NFL Week 1 will be here before we know it. In the next couple of weeks, training camps start. Then, teams battle it out for a month in NFL Preseason before the Bears and Packers kick off the regular season on September 5. Check out the 7 games in NFL Week 1 on which we must absolutely wager!
2019 NFL Week 1 Must-Bet Games
Thursday, Sep. 5
Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears
The Packers hired Matt LaFleur to install an offensive system that helps Aaron Rodgers rediscover his MVP form. Rodgers took a backward step last season. Coaching changes can often do wonders for a quarterback. However, the Packers are going to need a lot more than just great offense to beat the Bears on Sep. 5.
Chicago is a real Super Bowl contender. They should field one of the best defenses in the league this season.
Sunday, Sep. 8
Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles
Early signs point to Washington coach Jay Gruden starting Dwayne Haskins under center. Haskins could be the next Carson Wentz. Or, it could take him a year to get his feet underneath him. He’s got all the tools to be good right away, though.
Philadelphia is now Wentz’s team. This is a ton of points. Washington doesn’t look 8 ½ points worse than Philadelphia on paper. Is Philly already being overplayed?
Kansas City Chiefs vs Jacksonville Jaguars
How much better is Jacksonville after the awesome draft and signing Nick Foles to play quarterback? We’re going to find out right away if Jacksonville’s defense improved or not.
The Chiefs went through big changes on defense. They lost both starting defensive ends. Unless former Seattle DE Frank Clark truly steps it up, KC could have some trouble stopping teams from scoring.
Indianapolis Colts vs L.A. Chargers
Two Super Bowl contenders clash when the Indianapolis Colts battle the L.A. Chargers in Week 1. The Chargers should have one of the top defenses in the league this season. The Bolts’ offense will be good with Philip Rivers throwing to Keenan Allen. Also, running back Melvin Gordon heads into 2019 off his very best season.
The Colts are strong. They didn’t make many changes during the offseason. That’s okay because the team is young. Let’s not forget that although the Colts are young, they’ve got one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL in his prime. Andrew Luck is fantastic.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
The Patriots will play this season without Rob Gronkowski. The Steelers will play without Antonio Brown. Which loss matters more? Right now, New England looks like an underlay at -6. Then again, Big Ben must prove he can sling it all over the field without AB, who for years served as his security blanket.
Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints
This is the season Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson becomes elite. If he doesn’t become elite this season, he might never. It’s a tough first week battle for the Texans, though. They face a serious uphill climb against the Saints.
New Orleans is loaded at pretty much every position. They’re also deep at every position. Unless Drew Brees’ skills diminished during the offseason, the Saints figure to be Super Bowl contenders and regular season covering machines.<?p>
Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders
Both teams went through some changes during the offseason. The Broncos are the slightly more interesting team in the matchup. Does quarterback Joe Flacco have anything left? If Flacco provides consistency at the QB position, Denver could be a playoff contender.
The Raiders must prove trading away Kahlil Mack and Amari Cooper last season was the right move. That means their three first round rookies immediately step it up. What a great matchup to end Week 1!