2021 NFL Week 1 Picks, Odds: Raiders stun Ravens, Payments crush Steelers, Cardinals upset Titans


Soccer! It is again, it is actual and it is spectacular. Whereas there’s nonetheless a pandemic within the background, it feels vastly completely different from a yr in the past, when soccer legitimately may have simply disappeared. Now we have now followers within the stands and it may current some attention-grabbing betting alternatives — on the very least it should create wildly completely different sport conditions for these gamers.

After a yr of having the ability to simply talk in empty stadiums, quarterbacks now must alter to mildly completely different environments. When you do not imagine me, watch this goosebumps-inducing video of Virginia Tech blasting “Enter Sandman” forward of its enormous upset of North Carolina final Friday night time. 

There are at the least three beginning quarterbacks — Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow — who haven’t performed towards NFL defenses on the street with full stadiums of followers shedding their minds. I am not suggesting they’re going to crumble or something this season, however street video games are going to be tougher (and possibly some dwelling video games for Herbert). It felt like school soccer delivered a reasonably large home-field benefit in some conditions. So the development warrants monitoring this week within the NFL as nicely. 

Earlier than we get to the picks, massive shoutout to Ryan Satsky, Justin Web page and the complete CBS Sports activities analysis staff. That crew places an insane quantity of labor into creating these large packets of information for us and do not get almost sufficient credit score for a way arduous they grind behind the scenes. 

To the picks!

All NFL odds are by way of Caesars Sportsbook

NFL Week 1 Picks

Cowboys at Buccaneers

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: 
NBC | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)
Observe: CBS Sports activities App

Newest Odds:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-9

Let’s not sugar coat this. If you wish to again the man who introduced out an “Austin Powers” meme in entrance of a bunch of 25-year-old youngsters as a substitute of backing the one biggest participant in NFL historical past, who not too long ago declared that his favourite ring was his subsequent whereas getting ready to look because the oldest defending Tremendous Bowl champion quarterback in NFL historical past, backed by 22 returning starters and an elite protection captained by Todd Bowles, who received shafted by the Jets and Devin White, who it’s best to guess for DPOY and Lavonte David, essentially the most criminally underrated linebacker within the NFL during the last 5 years, plus Vita Vea/Ndamukong Suh going up towards an offensive line with out Zack Martin, by all means go forward. 

The decide: Buccaneers 35, Cowboys 24

Props, Finest Bets: Over 51.5, Tom Brady 1st TD (40-1), Antonio Brown over 4.5 receptions, O.J. Howard anytime TD +490

Cardinals at Titans

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)

Newest Odds:

Tennessee Titans
-3

This feels just like the “let’s not overreact to Week 1” Recreation of the 12 months. Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury must take the proverbial leap this yr however I do not know if we are able to say it occurred as a result of they beat the Titans. Tennessee’s protection must be higher, however I am undecided we are able to say it’s towards an offense that’s solely typically explosive. Watch Derrick Henry’s carries right here — if the Titans are going to maintain him within the storage early within the season it should change how their offense operates. This sport shall be shut with a ton of factors. 

The decide: Cardinals 35, Titans 31

Props, Finest Bets: Over no matter, Beneath Derrick Henry rush yards

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Jaguars at Texans

Sunday,1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Houston Texans
+3

No matter you do, do not take the Jaguars in your Survivor Pool. Do not do it! The Texans may be the worst staff in soccer, however the Jaguars aren’t that a lot better, this can be a division sport, it is Week 1, it is on the street and that is principally David Culley’s Tremendous Bowl. He wants this win a LOT greater than City Meyer does. Trevor Lawrence is gonna be arduous to screw up and City has completed this lengthy sufficient the place he most likely is aware of what he is doing. However if you happen to count on Jacksonville to roll right here simply because Houston is terrible, you have not watched sufficient NFL soccer.

The Decide: Texans 21, Jaguars 17

Bets: Nope

Chargers at Soccer Staff

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Washington Soccer Staff
-1

See what I discussed above about crowds? My boys The Junkies on 106.7 the Fan do not assume that is going to be an insane crowd in Washington (cannot blame them, FedEx Area is a dump and actually distant and this staff has been MEEEEEH for 10 years working) however there’s going to be folks there and Ron Rivera’s protection will present up and trigger issues for a younger quarterback with a brand new coach, a brand new offensive system and a number of new offensive linemen. Finally I believe the Chargers did Justin Herbert a favor by including Corey Linsley, et al, this offseason. However we should not count on this staff — with a brand new coach in Brandon Staley — to simply magically be superior out of the gate. Shut sport however the dwelling staff ought to sneak it out.

