Looking Ahead: Predicting The Winner Of Each Week One NFL Game

Looking Ahead: Predicting The Winner Of Each Week One NFL Game
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✍️ Written by
Frank Weber
🗓 Updated
May 19th 2023

Okay, I need you to clear your senses and imagine with me for a second.

A wafting aroma of buffalo wings and nachos is beginning to slink through the air. The stale beer is beginning to pair well with the pizza that’s been left out on the table for far too long. And the slight smell of body odor is creeping into your nostrils, as you have realized that you haven’t showered all day. Why haven’t you showered all day? Why is your place beginning to look like a pigstye? Well, that’s because it’s football season, ladies and gentlemen.

Day one of the NFL season is a bit more than two weeks away, so we have some time to get our bets ready for week one. But if you’re a planner like me, then it’s best we start looking at the odds now–and picking our winners. If you want to bet on Week One of the NFL season, you can be sure to do that through any of these New Jersey Online Casinos.

If you want to get a jump start on your football betting, then you can always bet on the preseason, too! Here are some of the best NFL Preseason Football Betting Tips you should look at before placing your bets!

Anyway, here are my Week One winners!

Buffalo Bills (-2.5) at LA Rams (+115)

The first game of Week One starts the season off with a bang, as the 2022 Super Bowl winners take on the 2023 Super Bowl favorites in what should be a high schoring affair. Matt Stafford is expected to play and be healthy for the Week One encounter, but I’m not sure if that will be enough to fend of the Buffalo Bills, who are coming into the season with a chip on their shoulders and a lot to prove.

Prediction: Bills (-2.5)

Baltimore Ravens (-7) at New York Jets (+245)

The Jets are going to have to start Joe Flacco in their Week One game against the Ravens, after Zach Wilson tore his meniscus in a seemingly ‘nothing’ play in their preseason game against the Eagles. It’ll be fun to see Flacco take on his old team, but I don’t believe it’ll be enough to keep the Jets competitive in this one.

Prediction: Ravens (-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (-4) at Detroit Lions (+165)

I’ll be honest, this one really intrigues me. I am very high on the Eagles this season, but something about this game feels like an early season trap. Especially because of the early season additions to the Lions defense, I think I’ll be taking the Lions with the points in this one.

Prediction: Lions (+4)

San Fransisco 49ers (-7) at Chicago Bears (+245)

This one is easy–the Bears stink. I feel incredibly comfortable taking the Niners AND the points in this one.

Prediction: Niners (-7)

Indianapolis Colts (-8) at Houston Texans (+8)

This one is NOT easy, because I think both the Colts and the Texans are going to be bad this season. I really don’t like Matt Ryan this year, and the Texans offense is in perennial pain, so I feel like this one will be a low-scoring affair. Because of that, I feel comfortable taking the Texans with the points.

Prediction: Texans (+8)

Pittsburgh Steelers (+225) at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)

I think Kenny Pickett is going to get off to a rough start this season, and the Bengals are my Super Bowl pick, so I think the Bengals should be able to win this one by at least a few scores.

Prediction: Bengals (-6.5)

New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at Atlanta Falcons (+180)

The fact that Marcus Mariota is still playing football is incredible. I expect Jamies Winston to come out in this one and explode–I’d take the Saints -20.

Prediction: Saints (-5.5)

New England Patriots (+120) at Miami Dolphins (-2.5)

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting the vibe from these Dolphins that they’re going to be a sh**show? Kind of big time Brown’s vibe from this team, and I don’t like it. I do love Mac Jones this year, so I’ll be taking the Pats outright.

Prediction: Patriots ML (+120)

Cleveland Browns (+100) at Carolina Panthers (-1.5)

Gross. What a gross game. Ew. I wish I could not bet on this game–actually, I could not bet on this game…but when it’s garbage vs garbage, I’ll take the garbage that has a #1 RB in their backfield.

Prediction: Panthers (-1.5)

Jacksonville Jaguars (+140) at Washington Commanders (-3.5)

For no reason in particular, I believe in the Jaguars this year. A little Trevor Lawrence progression, some Travis Etienne debut, and bam! We got ourselves a week one win. It also helps that the Commanders have Wentz at QB who is…well…we’ll leave it at that.

Prediction: Jaguars ML (+140)

New York Giants (+195) at Tennessee Titans (-6)

Speaking of teams that stink, the Giants STINK. Danny Dimes is on (presumably) his last chance in New York, so you best know he’ll be trying to ball…which might be a good thing for the Titans. I expect an awful game of the Giants, and one where Saquon Barkley might even get injured.

Prediction: Titans (-6)

Green Bay Packers (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings (+105)

Even though the Packers lost all their receivers, they still have Aaron Rodgers. And Aaron Jones. So, I’ll be taking the cheesy boys in this one.

Prediction: Packers ML (-125)

Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at Arizona Cardinals (+155)

I think Kansas residents will have more to celebrate than the launch of Kansas Sports Betting–I think the Chiefs got this one in the bag.

Prediction: Chiefs ML (-180)

Las Vegas Raiders (+145) at Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)

I think the Raiders are going to come out and be a powerhouse this year, with career seasons coming from both Davante Adams and Derek Carr. I love the Chargers too this year, but I feel like this has a Chargers loss all over it.

Prediction:Raiders ML (+145)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1) at Dallas Cowboys (-105)

These might be my two least favorite teams in the NFL right now, so this one hurts. That being said, in typical Cowboys fashion, I have them losing this one.

Prediction: Buccaneers (-1)

Denver Broncos (-5.5) at Seattle Seahawks (+190)

It would be pretty crazy if the Seahawks won this one, right? Heh, who cares? Let's do it.

Prediction: Seahawks ML (+190)

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