The 2012 NFL regular-season schedule was released earlier today, and it already has sports books buzzing with anticipation.
BetOnline has just released betting odds for the opening week of action, which will start with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Let's take an early look at the first 16 games of the season from a betting perspective.
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will open up the 2012 NFL regular season by hosting the Dallas Cowboys inside MetLife Stadium in prime-time on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
I don't anticipate any early movement in the betting odds for this contest, but I'll likely grab the points barring any major injuries.
Opening Line: New York Giants -3.5
Should make for interesting theatre in the Windy City.
Opening Line: Chicago Bears -7.5
It's likely that the only people watching this game will be sitting in a Las Vegas sports book, as both teams will come in with very low expectations.
I'll hold out on making any predictions until after the preseason on this particular affair.
Opening Line: Minnesota Vikings -3.5
I suggest grabbing the points early, as the Bills will have an entire offseason to prepare for any surprise packages that the Jets put together.
Buffalo's revamped defensive line has me excited about this matchup as well.
Opening Line: New York Jets -6
The Houston Texans will definitely experience a different type of training camp this year, coming off a first-ever berth in the playoffs.
I'm always one to fade a team in this situation, but the Miami Dolphins' quarterback situation will leave me sitting on the sidelines for now.
Opening Line: Houston Texans -6
The Tennessee Titans are a dangerous first-week opponent, especially with running back Chris Johnson looking to bounce back after a sub-par 2011 campaign.
Opening Line: New England Patriots -5
The oddsmakers have little choice but to send out the Detroit Lions as a heavy home favorite here, as the St. Louis Rams were miserable last year offensively.
Detroit also jumped out to a tremendous start during the 2011 season, something that the betting public will certainly remember.
There's no way I'd lay this number right now, but I'm not exactly running up to the window and taking the underdog.
Opening Line: Detroit Lions -7.5
New Orleans should realistically be an eight-point home favorite in this contest, but the year-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton is noticeable with the oddsmakers releasing this type of number.
I'd also be worried in laying the points due to Saints quarterback Drew Brees still seeking a long-term extension.
In my opinion, the number is spot on due to off-the-field factors.
Opening Line: New Orleans Saints -6
I'm not one to play road favorites, but the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to start the season off with a bang after failing to live up to high expectations in 2011.
The betting odds certainly reflect this in matching up with the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
Lay it if you play it at this stage.
Opening Line: Philadelphia Eagles -6
Everyone is waiting for the Atlanta Falcons to take that next step forward, but traveling to Arrowhead Stadium in the season opener could cause the team to start the year in the loss column.
Kansas City was devastated by injuries early in the 2011 campaign, which could provide value in playing the home underdog in this spot.
A wait-and-see approach.
Opening Line: Atlanta Falcons -1
I can think of about 31 different stadiums that an NFL team would rather play in to start the 2012 season.
Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers will be waiting.
Opening Line: Green Bay Packers -5
The oddsmaker is basically stating the Seattle Seahawks as a favorite in this spot, considering that home-field advantage is likely worth 2.5 points in this particular spot.
I have no interest in playing the Seahawks on the road to open the season.
You know what to do.
Opening Line: Arizona Cardinals -1
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will likely kickoff as a road favorite to open the 2012 campaign, something that I will have a hard time backing in just his second year.
Tampa Bay is a strong candidate to bounce back this year.
Opening Line: Carolina Panthers -1.5
It's now or never for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, as the team fell just short against the New England Patriots in last year's playoffs.
The Ravens draw a difficult opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals to open up the 2012 campaign, which will likely have me watching this contest as a spectator.
Not getting involved at this point in time.
Opening Line: Baltimore Ravens -6
The NFL wasted little time in getting Peyton Manning back in front of a prime-time audience, with the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first installment of NBC's Sunday Night Football.
I'm not surprised that the Broncos opened up as a slight favorite, but I definitely anticipate this line dropping down to a pick 'em by the end of the week.
Grab the points early.
Opening Line: Denver Broncos -1.5
The San Diego Chargers may offer some value in this spot, as they'd normally be laying at least 3.5 points in this spot.
Oakland may suffer a serious hangover from falling off a cliff to end the 2011 season.
I'll be laying this small number early and make any necessary adjustments down the road.
Opening Line: San Diego Chargers -2