NFL Week 1 Betting Odds, Predictions, Fantasy Updates And Discussion Thread

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Outside of rooting for the Cowboys, this is what we do as NFL fans, it deserves a thread. BAM!

Yeah, buddy!

As Cowboys fans, we get to spend the entire day perusing the rest of the league and enjoying the fan experience. This is why the NFL is so great. Fantasy football has evolved to the point that every single game probably holds some importance for everybody; as either you or your opponent will have someone playing in most matchups. This adds on top to the gambling angle, where you can find a temporary favorite team based on who you placed a wager on.

In honor of that, I'll resuscitate last year's "OMG it's KD's ATS" posts that died out around midseason. I ended on a high note, closing down shop after an extremely successful Week 7 that saw me go 12-1 picking straight-up winners, 11-2 against the spread and 9-4 against the Over/Under.

My 2012 final totals: 63-41 straight up, 54-50 ATS, 58-45 Over/Under. Of course, I also won the BTB Front-Page Writer's Season-long Pick'Em Contest with a correct percentage of .684. I hope to carry that over to 2013. As a note, those predictions are made early in the week, so my weekend advice may differ from what I went with in that thread.

Prognosticator's Corner

Week 1 Lines & Predictions (click on column headers to sort) A '*" indicates a pick I really like

Lines From Sportsbook.com KD's Picks
MatchUp Kickoff Underdog Line Favorite O/U Straight Up ATS O/U
Baltimore at DENVER 01_Thursday Ravens 8.5 BRONCOS 49.5 Ravens --- ---
New England at BUFFALO 02_Sun, 1pm BILLS 10.0 Patriots 51.5 Patriots* BILLS Over*
Seattle at CAROLINA 03_Sun, 1pm PANTHERS 3.0 Seahawks 45 Seahawks Seahawks Under
Cincinnati at CHICAGO 04_Sun, 1pm Bengals 3.0 BEARS 42 BEARS BEARS Over
Miami at CLEVELAND 05_Sun, 1pm Dolphins EVEN BROWNS 41 BROWNS BROWNS Under
Minnesota at DETROIT 06_Sun, 1pm Vikings 4.0 LIONS 46.5 Vikings Vikings Under
Oakland at INDIANAPOLIS 07_Sun, 1pm Raiders 10.5 COLTS 47 COLTS* COLTS Under
Kansas City at JACKSONVILLE 08_Sun, 1pm JAGUARS 3.5 Chiefs 42.5 Chiefs* Chiefs* Under
Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS 09_Sun, 1pm Falcons 3.0 SAINTS 55 SAINTS SAINTS Over
Tampa Bay at NY JETS 10_Sun, 1pm JETS 3.5 Buccaneers 39.5 Bucs* Bucs* Over
Tennessee at PITTSBURGH 11_Sun, 1pm Titans 7.0 STEELERS 42 STEELERS Titans Over
Green Bay at SAN FRANCISCO 12_Sun, 425pm Packers 4.5 49ERS 48.5 49ERS Packers Under
Arizona at ST LOUIS 13_Sun, 425pm Cardinals 4.5 RAMS 42 RAMS Cardinals Over
NY Giants at DALLAS 14_Sun, 830pm Giants 3.0 COWBOYS 50 COWBOYS* COWBOYS* Under
Philadelphia at WASHINGTON 15_Mon, 710pm Eagles 3.5 REDSKINS 52.5 REDSKINS REDSKINS Over*
Houston at SAN DIEGO 16_Mon, 1020pm CHARGERS 5.0 Texans 44.5 Texans* Texans Under

Fantasy Fix

Here's a look at some great Fantasy Resources for you entering Week 1.

  • Injury Updates, via Rotoworld
  • * Victor Cruz (heel) is listed as probable after practicing in full all week. He's a must-start.

    * Jason Pierre-Paul (back) will be a game time decision.

    * Defensive end Anthony Spencer is listed as doubtful while Jay Ratliff is on the PUP. David Wilson has a nice matchup.

  • Jaimey Eisenberg's Start'Em or Sit'Em (CBS Sports)
  • Miles Austin (vs. NYG): When Austin is healthy, he produces. Just ask the Giants. In three of his past four meetings with the Giants, Austin has at least 12 Fantasy points in a standard league. He combined for 13 catches, 206 yards and one touchdown in the two games against the Giants in 2012. His hamstring problems appear fine now, and the Giants have a banged up secondary. All the Cowboys are worth starting in this matchup, and we consider Austin a quality No. 2 receiver or flex depending on the size of your league.
  • Sunday Morning Report (Weather, complete injury reports) KFFL.com
  • Weather Forecast: Clear. Low of 75F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.
  • Yahoo! Week 1 Rankings: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wideouts | Tight Ends
  • CBS Top 150 Flex Rankings
  • Every Sunday morning you can check the live chat War Room at SB Nation Fantasy. We strongly recommend you head over there if you have any questions about who to start/sit or injuries for today's games.

Keep up with all of our Fantasy Coverage


So there you have it. Use this thread to discuss any and everything about the side of the NFL that we "control". Now, it's time for me to troll the grocery store nearest FedEx Field with my Cowboys jersey and hat on. Football's back!

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