Okay NFL fans and betting aficionados, thanks to last week’s release of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule, you can now start formulating your betting plans more thoroughly, long before the start of preseason football ever begins.
While the upcoming NFL Draft will likely alter those betting plans ever so slightly depending on which players, particularly those elite first rounders, a land where there’s no doubt that you can now start formulating your betting plans a lot more now that the schedule has been released.
Not only that, but you’re can also look at which games look like value-packed pairings you need to potentially wager on asap and which ones you might want to avoid like the Bubonic Plague – or a crazy ex, depending on which one you view as worse.
Anyway, thanks to my fun-filled 2018 betting calendar overview, you’re going to be much better ore knowledgeable about what could go down in the regular season in 2018.
Let’s get started.
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Carson Wentz plans on being back under center when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (13-3 SU, 10-6 ATS) kick off the regular season at home on Thursday, Sept. 6 with a rematch of their NFC wild-card matchup against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons (10-6 SU, 7-9 ATS). The Eagles have big plans on repeating as champs while the Falcons will be looking to get back in the Super Bowl mix for the third straight postseason.
The New York Jets will host the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10 in the first Monday Night Football game of the season, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around why the league would have these two uninspiring teams open up their MNF campaign seeing as how the Jets went 5-11 this past season and the Lions went 7-9.
Also on the Week 1 docket, the revamped Cleveland Browns (0-16 SU, 7-9 ATS) will get a real test in their regular season and home opener when they host the AFC North division rival Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3 SU, 7-9 ATS) in an intriguing contest that will reveal a lot about the browns and their offseason improvements.
Other interesting Week 1 matchups have the revamped San Francisco 49ers on the road against the defensive-minded Minnesota Vikings and new starting quarterback Kirk Cousins while the New England Patriots will host Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
The Texans get quarterback Deshaun Watson and former Defensive Player of the Year defensive end J.J. Watt back on the field after the pair both suffered season-ending injuries a year ago. Plus, Houston has the easiest strength of schedule in the league in 2018 with their opponents combining to go, just 116-140 (.453) last season.
In Week 2, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a rematch of their AFC Championship game this past season. The Jags covered the chalk as 7.5-point road underdogs in that contest and I believe they’ll likely cover again against a similar kind of point spread.
In Week 3, you’ve got an intriguing matchup I’m going to call the Battle for Los Angeles with the Rams hosting the Chargers in an Inter-conference matchup of two Super Bowl hopefuls. The Rams went 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS last season while the Bolts will look to build on their 9-7 SU and 8-7-1 ATS mark from a year ago. Oh, and just so you know, the top three teams in the NFL in ATS wins a year ago, were the Vikings (11-5 ATS), Patriots (11-5 ATS) and Eagles (10-6 ATS).
A pair of teams looking to rebound in a big way in 2018 will go at it in Week 8 when the Oakland Raiders host the Indianapolis Colts. Oakland spent $100 million on head coach Jon Gruden to help them improve on their uninspiring 6-10 SU mark while the Colts are hoping the return of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck can help them improve on their identical 6-10 record from last season. The Raiders finished 30th in ATS wins last season by going 5-9-2 ATS while the Colts went a much more respectable 6-10 ATS.
In Week 12, the Dallas Cowboys will host the Washington Redskins in one of their two annual NFC East battles. Dallas will be moving on without former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant while Washington looks to life after Kirk Cousins under new starter Alex Smith.
Moving forward to the always crucial slate of Week 16 games New England hosts Buffalo, Philly hosts Houston and Carolina will host Atlanta in one of their two NFC South divisional battles. New Orleans will also host Pittsburgh in a really interesting Inter-conference clash while Oakland hosts Denver in what could be either a really meaningful – or completely meaningless – AFC West divisional showdown.
So, there you have a small sample of what lies ahead on the 2018 NFL schedule pro football betting buffs. Now, Happy hunting!
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