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Place Your Bets: Week 1

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Aaron Rodgers is hoping for another historic offensive year.

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If you live in Nevada, Oregon, Montana or Delaware, you're in luck. Otherwise, go to Canada or Europe, or those rogues in New Jersey and get your bet on for the NFL weekend!

1. San Francisco at Green Bay (-4.5), Sunday, 3:25 p.m. — In what is probably the marquee game of the weekend, we have a matchup of what is perceived to be two of the best teams in the NFC as the Packers look to get off to hot start after a disappointing ending to last season at the hands of the New York Giants. The 49ers' defense is excellent, it's true, but so is the Packers' offense when Aaron Rodgers is on. Expect him to be on. This will be a tight game, but expect Green Bay to win by a touchdown, or maybe even 10 points.

2. Miami at Houston (-12), Sunday, noon — The Dolphins might be the worst team in football this year, and they know it as they are already trading away starting players for future draft picks and are starting a rookie QB in Ryan Tannehill who probably isn't ready to start in the NFL. The Texans are an AFC championship contender behind a strong running game and a stellar defense led by our old friend Wade Phillips. With QB Matt Schaub back to full health, the Texans should roll in this one.

3. New England at Tennessee (+5.5), Sunday, noon — Teams coming off great seasons like the Patriots had enter their first game with a giant target on their backs. The Titans are a young team with some promise and are getting the Patriots at home, a game they'll surely be up for. Expect a rejuvenated Chris Johnson, and don't necessarily expect a Titans win, but this will be closer than many think.

4. Washington at New Orleans (-7), Sunday, noon — Robert Griffin III vs. Drew Brees. That should tell you all you need to know. RG3 will have a good statistical game, but it'll be because he's playing catch-up from the early goings of this game. The Saints will likely fall off this season with all of their suspensions and without their head coach, but this game, at home, won't be where it starts.

5. Indianapolis at Chicago (-10), Sunday, noon — Another rookie QB Andrew Luck will have his hands full with a stacked Chicago defense, and that doesn't even begin to take into account what the Bears have offensively. Remember, last season the Bears were 7-3 before QB Jay Cutler got hurt. He's back, as is Matt Forte and Cutler's old best friend from his Denver days, Brandon Marshall, who was brought in via free agency. Look out, because the Bears are going to be good. The Colts, well, they're not.


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