the Browns rise to the occasion on Sunday and prove to the home crowd that yes, the hype is real, we have entered into a new era of Cleveland football.
Now, in a few weeks, should the hype continue, there will come a time to fade the Browns before they fall back to Earth. But for Week 1, the world is theirs.