September 10, 2021

Corrigan's Gambling Corner: NFL Week 1 Best Bets

I know we are all ready for some NFL football. That means we are also ready to bet on some NFL football. Welcome to Week 1 of Corrigan's Gambling Corner.

Every week, I will give you my best bets for the week as we sit back, relax, and win some money on the greatest sport in the world. Enjoy the games and always remember to bet responsibly.

*Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

Cardinals at Titans: Over 53.5 (-110)

Both of these teams have the firepower to light up the scoreboard.

For the Titans, Derrick Henry will eat up yards once he gets to the next level. While it might be a little bit difficult due to the overwhelming presence of J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones of the Cardinals frontline, the Titans have consistently had one of the stronger offensive lines in the game. The addition of Julio Jones to pair alongside rising star A.J. Brown will open up the field more and give the Titans the ability to score from anywhere, at any time.

The same goes for the Cardinals. With DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green at his disposal, Kyler Murray can do what he does best, make plays. Expect a lot of fireworks from both of these teams in week one. 

Packers -3.5 (-110) at Saints

The Packers have a clear advantage here and in most games thanks to Aaron Rodgers. While the Saints secondary is more talented than what their production shows, the reigning NFL MVP is better than anyone when it comes to picking apart defenses with any weapon you give him. With Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones, the Packers have a clear advantage when it comes to the offensive side of the ball.

The Saints are transitioning into a post-Drew Brees era and will be starting Jameis Winston. Even though I think Winston will thrive in this offense, they will be without top target Michael Thomas.

In this matchup, we are betting on the Packers' offense to be better than the Saints as both defenses are pretty average. When it comes down to it, it's much easier to trust Rodgers than Winston. 

Browns at Chiefs: Over 54.5 (-110)

The best matchup of Week 1, the Browns-Chiefs game will feature two of the league's top offensive attacks. 

On top of that, the Chiefs could be without Tyrann Mathieu due to COVID-19 and the Browns defense is talented, but also very young, especially at linebacker. 

Patrick Mahomes will have fewer weapons to play with this offseason as the Chiefs have struggled to find a WR2, but the bolstered offensive line should allow the game's most dangerous passer to flourish once again.

While Baker Mayfield and the Browns will most likely rely on their two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. That may mean trouble for the over as the Browns will have the ability to drain the clock with the run game, but Mayfield was the most efficient deep-ball passer after Week 6 last season. Adding one of the top deep ball threats in Odell Beckham Jr. back in the mix allows the Browns to be able to rack up the yards, and in turn pile up the points. 

Eagles at Falcons: Under 48.5 (-104)

Both the Eagles and the Falcons have new coaches debuting. Since 2018, just three of the 20 new head coaches' teams have scored over 23 points in their first game. 

While both defenses are fairly average, don't buy the hype around Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. The Eagles lack the weapons to beat teams with their offense. The Falcons, on the other hand, have some potential to be a good offense, but I do not trust them to score at a consistent pace. Matt Ryan may rack up the yards but look for a lot of drives to stall because of the lack of talent. 

Seahawks -3 (-105) at Colts

After all the offseason drama, Carson Wentz is expected to be ready for Week 1. While it's unclear if he's 100 percent healthy, Wentz will have to prove his doubters wrong after a historically bad 2020 campaign. 

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks should be ready to roll in Week 1 as they'll unfurl their new-look offense that could mirror the Rams' high-octane attack. 

Even though they're at home, the Colts will have a tough time stopping the 'Hawks.

49ers -8.5 (-106) at Lions

With Trey Lance dealing with a finger injury, it'll be Jimmy Garoppolo under center for the 49ers to start the year. Jimmy G has proven to be capable of running the offense and winning games as he led the 2019 Niners to the Super Bowl. 

After an injury-plagued season, the 49ers are getting George Kittle, Nick Bosa and others back from injury. A fully operational 49ers squad should be pretty, pretty scary in 2021. 

The Niners also bolstered their running game by trading up for Ohio State' Trey Sermon, who should form a dynamic duo with the speedster Raheem Mostert

The Lions are in a major rebuild and would be lucky to come away with a single-digit loss. 

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