NFL Week One: Early Odds and Picks

The NFL is a while away from starting, but you NFL betting fans can’t tell me you haven’t checked week one lines trying to figure out which are the best bets on the table. Here are two…

Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears -10

The Bears are one of the teams I expect to be a pleasant surprise in the 2012 season; they were playing at an extraordinarily high level last year, but they failed to get to the postseason when their two offensive stars got injured.

With Brandon Marshall now reunited with Jay Cutler in Chicago, the Bears have a playmaker that will have a clear understanding of the routes his quarterbacks expect him to run.

Indianapolis, on the other side, is in a rebuilding phase with unusually few playmakers on the roster. Andrew Luck will have Reggie Wayne as the solitary known receivers in the entire group, and on defense Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney look as the only reliable defensive names.

10 points to cover in Chicago for a team that I fully expect to be in the playoffs, against another team that I think won’t even win four games in the entire season, looks like an easy bet.

My pick: Take Chicago to cover.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos +2

The Peyton Manning Broncos don’t have the necessary weapons to make it far into the season, but they do have the enough cards to give the Steelers a really hard time on Sunday night.

Manning won’t leave anything to chance, and despite is his first game as a Bronco; he’ll be ready for the challenge. Peyton is way to strict to look bad on a Sunday night televise game where he knows everybody will be watching.

My pick: Take the Broncos +2.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.

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