Check Out Pair Of Underdogs You Should Bet On NFL Week 1

Written by on September 9, 2016

If you’re fired up about the start of the 2016 NFL regular season and you’re looking for some value-packed underdogs that are offering a lot of value in their respective Week 1 openers, then you’re in luck!

Thanks to the expert NFL betting odds analysis on two Week 1 matchups whose underdog teams look like strong picks to either win outright or cover the spread, you’re going to have a great opportunity to cash in with not one, but two winning wagers. Okay, let’s get started.

Check Out Pair Of Underdogs You Should Bet On NFL Week 1


Cleveland Browns (3-13) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
NFL Line: Philadelphia Eagles -4 / Over/Under: 46

Cleveland Browns (3-13 SU, 5-10-1 ATS) won a paltry three games last season but are headed in a new direction under the guidance of veteran NFL lifer Hue Jackson and polarizing quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The aptly-named RG3 is looking to bounce back in a big way after getting the short end of the stick in Washington. Unfortunately, the Browns didn’t look very impressive in posting a winless 0-4 mark during the preseason while giving up more than twice the points they scored.  Still, Cleveland has plenty of talent starting with running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson and speedy rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman.

The Eagles are also headed in a new direction under first-year head coach Doug Pederson and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. Philly just traded scheduled starter Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings, so Wentz, if he’s healthy enough, will start for the Birds to kick off the 2016 campaign. Maybe it’s me, but I just don’t think very highly of Philadelphia right now – or their often head-scratching player transactions. The Eagles are just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games in the month of September.

I know Cleveland has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 2-8 in their last 10 games, but I’m expecting Hue Jackson to lead his Cleveland Browns team to the outright road win and accompanying ATS cover. Both of these teams look quite evenly matched, but right now, I’m giving the edge at quarterback to Cleveland’s RG3. Cleveland wins outright!

My Pick: Cleveland 28 Philadelphia 27

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

When: September 11, 2016, 04:25
Where: AT&T Stadium
NFL Odds: NY Giants -1 / Total: 46

The Dallas Cowboys went 1-3 in the preseason, but are playing at home against a division rival they’ve beaten five times in the last six meetings. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the ‘Boys are once again without starting quarterback Tony Romo after he was injured in Week 3 of the preseason and lost for the next six to ten weeks at the very least.

Unlike last season however, when Dallas couldn’t even play competent football without Romo under center, Dallas looks more prepared for life after Tony with rookie signal-caller Dak Prescott playing excellent football all preseason long. Prescott will be playing behind the best offensive line in all of football and he now has an elite running back in fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliot to hand off to, not to mention Pro Bowl wideout Dez Bryant to throw to.

Even with Romo out of the lineup, I think the Cowboys will give the Giants a very tough way to go as they get back to the power rushing ways that helped them win a dozen games two years ago. With New York going 1-6 SU in its last seven games and five of their last six meetings against the Cowboys, I think Dallas narrowly wins and covers as a home dog.

My Pick: Dallas 27 NY Giants 24
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