Sportsbook sets early NFL Week 1 Odds

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have opened as 6-point home favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers at BetOnline for the 2015 NFL season opener on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The Patriots have won eight of the past 11 meetings with Pittsburgh both straight-up and against the spread, and they will get the opportunity to face the Steelers sans arguably their best player – running back Le’Veon Bell.

Pittsburgh won the AFC North a year ago but lost to the Baltimore Ravens 30-17 at home in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Bell (1,361 yards rushing and 854 receiving last year) missed that game with a knee injury, and he will be out three more to start the regular season as punishment for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Former teammate LeGarrette Blount, another running back who split time with Bell in the backfield for the Steelers in 2014 before getting released and signing with New England, will miss the season opener for the Patriots due to the same reason.

New England knocked out Baltimore 35-31 in the Divisional Round the following week en route to winning the AFC championship along with its fourth Super Bowl title against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. The Ravens also kick off the 2015 season with a marquee matchup as they visit the Denver Broncos as 4-point road underdogs at BetOnline.

The Seahawks will begin defense of their second consecutive conference title by visiting the St. Louis Rams as 4.5-point road favorites in an NFC West game. Other key divisional matchups in Week 1 include the Green Bay Packers visiting the Chicago Bears as 3.5-point road chalk in the NFC North and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New York Giants as 5-point home favorites in the NFC East on Sunday Night Football.

A pair of NFC teams coming off disappointing campaigns and with new head coaches will close out the first week by trying to get off to good starts at home in the two Monday Night Football matchups. Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons will host the Philadelphia Eagles as 1-point underdogs at BetOnline in the early game, followed by Jim Tomsula and the San Francisco 49ers facing the Minnesota Vikings as 4.5-point home favorites.

Week 1 Opening NFL Betting Lines @ BetOnline

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers +6
New England Patriots -6

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Green Bay Packers -3½
Chicago Bears +3½

Kansas City Chiefs +2½
Houston Texans -2½

Cleveland Browns +2
New York Jets -2

Indianapolis Colts -2½
Buffalo Bills +2½

Miami Dolphins -1½
Washington Redskins +1½

Carolina Panthers -3
Jacksonville Jaguars +3

Seattle Seahawks -4½
St. Louis Rams +4½

New Orleans Saints +3
Arizona Cardinals -3

Detroit Lions +2
San Diego Chargers -2

Tennessee Titans +2½
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2½

Cincinnati Bengals -3
Oakland Raiders +3

Baltimore Ravens +4
Denver Broncos -4

New York Giants +5
Dallas Cowboys -5

Monday, September 14, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles -1
Atlanta Falcons +1

Minnesota Vikings +4½
San Francisco 49ers -4½

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