The Week 1 NFL schedule will see AFC East rivals collide when the New England Patriots host the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots have dominated the series in Foxborough over the years, winning 11 of their last 12 home games against Miami. However, the Dolphins have won two of the last three meetings overall, including a 27-24 victory on the road in December 2019. New England enters Sunday’s showdown as a three-point favorite according to the latest Week 1 NFL odds at Caesars Sportsbook.
The only other divisional matchup in Week 1 sees the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to NRG Stadium to face the Houston Texans. Jacksonville is favored by 2.5 in the debut of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of the tightest NFL spreads of the week. All of the Week 1 NFL lines are listed below, and SportsLine’s advanced computer model has all the NFL betting advice and predictions you need to make the best Week 1 NFL picks now.
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Top Week 1 NFL predictions
One of the top Week 1 NFL predictions the model recommends: The 49ers (-7.5) cover the spread against the Lions. Detroit’s home field advantage has been nonexistent in recent years. In fact, the Lions are just 1-11 in their last 12 games at Ford Field.
San Francisco, meanwhile, has been successful on the road, winning 12 of its last 17 away games. The 49ers are also 10-1 in their last 11 meetings against the Lions. SportsLine’s model expects that trend to continue as George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel combine for well over 200 receiving yards against a Detroit defense that gave up 419.8 yards per game last season. That’s one of the main reasons why the model has the 49ers covering in almost 60 percent of simulations.
Another one of the top Week 1 NFL picks from the model: The Panthers (-5.5) cover as home favorites against the Jets. This is a revenge game for Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, who spent his first three seasons with the Jets. Darnold will lead a Carolina offense that features Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Terrace Marshall.
McCaffrey became just the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season in 2019. Carolina’s running back dealt with numerous injuries in 2020, but he’ll be eager to dominate a New York defense that gave up 387.6 yards per game last season.
SportsLine’s model is expecting McCaffrey to rack up nearly 130 all-purpose yards against the Jets. The model has also taken into account that the Panthers are 7-0 in their last seven games against opponents from the AFC East.
How to make Week 1 NFL picks
The model has also made the call on who wins and covers in every other game on the Week 1 NFL schedule, and it’s calling for a Super Bowl contender to go down hard. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.
So what NFL picks can you make with confidence? And which Super Bowl contender goes down hard? Check out the latest NFL odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned almost $7,900 since its inception, and find out.
Week 1 NFL odds (via Caesars)
Thursday, Sept. 9
Featured Game | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Sept. 12
Featured Game | Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jets at Panthers (-5.5, 44.5)
Featured Game | Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets
Featured Game | Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Featured Game | Tennessee Titans vs. Arizona Cardinals
Chargers at Washington (+1, 44.5)
Featured Game | Washington Football Team vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Featured Game | Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Featured Game | Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks
Featured Game | Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings
49ers at Lions (+7.5, 45)
Featured Game | Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers
Featured Game | Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns
Featured Game | New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
Featured Game | New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos
Featured Game | New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
Featured Game | Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
Monday, Sept. 13
Featured Game | Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens