SportsTalkATL Staff NFL Gambling Locks: Week 1

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Chase Irle’s Locks (@IrleChase)

Falcons vs. Eagles (Under 48.5)

I expect both of these defenses to struggle over the course of the season. However, the Eagles should be able to slow down the Falcons offense enough to keep this game close. I have high hopes for Arthur Smith, but it’s typical to struggle with a new offense in a play caller’s first game. I also believe the Eagles’ defensive line will be able to take advantage of the Falcons’ offensive front. On the flip side, I don’t like the Falcons’ defense, but I hate the Eagles’ offense with Jalen Hurts. Dean Pees should be able to dial up a lot of troublesome looks for the second-year quarterback. Take the under.

Saints (+4) vs. Packers

People are going to find out quickly just out good this Saints team is with Jameis Winston. Sean Payton is still coaching that team, and this roster is loaded. They are my pick to win the NFC South. It’s disappointing this game isn’t at home, but it’s not at Lambeau, and they are getting four points. Saints are the play this week.

Patriots (-3) vs. Dolphins

Anyone that knows me is aware of how much I believe in Mac Jones. I believe he will be plenty prepared for this moment, and it helps that the game is at home, he has a fantastic defense AND arguably the best head coach of all time. I’m high on the Dolphins this season, but I’m even higher on the Patriots, who will get a win in their first game of the season at home.

Jake Gordon’s Locks (@cantguardjake)

Bills (-6.5) vs. Steelers

I don’t have a lot of faith in the Steelers, especially their O-Line. TJ Watt is in a contract dispute, and they are a team that got a lot worse this offseason. Josh Allen‘s MVP campaign gets kicked off with a big win at home.

Browns (+6.5) @ Chiefs

I think the Browns are a legitimate Super Bowl contender with a great defense. This is probably the best game of the week, and I like the Browns to cover and make it a fun game.

Ravens (-4.5) @ Raiders

I love fading the Raiders in primetime games. Baltimore tends to feast on bad competition, and although I swore them off after the Browns debacle last season (never forget), here I am again.

Saints (ML) v. Packers

I still think the Saints are a good team, and I need to sprinkle in some underdogs. I think they win it in a close one.

Alex Lord’s Locks (@GeauxSportsTalk)

Packers (-4) @ Saints (Jacksonville, FL)

In the waning minutes of this game, who do you trust to cover, Jameis Winston or Aaron Rodgers? It seems simple to me… The Saints defense will be good this year, but not at first. They’re missing important players at every level, which Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers will use to their advantage in play action. Another important factor is the game will be played in Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field instead of in New Orleans.

Browns (+6.5) @ ChiefsĀ 

In the AFC Divisional round, the Chiefs held on to win 22-17 after Patrick Mahomes went down with a concussion. Cleveland has been savoring this moment, and they acquired even more talent than they previously had. I see the Browns keeping it close, but the Chiefs win late.

Patriots (-3) vs. Dolphins

The Patriots at Miami makes me want to fade New England, but at home? Hammer Bill Belichick, regardless of the quarterback. However, having Mac Jones (friend of the site) should solidify the case. The Patriots won’t need Mac to score 35 points. As long as he takes care of the ball, they should win this one.

49ers (-7.5) @ Lions

I think the 49ers, if they can still healthy, will be the team to win the NFC West. In their first game under Dan Campbell, Jared Goff will go against an impressive defense, and the Lions’ talentless defense will be outmatched by a juggernaut in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. It won’t be close folks, don’t overthink this.

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