NFL picks for Week 1 are being formed right now. The NFL picks Week 1 deadline for the year’s first game is tomorrow, as NFL picks will likely favor the Saints over the Vikings. The Saints will celebrate their Super Bowl championship one more time in front of a rabid Superdome crowd, while the Vikings have a lot of uncertainty around Brett Favre. In January, the Saints nearly made Favre retire for good with their pass rush, so there is doubt on whether Favre and his ankle can hold up again. But after that question is answered, the other NFL picks in Week 1 still have to be fine tuned.
The safest bets for Sunday look to be the Titans over the Raiders, the Colts over the Texans, the 49ers over the Seahawks, and the Dolphins over the Bills. The Texans are trying to finally become a playoff team, but with a 1-15 all-time record against the Colts, this may not be the best place to start. Meanwhile, the Raiders, Seahawks and Bills are all resuming their rebuilding process against teams with playoff hopes.
Other NFL picks for Week 1 can be made in favor of the Packers, Cowboys and Patriots, due to uncertainty over their opponents. The Packers are visiting the Eagles, who don’t know what to expect in the Kevin Kolb era. The Cowboys face the Redskins on Sunday night, as they start the Donovan McNabb/Mike Shanahan era and try to move past an ugly preseason. As for the Patriots, they are the first team to see how Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco will work together for the Bengals.
Many experts making NFL picks for Week 1 may feel safe with the favorites in those games, yet they might not be best bet material. Even less safe bets are games between the Falcons and Steelers, Broncos and Jaguars, and Browns and Buccaneers. These games may be unattractive to betters, while betting for or against the Steelers is dangerous while Ben Roethlisberger is suspended.
As for the Monday night Week 1 games, the Jets vs Ravens is the definition of a pick-’em. The Jets are finally whole again, yet now they have to actually live up to the Super Bowl hype, while the Ravens want to make a run of their own. But the second game is considered a safe bet, as the Chargers are favored in almost all NFL picks to run past the Chiefs — despite starting slowly in recent years.
However, the Sunday and Monday games are still a ways off, while the NFL picks for the Week 1 opener have to be fine tuned right now. For now, the Saints look good to start their repeat run off right, but that perception could change after the first Favre touchdown drive. By then, of course, it would be too late to go back for betters.
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