The Decide: WFT 24, Chargers 21

Bets: Move

Vikings at Bengals

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV:
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Cincinnati Bengals
+3

Kirk Cousins has completed an excellent job this offseason making the Minnesota Vikings unattractive from a season-long betting perspective, however that will not matter on this sport. Joe Burrow is again however is he BACK? We’ve not seen him confidently working the pocket the best way we count on. Ja’Marr Chase’s drops are a priority however I believe he’ll find yourself being high-quality. The larger drawback right here is Cincy most likely cannot decelerate the Vikings dashing assault. This can be a Dalvin Cook dinner smash spot out of the gate towards a foul protection with an improved offensive line. I believe Minnesota will get the lead and leans into it aggressively. When you disagree, take it up with Vegas: Dalvin’s rush prop at Caesar’s is 95.5! That is a bit too wealthy for Week 1 however I might nonetheless lean over on it. 

The Decide: Vikings 28, Bengals 17

Bets: Vikings -3

Jets at Panthers

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Carolina Panthers
-4

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN … THE SAM DARNOLD REVENGE GAME!!!! Proper out of the gate, you like to see it. Good work, NFL schedule makers. You need to discuss a referendum sport — if Darnold stinks towards his previous staff, Panthers followers are going to freak out. Conversely, if Darnold is superior and Zach Wilson struggles, the NY Put up again web page goes to be unimaginable on Monday morning. A lot at stake for such a meaningless sport. I nonetheless imagine in Darnold and whereas I am petrified to take action, the common principle that something Adam Gase stops touching turns to gold is in play right here massive time. Matt Rhule and David Tepper will need to showcase their QB right here, so I count on loads of pictures down the sphere towards a horrendous Jets secondary. P.S. Sneaky revenge sport for Rhule, too, who wished the Jets job till they demanded to manage what coaches he employed! 

The Decide: Panthers 31, Jets 24

Bets: Darnold over passing yards

Eagles at Falcons

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV:
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Atlanta Falcons
-3

Not essentially the most enticing Week 1 Chook Bowl right here, though there are a ton of fantasy-related questions that would/shall be answered right here. How does Jalen Hurts look in Nick Sirianni’s offense? How does Matt Ryan look (or extra importantly how does the OL look) in Arthur Smith’s offense? Will Dean Pees create strain with out an abundance of expertise for the Falcons protection? Are DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor going to reply the draft hype? Nobody is searching for these two groups to make the playoffs however this can be a sneaky enjoyable sport. I might lean over right here and assume most individuals imagine that however I might prefer to see the tempo from these groups first earlier than betting it.

The Decide: Falcons 28, Eagles 21

Bets: Move

Steelers at Payments

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Buffalo Payments
-6.5

A really fast warmth examine for the “Huge Ben is ok” crowd with a visit to Buffalo that ought to function QUITE the rowdy crowd in addition to a Sean McDermott protection anticipated to bounce again for the Payments. I’m tremendous excessive on Buffalo this yr — not fairly as excessive as Pete Prisco and 4 or 5 different NFL writers right here at CBS however fairly excessive — for apparent causes. If Josh Allen someway will get BETTER look out. If he simply maintains final yr’s degree this can be a 11-13-win staff. Pittsburgh will get to search out out rapidly how the revamped offensive line appears and I might count on Allen to check that secondary deep early and sometimes.

The Decide: Payments 38, Steelers 24

Bets: Payments -6.5

Seahawks at Colts 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV:
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Indianapolis Colts
+3

OK possibly that is the “let’s freak out about Week 1” sport of the yr of the century. Russell Wilson spent all offseason complaining — in a really passive-aggressive trend — about not being the Seahawks GM, solely to return again and apologize to Pete Carroll and embrace no matter Shane Waldron goes to do on offense. We’re led to imagine it is going to be up-tempo and that it’ll function extra brief passing and that it’ll #LetRussCook. We’ll see! Carson Wentz is forcing his means again regardless of a reasonably large foot harm within the preseason. Is he going to be cell nonetheless? Or will he be a handoff machine on this sport? I might guess the Colts need to gradual this factor right down to a crawl. How the Seahawks reply is admittedly fascinating as a result of you possibly can lure Carroll into an pointless slugfest fairly simply.

