Pro handicappers share best 2015 NFL odds to wait on: Part I


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If you need any more evidence that the NFL is king when it comes to sports betting, CG Technology in Las Vegas released odds for every NFL game on the 2015 schedule from Week 1 to Week 16 – four month away from the official kickoff of the season.

Covers had an exclusive first look at these and turned those early-bird odds over to our Covers Experts, who give you their best NFL 2015 bets to play later, expecting line moves to open up value before kickoff.

Steve Merril – San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars (+4.5) Week 12

“San Diego will be in a terrible situational and scheduling spot for this game in Jacksonville. The Chargers have a bye during Week 10 before they host Kansas City in Week 11 on Sunday Night Football, so San Diego will be ready for that game. Next they’ll have to travel to Jacksonville and lay points with a home game versus Denver the following Sunday. San Diego is in a divisional sandwich spot for the Jaguars and with the lack of recent success for Jacksonville, the public will back the Chargers in this game. Wait it out and take Jacksonville at a higher price in this game.”

Bryan Power – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-6.5) Week 2

“This line will move depending on how Jameis Winston looks in Week 1. If he plays poorly versus Tennessee, you’ll be able to probably get more than a touchdown. If he plays well, it might be worth laying six points or less with the Saints, who could be off a loss at Arizona.”

Marc Lawrence – Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (-1) Week 2

“The Packers are itching to shoot down the Seahawks following a pair of losses suffered last year, including an overtime playoff loss at Seattle. Not to mention the controversial replacement refs fiasco in 2012. Meanwhile, last year’s Super Bowl loser will enter off a road opener against division rival St. Louis, while there is a chance Green Bay could be returning home off a season opening loss at Chicago. Will wait and see the results for possible extra value. Either way, the Packers at home with triple revenge in a win situation sounds too good to pass.”

Will Rogers – Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (-6) Week 9

“No one has a real clue what the 49ers will look like this season but we should know a lot more by early November. No Jim Harbaugh and more than half their linebackers retired from football in the offseason. Atlanta showed some strides to being a better team last year but with a new head coach Dan Quinn we still don’t know what direction they are going in right now.”

AAA Sports – Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5) Week 12

“The Packers should be over their disastrous playoff choke in Seattle by the time they strap on the pads in late November, but who knows what kind of team will take the field opposite them? This is clearly a make-or-break season for Jay Cutler and if the Bears are sitting at 3-7 come kickoff in this one, chances are Cutler will have been replaced by whoever held the clipboard for the first two and a half months of the season. Too many variables in this one to jump early.”

Sean Murphy – Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-1) Week 2

“I expect this line to be much higher when the Chiefs and Broncos kick off the second Thursday nighter of the season. Denver gets a very winnable home opener against Baltimore the week previous while the Chiefs have to go into Houston to face what is sure to be a highly motivated Texans squad. I fully expect Denver to be 1-0 and Kansas City to be 0-1 entering this matchup. It won’t take long for bettors to once again fall in love with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.”


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