Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears Odds - NFL Picks Week 1

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The Green Bay Packers begin their quest for another NFC North title but will do so without one of the key pieces of their offense, wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The seven-year NFL veteran tore an ACL in a preseason game at the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the entire 2015 season. Despite having Nelson on the sideline, Packers vs Bears odds still favor Green Bay to defeat Chicago by at least a touchdown (-7) while NFL picks for week 1 have the over/under total posted at a high scoring 50. And why not? The Green Bay Packers still have last year’s NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Randall Cobb at wide receiver, and a strong running game with Eddie Lacy and James Starks in the backfield. Rodgers has also been almost unstoppable when playing at Soldier Field.

In his last four games against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns. More importantly, in each of those four games, Rodgers led the Packers to victory. The Bears on the other hand, who will open the season at home for the sixth consecutive year, will bring a whole new look to Soldier Field. John Fox, fresh off four AFC West Division titles with the Denver Broncos, is the new head coach in Chicago. Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase will attempt to revive the career of starting quarterback Jay Cutler who will be a key factor if "DaBears" are to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs in Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears odds. Cutler will have the weapons to be very good on offense this season.

Matt Forte is one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL. He is productive both on the ground and as a pass receiver. Alshon Jeffery becomes the No. 1 target in the passing game with Brandon Marshall now playing for the New York Jets. He will pair with rookie Kevin White to give the Chicago Bears as a good a one-two receiving tandem as there is in the NFC. Fox will look to improve the Bears defense. He’ll have pass-rushing threat Jared Allen at one outside linebacker and two veteran safeties in Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy. It is unlikely that Chicago will be able to slow down the Packers offense but Green Bay will need to get some production from Davante Adams and Jeff Janis, Nelson’s replacements if the Packers are to win as favorites (-7) in NFL picks for week 1. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears can be seen live on FOX at 1:00pm EST from Soldier Field.

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    The Chip Kelly experiment continues as new starting quarterback Sam Bradford takes over one of the NFL’s best offenses. Kelly, of course, is well known for his offensive innovations and has helped the Philadelphia Eagles to back-to-back 10-plus win seasons. The Eagles get a chance to continue and get back to the postseason when they open Monday Night Football with a trip to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons. Bradford, who has missed the better part of the past two seasons with knee injuries, is finally healthy enough and is in command of the up-tempo Eagles offense. He is surrounded by a wealth of talent including last year’s NFL rushing leader RB DeMarco Murray. Jordan Matthews and rookie Nelson Agholor give Bradford youth but ample talent at the wide receiver positions. Eagles vs Falcons odds favor Philadelphia on the road by a field goal (-3) while NFL picks for week 1 on the over/under total are set at 55½.

    The former Rams QB, Bradford was the 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year after starting all 16 games. He then played in roughly half of the team’s next 64 games suffering knee injuries in consecutive seasons. The Eagles opponent, Atlanta, welcomes new head coach Dan Quinn, former defensive coordinator in Seattle. Quinn’s first task will be improving a defense that finished dead last in the league in total yards allowed per game (398.3). Quinn and the Falcons selected undersized hybrid LB/DE Vic Beasley of Clemson in the first round and acquired Adrian Clayborn in the offseason to help. Along with LB Justin Durant, the defense should improve at least enough to take some of the pressure off of the offense. If Atlanta is going to have any chance of covering the spread as home underdogs in Eagles vs Falcons odds, the defense must be able to slow down the potent Philly offense.

    Quarterback Matt Ryan enjoyed his fourth straight 4,000-yard season last year, but he and the rest of the Falcons offense must work under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this season. There have been some struggles with the new zone-running based offense and problems with the offensive line have not helped. Atlanta has actually beaten Philadelphia the past two times that the two teams have met. Ryan threw for seven touchdowns in those two meetings. It is doubtful he will have that kind of success Monday night. Look for Philadelphia to have a lot of offensive success against a struggling Atlanta defense. The week 1 season opener (Monday, September 14th) between the Eagles and Falcons can be seen live on ESPN at 6:55pm EST from the Georgia Dome.

  • New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

    The New York Giants would love nothing more than to start the 2015 season with a win over their NFC East division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will be looking to win back-to-back division titles for the first time in over a decade. No team in the division has repeated in 11 years. The Giants winners of two Super Bowls in the 2000s, have not tasted much success lately and last season was dreadful. After starting the season 3-2, the Giants running game and defense disappeared on the way to seven straight losses. The club did finish the season 3-1 but must address their running game and a defense that allowed 395.3 yards per game in 2014. Giants vs Cowboys odds in Vegas favor Dallas by nearly a touchdown (-6) while NFL predictions for the week 1 total have been set at 52.

    New York will be without the services of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who injured a hand over the summer in a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul finally met with Giants representatives after missing all summer team activities and preseason training camp. His status is still uncertain. New York will also be without the services of star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is still not fully recovered from a patellar tendon injury suffered last October. What the Giants do have is QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL’s breakout star of 2014. In just 12 games, OBJ had 1,305 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Manning, despite the Giants inability to run the ball, still enjoyed a decent 2014 season tossing 30 touchdowns compared to just 14 interceptions. Manning will need to control his turnovers in week 1 if New York is to cover the spread as underdogs in Giants vs Cowboys odds.

    Dallas, which has beaten New York four straight times, will rely on the arm of quarterback Tony Romo who led the NFL last year with a passer rating of 113.2. The ground game may suffer some as last year’s leading rusher, also the league’s leading ground gainer, DeMarco Murray is now in Philadelphia. Murray will be replaced by Darren McFadden, Christine Michael, Lance Dunbar, and Joseph Randle. Romo will still have WR Dez Bryant as his top receiving target. Bryant, who just signed a five-year, $70 million deal in the offseason, led the league in receiving touchdowns last year with 16. The Cowboys defense will be without DE Greg Hardy until late October and LB Rolando McLain will miss the season’s first four games due to suspension. Still, the Cowboys should have enough to win its fifth straight over the Giants.

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