The Decide: Seahawks 24, Colts 17

Bets: Move

49ers at Lions

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Detroit Lions
+8

Ever have a sport you immediately take a look at midweek and get frightened of how apparent it’s? As a result of Kyle Shanahan vs. Dan Campbell, with all of my Trey Sermon shares, and as dangerous as Detroit needs to be and nearly as good as I count on the 49ers to be … nicely, that is that sport for me. How are the Niners not going to blast the Lions into oblivion? Everybody and their brother shall be on San Francisco in survivor swimming pools. Jamey Eisenberg named Raheem Mostert his Begin of the Week out of the gate. Is the world going to mush the 49ers? Or are the Lions simply horrendous? I lean towards the latter as a result of it seems actually apparent and we have now many years of historical past to level to. 

The Decide: 49ers 35, Lions 10

Bets: 49ers -7.5 — higher to tease them truthfully, blind over Trey Sermon rush yards

Browns at Chiefs

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
-5.5

What a David and Goliath second right here for Cleveland and Baker Mayfield. They’d the Chiefs down on the mat within the playoffs final yr, dangerously near taking out the brand new AFC dynasty earlier than Andy Reid and *checks notes* CHAD HENNE popped again up and gained. The Browns are bizarre as a result of they’re tremendous into analytics and but most analytical soccer websites are down on them as a result of they overachieved final yr. On the similar time, their roster is superior! Put them in a unique uniform and I am far more bullish on them probably. Their protection is not slowing down Patrick Mahomes, however I do not assume the Chiefs will cease Baker and Nick Chubb both. Scoring fest right here with the Browns sneaking in a last-minute cowl.

The Decide: Chiefs 31, Browns 28

Bets: Over

Packers at Saints (in Jacksonville)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: 
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

New Orleans Saints
+3.5

This sport is now being performed in Jacksonville, which is fairly large from a home-field perspective — the Saints have been going to have a WILD scene within the Superdome for this sport. I am very bullish on Jameis Winston this season and assume he may find yourself having a pleasant yr. However the Packers ought to be capable of get the offense cooking early and I count on Aaron Rodgers to return out weapons blazing after this offseason and no motion within the preseason. The Final Dance kicks off on the Touchdown and the Packers roll. 

The Decide: Packers 31, Saints 24

Bets: Packers -4, Davante Adams first TD any quantity

Broncos at Giants

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: 
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

New York Giants
+3

Vic Fangio and Jason Garrett in the identical stadium? My, my, my. We must always actually be in retailer for a bunch of factors on this one. I really like Denver right here however assume it is most likely going to be a low-scoring affair. Each of those defenses are stout and each offenses are extraordinarily conservative. Teddy Bridgewater is beginning for a cause — he does not flip the ball over and is a good sport supervisor. You already know who DOES flip the ball over? Daniel Jones aka Danny Dimes. Give me the Broncos in a sludgefest.

The Decide: Broncos 17, Giants 10

Bets: Broncos -3 and underneath

Dolphins at Patriots

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

New England Patriots
-3

I am tremendous bullish on the Patriots — you would make the case that since they’re rolling with a rookie QB in Mac Jones their offense may be restricted, however I believe Invoice Belichick going with Mac ought to make us all that rather more assured in his potential to play at a excessive degree. That is going to be a run-first/defense-based staff and I count on them to make life very, very tough for Tua Tagovailoa who has by no means truly performed towards an NFL protection in a totally packed away sport. Welcome to New England towards Invoice Belichick’s revamped protection, younger man! 

The Decide: Patriots 24, Dolphins 13

Bets: Pats -3, underneath

Bears at Rams

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: 
NBC | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Los Angeles Rams
-7.5

Fairly easy handicap right here: the Bears offensive line is horrible, Andy Dalton struggles badly when he is pressured, the Rams have Aaron Donald and Sean McVay does not lose Week 1 video games as a head coach within the NFL. The Rams ought to hammer the Bears and this sport ought to fly underneath the entire, identical to each single one of many McVay/Matt Nagy matchups has.

The Decide: Rams 21, Bears 10

Bets: Beneath

Ravens at Raiders

Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: 
ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (click on right here)  

Newest Odds:

Las Vegas Raiders
+4

I’m not significantly excessive on the Raiders this yr, however this Week 1 matchup needs to be a great spot for them, particularly since Baltimore’s potential to pound the ball took one other massive hit with Gus Edwards taking place, becoming a member of J.Okay. Dobbins and Justice Hill. The followers shall be rowdy and Lamar Jackson simply does not have sufficient help round him to pile up the factors. Baltimore’s file in Week 1 video games with Lamar is terrifying for certain, however I believe Jon Gruden will cook dinner up so much right here on offense, Derek Carr will play surprisingly nicely and Las Vegas pulls of a stunner on MNF.

The Decide: Raiders 24, Ravens 21

Bets: Move



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