Best Bets for NFL Week 1: Rolling With Three Road Teams

  • BetOnline has updated Week 1 odds as the NFL’s 100th season gets underway
  • The Colts will cover the 7-point spread against a beat-up Chargers club
  • The Broncos and Ravens won’t have trouble covering in their season openers

When placing bets in Week 1 of the NFL season, there are few important things to keep in mind.

First, since wise guys have been placing bets on the same slate of games since the spring, the lines are stale and you might not find as much value as you will in Weeks 2 through 17, when the betting public is overreacting to the previous week’s results.

Secondly, everything you know about a particular team is either from what you saw last year or what you’ve read. You haven’t actually watched meaningful football this season yet, so don’t fall victim to the hype.

With that in mind, let’s examine the odds at BetOnline and pick three Week 1 winners against the spread.


Game  Spread Moneyline Over/Under
Packers vs.
+3.0 (-108)
-3.0 (-112)
Over 46.0 (-115)
Under 46.0 (-105)
Falcons vs.
+4.0 (-110)
-4.0 (-110)
Over 47.5 (-118)
Under 47.5 (-102)
Redskins vs.
+10.0 (-113)
-10.0 (-107)
Over 46 (-104)
Under 46 (-116)
Bills vs.
+3.0 (-115)
-3.0 (-105)
Over 41 (-110)
Under 41 (-110)
Ravens vs.
-7.0 (-110)
+7.0 (-110)
Over (-112)
Under (-108)
49ers vs.
-1.0 (-110)
+1.0 (-110)
Over (-117)
Under (-103)
Chiefs vs.
-3.5 (-115)
+3.5 (-105)
Over (-110)
Under (-110)
Titans vs.
+5.5 (-105)
-5.5 (-115)
Over (-110)
Under (-110)
Rams vs.
-3.0 (+103)
+3.0 (-123)
Over (-120)
Under (+100)
Bengals vs.
+9.5 (-112)
-9.5 (-108)
Over (-110)
Under (-110)
Colts vs.
+7.0 (-128)
-7.0 (+108)
Over (-115)
Under (-105)
Lions vs.
-2.5 (-110)
+2.5 (-110)
Over (-102)
Under (-118)
Giants vs.
+7.0 (-113)
-7.0 (-107)
Over (-105)
Under (-115)
Steelers vs.
+6.0 (-120)
-6.0 (+100)
Over (+100)
Under (-120)
Texans vs.
+7.0 (-117)
-7.0 (-103)
Over (-110)
Under (-110)
Broncos vs.
-1.0 (-112)
+1.0 (-108)
Over (-115)
Under (-105)


Indianapolis’ Super Bowl odds plummeted after Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement, but the Chargers have also had their fair share of bad news. Star safety Derwin James is out until at least Week 9 with a foot injury, and left tackle Russell Okung is expected to miss the first six games of the season.

While Philip Rivers is a master at getting the ball out at lightning speed, the Colts’ DPOY candidate Darius Leonard should be able to gobble up short and intermediate passes.

On the other side of the ball, the hog mollies on the Colts’ O-Line should be able to keep Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram at bay, giving the newly-extended Jacoby Brissett the time he needs to find his receivers.

Keep in mind that Anthony Lynn has also dropped his first two season openers as Chargers coach, including a 24-21 loss to a Broncos squad that finished the year 5-11


While we have more visibility into the inner workings of the Raiders than the league’s other 31 teams thanks to HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Jon Gruden footage doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

Rather than wager on the same coach that went 4-12 in Oakland last season after signing a 10-year, $100M contract, bet on the coach that oversaw the Bears’ league-best defense in 2018 (Vic Fangio).

With Von Miller and Bradley Chubb at his disposal, 61-year-old Fangio will win his first-ever game as an NFL head coach.


Considering the Dolphins are in full Fish Tank mode after trading away left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills, it’s actually worrisome that this spread isn’t even higher.

If the “revolutionary” run-first attack that OC Greg Roman built for Lamar Jackson doesn’t put up points on Miami, then it’s safe to say it’s not going to work at all.

Similarly, the new-look Raven defense led by Earl Thomas better pick off Harvard-scholar Ryan Fitzpatrick at least a few times or Baltimore could be in real trouble against Big Ben and Baker Mayfield in the AFC North.

Steve Dominey

Steve has almost 15 years of experience in marketing, PR and sports television. After acquiring a Journalism degree from Carleton University, he assembled highlight packs for Canada's most-watched sports network (TSN) before transitioning to a career in communications. He describes himself as a good father, great dog owner, and mediocre gambler and husband.