An early look at Week 1 NFL Matchups

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by Mark Knight
July 17th 2019, 6:05am

Week 1 of the NFL gets underway from Soldier Field on Thursday 5th September, with the visit of the Packers.

Among other big games, the Eagles take on the Redskins, Rams are at Panthers, Giants at Cowboys, Colts at Chargers and Pittsburgh visit New England.

We're taking an early look at the biggest matchups of opening week.

Green Bay at Chicago

Thursday at 8:20 pm

New head coach Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers have had an interesting start in the press, with Rodgers saying he won't operate within a "system", as he can "do things other QBs can't" when calling audibles.

We're a little skeptical about that one. Rodgers doesn't quite call audibles in the way Brady does, or Manning used to. He improvises and throws the ball away. A lot.

Jimmy Graham makes a catch against the Patriots

All that said though, the Packers certainly have some weapons. If they can get more production from TE Jimmy Graham (55rec, 636yds, 2TD last year), that will make a huge difference. Davante Adams is also set for a big year at WR.

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Chicago won the division last year, and start this season as favorites to go back-to-back in the NFC North for the first time since the 2006 Superbowl run.

The head to head record at Soldier Field doesn't look good for Chicago. Last year's 7 point win was the only one in the previous five, and if including all meetings, they've won just two of ten.

Green Bay v Chicago

Our Pick

A close divisional matchup where it's fairly rare to see a blowout. A spread of 3.5 in Green Bay's favor looks about right; it's likely to be a field goal game.

Take the over. It won't be too cold, Rodgers will be out to prove a point with a new head coach, and a shoot-out could ensue. There's every chance of fifty points here.

OVER 45.5pts at -115 with FANDUEL

Rams at Panthers

Sunday at 1 pm

 

Titans at Browns

Sunday at 1 pm

Well, the hype machine that is the Cleveland Browns starts their campaign with a "W". At least that's what all their fans will have you believe.

Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry

The thing is, you simply can't trust a team with a new head coach, and an 8-39 record in the last three seasons.

We don't doubt they are super talented and deep. The addition of Odell Beckham Jr adds a lot, given that Jarvis Landry has more receptions than any other WR over the first five years of their career. Offensively, they are stacked.

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At offensive line, not so much. Baker is going to get sacked. When he doesn't, he's going to be doing a lot of ad-libbing out of the pocket, Manziel style. Don't get me wrong; the Browns are in for a decent season, they just seem a little overconfident.

Marcus Mariota

Over to the Titans, who had a good year under first-year coach Mike Vrabel in 2018. He looks to be a good coach. They are coming off of three straight 9-7 seasons, and seem to have strengthened at the O-line in the off-season.

Mariota needs to step up now. He's had three good seasons, without being exceptional. After being sacked 42 times last year (league-high), the offensive line additions should help out.

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Our Pick

The Titans are overpriced here. Vrabel had his new team playing great last year, and the pressure is on the Browns early. They could implode, and if behind early look for Tennessee to stick it to them on the ground.

TITANS +5.5pts at -105 with FANDUEL

Colts at Chargers

Sunday at 4:05 pm

Preview to come.

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Steelers at Patriots

Sunday at 8:20 pm

Preview to come.

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