NFL Spreads Week 1: Best Bets to Beat the Odds on Opening Weekend

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 8, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The NFL regular season has finally begun, and there are a few opening spreads that you should take during the league's opening weekend.

There are always a few games that you look at on the betting line that make you think, "Well that's a no-brainer".  There are a few of those this week, and there's a good chance that they will turn out in your favor if you make these picks.

Note: All spreads are provided by Bovada


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) at New York Jets

With how bad the Jets looked this preseason, is there anyone that thinks they can stay within three points of the Bucs?

Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Jets, and the team surrounding him is not a good one.  Meanwhile, the Buccaneers spent the offseason upgrading their secondary, and they came away with Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson.  

Doug Martin will lead the offense with an exciting rushing attack, and Revis will look to return from ACL surgery with a big game against his former team and a rookie quarterback.

This is an underrated Buccaneers team, and they should win by at least a touchdown against a Jets team that's trending downward fast.


Washington Redskins (-3.5) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Sure, there is the big question surrounding Robert Griffin III, but don't the Eagles have enough questions of their own?

Chip Kelly is coming in and installing a completely new offense, and there are going to be some growing pains.  Mike Vick will be the starting quarterback, but there are a number of questions about his durability and consistency.  Meanwhile, there is some tension in the locker room as Cary Williams and Riley Cooper got into a fight during practice.

For the Redskins, they have a good amount of talent around RGIII, and even if he isn't 100 percent as mobile as he used to be, he can still be a deadly pocket passer.

I don't see the Redskins winning in a close one, especially at home.  The Eagles have too many question marks, and the locker room could spell disaster for the 2013 season.


Miami Dolphins (+1.5) at Cleveland Browns

How often do you see the Browns as favorites in a game?  That probably won't end well for them, as the Dolphins aren't as bad as everyone appears to believe.

Ryan Tannehill had an incredibly underrated season without much talent at the receiver position.  Now, the Dolphins have brought in Mike Wallace to give Tannehill a great vertical threat.  On defense, Cameron Wake will look to be a pass-rushing threat once again after a terrific 2012 season.

Meanwhile, the Browns will be looking for Brandon Weeden to play like he did this preseason and for Trent Richardson to stay healthy and productive.  

I don't expect this to be a blowout by any means, but I really think that the Dolphins have the edge in this one, and they should be able to beat the spread.