NFL Preview – Week 1
The Wolf previews each of the televised matches in Week 1 of the NFL. The Patriots and Chiefs will open the season, while the Packers will welcome the Seahawks to Lambeau in a mouth-watering clash. New Saints running back Adrian Peterson will take on his former team, the Vikings, for the first time since his move in the offseason.
|Kansas City @ New England
|New England -9 ($1.91)|
|New York Jets @ Buffalo
|New York Jets +9 ($1.87)|
|Atlanta @ Chicago
|Atlanta -7 ($2)|
|Baltimore @ Cincinnati
|Under 42.5 ($1.91) 💰|
|Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
|Pittsburgh -9 ($1.91)|
|Arizona @ Detroit
|Over 48 ($1.91) 💰|
|Jacksonville @ Houston
|Houston -5.5 ($1.91)|
|Oakland @ Tennessee
|Over 50.5 ($1.91)|
|Philadelphia @ Washington
|Washington +1 ($1.91)|
|Indianapolis @ LA Rams
|Los Angeles Rams -4 ($1.91) 💰|
|Seattle @ Green Bay
|Green Bay -3 ($1.87) 💰|
|Carolina @ San Francisco
|Carolina -5.5 ($1.91) 💰|
|New York Giants @ Dallas
|New York Giants +4 ($1.91)|
|New Orleans @ Minnesota
|New Orleans +3 ($2)|
|LA Chargers @ Denver
|Los Angeles Chargers +3.5 ($1.83) 💰|
NFL Match Previews
Kansas City @ New England – (Fri 10:30am AEST)
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots kick off their Super Bowl defence by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener at Gillette Stadium. The Chiefs have lost six straight matches at Foxborough, including a 27-20 loss in 2016. The Patriots suffered a massive blow in the preseason, with wide receiver Julian Edelman ruled out for the year due to an ACL injury. In a strange twist of fate, Edelman had 10 receptions for 100 yards in the 2016 clash against the Chiefs, and saw a massive 16 targets from Brady. It will be up to the likes of Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks to fill the void left by Edelman’s injury. The Chiefs also had their own injury woes in the preseason, with first choice running back, Spencer Ware, also ruled out for the year due to a knee injury. It will be up to the rookie, Kareem Hunt to carry the rock, and there isn’t many tougher initiations to the NFL than a trip to Brady’s house on debut. The Patriots have won eight consecutive season openers and went 11-1 in the AFC last season. The Patriots also ranked 3rd in points scored (27.6 PPG) and 1st in points allowed (15.6 PPG) last season. The Chiefs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Patriots, while the Patriots are 4-0 over in their last 4 games overall. The Patriots to cover in the season opener.
Best: New England -9 ($1.91)
Value: 1st Touchdown Scorer – Chris Hogan @ $11
Philadelphia @ Washington – (Mon 3am AEST)
The Redskins have won five straight against the Eagles and won both of the clashes last season. Five of the last six clashes between the sides have been decided by seven points or less. The Eagles will need to sort out their running game, with new recruit LeGarette Blount failing to impress in the preseason. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has the luxury of having weapons like new recruit Terrelle Pryor, Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder to throw the ball to. The Eagles are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games, while the Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against NFC East opponents.
Best: Washington +1 ($1.91)
Value: Washington Win By 1-6 Points ($5)
Seattle @ Green Bay – (Mon 6:30am AEST)
The Wolf is tipping the Seahawks to go all the way this year, but will face a tough road trip to Lambeau to kick off their season. The Seahawks defence was the 3rd best in the NFL last season, conceding an average of 18.2 PPG, and will be a force to be reckoned with once again this season. Seahawks quarterback and The Wolf’s tip for MVP, Russell Wilson will look to exploit the Packers secondary which was the second worst in the league in passing yards conceded last season. The Packers have won the past two clashes against the Seahawks, while the Seahawks haven’t tasted success in Lambeau since 1999. Home ground advantage is crucial in these clashes, with the home side winning the past six encounters. The Seahawks are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Packers.
Best: Green Bay -3 ($1.87)
New York Giants @ Dallas – (Mon 10:30am AEST)
The Cowboys were given some good news in the lead-up to this clash with the Giants. Running back Ezekiel Elliott has been allowed to play this week, but a six week suspension has been upheld and is likely to start from Week 2 onwards. Both of these sides did a good job of stopping the run last season, with the Cowboys ranking 1st in rushing yardage allowed (83.5 PPG), while the Giants ranked 3rd in the same category (88.6 PPG). The Giants have won the last three clashes between the sides and did the double over the Cowboys last season. The Giants are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Dallas and will be sweating on the fitness of gun wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for this game. The Wolf is happy to take the Giants with the +4 start and is keen on the overs.
Best: New York Giants +4 ($1.91)
Value: New York Giants ($2.65)
New Orleans @ Minnesota – (Tues 9am AEST)
Veteran running back Adrian Peterson will have a point to prove when he takes on his former club, Minnesota. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a running back by committee with both Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara in the mix. The Vikings will be relying on a rookie of their own in Dalvin Cook. The former Florida State running back looked good in the preseason and will be looking for a big performance here. The Wolf has tipped the Vikings to win the NFC North, but thinks they’ll be slow out of the gates here. The Saints have won the past four clashes against the Vikings and will be relying on their high-powered offence led by QB Drew Brees. The Saints ranked 1st in total yardage last year and 2nd in points scored. Meanwhile, the Vikings have one of the better defensive units in the NFL and were 3rd in total yardage allowed last season. The Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and look a good bet with the start here and straight up.
Best: New Orleans +3 ($2)
LA Chargers @ Denver – (Tues 12:15pm AEST)
The Wolf is tipping the LA Chargers to take out AFC West, while the Broncos look up against it in the division, with the Chiefs and Raiders on the up. The Chargers will be hoping to have minimal injuries during the season and will be sweating on wide receiver Keenan Allen having a healthy campaign this season. The Broncos have named Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback and have also re-signed Brock Osweiler. The Broncos will be backing their defence to do the job here, while the Chargers will look to move the chains with their explosive weapons on offence, particularly Allen and Melvin Gordon. The Chargers are 8-2-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings in Denver and are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1. Take the Chargers with start.
Best: Los Angeles Chargers +3.5 ($1.83)