Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

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Week 1 Predictions: Chiefs vs Texans Odds Week 1 Predictions: Chiefs vs Texans Odds Houston -1, Total 40½

If there are two teams in the NFL that are on the cusp of breaking through, it is the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Both teams finished 9-7 last season but on the outside looking in as neither made the postseason. Both franchise’s worked very hard in the offseason to make sure that 2015 is different. So much so, that NFL predictions for the week 1 match-up favor Houston at home by just one point (-1) while Chiefs vs Texans odds on the over/under total have been set at 40½. The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the league’s most anemic pass offenses last season. In fact, Kansas City became the first team since the merger of the old AFL and NFL to not have a touchdown pass thrown to a wide receiver. Tight end Travis Kelce, the team’s leading receiver with 67 receptions for 862 yards, had five touchdown receptions. Running back Jamaal Charles, the team’s leading rusher (1,033 yards), also had five TD catches.

To pump some life into the receiving corps, Kansas City went out and acquired former Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin who had 85 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The former Missouri star gives the Chiefs a legitimate All-Pro caliber wide receiver to compliment both Kelce and Charles. If head coach Andy Reid's squad is to cover the point spread as road underdogs in Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans odds, the offense will need to be running on all cylinders. As NFL predictions for week 1 suggest, the Texans may have a tough time defending the Chiefs offense, but they will give it a shot with the league’s best defensive player, DE J.J. Watt and the return of former first round draft pick DE Jadeveon Clowney. Add in a healthy Brian Cushing at inside linebacker and Whitney Mercilus at outside linebacker and the Texans have the makings of a great defense.

The key for the Houston Texans to cover as favorites (-1) in NFL predictions for week 1 against Kansas City will be the play of quarterback Brian Hoyer, signed in the offseason from Cleveland. Hoyer led the Browns to six wins last year and can excel in head coach Bill O’Brien’s offense. Houston will be missing RB Arian Foster, who will most likely miss the season with a groin injury. The Texans will still have RB Alfred Blue and WR DeAndre Hopkins to work with against a Chiefs defense that was very good against the pass but terrible against the run. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans can be seen live on CBS at 1:00pm EST from NRG Stadium.

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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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